Dogs: They’re big and small, have long hair and short fur, and were bred for a wide variety of purposes from hunting to companionship. Many of us are dog lovers, but how much do you really know about dog breeds? With the Westminster Dog Show coming up, now is a great time to test your dog breed knowledge!
Click through the slideshow below for trivia about 11 dog breeds, from Labs to Beagles and lots more in between. On each slide, you’ll find a question. Take your best guess and click to the next one to get the answer. Tell us how you did in the comments below.
Question: Which of these breeds was the American Kennel Club's most popular in 2015? Labrador Retriever Yorkshire Terrier Boxer
Click to the next slide for the answer.
Answer: The Labrador Retriever has been the AKC’s most popular dog for 24
Question: The Pug is one of the largest of the Toy breeds.
True or false?
Answer: True. At 14 to 18 pounds, the jovial Pug is among the bigger
breeds in the AKC’s Toy Group.
Question: The Obama family's two dogs are which breed? Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Labradoodle
Answer: Portuguese Water Dog. The first family chose the Portie, because the breed is often believed to
be more easily tolerated by people with allergies, like their daughters, but the
jury’s still out on whether that holds true.
which of these tasks was the German Shepherd breed originally created? Search and rescue Guide dog work Police and military work
Answer: Although German Shepherds have been successful with all of these
tasks, they were created by Captain Max von
Stephanitz for police and military work.
Question: Firefighters first
developed an affinity for Dalmatians because of their history as circus dogs. True or false?
Answer: False. Dalmatians were once popular in the circus, but
they started assisting firefighters because they were bred to be coaching dogs.
They would run alongside horse-drawn fire engines to clear a path for them and
later became firehouse mascots.
is the Golden Retriever generally believed to have originated? Australia United States Scotland
Marjoribanks, known as Lord Tweedmouth, is credited with breeding the first
dogs who would become known as Goldens at his Scottish estate, but their
relatives may have existed earlier in England.
to our survey of 122 veterinary professionals, which dog is often considered the
smartest breed? Chihuahua Border Collie Irish Setter
Question: Which of these
dogs is commonly used at U.S. airports to sniff out contraband? Beagles Basset Hounds
Answer:Beagles tend to have an outstanding sense of smell, and their generally friendly nature allows
them to search baggage without making passengers nervous in the way that more
traditional police dogs might.
Havanese is the national dog of which country? Cuba France Greece
Answer: The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, even though he was once
nearly extinct from his island home.
breed is sometimes known as a Blue Heeler. What’s her official name? Australian Cattle Dog Siberian Husky Bluetick Coonhound
The Australian Cattle Dog was first known as the Australian Heeler, and her
coat comes in blue or red speckled varieties.
fast can a Greyhound run?
Up to 10 mph Up to 40 mph Up to 80 mph
Answer: Rescue groups often refer to the Greyhound as a
“40-mph couch potato” — a nickname that reflects the breed's reputation for amazing speed and typically quiet, gentle nature.