The History of Dog Breeds

 Dogs have been our closest animal friends and partners for over 10,000 years (some say as long as three times that). Over those thousands of years, we have separated them by breeding into the many different breeds we know and love today. What do you know about these breeds, what they are meant to do and where they are from?
 
 
Welsh Corgis were originally bred to do what job on grazing lands?
They are also Queen Elizabeth II's favorite dogs, and she has many...
Keeping wolves away
Chasing people away
Hunting rabbits
Herding cattle
 
 
What are St. Bernard dogs considered to be good at?
Music
Rescue
Hunting
Guarding
 
 
What group of dogs do Beagles belong to?
Hounds were bred for their powerful sense of smell. They can work as police dogs and sniff for drugs or are used to track down targets.
Pointers
Hounds
Retrievers
Mutts
 
 
Pugs used to be the most exalted dog breed and favorite pet of which rulers?
Pugs originated in China, but they became very popular around the world very quickly.
Egyptian Pharaohs
Chinese Emperors
Roman Emperors
American Presidents
 
 
The Collie, like the famous Lassie, were originally bred for what job?
This fits their extremely high energy levels. A Collie or Border Collie is a really energetic dog that requires a lot of daily exercise.
Sheep herding
Hunting
Guarding
Search and Rescue
 
 
True or False: Dachshunds have short legs because they were purposefully bred to hunt small animals that live in burrows.
True
False
 
 
About how many breeds of purebred dogs does the American Kennel Club recognize?
200
120
50
400
 
 
Which of the following dog breeds originated in Tibet?
Lhasa Apso
Labradoodle
Poodle
Chow Chow
 
 
Which dog's name translates to "dwarf dog?"
Chihuahua
Corgi
Dachshund
Shih Tzu
 
 
Which breed is most popular in the US and has been since the 1990s?
This breed has been holding the title for 25 years. It is also the most popular breed in the UK.
Boxer
German Shepherd
Labrador Retriever
Beagle
 
 
Where was the Labrador Retriever originally bred?
More specifically in Newfoundland.
Canada
Germany
Ireland
United States
 
 
Which breed is considered the fastest dog?
Greyhounds can reach 45 MPH (72 KPH) and take only 3 seconds to go from 0 to 30 MPH. Now that's speed.
Greyhound
Whippet
Saluki
Jack Russell Terrier
 
 
Which dog was a warrior dog, wore armor and fought the Roman armies?
The Mastiff was used as a guarding and fighting dog in England for over 2,000 years. Don't forget they can get to 230 pounds!
Mastiff
Pitbull Terrier
Doberman
Boxer
 
 
Which breed of dog cannot swim?
Due to their long ears and short legs, they find it almost impossible to swim and were never meant for water.
Newfoundland
Husky
Poodle
Basset Hound
 
 
Which breed is the famous Rin Tin Tin?
It was a male German Shepherd born in Flirey, France, who became an international star in motion pictures. He was rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who nicknamed him "Rinty".
German Shepherd
Collie
Rat Terrier
Bloodhound
Still a Pup
Afraid to say, you still have much to learn about dog breeds and their origins. Of course, it hardly matters if you don't have a dog. But if you do, it pays to know where they came from (even if mixed) to better understand them and their behaviors.
A Doggie Enthusiast
Well done! You know more than the average Joe about dog breeds, their origins and what job they were bred for. It pays to know where they came from (even if mixed) to better understand them and their behaviors. You can of course still improve your score...
A Doggie Expert!
Astounding! Well done if we should say so ourselves. You must know quite a lot about dogs! We bet you probably have or have had one or more dogs, and we bet you loved them very much, as we all do our good boys and girls. Congratulations for acing our quiz!
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