Can You Identify All of These Dog Breeds from a Black and White Photo?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

Nothing says, "I'm a dog expert" quite like being able to name the breed from a black and white photo! So do you think you're expert enough to ace this quiz? We'll show you a black and white photo, and you name the dog breed. Easy enough? Well, let's find out!

From Great Danes to Miniature American Shepherds, our beloved dogs come in all different shapes and sizes! They all have different mannerisms and temperaments! Some like to work, most like to play, and some just want to sit around all day and watch your every move! So we want to know... are you smart enough to recognize these traits through a black and white photo? Will you be able to name the dog breed or will you bark all the way home?

You see, this could be a daunting task. After all, there are nearly 340 dog breeds in the world according to the World Canine Organization. But ask the American Kennel Club, and you'll knock that number in half with about 170 breeds. Don't worry though, we're only going to quiz you on 4.! Do you think you're up for this challenge? 

It's time to put your dog love to the test! Ready? Set! Fetch!

Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom. The term "cocker" came from this dog's interest in hunting the Eurasian woodcock!

Siberian Huskies, or simply Huskies, are a working dog that originated in northeastern Siberia, Russia. They are an active, energetic, and resilient breed with a thick double coat - a thick undercoat and a soft outer coat.

The German Shepherd is known as the Deutscher Schäferhund in German. It is a breed of medium- to large-sized working dogs that originated in Germany. They tend to be tan with black saddlery.

Did you know that Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties? They originated in Scotland.

Known in French as the Bouledogue Français, French Bulldogs were the result of an 1800s cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France.

Also known as the German Mastiff, the Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds. From paw to shoulder, the tallest Great Dane on record was 44 inches!

Originating in the United Kingdom, the bullmastiff breed comes from the English Mastiff and the extinct Old English Bulldog. It was officially recognized as a purebred dog by the English Kennel Club in 1924.

The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is commonly known as a "Lab" and is frequently trained as a seeing-eye dog.

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Both male and female Chihuahuas weigh between just 4 and 6 pounds!

Poodles have taken top honors in many conformation shows, including "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1991 and 2002, and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010. They are a highly intelligent, energetic and sociable breed.

Often nicknamed "pom," Pomeranians originated in Germany and Poland. They are typically friendly, playful and lively, but can bark excessively in certain circumstances.

The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. It is considered an ideal family pet and a true companion dog.

Nicknamed "Sheltie," the Shetland Sheepdog breed originated in Scotland. They excel at herding, but can also be raised as a farm dog or family pet.

Did you know that the name "Brittany" comes from the Brittany region in northwestern France where the dog originated? They are athletic, compact, and energetic.

Bernese Mountain Dogs shed year-round, and the heaviest shedding is during seasonal changes. They also only require a bath about once every couple of months, depending on their activity level!

The Mastiff is one of the most ancient types of dog breeds, dating back about 5,000 years. At that time, they were considered ferocious war dogs but today, they make fine companions.

The Shiba Inu breed originates from Japan. It is a small, agile breed that copes very well with mountain​ous terrain as they were originally bred for hunting.

The beagle is a scent hound developed primarily for hunting hare. They typically live between 12 and 15 years and have a hard coat of short hair.

The Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary. It is also known as the Hungarian Pointer. This breed is a hunter of fowl and upland game. They are also attentive family pets.

Pugs were brought to Europe in the 16th century from China. Queen Victoria actually developed a passion for them as they are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs.

The Maltese breed falls under the Toy Group classification. They are nicknamed the Maltese lion puppy and descend from the Central Mediterranean Area.

Weimaraners are nicknamed "Grey Ghost" and have origins in Germany. Males tend to weigh 66 to 88 pounds and are 23 to 28 inches tall, while females are a bit smaller, between 55 to 77 pounds and 22 to 26 inches tall.

Did you know that the Yorkshire Terrier was originally developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills? They tend to be around 7 pounds and live between 13 to 20 years.

The Miniature American Shepherd is highly intelligent and biddable. The breed is often trained for dog sports, such as herding, agility, obedience, disc dog, and flyball. They have a medium length double coat.

The collie is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built dog, with a pointed snout. They generally weigh 48 to 70 pounds and come in many different colors, though many have a distinctive white pattern over their shoulders.

Border Collies are also known as Scottish Sheepdogs. They are considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic, and athletic.

Also known as the Chinese Lion Dog, the Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed weighing in at 10 to 19 pounds. In general, this breed is loyal, affectionate, outgoing, and alert.

Did you know that the Boston Terrier is nicknamed the American Gentleman? The American Kennel Club ranked the Boston Terrier as the 21st most popular breed in 2016.

Also known as a Hush Puppy, Basset Hounds are a breed of short-legged dog. They were originally bred for hunting hare.

Also known as the German Boxer or Deutscher Boxer, this breed is a medium-sized, short-haired dog with a square muzzle, strong jaw and large under-bite. This gives them the upper hand when it comes to hanging onto large prey.

Cane Corsos are also known as Italian Mastiffs. Their name comes from the Italian "cane," meaning dog, and "corso," meaning protector. They are highly valued in Italy as companions, guard dogs, and hunters.

The dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. They have also been used to track wounded deer and hunt prairie dogs, particularly in the United States.

The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. They are a powerful, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members.

You can call this breed "Saint" for short! They are a breed of very large working dogs from the western Alps of Switzerland, France, and Italy. When we say 'very large,' we mean 140 to 260 pounds!

Belgian Malinois are used as a working dog for tasks including detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants, and narcotics. They are used by the U.S. Secret Service to help guard the grounds of the White House.

The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, or white-and-black​. They are known for their giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty.

Do you love dogs but are allergic to them? You might be in luck with Wheaten Terriers! These dogs are hypoallergenic​ and are more easily tolerated by those allergic to other breeds.

President Barack Obama had two Portuguese Water Dogs while in office. Their names were Bo and Sunny. Bo was a personal gift to the Obama family from Senator Ted Kennedy.

Along the lines of its name, the Bloodhound breed is famed for its ability to discern human scent over great distances and even days later. These dogs are used by police and law enforcement all over the world for the purpose of finding people... escaped, lost, or missing!

Papillons live between 12 and 15 years and have a straight, long, fine, single-layered coat. They are mainly white with patches of just about any other color.

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