Can You Identify These 40 Dog Breeds in Less Than 7 Minutes?


By: Jonnathan Chadwick

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Once upon a time, one version of history says, probably somewhere in Eurasia, a hungry wolf stole some leftover food from some cavemen. The wolves eventually came to expect leftovers from the cavemen, so they stuck around. As the wolves stuck around, the cavemen realized they came in handy. Animals were less apt to attack when wolves were lingering around. They were also great for hunting, herding and traveling. Eventually the cavemen fed the wolves on purpose so they would stick around.

To take things further, cavemen could select the most obedient, strongest, intelligent wolves, and have them breed with each other, birthing strong, intelligent and obedient offspring. After thousands of years of this selective breeding, we have the domesticated dog we love today. Today we know dogs as being a human's best friend, and it's because they were domesticated for exactly that reason. It's no coincidence that dogs are more loyal to humans than humans themselves.

Today's dogs do everything for us. We have rescue dogs, security dogs, seeing dogs, hearing dogs, guide dogs, fire dogs, war dogs, herding dogs, family dogs, search dogs and whatever dog your heart desires. New breeds are being created all the time. Whatever you need, there is a dog for you, but first you have to be able to identify them. Can you identify all of these dogs in under seven minutes?

Do you know America's most popular dog for almost three decades?

There are many different types of retrievers, and there are even two types of Labrador (American and English), and they're hugely popular in both America and the U.K. The Lab has been the most popular breed in America for 27 years.


Can you name this breed that has the most wins at the Westminster Dog Show?

Terriers own the Westminster Dog Show, which has been the country's premier breed show for more than a century. The wire fox terrier specifically has won 14 times, including in 2019. It's a smart, loyal dog that is great with dedicated owners.


Do you know this White House guard dog?

Security forces around the globe employ the Belgian Malinois. The breed has joined the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Army, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Israeli Defense Forces, India's National Security Guard and is used to fight big game poachers in Africa.


This dog is often considered the smartest in the world. Do you know it?

These herding dogs are stupidly bright and require daily mental stimulation as well as physical stimulation. They like to be trained and perform tasks and are best suited for owners who live active lifestyles.


Can you name this firehouse mascot?

Back in the days when firetrucks were firebuggies, dalmatians ran side by side with the horses pulling the buggy. The breed was so comfortable being around horses, they became members of the fire department. When firebuggies turned into firetrucks, the dogs stuck around as mascots.


This is the world's tiniest dog breed. Do you know it?

These teeny tiny dogs barely weigh five pounds and stand about half a foot tall, but they're full of enough energy to launch a rocket ship. It'll take quite a bit of patience to house train one, but once you do, they make fine pets.


Can you name this breed named after one of the world's most popular sports?

Boxers are usually brown with black and white markings on their short trim of fur, but they can also be black or white, or both. If you've ever seen one, you know how powerful they are, and they are regularly used as guard and guide dogs.


Can you name this smart dog known for being lavishly pampered?

Poodles are some of the smartest dogs on Earth, and they're known for being great show dogs, great duck hunters and everything in between. They're also known for their curly coats of fur that require routine maintenance.


What is this dog that is often trained to join the police force?

German shepherds are some of the smartest dogs on the planet. They're the perfect companion for armed forces around the world because they have extremely powerful bites but aren't uncontrollably huge. They have great noses, are agile and can learn a ton of commands.


Do you know this Chinese breed with a rich coat of fur?

The Shih Tzu is also known as the Chinese lion dog and its name translates to "little lion" in Mandarin. Its most distinct feature is its silky long coat of fur, but underneath the lavish coat is a very agile and athletic dog.


Can you name this breed often seen as a guard dog?

Rottweilers are some of the most loyal and loving guard dogs on the planet and they are believed to be descendants of Roman drover dogs that aided the Roman army. The're used today for everything from rescue missions to cattle herding.


What is this poofy dog?

These energetic balls of fur rarely grow larger than seven pounds, but they actually descended from large sled dogs from northern Europe. They're popular pet choices since they're intelligent, friendly and respond well to training.


This popular dog gets its name from its royal coat of fur. Do you know it?

Golden retrievers are one of the most popular pet choices across America, England and Canada, and there are different types of golden retrievers responding to each country. They are commonly used as guide and aid dogs.


Do you know this fairly new breed of pit bull?

The American bully was bred from pit bull and Staffordshire terriers and bully-type dogs (bulldog) to create this companion dog breed. It was first recognized as a breed just a few years ago. It is calmer than the American Staffordshire terrier but retains the physical characteristics.


The name of this dog translates to "puffy lion dog." Do you know it?

These small dogs come from China and they can sometimes resemble mini mastiffs. They're fiercely protective of their owners and are mostly recognized by their elegant coats of fur. They make great pets but can cost up to $10,000.


Can you name this alert guard dog?

Dobermans have cropped ears and tails and have a short trim of black fur, giving them a sleek look. They're one of the most fearless and intimidating dogs, which is why they're often used as guard dogs, but they also make great pets.


If you're familiar with "Lassie" you might know this dog. What is it?

Fictional character Lassie is played by a rough collie, but she's often mistaken for a sheltie. Both dogs look alike and are difficult to distinguish. Rough collies feature long, smooth tan hair with black tips, and they can be really shy.


What's this dog, known as the fastest dog breed in the world?

Greyhounds can run up to 45 mph, making them the fastest dog on Earth. Dobermans, dalmatians and African wild dogs can top out near 40 mph, but none can match the greyhound, which was bred specifically to be a race dog.


Do you know this sled dog from Northeast Asia?

All dogs come from wolves, but some resemble wolves more than others, like the Siberian husky. This dog was built for the Arctic tundra, and even hunts in packs and howls, instead of barking, like a wolf. You can have one as a pet, but they like a lot of open space.


This dog is very particular about its long coat of silky hair. What is it?

Despite the fact Yorkies look like they're made of only hair, they actually don't shed a lot and are known to be hypoallergenic. They're easy pets to take care of. They were once used to catch rats, but they're much smaller and more elegant today.


If you have experience training dogs, this is one of the most loyal companions on Earth. What is it?

The Thai ridgeback is a rare breed outside Thailand, but has been around for a long time. It is similar to a German shepherd but with a shorter trim and a more muscular and compact frame. It's a powerful, loyal dog that loves forming bonds with its owner, but it's not a beginner pet.


Can you name this 150-pound beast known for being a gentle giant?

Great Danes can grow close to four feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds, making them some of the largest dogs on Earth. Despite their size, they're loving and peaceful dogs known as being great with kids and families.


Do you know this hunting dog recognized as the state dog of Maryland?

The Chesapeake Bay retriever is the ideal hunting companion and was developed for just that reason. They're one of the smartest breeds and make great pets, but they need a ton of exercise. An ideal week for this dog includes hiking, running, swimming, hunting and more.


Can you name this angelic dog known for being one of the largest dogs in the world?

These gentle giants are so good with kids they're sometimes referred to as nanny dogs. Despite weighing in at more than 200 pounds, the Saint Bernard is one of the friendliest dogs a pet owner can ask for.


Can you name this rare breed recognized as the state dog of Louisiana?

The Catahoula leopard dog gets its name from its spotted coat of fur that comes in a wide-ranging variety of colors and patterns. They're loyal and gentle dogs, but they're not always suited for the family life. They love the outdoors and enjoy an active lifestyle.


What's the name of this Japanese mountain dog known for being one of the most loyal companions?

Akitas are brave and powerful dogs that make great family companions, but they require proper training from puphood. They love to hunt and can be aggressive to strangers and other dogs. They hardly get along with other animals.


This compact dog is one of the most popular pets all over the world. Do you know it?

French bulldogs, commonly known as Frenchies, are one of the most popular pets in America, Australia and the United Kingdom. They live in a constant state of heartbreaking affection and love playing with families.


If you know the name of this dog, you know why it's one of the best herding dogs in the world. What is it?

This durable and muscular dog sits in the top tier of energy, intelligence and loyalty in the dog world. It's also one of the highest leaping dogs on Earth. They can be great family pets, but are better suited for owners who live an outdoors, active lifestyle.


Do you know this sled dog recognized as the state dog of Alaska?

The Alaskan malamute has been recognized as the state dog of Alaska since 2010, but the dog's history spans much further back than that. It is slightly larger than the Siberian husky and therefore often used for pulling cargo sleds opposed to racing sleds.


What is this dog that looks like a mini foxhound?

Beagles, as with most hounds, have the best sense of smell in the dog kingdom. If you don't have the space for a bloodhound or a foxhound, you can try this small hound, but they still need regular exercise. Expect to dedicate at least an hour a day to exercise and play.


Can you name this dog, commonly considered one of the tallest in the world?

The Scottish deerhound is up to half a foot taller than the greyhound and has a long coat of fur instead of a trimmed cut. These dogs are pure hunters and have hunted everything from deer to coyotes and wolves. They're extremely friendly and make good pets, but not in dense city settings.


Do you know this stocky brick of energy known for slobbering everywhere?

These dogs are beloved pets all over and are great with families. They're known to get along with other pets but can be stubborn at times. They will overeat at any chance they get, so proper diet is a priority when taking care of them.


Do you know this dog that has dreadlocks?

These Hungarian sheep herders are sometimes known as mop dogs because of their hair. The strands of their hair bond together to form dreads, but this can be prevented by pulling apart the strands every so often. Dreaded or not, they require a lot of maintenance.


What is this pudgy dog with a wrinkly face?

These small and affectionate dogs are solid muscle and love running around and sticking their noses into things. Like bulldogs, pugs love to eat everything, so it's best to watch their diet, but other than that, they're very easy to train.


Can you name this colossal dog recognized as one of the world's most powerful?

The French mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux) is said to be France's oldest dog breed. They can stand more than two feet tall and weigh in close to 150 pounds, making them one of the biggest breeds around, like most mastiffs.


This Italian herding dog might be the shaggiest dog of all. What is it?

Believe it or not, this is one of the most low-maintenance dogs on the planet. Once the hair mats are separated and growing, nothing needs to be done. The dogs won't shed and don't need to be shaved or brushed. They can go half a year without a bath.


Do you know this dog also known as a hot dog dog?

Dachshunds are also called sausage dogs because of their elongated bodies, and they are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. They are also known for having one of the longest lifespans of any dog breed, which makes them even more popular pets.


What is this terrier with a flat head?

The bull terrier has one of the most distinct heads in the dog kingdom and it's been described as everything from a shark head to an egg head. These small dogs are strong and mischievous and prioritize playtime over working


Do know this chivalrous dog recognized as the state dog of Massachusetts?

The Boston terrier originated in the U.S. and is the ideal dog for anyone living in an urban environment. It doesn't require a lot of space, and is one of the quietest dogs around, making it suitable for apartment buildings. It's known as the gentleman breed due to its tight tuxedo coat of fur.


Can you name this dog that is one of the most efficient and intelligent herding dogs on the planet?

The Corgi is a small dog that makes for a great pet, but it also loves a decent amount of exercise. It doesn't expect to run alongside your bike ride but definitely wants to be walked every day. It's one of the smartest dog breeds and is happiest when it's working.


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