Trivia: How Well Do You Know Dog Breeds?

Dogs: They’re big and small, have long hair and short fur, and were bred for a wide variety of purposes from hunting to companionship. Many of us are dog lovers, but how much do you really know about dog breeds? With the Westminster Dog Show coming up, now is a great time to test your dog breed knowledge!

Click through the slideshow below for trivia about 11 dog breeds, from Labs to Beagles and lots more in between. On each slide, you’ll find a question. Take your best guess and click to the next one to get the answer. Tell us how you did in the comments below.

Test Your Dog Breed Knowledge

Lab Yorkie Boxer

Animal Photography

Question: Which of these breeds was the American Kennel Club's most popular in 2015?
Labrador Retriever
Yorkshire Terrier

Click to the next slide for the answer.

Labrador Retriever

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography

Answer: The Labrador Retriever has been the AKC’s most popular dog for 24 consecutive years.

Pug Tongue Out Looking at Camera

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography

Question: The Pug is one of the largest of the Toy breeds. True or false?

Pug Standing in Grass

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Answer: True. At 14 to 18 pounds, the jovial Pug is among the bigger breeds in the AKC’s Toy Group.

Bo and Sunny Obama With Barack and Michelle

Question: The Obama family's two dogs are which breed?
Portuguese Water Dog

Bo and Sunny Obama With Michelle

Answer: Portuguese Water Dog. The first family chose the Portie, because the breed is often believed to be more easily tolerated by people with allergies, like their daughters, but the jury’s still out on whether that holds true.

German Shepherd Standing in Grass

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography

Question: For which of these tasks was the German Shepherd breed originally created?
Search and rescue
Guide dog work
Police and military work

German Shepherd Dog

Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Answer: Although German Shepherds have been successful with all of these tasks, they were created by Captain Max von Stephanitz for police and military work.


Eva Maria Kramer, Animal Photography

Question: Firefighters first developed an affinity for Dalmatians because of their history as circus dogs. True or false?

Dalmatian Fire Station


Answer: False. Dalmatians were once popular in the circus, but they started assisting firefighters because they were bred to be coaching dogs. They would run alongside horse-drawn fire engines to clear a path for them and later became firehouse mascots.

Golden Retriever Dog Breed

Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Question: Where is the Golden Retriever generally believed to have originated?
United States

Golden Retriever on bed

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography

Answer: Dudley Marjoribanks, known as Lord Tweedmouth, is credited with breeding the first dogs who would become known as Goldens at his Scottish estate, but their relatives may have existed earlier in England.

Chihuahua Border Collie Irish Setter

Animal Photography

Question: According to our survey of 122 veterinary professionals, which dog is often considered the smartest breed?
Border Collie
Irish Setter

Border Collie

Anna Pozzi, Animal Photography

Answer: The Border Collie is often considered the world’s best herding dog, and the veterinary professionals we surveyed named him the smartest breed, too. In the same survey, our respondents said the lovable Chihuahua and stunning Irish Setter were among the not-so-clever breeds.

Beagle Basset Hound

Animal Photography

Question: Which of these dogs is commonly used at U.S. airports to sniff out contraband?
Basset Hounds

Lemon Beagle Smiling at Camera

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography

Answer: Beagles tend to have an outstanding sense of smell, and their generally friendly nature allows them to search baggage without making passengers nervous in the way that more traditional police dogs might.


Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Question: The Havanese is the national dog of which country?

Havanese Outdoors in Grass


Answer: The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, even though he was once nearly extinct from his island home.

Australian Cattle Dog

Ron Willbie, Animal Photography

Question: This breed is sometimes known as a Blue Heeler. What’s her official name?
Australian Cattle Dog
Siberian Husky
Bluetick Coonhound

Australian Cattle Dog

Tara Gregg, Animal Photography

Answer: The Australian Cattle Dog was first known as the Australian Heeler, and her coat comes in blue or red speckled varieties.

Greyhound Running in Water

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Question: How fast can a Greyhound run? 
Up to 10 mph
Up to 40 mph
Up to 80 mph

Greyhound dog breed

Sam Clark, Animal Photography

Answer: Rescue groups often refer to the Greyhound as a “40-mph couch potato” — a nickname that reflects the breed's reputation for amazing speed and typically quiet, gentle nature.

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