Although you may have a favorite breed based on looks and personality, the history behind the name of the breed itself is fascinating. Obviously, dogs like the Yorkshire Terrier or Irish Setter are names influenced by the city or country of origin. And names like the Rat Terrier has this moniker due to the creature it was trained to hunt. Then there are those like the Jack Russell Terrier that was aptly named after its breeder, Jack Russell, a reverend in Devonshire, England. Even the poodle has an interesting background. Especially since today, most people think of a poodle as a fancy, snooty dog. However, its origins are as a gun dog that would swim out after fallen waterfowl to retrieve it. Pudeln was a German word that meant "to splash," hence they became known as pudelhund, or "water dogs" which eventually evolved into the English word, "poodle."
Fortunately for you, we aren't testing your knowledge of the breed, only whether or not you can match the breed name to the picture. But don't worry, we'll throw you a bone or two with some easy, familiar breeds. Even so, it will be a difficult quiz ... or is our bark worse than our bite? Take the quiz and find out!