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Can You Identify These Dog Breeds in 5 Minutes?
By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Don't go barking up the wrong tree with your answers!
Dogs come in an extremely diverse and extensive array of shapes and sizes, from strong and massive dog breeds like the English Mastiff and the St. Bernard, to cute and tiny dog breeds like the Chihuahua and the Pomeranian. However, no matter how different they may look from each other, all dogs are actually members of the same subspecies! In fact, every breed of domestic dog that exists in the world today actually belongs to the same species as the grey wolf. Obviously, domestic dogs aren't as wild as their wolfy counterparts. This is because humans domesticated them eons ago, and they have stayed by our side since. This is why the phrase "man's best friend" is more than just a cute saying.
While there are hundreds of different breeds of dogs, we have sifted through them all and selected 40 of the most unique, popular and strange ones that we could find. So, are you ready to prove that you are a true dog lover? Then let's jump right into this canine-friendly quiz and get started!
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Do you know the name of the smallest breed of dog in the world?
The Chihuahua shares its name with the state in Mexico where it originated. It currently holds the record for being the smallest breed of dog in the world, with average weights of just four to six pounds.
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What is the name of the strong German canine that often served as a guard dog?
The boxer is a breed of German dog that has a medium sized stature and powerful, athletic build. Their energetic nature and strength have led them to be used as guard dogs over the years.
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Which tiny breed of dog is named after a county in England?
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small breed of dog that originated in Yorkshire. Nowadays, it is an extremely popular choice when it comes to companion dogs, and several other breeds have been developed from it.
This short-legged Western European dog was used for hunting hare. What is its name?
The Basset Hound is a breed of relatively small dog that is distinguished by its elongated body and its incredibly short legs. This breed has a keen sense of smell and was initially bred for hunting.
Do you know the name of the small British hound that was developed during the 1830s?
The beagle is a breed of relatively small dog that is distinguished by its lithe and athletic stature, as well as its keen sense of smell. While it was originally used for hunting purposes, today it is also a popular household pet due to its good temperament and small size.
This strong German working dog has guarded property, worked with police, and been in the military. What is its name?
The Doberman Pinscher is a powerfully built breed of dog that was developed in the late 1800s in Germany. This breed's strength and imposing stature as led to it being used as a guard dog. It has also served in law enforcement and military forces.
What is the name of the massive but gentle dog that has rescued numerous travelers in the Alps?
The St. Bernard is a massive dog that was originally used as a rescue dog in and around the Alps. The breed gets its name from where it was first developed, the hospice that lies in the Great St. Bernard Pass.
Which sociable sporting dog that originated in Scotland is considered one of the top 10 most popular breeds in the world today?
The Golden Retriever is a large breed of dog that originated in Scotland sometime around the mid-19th century. This breed is notable for its love of water, inherently friendly nature and the fact that they are easy to train.
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Do you know breed of dog that had its name inspired by an island nation in the Mediterranean?
The Maltese (also known as the Sleeve Dog) is breed of small dog that is classified in the toy group. The name of this breed is a direct reference to Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea.
This dog has been immortalized on the internet through the "Doge" meme. What is its name?
The Shiba Inu is a breed of Japanese dog that was initially used for hunting, but it has since then become a popular household pet. In recent years, the dog has become somewhat of an internet sensation with its appearance in the "Doge" internet meme.
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Which working dog is named after a freezing cold region of Russia?
The Siberian Husky is notable for its ability to function in extremely cold environments, as well as its hardy nature. The breed gets its name from its place of origin, the immensely cold Northeastern region of Asia, known as Siberia.
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Do you know which American breed of sporting dog has an English cousin that it closely resembles?
The American Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized dog that is distinguished by its thick and silky coat. As its name would suggest, it is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel that originated on the other side of the Atlantic.
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What is the name of the African dog that earned itself the nickname "African Lion Hound"?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed of dog that originated in Southern Africa. The breed's nickname, "African Lion Dog," was not given to it because of its appearance; it was given because it proved useful in keeping lions away from areas that it guarded.
This intelligent and strong dog is often seen working alongside law enforcement and military forces. What is its name?
The German Shepherd is a breed of large working dog that originated in Germany in the late-1800s/early-1900s. The German Shepherd is notable for being one of the most iconic working dogs in the world. It's used for tasks that range from disability assistance to search-and-rescue.
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Which hardy dog from Switzerland would usually be seen working on farms?
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed of large dog that can trace its origin back to Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Alps. It is a hardy working dog that would usually be seen performing farm-related tasks, like herding or pulling carts.
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The dog that holds the record for tallest in the world belongs to which breed?
Hailing from Germany, the Great Dane is a breed of working dog primarily known for its massive size. Notable Great Danes are the fictional dog Scooby-Doo and the tallest dog in the world, Zeus.
Do you know the name of the small, adorably wrinkly European dog that is often plagued with health issues in life?
The French Bulldog is a small dog that originated in France in the 1800s. While they have become a popular breed in recent years, they are also notable for being plagued with a wide array of health issues.
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The official national dog of Cuba goes by what name?
The Havanese is a small companion dog that originated in Cuba and it is often used as a therapy dog. It is named after the capital city of Cuba and it is also the national dog of the country.
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Do you know the name of the large European breed that excels at being a gun dog, even to this day?
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a breed of large sporting dog that originated in Germany sometime in the 1800s (or possibly even earlier). They are extremely intelligent and are still used for hunting purposes to this day.
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Which breed of dog was famously owned by Queen Victoria?
The Pomeranian is a small dog that formally belongs to the Spitz group. It is a popular companion dog, with the most notable Pomeranian owner being Queen Victoria.
Which sought-after small dog breed that is named after a city in Massachusetts?
The Boston Terrier is a small dog that originated in the United States in the latter half of the 1800s. It's one of the most popular breeds in America and has an expected lifespan of about 12 years.
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The second-most intelligent breed of dog is known by what name?
The Poodle is widely considered by many organizations to be the second-most intelligent dog breed in the world. However, they are primarily used as show dogs and companion dogs in most parts of the world.
What is the name of the powerful German dog that is adept at herding livestock and guarding property?
The Rottweiler is a large dog known for its strength and intelligence. While it has a reputation for being excessively violent in popular culture, most Rottweilers are peaceful creatures. Violence in any dog is usually due to a lack of proper training and abuse.
The White House is guarded primarily by which breed of dog?
The Belgian Malinois (often referred to as the Malinois) is a breed of large working dog that originated in Belgium. Today, they are perhaps most notable for being used extensively by the U.S. Secret Service.
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This breed was the favored hunting dog for many royal figures in Europe. What is its name?
The Weimaraner is a large dog that is distinguished by its athletic build and stoic behavior. This breed was originally used when hunting both large (bear, deer, etc.) and small (rabbit, fowl, etc.) game.
Which German dog was originally bred to be a ratter, but has since become a popular companion dog?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed that was developed during the latter half of the 19th century. It is without a doubt the most popular Schnauzer in the world and was originally intended for ratting.
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This dog was used as a sled dog in cold regions of North America. What is its name?
The Alaskan Malamute is a large dog that is notable for its ability to thrive in incredibly cold environments. It was intentionally bred to be strong and cold- resistant, since their original purpose was to haul heavy loads in snowy weather.
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What is the name of the European dog that has a gentle nature despite its incredibly massive size?
The English Mastiff is a breed of massive dog that is primarily popular because of its size and gentle nature. As the name suggests, the breed originated in England and was commonly used as a working dog or guarding dog.
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Do you know the name of the extremely helpful dog that is named after a region in Canada?
The Labrador Retriever is notable for being one of the most popular breeds of dog in the western world and it can sometimes be seen helping law enforcement and people with disabilities. Its name is a direct reference to the geographical region of Labrador in Northeastern Canada.
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This breed of European dog is famous for its remarkable sense of smell. What is its name?
The Bloodhound is a breed of large dog that is distinguished by its wrinkled appearance and its powerful sense of smell. Not only was this breed used for tracking animals, but it was also capable of effectively tracking humans as well.
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Which breed of herding dog is named after a region in Scotland?
The Shetland Sheepdog is a moderately-sized dog that is notable for its high level of intelligence and endurance. Its name is a direct reference to its place of origin, the Shetland Islands in Scotland.
"Sausage dog" is the nickname for which European dog breed?
The Dachshund was originally used as a scent-hound. It is perhaps most notable for its short legs and elongated body, which have earned it the nickname "sausage dog."
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What breed of Asian dog is known as the Chinese Lion Dog because of its appearance?
The Shih Tzu is originated in China and was bred to be a companion dog. Others names that it is known by are the "Chinese Lion Dog" and the "Chrysanthemum Dog".
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Do you know the name of the short herding dog that originated in Wales?
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a breed of small dog that originated in Wales (specifically in the county of Pembrokeshire). It was originally intended to be a herding dog but has since become popular as a companion dog as well.
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What is the formal name of the breed of dog that is also known as the Italian Mastiff?
The Cane Corso is a massive dog that originated in Italy and is known for its strength and hardiness. It is also known as the Italian Mastiff and it is often used as a guard dog because of its stature.
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Which Canadian dog shares its name with a province from the same country?
The Newfoundland is a massive dog that originated in Canada and was used extensively as a working dog because of its size and intelligence. This breed of dog is named after its specific place of origin, the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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This dog breed is notable for its iconic spotted appearance. What is its name?
The Dalmatian is a breed of working dog that is known for its distinctive spotted coat. It has become closely liked to firefighting throughout history and is even nicknamed the "firehouse dog."
Do you know the formal name of the dog that is nicknamed "Aussie"?
The Australian Shepherd is a breed of medium-sized working dog that was primarily used as a herding dog on ranches. While this breed is known as the Australian Shepherd, it actually originated in the United States.
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The most intelligent dog breed in the world goes by what name?
The Border Collie is a large working dog that was originality intended to be used as a herding dog for sheep and other livestock. It holds the distinction of being regarded as the most intelligent dog breed in the world.
What is the formal name of the dog breed that is nicknamed "Iggy"?
The Italian Greyhound is a relatively small dog that is distinguished by its incredibly slender body and narrow face. They are popular as companion dogs because of their energetic nature and natural friendliness.
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