Quiz to Test Your Small Dog Breed Knowledge

Pint-sized pups can range from loyal and portable to feisty and playful. But how well-versed are you on the many small dog breeds that are out there?

We’ll put your knowledge to the test in our quiz, challenging you on everything from which compact canines have belonged to famous faces to fun facts about several different breeds. Test yourself in the slideshow below.

Test Your Small Dog Smarts

Small dog breed quiz

Julia Poole, Animal Photography | Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Question: Queen Elizabeth II is best known for her love of which of these dog breeds?

Bichon Frise
Miniature Poodle

Click to the next slide to see the answer.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Answer: The Queen of England may be the world’s most famous Corgi owner. She owns several at a time and has often been photographed with them.

Small dog breed quiz

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography | Robin Burkett, Animal Photography

Question: Which of these dogs is a French Bulldog?


French Bulldog

Robin Burkett, Animal Photography

Answer: The Frenchie, who was No. 6 on the American Kennel Club’s list of the 10 most popular dog breeds in 2015, is on the right. That's the Boston Terrier on the left.

Small dog breed quiz: Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan


Question: Which president had a Scottish Terrier named Barney?

Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Ronald Reagan

George W. Bush and Barney


Answer: President George W. Bush and his family had several pets in the White House, including Barney, a Scottie, who passed away in 2013.


Karin Newstrom, Animal Photography

Question: True or False: Pomeranians today generally weigh up to 7 pounds, but the original Pomeranians weighed 20 to 30 pounds.

Pomeranian Dog Breed

Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography

Answer: True. It’s believed that Pomeranians came from much larger Spritz breeds and originated in Northern Europe.

Small dog breed quiz

David Jensen, Animal Photography | Anna Pozzi, Animal Photography | Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography

Question: Which of these breeds is often described as “a nose with four legs”?

Norwich Terrier

Two Beagles

Sam Clark, Animal Photography

Answer: The Beagle, center, is known for his powerful nose.

Small dog breed quiz

Karin Newstrom, Animal Photography | Sam Clark, Animal Photography | Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Question: In 1939’s Wizard of Oz movie, what breed was Toto?

Cairn Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Karin Newstrom, Animal Photography

Answer: The part of Toto was played by a Cairn Terrier named Terry.

Two Pekingese Dogs

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Question: The Pekingese originated in which country?


Pekingese Dog Breed

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Answer: The Pekingese has a heritage as a favored companion in the imperial Chinese court.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Question: On the popular HBO series Sex and the City, what was the name of Charlotte York’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

Audrey Hepburn
Grace Kelly
Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor


Answer: Charlotte’s Cavalier was named for actress and style icon Elizabeth Taylor.

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