Quiz to Test Your Large Dog Breed Knowledge

From TV’s beloved Collie, Lassie, to the wrinkly Bloodhounds who use their amazing noses to help police track down lost people, large breeds are known to charm the hearts of dog lovers.

But how much do you really know about breeds like Huskies, Labrador Retrievers and Poodles?

Test your large dog breed smarts in the quiz below.

Test Your Big Dog Breed Knowledge

Lassie and Timmy


Question: The Collie is probably most famous for his starring role in Lassie. Which year did the show debut?

A) 1949
B) 1954
C) 1962

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Collie dog breed

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Answer: B) 1954. The show debuted in 1954 and aired for nearly 20 years. Lassie was played by Rough Collies.

Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Saint Bernard Split

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Question: Which of these breeds made history when they helped deliver lifesaving medication to people in Alaska suffering from an epidemic in the winter of 1925?

A) Siberian Husky
B) Samoyed
C) Saint Bernard

Siberian Husky Dog Breed

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Answer: A) Siberian Husky. The Siberian Husky made his American debut when a team of the sled dogs raced across the frozen wilderness to deliver diphtheria serum to Nome, Alaska.

Chow Chow dog face

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Question: What color is the adult Chow Chow’s tongue?

A) Black and blue
B) Pink
C) Green

Chow Chow dog breed

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Answer: A) Black and blue. Chow Chow puppies are born with pink tongues that darken to blue-black by the time they are 8 to 10 weeks old.

Westminster Kennel Club Logo

Westminster Kennel Club

Question: Which of these large breeds is pictured on the emblem of the Westminster Kennel Club?

A) Pointer
B) Labrador Retriever
C) Poodle

Pointer dog breed in a field

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Answer: A) Pointer. A silhouette of a Pointer appears in the Westminster emblem.


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True or false: The breed name Bloodhound refers to the care that was taken in recording their ancestry or “bloodlines.”

A) True
B) False

Bloodhound puppy

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Answer: A) True. Dogs like the Bloodhound have been around for centuries and were used to track game in hunting. Their name was inspired by the care taken to record their bloodlines, like a canine aristocracy. 


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Question: Where did the Poodle originate?  

A) France
B) Germany
C) Canada

Poodle Laying on Carpet

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Answer: B) Germany. Although Poodles are often thought of as France’s national dog, the breed is thought to have originated in Germany.

Rottweiler Dog Breed

Mary Bloom

Question: What was the Rottweiler bred to herd?

A) Cattle
B) Sheep
C) Goats

Two Rottweilers in Grass

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Answer: A) Cattle. The Rottweiler was bred to drive cattle.

Boxer, Aussie, Greyhound split

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Question: Which of these breeds was included in the American Kennel Club’s top 10 most popular dogs for 2015?

A) Boxer
B) Australian Shepherd
C) Greyhound


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Answer: A) Boxer. The Boxer was number 10 on the AKC’s top 10 breeds list for 2015.

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