Name That Dog Breed!

By: Kennita Leon

The Dachshund is a hound-type dog bred to chase, scent, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals such as rabbits, moles, and rodents. It is short-bodied and is often referred to as the sausage dog or wiener dog.

The Swedish Vallhund is a small dog breed. Its characteristics include pointy ears, short legs and a thick double-coat. The breed was originally developed in Sweden as a herder of cows.

The Brittany was named after its place of origin; the Brittany region of northwestern France. The breed is classified as a gun dog and is a medium-sized dog with a solid build and average sized heads and floppy ears. Brittanys have a median lifespan of 12 to 13 years.

The official state dog of North Carolina, the Plott is a large scent hound commonly referred to as the Plott Hound. It is covered in a fine brindle-coat.

As suggested by its name, the Newfoundland was first bred in Newfoundland, Canada. A working dog, the Newfoundland was used by fishermen. The Newfoundland breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty and strength.

The Samoyed is a descendant of Siberian hunting and herding dogs. A Eurasian dog breed, the Samoyed is also known as the Bjelkier. It is identified by its dense, fluffy, double-layer coat of white and silver.

A guard dog, the Giant Schnauzer was used to guard and herd livestock both on farms and in cities. It is the largest of the three Schnauzer breeds. The breed was developed in 17th century Germany.

The Japanese Chin, also called the Japanese Spaniel, is a lap dog and companion dog known for its crossed-eyes. It is best known for its cat-like traits; independence, good sense of balance, preference for resting on high surfaces and using its paws to wash and wipe its face.

As suggested by the name, the Shih Tzu is Chinese. It is also called the Chrysanthemum Dog. The Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed known for its friendly, affectionate and loyal temperament towards children and adults.

The Bolognese is a small toy dog originating from Bologna, Italy. It is a Bichon-type breed with white coat and is known for being very affectionate.

The Scottish Terrier originated in Scotland. One of the five breeds of Terrier, the Scottish terrier is also known as the Aberdeen Terrier. Its coat ranges from dark gray, jet black and brindle and black and brown.

The Afghan Hound can be easily distinguished by its coat, which is extremely long and silky. A basal breed, the Afghan Hound is bred in the mountains of Afghanistan for its unique features.

The Labradoodle originates from Australia. It is a cross-breed between the Labrador retriever and Miniature Poodle. Labradoodles have a life-span of 14 years and can weigh up to 65 pounds.

The Harrier is a medium-sized hound breed. It was originally used for the hunting of hares. Its physical appearance strongly resembles that of an English hound.

The Pharaoh Hound is of Maltese origin. The dog is currently the national dog of Malta. Traditionally, the breed was used for rabbit hunting in the Maltese Islands. The Pharaoh Hound has a short coat which varies from tan to deep chestnut.

The Chinook was originally bred as a rare breed of sled dog during the 20th century. It is now the official state dog of New Hampshire. Today it makes a friendly companion and competitor in dog sports.

The state dog of Louisiana, the Catahoula Leopard is an American dog breed. The breed is named after the Catahoula Parish in Louisiana. It has a life-span of 10 to 14 years.

The Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds in existence measuring up to a total of 30 inches in height. Also known as the German Mastiff, the Great Dane originates in Germany. The breed was initially used for hunting.

The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese is also known as the Havana Silk Dog. It is a Bichon dog and has a soft, wavy coat of cream, white, beige, fawn, red, chocolate brown silver, gold, black or blue.

The Labrador retriever is popularly used for sporting, hunting and therapy aid. A type of retriever-gun dog, the Labrador breed is of both British and Canadian origin. The breed is known for its friendly temperament.

The origin of Rottweilers can be traced back to the Roman Empire. It is believed that the breed is descended from the Roman mastiff. Commonly referred to as Rotts, Rottweilers are one of the best-known guard dogs today. They are easily distinguished by their silky coat of black/brown and their dotted "eyebrows."

The Briard is of French origin. It was initially developed as a herding dog. An ancient breed, the Briard is covered in a sleek coat of long hairs which are usually tawny, black, gray or blue.

Bloodhounds are considered to be the best scent hounds. A European breed, Bloodhounds were originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar and tracking people. The breed has a strong tracking instinct and a keen sense of smell.

The Otterhound is of British origin. An old breed, the Otterhound has a dense, shaggy coat of black/tan or liver/tan. To date, there are only 600 Otterhounds worldwide, and as a result, the dog has been listed as a vulnerable native breed.

As can be inferred from the name, the Scottish Deerhound is of Scottish origin. The breed was initially developed for the hunting of red deer. The Scottish Deerhound is a sighthound.

The Silky Terrier was first bred in Australia as a small and compact short-legged terrier. The breed has a coat of long, silky fur. The coat varies from gray, white, blue and tan.

The Finnish Spitz has its origin based in Finland where it is currently the national dog. The breed was developed for the hunting of squirrel and rodents. The Finnish Spitz is considered a bark pointer.

The Cockapoo is a cross-breed between an English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Cockapoos have different coats. Some have sleek coats while others have curlier ones.

The origin of the Xoloitzcuintli can be traced as far back as the Native American era. Commonly known as Xolo or the Mexican Hairless dog, the Xoloitzcuintli was believed to ward off evil spirits.

A poodle is a group of formal, popular dog breeds. The term is used collectively to refer to the Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle, and Toy Poodle. The Poodle breed has a thick coat of curly, woolly, soft and wavy fur.

The Dalmatian is popularly known for its unique spotted coat of black and white. A medium-sized breed, Dalmatians are energetic and playful.

The Puli is of a Hungarian origin. It is a small to medium sized dog originally used for herding and guarding livestock. The breed can be distinguished by its long, thick, rope-like coat. They are known for their loyal, intelligent, obedient, independent, friendly, playful, tough and headstrong nature.

The Coton de Tuléar originates from Tuléar, Madagascar. Named after its cotton-like coat, the Coton de Tulear is a small, non-shedding breed. Its coats varies from gray to black.

The Affenpinscher originates from Germany, where it was developed during the 17th century. Also known as the Monkey Terrier, the Affenpinscher is a fuse between a terrier, pinscher and toy dog. The breed was initially developed to remove rodents in kitchens, stables, and granaries.

The Greyhound is an athletic dog bred for coursing game and Greyhound racing. A European sighthound, the Greyhound is fast and can reach a speed of 43mph.

As classified by the American Kennel Club, the Löwchen, also known as Little Lion Dog, is a non-sporting dog. Its long and wavy coat is commonly shaved to imitate the coat of a lion.

Also known as the Hungarian sheepdog, the Komondor is of Hungarian origin. As a result of its long corded white coat, the Komondor has been nicknamed the mop dog. It is a large breed used for guarding livestock.

One of the oldest dog breeds, the Papillon is known as the continental toy spaniel. The Papillon is covered in a straight coat of white with colored patches. It has a short muzzle, erect or dropped ears with rounded tips.

The Weimaraner is of German origin. A large dog breed, the Weimaraner was developed during the 19th century for hunting large animals. It is covered in a smooth coat of charcoal-blue and gray.

The Maltipoo is a cross-breed between a Maltese and a Miniature Poodle. It has a life-span of 15 years and can weigh up to 10 pounds. It is commonly referred to as the Moodle.

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About This Quiz

If you're a true dog lover, then we have the perfect quiz for you. We're going to test your dog breed knowledge today by asking you to identify the kind of dog shown in each of our pictures. If you think you've got what it takes to ace this quiz, keep reading.

Over the centuries, dogs have cemented their place by man's side. These invaluable creatures protect us, show us love, and are capable of learning the most impressive abilities. Evolution and experimentation with breeding have made a wide variety of dogs available for us to keep as pets today, and with over 300 breeds and counting, it may not be the easiest thing to do to tell which is which. 

But we're going to ask you to do that today anyway. And don't think that we've made it easy for you this time around. Sure, we've sprinkled in some of the most recognizable breeds known today, but we've also added some that you may have never heard of, and they include the Bolognese, Komondor, and Puli. But if you're really an expert or a fan, this should be a piece of cake for you. Come show us that you really do know your dog breeds in this quiz. 


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