How Impressive Is Your Dog Breed Knowledge?

Ashley Ehman

What dog breed is commonly used in police K-9 units?

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.

The Portuguese Water Dog, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Terrier are just a few examples of dog breeds that share what trait?

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.

What breed of dog has won the Westminster Dog show the most, having been crowned Best in Show 14 times?

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.

Which American dog breed was the first to be recognized by the American Kennel Club?

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.

What breed of dog is Scooby-Doo?

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.

What kind of dog did Elle Woods have in "Legally Blonde"?

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!

What dog breed is best known for its speed?

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.

Which coat color is not formally allowed in German Longhaired Pointers?

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.

Which dog breed was originally called the Roseneath 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.

What is the difference between a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a Pembroke Corgi?

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.

Which breed gained the nickname of "broken-haired Scotch 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.

Which breed is also known as the Blue Heeler and the Queensland Heeler?

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.

According to the AKC, what is the most popular dog breed in the United States?

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.

"Lassie", the fictional movie canine, was what kind of dog breed?

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.

Which dog breed served as guards for the interior of Tibetan estates?

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.

What kind of dog is Bullseye, the Target Corporation's furry mascot?

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.

What kind of dogs did Cruella de Vil want in the popular Disney movie?

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.

What dog breed shares a bloodline with the Rottweiler?

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.

Which dog is able to alert their owners to food allergens through their sense of smell?

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.

Which dog breed is most commonly used as a medical alert dog?

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.

Which breed is the largest available within the AKC's flushing spaniels?

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.

Greek civilizations were know to build tombs in honor of which dog breed?

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.

Why are Tibetan Mastiff puppies generally born in December or January?

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.

How many dog breeds are recognized globally?

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.

Which breed of dog did Pablo Picasso own?

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.

Which dog breed was nearly extinct after World War I?

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.

It is believed that Teddy Roosevelt originated which dog breed's name?

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.

Which dog breed is more scarce than the Giant Panda?

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.

Which dog breed is the national breed of the Czech Republic?

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.

Which dog breed is named after the German family that bred it into existence?

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.

What kind of dog did Sigmund Freud own?

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.

The first therapy dog belonged to which breed?

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.

What kind of dog was Dorothy's dog, Toto?

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."

What kind of dog was Charlie Brown's dog, Snoopy?

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.

Which hairless dog breed is the only one to have a standard, healthy set of teeth?

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.

What kind of dog was Dante from the Pixar movie "Coco"?

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.

Which breed is the largest of Japanese dog breeds?

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.

Which dog is the only breed with six toes on each feet?

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.

Which breed is the only one named after a fictional character?

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.

Where did the Australian Shepherd breed originate?

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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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? 

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