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Know your state dogs — a quiz

Chesapeake Bay retriever

Chesapeake Bay retriever

Boston terrier

Boston terrier

Plott hound

Plott hound

Catahoula leopard dog

Catahoula leopard dog


Boykin spaniel

Blue Lacy

Blue Lacy

Great Dane

Great Dane

American foxhound

American foxhound

American water spaniel

American water spaniel

Sure, you may know your state capitals, but do you know your state dogs?

With Missouri poised to name the Newfoundland its official state dog — possibly an attempt by what’s been called the puppy mill capital of the U.S. to gain some good doggie PR — there could soon be 10 states with their own state dogs.

Perhaps there’s some purpose to naming a state dog — other than as a favor to friends or supporters, other than providing a little fun for state legislators — but I don’t immediately see it. I do see an opportunity for a quiz, though. So here’s your challenge:

Match the nine breeds to the nine states that have designated them as their state dogs. The first two are no-brainers, but after that they get a little harder. If you get all nine right, you win …

My admiration.

For the answers, click here.

And if your wondering why a state like Missouri would opt to pick as its official  breed a dog most often associated with the icy northeast coast, think Lewis and Clark.

The explorers, on their expedition of the new territory acquired by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase, were accompanied by Seaman, a Newfoundland.











Update: New Hampshire declared the Chinook its state dog in Aug. 2009. A sled and work dog, the Chinook is the only breed to have originated in New Hampshire. The breed was started by Arthur Walden in Wonalancet NH in 1917. The bill designating the state dog was the idea of a group of seventh graders at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford.

(Photo credits: American Water Spaniel by Norm and Mary Kangas, via Flickr; Blue Lacy by Brooke Shaw on Wikipedia; Catahoula Leopard dog from PetsFact.com; Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Mary Bloom, American Kennel Club;  Plott hound, Boykin Spaniel, American Foxhound, courtesy of American Kennel Club, Great Dane and Boston Terrier by John Woestendiek, ohmidog!)



Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 5, 2009 at 9:00 am

I’m not gonna take the quiz because I cheated. There was one type of dog on the list I’d never heard of.

As I’d suspected, it was a dog developed specifically for conditions in its state by people living there. Actually, I think the same is true for most of the dogs on that list. It’s nice to promote your state with something great that originated there. But I do feel a bit cynical about Missouri. If Newfoundlands could talk (and vote) they’d probably say, “No thanks.”

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time December 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Interesting and amusing!! Frankly, I never even knew there were “state dogs!” I then had to look up the state dogs of various states including my former home. Yeah, the state dog is probably much like the state bird — what you see or would expect to see is what you get. In the end I would just like to see : “State Dog: Mutt, and Preferably Adopted.”
Thanks for this JW!

Comment from Karen
Time December 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

You left out NH. NH now has a state dog as well the Chinook. It became law on Aug. 7th, 2009.

State Dog. The Chinook is hereby designated as the official state dog of New Hampshire.

The Chinook, a sled and work dog, is the only breed to have originated in New Hampshire and one of the few created in America. The breed was started by Arthur Walden in Wonalancet NH in 1917.

The bill was the idea of a group of seventh graders at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford.

Karen, Thanks for the update.