Dog Breed Quiz

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Are you up for taking a dog breed quiz? This is a fun activity for anyone who fancies themselves a dog person.

For example, are you someone who knows which breeds represent the largest dog in the world and the smallest pup on the planet? Do you know which dog was nominated for an Academy Award? Hint: It’s Rin Tin Tin—but that’s not in this quiz.

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Do you know your dog breeds?

Stacker curated a list of clues and answers about dozens of dog breeds, some popular and some more obscure. The source? A combination of American Kennel Club, Rover, and pet adoption websites.

Grab your favorite four-legged friend and take a few minutes to test your knowledge on different breeds.

Quiz Question: Dog breed #1

This merry and positive canine has a nonstop wagging tail and a smooth, flat coat. It adores an abundance of exercise and can be quite mischievous. It may be a bit tricky to figure out this breed since its long head is atypical in retrievers.

Answer: #1

Flat-coated retriever

Quiz Question: Dog breed #2

This breed’s origin can be traced to Scotland where it could be found herding cattle and sheep. It needs a lot of exercise and will grow up to be between 45 to 55 pounds. The enthusiastic best friend is appropriately described as a shaggy dog whose name comes from the hair hanging from its chin.

Answer: #2

Bearded collie

Quiz Question: Dog breed #3

The genesis of this species can be found in ancient times. The long-legged and lean dog’s name is derived from the Latin word “gradus” meaning “high grade.” Engineered for speed, the dog can be spotted at racetracks and dog shows. It’s also one of the fastest dog breeds on the planet.

Answer: #3


Quiz Question: Dog breed #4

With roots in Australia, this breed has quickly grown in popularity. A hybrid mix of a Labrador retriever and a poodle, this dog comes in a variety of sizes and colors and is smart, affectionate and big hypoallergenic dog.

Answer: #4


Quiz Question: Dog breed #5

This strong and beautiful breed would more likely be found outside chasing foxes than residing in a home as a family pet. In the 1700s this dog could be seen with the wealthy Englishmen or beside George Washington who was said to be instrumental in creating an American version of this sporting dog.

Answer: #5

English foxhound

Quiz Question: Dog breed #6

Known for its gorgeous thick coat, and signature blue or multicolored eyes, this intelligent and athletic canine resembles a wolf. It was originally bred as a sled dog and has a reputation for wandering. If you go to Central Park in New York City, you will see a bronze statue of Balto, one of the most famous characters of this breed.

Answer: #6

Siberian husky

Quiz Question: Dog breed #7

This diminutive dog is a member of Scotland’s original terrier breed. A relative of the Skye terrier, it is a great hunter and performer. Think Toto from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Answer: #7

Cairn terrier

Quiz Question: Dog breed #8

This mini ball of energy is often referred to as the “King of the Toys.” The fearless canine is believed to be a cross of a diverse line of dogs, including an Italian greyhound, a dachshund, a Manchester terrier and an old German pinscher.

Answer: #8

Miniature pinscher

Quiz Question: Dog breed #9

This playful Nordic dog is recognizable by its fluffy white coat and beautiful black eyes. Smart and merry, this breed once performed in circuses, which helped it become popular.

Answer: #9

American Eskimo dog

Quiz Question: Dog breed #10

A monkey-like facial expression can often be found on this hound whose name combines the German words for “monkey” and “terrier.” An elder of the toy breed, you will often see the breed in 15th-century paintings by the Dutch masters.

Answer: #10


Quiz Question: Dog breed #11

Considered a national treasure in Mexico, this ancient dog breed named for the Aztec god Xolotl is believed to be over 3,000 years old. It can be hairless or coated and makes an excellent friend and watchdog. Columbus wrote about the hairless dog in his journal.

Answer: #11


Quiz Question: Dog breed #12

This breed’s name is derived from the Native American word for “Chocktaw,” which refers to a tribe. It is believed to be a descendant of Native American dogs mixed with breeds brought to this country by Spanish explorers. While the name gives a nod to its leopard coat, there are other coat colors and patterns of this dog. In 1979, this dog was named the official state dog of Louisiana.

Answer: #12

Catahoula leopard dog

Quiz Question: Dog breed #13

You may recall seeing this type of dog in “Peter Pan” as Nana, since it was the breed that the story’s author J.M. Barrie had for his very own. The large dog was often found on English ships and is said to be a great swimmer. Drooling and shedding are two of the breed’s characteristics—as are being smart and affectionate.

Answer: #13


Quiz Question: Dog breed #14

While this dog is actually quite goofy, it has a reputation of being aggressive because of its history of being used as a fighting dog. Before it was branded as a bully, it was an iconic breed that served as a military mascot and wonderful family dog.

Answer: #14

American pit bull terrier

Quiz Question: Dog breed #15

This Nordic breed is a powerhouse pooch designed to haul heavy loads. Its namesake is derived from an Inuit tribe and means “village.” It is a powerful and fun-loving best friend who also needs a lot of exercise.

Answer: #15


Quiz Question: Dog breed #16

This designer dog is a fusion of a Pomeranian and a Siberian husky. This cute pup, that is fairly new to the dog scene, loves to clown around and can be a bit vocal.

Answer: #16


Quiz Question: Dog breed #17

These cute and compact dogs, which are low to the ground, come in two distinct breeds. Queen Elizabeth II owned more than 30 of them in her lifetime. They were used to predict Princess Charlotte’s name. Also, these dogs are excellent at splooting.

Answer: #17


Quiz Question: Dog breed #18

Many people believe this lovebug is from Australia, but it was developed by shepherds in America. The smart canine adores chasing frisbees and herding livestock. If you see a merle coat, you will instantly recognize this breed.

Answer: #18

Australian shepherd

Quiz Question: Dog breed #19

One of the first designer dogs, this small pup popped up in the 1960s. If you mix a cocker spaniel with a poodle, you will produce one of these sweet fluff balls.

Answer: #19


Quiz Question: Dog breed #20

Among one of the largest toy breed dogs, a wrinkly face, enormous eyes and a square body define this friendly breed. Originally bred as best friends for Chinese nobility, this lively and lovable pup is a popular pet.

Answer: #20


Quiz Question: Dog breed #21

Everyone loves this white powder puff, who is often considered to be hypoallergenic, and took the top prize at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Beloved in 16th-century royal courts, this merry pooch was a circus performer before it became a favorite lap dog.

Answer: #21

Bichon frise

Quiz Question: Dog breed #22

Fossils of dogs similar to this great breed have been unearthed in Bronze Age deposits. The dogs worked alongside peasant shepherds in the mountains that separate France and Spain and carry their name. These muscular double-coated canines are independent by nature and make great guard dogs.

Answer: #22

Great Pyrenees

Quiz Question: Dog breed #23

This Arctic-type dog is known for its muscular strength, is often seen scowling, and has a black tongue. Its name is a synonym for the word “food,” said twice. The breed is thought to be a descendant of the spitz and has been around in China since ancient times.

Answer: #23

Chow chow

Quiz Question: Dog breed #24

Working with fishermen to herd fish and search for lost gear along Europe’s Atlantic coast to Iceland’s fishing grounds was the norm for this medium-built, athletic, and very trainable dog with webbed feet. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983. From 2009 until 2016, two of its representatives lived in the White House with the Obama family — primarily because they needed a hypoallergenic dog breed.

Answer: #24

Portuguese water dog

Quiz Question: Dog breed #25

Two types of the breed are hairless and powder puff. The toy breed typically weighs between 10 and 13 pounds. The breed comes in a rainbow of colors. You probably want to put a coat on the hairless variety as it just has a wisp of hair on its—spoiler alert—crest, tail, and feet.

Answer: #25

Chinese crested

Quiz Question: Dog breed #26

Cuban royalty nicknamed these cuddly canines the “Velcro dogs” as they are so attached to their owners. The pet is quite energetic, especially for a lap dog, and is quite trainable. The silly- haired dog will get anxious if left alone.

Answer: #26


Quiz Question: Dog breed #27

These dogs are most often thought of as pulling a sled, hunting game or herding reindeer. Originating from Siberia, the white-coated dogs were often used by explorers en route to the North and South poles. Known as a spitz breed, meaning they are descendants of wolves, these dogs love to sing and smile.

Answer: #27


Quiz Question: Dog breed #28

William the Conqueror brought a few of these hounds with him when he came to England in 1066. The dog has an impeccable sense of smell, the best of all the breeds. Duke on the TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies” was one of these dogs, which often work with law enforcement officials.

Answer: #28


Quiz Question: Dog breed #29

A member of the working dog group, this breed is best known as a guard dog with a reputation of being powerful, sharp, and strong—quite burly. Originating in the Roman Empire, these gentle giants were put to work in a German town called Rottweil.

Answer: #29


Quiz Question: Dog breed #30

Bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century, the breed is a cross between a Tweed water spaniel and a yellow flat-coated retriever. Irish setters and bloodhounds were in the very early breeding mix as well. They are great swimmers. Famous members of this breed include Buddy from “Air Bud”and Shallow from “Homeward Bound.”

Answer: #30

Golden retriever

Quiz Question: Dog breed #31

The origin of this rescue dog is believed to be from the Roman Molossian dogs. They originally were used to assist pulling carts, but monks discovered their magic was meant to find pathways in the snow. They are highly skilled at finding lost travelers and keeping them safe until help arrives. Throughout the years they have saved more than 2,000 lives.

Answer: #31

Saint Bernard

Quiz Question: Dog breed #32

These herding dogs were bred for toil on the farm. They are very easy to train and adore a great chase. People often mistake them for smaller versions of collies.

Answer: #32

Shetland sheepdog

Quiz Question: Dog breed #33

It’s pretty easy to figure out the breed when you realize that it is a bulldog and a mastiff mix. Nicknamed the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog, this brave dog would chase and hold poachers in England.

Answer: #33


Quiz Question: Dog breed #34

This intelligent giant is a natural at dog show events. Loyal and brave, these dogs need to be groomed regularly. They can be recognized, as can their miniature and standard counterparts, by prominent eyebrows and beards.

Answer: #34

Giant schnauzer

Quiz Question: Dog breed #35

English royalty loved this toy dog. There are four varieties of this breed: King Charles, Prince Charles, Blenheim and Ruby, all distinguished by their coloring. The compact creatures have huge dark eyes, hanging ears and wavy coats.

Answer: #35

English toy spaniel

Quiz Question: Dog breed #36

The tallest dog in the world is very social and affectionate. Known as the “Apollo of Dogs,” they were originally bred to hunt boar in Europe. Graceful and gentle are two adjectives often used to describe these colossal creatures.

Answer: #36

Great Dane

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