Can You Identify These Dogs by Their Tails?

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By: Monica Lee

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About This Quiz

It's the puppy eyes when your pet wants something from you. It's the happy yip when they know you're at the door. But what speaks the most, is the tail of our fur babies. From their current mood to their heartfelt desires (treats) and their enjoyment in retrieving a ball, a dog's tail speaks volumes. The position of a dog's tail can provide additional clues to their thoughts. For instance, the more anxious or submissive a dog is feeling, the more tightly he will tuck his tail close to his body. Sometimes a tail held in a neutral or low position just means the dog is incredibly relaxed.

The tails that wag on different breeds also have a distinct history. For some hunting and herding dogs, their tails would collect burrs and foxtails, causing pain and infection. Their long, strong tails would also get underfoot (or under hoof). So to prevent injury, they were docked. Other breeds had their tails docked for cosmetic reasons only, to make their sleek bodies more perfectly proportional. Today, the practice of docking is banned or restricted in 36 countries including in the United States. 

Now that you know about a dog's tail, will you be able to identify the breed of dog it belongs to? Find out now by taking this quiz. We're sure there will be a happy ending.

What kind of dog breed wags this type of tail?

This spotted breed is known for running alongside fire engines in the 18th century. Today they are known for being a great family pet.

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What large dog is attached to this tail?

Since the German Sheppard is the second most popular dog in the world, you may be able to recognize its tail better than other breeds.

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These dogs' tails are always wagging because they're so happy. Which breed is it?

Another popular breed worldwide, the Golden Retriever ranks fifth as a favorite of many families.

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Although it's not docked, this nubbin of a tail is all this breed has to show it's affection. What is it?

This muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and pushed-in nose has a very small tail, indeed! But a very happy dog nonetheless.

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This fashionable dog is easily identified by its tail. What breed is it?

Whether it's a standard, miniature or toy, that famous poof of fur on its tail is identification enough for this intelligent and sweet breed.

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What breed of wagger is this?

The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare. Most people think of Snoopy when they think of a Beagle.

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What type of "good boy!" breed is this?

A Labrador Retriever is the ideal dog to get for hunting. It is also the most popular dog breed by registrations worldwide.

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You may remember this dog from Frito Lay commercials? What breed is it?

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

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Curled tails are on pigs and on this cute dog breed. Which breed is it?

The Pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. When the Pug is fully relaxed its tail will unwind.

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This is an interesting tail, what dog breed does it belong to?

This terrier was developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills. Good dog!

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What dog breed has this tail?

Rottweilers were originally bred to drive cattle to market. Later they were used to pull carts for butchers. They were also among the earliest police dogs.

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The piercing blue eyes of this dog is noticeable, but what about its tale? What breed is it?

The Siberian Husky looks more wolf-like than other breed and has piercing blue eyes. With proper training, they make great home pets and sled dogs.

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Which breed has this docked tail?

The Boxer's body is compact and powerful. They are listed in the top ten of breeds that people own across the world.

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What wagless wonder is this breed?

The French Bulldog, also known as Frenchie, is a small breed of domestic dog. Although you'll see a tail on these dog, they are meant to be short and not docked.

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What large breed belongs to this tail?

As long as you don't mind a little drool slung here or there, the English Mastiff is a gentle giant that makes a great family pet.

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What breed does this cute tail belong to?

The Dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals.

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Do you love big dogs? Then what breed belongs to this tail?

The Great Dane was developed in Germany for its graceful appearance, large size, and hunting ability. It is also know for its friendly and loving temperament.

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Don't turn tail on this question. What is the name of this dog breed?

This fearless breed was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany.

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Can't make head or tails out of this one? You'll get it. Which breed is it?

Although they can be groomed to look like royalty, the Maltese dog breed is a favorite lap dog. But be forewarned, this breed also has a wild side and loves to run and play.

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This tail is wagging which breed of dog?

This breed gets a bad rap. However these dogs are known as "nanny dogs" because they are so gentle around children.

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Go tailgating after you get this correct. Which breed is this?

A Shih Tzu, is hyper-allergenic, but their popularity is due to how cute they are. As a toy breed, they only weigh between 4 to 7.25 kilograms when fully grown.

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You can go shake your tail feathers after you answer this. What's the breed?

The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog. But you'll want to keep this sociable and bubbly dog around you in your house.

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Don't fall on your tailbone when you find out the answer. What breed belongs to this tail?

The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. This is a docile, friendly, and dignified breed.

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This breed is royal enough that you'll need to wear tops and tails. What breed is it?

The Pekingese is an ancient Chinese breed that was owned exclusively by royalty. This dog was identified in art and pottery in the Tang Dynasty of the 8th century.

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You can wear jeans if you're housing this working dog. What breed does this tail belong to?

Who's a good dog? The Border Collie is! This working dog was developed for herding livestock and bred for intelligence and obedience.

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Another royal breed. Which breed does this tail belong to?

The Chow Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as "puffy-lion dog". This breed has also been called the "Dog of the Tang Empire".

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You know by its tail where to look. What breed is it?

The Pointer has been breed for several hundred years to “point” at birds and small game such as rabbits. Made for hunters, this gun dog was developed in England.

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This fur baby has a cute tail. What breed is it?

The Pomeranian is named for the Pomerania region in north-west Poland and north-east Germany in Central Europe. This pup is curious, playful, and self-confident (even cocky).

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You have to be fast on your feet to catch the tail of this dog. What breed is it?

You can bet on this dog to make a good family pet. Or, you can bet on this dog at the track. The Greyhound has been bred for coursing game and racing.

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Turn the thermometer down for this doggie. Which breed belongs to this tail.

The Alaskan Malamute is originally bred for hauling heavy freight due to their strength and endurance, and later as a sled dog.

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This is a dignified wag. What is the name of the breed?

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel that simply wants to be your best friend. It is one of the more popular breeds in many countries.

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With such beautifu hair you may want to put it in a pony tail. Which dog breed is it?

This big beauty was originally used to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest. This dog is a strong swimmer and equally strong “pack horse.”

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We're getting to the tail end of the quiz. What breed does this tail belong to?

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog breed which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This breed is active, lively and oh so lovable.

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This tail is a welcome sight if you're in need of rescue. What breed is it?

Originally St. Bernards were used to guard the grounds of Switzerland's Hospice Saint Bernard as well as to help find and save lost and injured people at the Great St. Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border.

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This dog needs to have a nose for its line of work. However, we want to know what breed has this tail. Which one is it?

The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their sense of smell and ability to ground-scent is second only to that of the Bloodhound.

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By now you have a talent for tail recognition. What breed has this curly tail?

When a cotton-ball cloud of curly white hair ends up on your lap, you'll never want to part with the Bichon Frise, one of the sweetest and most affectionate of dog breeds.

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Long, silky hair defines this tail and body. What breed is it?

The Afghan Hound is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end. The dogs were bred for living in the cold mountains of Afghanistan

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You might remember this tail from a Bud Light commercial. What breed is it?

So ugly, it's cute. The Bull Terrier is a breed of dog in the terrier family and is known for starring in Bud Light commercials.

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Two more to go! What breed is this dog?

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. The dense, wiry coat is tan with black and is hypo allergenic.

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Final question: What breed is this dog?

The Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy, hard-muscled herder of strength and agility. It was originally bred in Australia for driving cattle over long distances.

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