Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This “Ruff” Dog Breed ID Quiz?
By: Lauren Lubas
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About This Quiz
There is something about showing a dog love and getting love in return that warms your heart. You may love seeing dogs and making dog friends (even if you don't want to make any human friends) at the park or at parties, and you may have already found your favorite breed during your petting sprees. However, there may be quite a few different breeds that you've never even heard of or pet before (we're sorry to burst your bubble on that one).
If you think that we're lying, consider the fact that there are hundreds of breeds of dog (even if you exclude the cross-breeding and "newer" breeds like the pomsky). There are breeds with short hair, breeds with long hair, breeds with curly hair and even breeds with toe hair. And that's just considering the hair. If you think about the sheer amount of dog breeds and the fact that around 900 million domestic dogs are living on this planet (you have a lot of petting to do), you probably have an idea of how many different breeds there are. If you think you can identify every different breed of dog, we've chosen 40 for you to test your skills on. Take this quiz to see how good you are at naming a dog's breed.
Do you know this Japanese dog that is incredibly loyal?
Akitas are incredibly loyal and territorial dogs. They are well known for protecting their owners and small children. If you own one, you know that you have to introduce it to new people who come into your home.
Can you identify this dog that is a great hunting partner?
There are four breeds of foxhound dogs. The English foxhound was bred to follow scents, particularly the scent of foxes. They are medium-sized dogs that can weigh up to 75 pounds when they are fully grown.
Chinese Crested Dogs are one of the most groomable dog breeds available. Their long hair (especially the hair on their ears) can be shaped to make them look like tiny horses and even little people. Adults only weigh around 12 pounds.
This breed always seems to have the happiest pictures. Which breed is it?
Black Mouth Cur
Golden Retrievers are considered one of the best pets to have, especially if you have small children and a lot of company. Beware, their long soft fur can get tangled easily, more so if you shave them.
Of course, we've all heard of the "Beethoven" movies in which a loveable St. Bernard wreaks havoc on a dad who simply doesn't want a dog. Since those movies hit theaters, everyone wanted one of these giants ... not really thinking about the waste it produces.
When it comes to finding a dog that you aren't allergic to, you might find that the American Hairless Terrier is right up your alley. Of course, the lack of hair means a lack of natural protection for the dog.
At first glance, you might think this is a Shar Pei, because of the deep wrinkles it has. However, this is a Mastiff (also known as a Mastino). They are very protective dogs, and that's nice because they are actually big enough to protect you.
Do you know what kind of dog has this interesting shape?
Mexican Hairless Dog
Kerry Blue Terrier
While it looks a little bit like Scottish Terriers, the Kerry Blue Terrier is a little bit bigger, standing at 19 inches and weighing around 40 pounds when fully grown. They love to hunt small mammals.
German Shepherds were such a popular dog breed in the 1980s that many of the family lines are inbred and not well off. However, as more and more rules came into play for registering dogs, the inbreeding subsided.
What kind of dog was Lady from "Lady and the Tramp"?
American English Coonhound
While there are many Spaniel breeds, the one that stands out to most is the Cocker Spaniel. Disney made them famous with the release of "Lady and the Tramp" (1995), and they usually make excellent pets.
These fluffy dogs are just as soft as they look. While people think Chow Chows are cute, they are also very protective animals that will attack both people and dogs. If you choose to get one, just be sure to teach it restraint.
Collies are beautiful dogs with long soft hair and perky ears. In general, they are kind and sociable dogs. Collies were originally bred for their herding skills, but these days, they make excellent pets.
While Great Danes are known for their size, they're also known for not understanding just how big they are. These dogs can weigh up to 130 pounds and love to jump up on couches and pretend that they are human.
Not only is this breed adorable when it is a puppy, but it also grows into a beautiful animal. It can get up to 110 pounds, but a lot of that is simply fluff and happiness (this is not a scientific fact, just the truth).
Rat Terriers are considered great hunting companions, but if you've ever met one, you might think that they're too loud and will scare the game away. These small dogs can be as little as 10 inches tall.
Do you recognize this dog that is an excellent worker dog?
Blue Lacy dogs are a breed that is relatively new. While they have been bred since the 1800s, they were only recognized as a breed in 2001. They are considered the Texas breed, as they originated there.
Which breed of dog has the perfect hair and is shown here?
Australian Silky Terrier
The silky smooth hair of an Australian Silky Terrier is obviously how it got its name. While you may have mistaken this pup for a Yorkshire Terrier, they often have longer hair and Yorkies tend to live a little bit longer.
Shih Tzus are great little dogs that are lovable, but they will nip at your heels from time to time. They are known as pretty high maintenance dogs, and they generally ask for a lot, compared to other things that only weigh 16 pounds.
What is the name of this breed of dog that looks like a mix between a German Shepherd and a Husky?
These adorable and fluffy creatures are known as Icelandic Sheepdogs. They may look big, but they have shorter legs, very much like a Welsh Corgi. However, they are still master sheepherders in Iceland.
The official state dog of New Hampshire is the Chinook because that is where the breed was made. This strong animal was created and bred for work and pulling sleds. It's a rare breed, but an adorable one.