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Canines With Careers: The Working Dogs Quiz
by Staff
We may love our dogs for their devotion to us, but they're way more than just cuddly lap dogs. These four-legged companions are known to work as hard as — if not harder than — their human counterparts. Take the quiz to see if you can keep up!

Which of the following breeds is NOT part of the American Kennel Club's working-dog group?

  • Australian shepherd
  • Great Dane
  • Doberman pinscher

True or false: Working dogs are bred to perform a variety of jobs.

  • true
  • false

Military dogs have officially worked alongside American troops since which war?

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Vietnam

True or false: Service dogs assist people with a variety of physical and mental disabilities.

  • true
  • false

What type of canine handlers make up the majority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue teams?

  • dog breeders
  • dog trainers
  • firefighters, police officers and civilians

What types of dogs are NOT among the most commonly certified to be part of a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team?

  • bloodhound
  • Labrador retriever
  • Belgian Malinois

What role do canines play in urban search and rescue?

  • detect live human scents
  • recover the deceased
  • listen for sounds of trapped survivors

How many search and rescue dogs worked in the rubble at the World Trade Center after 9/11?

  • about 100
  • about 300
  • about 450

True or false: Most urban search and rescue dogs wear booties to protect their paws while on the job.

  • true
  • false

The Bernese mountain dog is typically considered what type of working dog?

  • herding
  • hunting
  • tracking

What job is the Newfoundland dog known for?

  • water rescue
  • tracking
  • herding

True or false: The bloodhound was originally bred for hunting deer and wild boar.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Beagles are the U.S. Agriculture Department's preferred breed to sniff out plants and animal products in luggage and carry-on items arriving on international flights.

  • true
  • false

What dog breeds are the most commonly used for police dogs?

  • bloodhounds, Australian shepherds and Dutch shepherds
  • golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and beagles
  • German shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherds

What other dog breeds do police agencies often use?

  • Labrador retrievers and bloodhounds
  • beagles and Jack Russell terriers
  • Weimeraners and German shorthaired pointers

Guide dogs must know to disobey any command that would put their handler in danger. What is this ability called?

  • command refusal
  • intelligent disobedience
  • smart refusal

True or false: Therapy dogs go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Five canine therapy dogs comforted grieving victims in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

  • true
  • false

What type of sled dogs run the annual March race known as the Iditarod?

  • Alaskan huskies
  • Alaskan malamutes
  • Samoyeds

This working dog breed has existed for more than 400 years to serve as a boar hound in Germany.

  • Great Dane
  • Doberman pinscher
  • St. Bernard

True or false: An arson dog is trained to sniff out minute traces of accelerants that may have been used to start a fire.

  • true
  • false

When was the Arson Dog Program established?

  • 1999
  • 1993
  • 1987

Dogs have been used to assist man with hunting for centuries. Which of the following breeds is NOT considered a hunting dog?

  • Alaskan husky
  • fox terrier
  • Spanish water dog

Where are U.S. military working dogs and handlers trained?

  • Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
  • Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Fort Riley Military Reservation, Junction City, Kansas

What act mandated the return of retiring military working dogs to U.S. soil and that the first rights of adoption go to former handlers and their families?

  • 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
  • Military Working Dogs Families Act
  • Working Dogs for Defense Act

Which is the most decorated war dog in history?

  • Sgt. Stubby
  • Duke
  • Sgt. Maj. Jiggs

A bloodhound's nose contains approximately how many million scent receptors?

  • 230 million
  • 200 million
  • 100 million

Which of the following breeds is NOT part of the American Kennel Club's working group?

  • Akita
  • Tibetan mastiff
  • vizsla

What U.S. city was the first to use K-9 officers?

  • New York
  • Boston
  • Chicago

True or false: Dogs also serve in the U.S. military's special operations forces.

  • true
  • false