How Impressive Is Your Dog Breed Knowledge?

By: Ashley Ehman

How Impressive Is Your Dog Breed Knowledge?
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About This Quiz

It's highly likely that we've all pet our fair share of dogs, but can you name the most notable things about a given breed? Do you randomly seem to know how many hypoallergenic types of pooches there are? When a person says their dog is a mutt, do you find yourself recognizing what breeds went into the adorable canine mashup in front of you? If the term "Labradoodle" brings a specific image to mind, then this is the quiz for you! From breed facts to jobs held by certain kinds of dogs, these questions will allow you to dive into the depths of your mind, digging up the most obscure facts that you know about Man's Best Friend. Will you find yourself happily wagging your tail once you get your results? Or will you be in the dog house? 

There's only one way to find out if you're a Canine Connoisseur or if you need a few more laps around the dog park. Test your knowledge about the dog breeds that populate our world and maybe, just maybe, you'll learn a thing or two along the way. It's time to unleash the hounds, as the saying goes, and see if you're Best-In-Show through the questions of this quiz!

#1 German Shepherd What dog breed is commonly used in police K-9 units?
Golden Retriever
English Bulldog
German Shepherd
Because the breed is known to be approachable, yet perform when duty calls, German Shepherds are commonly employed in police departments. German Shepherds are known for serving as protectors with law enforcement as well as military personnel.
Staffordshire Terrier

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#2 Shih Tzu The Portuguese Water Dog, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Terrier are just a few examples of dog breeds that share what trait?
They don't have baby teeth.
They are hypoallergenic.
The three breeds listed are hypoallergenic. This means that people who tend to be allergic to dogs can tolerate these breeds better. Other hypoallergenic breeds are the Bichon Frise, West Highland White Terrier and Toy Poodle.
They are all born with black coats.
Litter sizes typically only consist of two pups.

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#3 Wire Fox Terrier What breed of dog has won the Westminster Dog show the most, having been crowned Best in Show 14 times?
Bichon Frise
Bernese Mountain Dog
Airedale Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
The breed that has won the Westminster Dog Show the most is the Wire Fox Terrier. The Scottish terrier comes in behind the Wire Fox Terrier with eight BIS wins. The Terrier Group as a whole has 46 Best in Shows.

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#4 American Foxhound Which American dog breed was the first to be recognized by the American Kennel Club?
American Foxhound
The American Foxhound was brought over to the United States from Europe. In 1886, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club, making it the first breed recognized in the USA.
Boston Terrier
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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#5 Great Dane What breed of dog is Scooby-Doo?
Rottweiler
Great Dane
Scooby-Doo was modeled after the Great Dane. His character's clumsy nature and large stature take inspiration from the breed. Scooby-Doo first appeared on TV on September 13, 1969.
Rhodesian Ridgeback
German Shepherd

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#6 Chihuahua What kind of dog did Elle Woods have in "Legally Blonde"?
Pomeranian
Shih Tzu
Rat Terrier
Chihuahua
The famous "Legally Blonde" pup, Bruiser Woods, was a Chihuahua. The canine actor's real name was Moonie. Moonie's housemate was Gidget, the chihuahua seen in Taco Bell commercials!

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#7 Greyhound What dog breed is best known for its speed?
Doberman Pinscher
Alaskan Malamute
Airedale Terrier
Greyhound
Greyhounds are most noted for their speed, as they used to be used as racing animals. Nowadays, most of these noble canines serve as pets. Only five states still allow greyhound racing to take place.

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#8 German Longhaired Pointers Which coat color is not formally allowed in German Longhaired Pointers?
White
Black
The German Longhaired Pointer is one breed where a black coat is not allowed by organized kennel clubs. Few other breeds are held to the same standard. This is not to say that this breed cannot physically produce a black coat; rather, it means that they will not be able to compete with one.
Rust
Brown and white

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#9 West Highland White Terrier Which dog breed was originally called the Roseneath Terrier?
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier was originally called the Roseneath Terrier. The original name was taken from a Scottish Duke. Other names include Poltalloch Terrier and White Roseneath Terrier.
Boston Terrier
Golden Retriever
Whippet

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#10 Pembroke Corgi What is the difference between a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a Pembroke Corgi?
Docked ears
Presence of a tail
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are bred with long tails. On the other hand, Pembroke Corgis are known for their stubby tails. They can be born with them short or they can have them docked to be shorter.
Coat length
Eye color

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#11 Yorkshire Terrier Which breed gained the nickname of "broken-haired Scotch Terrier"?
German Wirehair
Basset Hound
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier
Before its name was updated to the Yorkshire Terrier, the breed was most commonly referred to as a "Yorkie." Because of this, Yorkshire Terriers were often confused with the Scotch Terrier.

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#12 Australian Cattle Dog Which breed is also known as the Blue Heeler and the Queensland Heeler?
Australian Cattle Dog
While its formal breed name is the Australian Cattle Dog, the breed is also known by Blue Heeler and Queensland Heeler. As the name suggests, this breed is known for its herding abilities.
Beagle
Dachshund
Toy Poodle

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#13 Labrador Retriever According to the AKC, what is the most popular dog breed in the United States?
Beagle
Portuguese Water Dog
Labrador Retriever
Out of 193 formally recognized breeds, the Labrador Retriever is the most common among Americans. It has repeatedly held this top spot over the years. Other popular breeds include the Golden Retriever and the German Shepherd.
Australian Shepherd

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#14 Rough Collie "Lassie", the fictional movie canine, was what kind of dog breed?
Border Collie
Australian Shepherd
English Mastiff
Rough Collie
The famous canine hero Lassie belonged to the Rough Collie breed. A canine actor named Pal portrayed her. Pal was in seven "Lassie" movies released between 1943 and 1951.

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#15 Lhasa Apso Which dog breed served as guards for the interior of Tibetan estates?
Rottweiler
Doberman Pinscher
German Wirehair
Lhasa Apso
While they are small in stature, the Lhasa Apso was known for being a particularly good sentinel. They guarded the interior, while Mastiffs were commonly placed on the outside grounds of estates.

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#16 Miniature Bull Terrier What kind of dog is Bullseye, the Target Corporation's furry mascot?
Miniature Bull Terrier
The famous all-white hound is a Miniature Bull Terrier. Before the name Bullseye, the mascot was known as Spot. While the mascot is a male dog, the character is usually portrayed by a female dog.
Beagle
West Highland WhiteTerrier
Irish Setter

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#17 Dalmatian What kind of dogs did Cruella de Vil want in the popular Disney movie?
Dutch Shepherd
Dalmatian
As the title suggests, in the movie "101 Dalmatians," Cruella de Vil was looking for Dalmatian puppies to make into a fur coat. While she ended up capturing 101 Dalmatians, she only needed 99 for her fashion endeavor.
Alaskan Malamute
Labrador Retriever

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#18 Doberman Pinscher What dog breed shares a bloodline with the Rottweiler?
Appenzeller Sennenhund
Bernese Mountain Dog
Black and Tan Coonhound
Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher has roots in the Rottweiler bloodline. It also takes genetics from the Black and Tan Terrier and the Smooth-Haired German Pinscher. Years of breeding created the unique Doberman Pinscher bloodline.

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#19 Poodle Which dog is able to alert their owners to food allergens through their sense of smell?
Golden Retriever
Poodle
The poodle is known to have an impeccable sense of smell. People with severe food allergies are able to train poodles to alert them to anything that could prove deadly if consumed.
King Charles Spaniel
Great Dane

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#20 Pomeranian Which dog breed is most commonly used as a medical alert dog?
Golden Retriever
Pomeranian
While they lack the large size that comes with most service dogs, Pomeranians prove useful as Medical Alert Dogs. They can recognize certain medical attacks related to diabetic shock and asthma.
Shih Tzu
Beagle

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#21 Clumber Spaniel Which breed is the largest available within the AKC's flushing spaniels?
English Cocker Spaniel
Sussex Spaniel
Clumber Spaniel
Clumber spaniels are the largest breed within the flushing spaniel category. They tend to be clumsy but still serve as great hunting partners. Their name comes from a park located in England, near where the breed originated.
Basset Hound

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#22 Maltese Greek civilizations were know to build tombs in honor of which dog breed?
Miniature Pinscher
Maltese
The Maltese was considered a regal canine companion. The Greeks were known to build tombs for their furry friends and even inscribe epitaphs into their departed pet's final resting place.
Shih Tzu
Pomeranian

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#23 Tibetan Mastiff Why are Tibetan Mastiff puppies generally born in December or January?
Breed standards call for winter litters.
Historically, Tibetan weather was the most calm during these months.
Tibetan Mastiff females only go into heat once a year, typically in late fall.
Unlike other dog breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff female only goes into heat once a year. This means that there is only one window of opportunity every year for a female to have a litter.
Tibetan Mastiffs reach breeding age around then.

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#24 dog breeds How many dog breeds are recognized globally?
158
227
121
340
There are 340 breeds across the globe. However, the AKC only recognizes 193 breeds. These hundreds of breeds make up the current canine population, which in 2018 was nearing 900 million.

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#25 Afghan Hound Which breed of dog did Pablo Picasso own?
Afghan Hound
The famous artist owned an Afghan Hound named Kabul. The dog can be seen in his painting "Femme au chien." There are other Picasso paintings that showcase a Dachshund. This was Lump, his housemate's dog.
Maltese
Miniature Bull Terrier
Labrador Retriever

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#26 Vizsla Which dog breed was nearly extinct after World War I?
Basset Hound
Vizsla
The Vizla was almost completely eradicated during World War I. This was because they were popular dogs among Hungarian royals, and the Soviet Union took every opportunity to kill them.
German Shepherd
Weimaraner

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#27 Rat Terrier It is believed that Teddy Roosevelt originated which dog breed's name?
Boston Terrier
German Wire-haired Pointer
Cocker Spaniel
Rat Terrier
The Rat Terrier is said to have gotten its name from Teddy Roosevelt. The name comes from their original use: killing rats. Quite ironically, at no point did Theodore Roosevelt own a Rat Terrier.

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#28 Otterhound Which dog breed is more scarce than the Giant Panda?
Vizsla
Otterhound
The Otterhound is one of the most threatened dog breeds in the world. Originally bred for otter hunting, the breed is nearly extinct. Since otter hunting is no longer allowed, the breed's population has decreased.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Chinese Crested

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#29 Cesky Terrier Which dog breed is the national breed of the Czech Republic?
Central Asian Shepherd Dog
Cesky Terrier
Cesky Terriers are the national dog breed of the Czech Republic. They are great pets, but with only 600 living in the United States, finding one of these cheery dogs may prove difficult.
Ibizan Hound
Porcelaine

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#30 The Plott Which dog breed is named after the German family that bred it into existence?
Parson Russell Terrier
Shiba Inu
Pointer
The Plott
The Plott family moved to the mountains of North Carolina from Germany, with a group of hunting dogs. From that pack and through careful breeding, they developed the Plott. It was originally used to track bears.

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#31 Chow Chow What kind of dog did Sigmund Freud own?
King Charles Spaniel
Mastiff
Chow Chow
Sigmund Freud owned a Chow Chow named Jofi. The breed's friendly demeanor made it a perfect choice for a therapist, and it was said that she calmed his patients during stressful times.
Border Collie

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#32 Yorkshire Terrier The first therapy dog belonged to which breed?
Yorkshire Terrier
The first therapy dog was a Yorkshire Terrier. Found in a World War II war zone, the small terrier was trained to calm soldiers. The dog was named Corporal "Smoky" Wynne.
Golden Retriever
Beagle
St. Bernard

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#33 Cairn Terrier What kind of dog was Dorothy's dog, Toto?
Shih Tzu
Scottish Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Cairn Terrier
The canine actor for Toto was a Cairn Terrier. Her name was Terry. Terry was most known for her role in "The Wizard of Oz," but she appeared in a total of sixteen movies, including "Bright Eyes."

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#34 Beagle What kind of dog was Charlie Brown's dog, Snoopy?
Jack Russell Terrier
Beagle
Snoopy was a Beagle. He first appeared in a comic strip in the 1950s. Charles Schulz, the creator of "Peanuts," modeled Snoopy's character after one of his own childhood dogs, named Spike.
Russell Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier

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#35 American Hairless Terrier Which hairless dog breed is the only one to have a standard, healthy set of teeth?
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is known for its dental health among hairless dogs. The gene that causes the bald appearance in canines is also needed for healthy teeth formation, leading to dental issues in hairless canines. The American Hairless Terrier is the exception.
Chinese Crested
Mexican Hairless Dog
Peruvian Inca Orchid

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#36 Xoloitzcuintli What kind of dog was Dante from the Pixar movie "Coco"?
Staffordshire Terrier
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Xoloitzcuintli
Named after the Aztec God Xolotl, who represented death, Dante was a Xoloitzcuintli. Xolos are known for their hairless appearance. Unlike Dante, the breed is said to be intelligent.
He was just a mutt.

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#37 Tosa Which breed is the largest of Japanese dog breeds?
Akita
Shiba Inu
Tosa
The Tosa is the largest Japanese dog breed. It's also known as the Japanese Mastiff and Japanese Fighting Dog. The Tosa is the only breed in Japan that can still be used legally in dogfighting.
Hokkaido Dog

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#38 Norwegian Lundehund Which dog is the only breed with six toes on each feet?
Norwegian Lundehund
The Norwegian Lundehund has six toes on each paw. This makes it unique among other breeds, since it's the only breed to have six toes. It was first used to hunt puffins and locate their eggs.
Eurasier
Estrela Mountain Dog
Chinese Crested

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#39 Dandie Dinmont Terrier Which breed is the only one named after a fictional character?
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier got its name from Sir Walter Scott's novel, Guy Mannering (also known as The Astrologer). This is the only dog breed named after someone who didn't exist.
Saluki
Chow Chow

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#40 Australian Shepherd Where did the Australian Shepherd breed originate?
Australia
New Zealand
Switzerland
United States
While its name suggests that it came from the "Land Down Under," the Australian Shepherd is an American dog breed. Their ancestors came from the Pyrenees Mountains.

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