Can You Pass This Difficult Dog Breed Identification Quiz?

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By: Monica Lee

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Although you may have a favorite breed based on looks and personality, the history behind the name of the breed itself is fascinating. Obviously, dogs like the Yorkshire Terrier or Irish Setter are names influenced by the city or country of origin. And names like the Rat Terrier has this moniker due to the creature it was trained to hunt. Then there are those like the Jack Russell Terrier that was aptly named after its breeder, Jack Russell, a reverend in Devonshire, England.  Even the poodle has an interesting background. Especially since today, most people think of a poodle as a fancy, snooty dog. However, its origins are as a gun dog that would swim out after fallen waterfowl to retrieve it.  Pudeln was a German word that meant "to splash," hence they became known as pudelhund, or "water dogs" which eventually evolved into the English word, "poodle."

Fortunately for you, we aren't testing your knowledge of the breed, only whether or not you can match the breed name to the picture. But don't worry, we'll throw you a bone or two with some easy, familiar breeds. Even so, it will be a difficult quiz ... or is our bark worse than our bite? Take the quiz and find out!  

You need to be as smart as this breed to get the right answer. What breed is it?

The Poodle is among the very smartest and most obedient of dogs, which dates back to their hunting heritage. Plus the Poodle makes a great family pet as they love children and are playfully exuberant.

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What is the name of the breed of this caring creature?

The Collie is gentle, devoted, and mild-mannered. He is a friendly companion with a working heritage, and therefore needs daily mental and physical stimulation.

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What's the name of the breed of this spotted dog?

Able to run for miles, the Dalmatian has tireless energy. It is a playful, eager companion that needs its exercise in order to behave at home.

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What is the name of this long-haired beauty?

Despite his regal bearing, the Afghan hound is a hunter and bred to chase game over rugged terrain. He needs to be exercised daily.

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What is the name of this hypoallergenic dog?

The largest of terriers, the Airedale is willful, playful and adventurous. He doesn't shed very much, making him a candidate for a household whose members have allergies.

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What is the name of this unusual-looking breed?

The Chinese Crested is a gentle lap dog as well as a playful and sensitive companion. Not all varieties are hairless but those that are will need a sweater when the weather gets cold.

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This is a top-ten favorite, what's the name of this breed?

Friendly, playful and smart, the Golden Retriever is known for her devoted and obedient nature as a family companion.

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This is a recognizable fellow. What is the name of the breed?

It's a good day when you have a German Shepherd in your family. It's another one of the most popular breeds in America. These handsome dogs are known for their intelligence and devotion.

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It's about time we throw in a hard one. What's the name of this breed?

Originally bred for hunting, the Basenji is a feisty hound. However, some consider its mannerisms catlike: clever, inquisitive, stubborn, independent and reserved.

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Check out this little one. What is the name of this breed?

The spunky Brussels Griffon is lively, brimming with self-confidence and gusto. He is bold, playful, stubborn and mischievous. He is a handful but a fun one at that.

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Time to go large or go home. What is the name of this breed?

Despite the large size, the Great Dane is gentle, loving, easygoing and sensitive. She makes a pleasant, well-mannered family companion.

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What's the name of this distinguished breed?

Originally bred for cattle herding and as a guardian, this intelligent and exuberant breed is a good choice for an active person.

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What is the name of this hard-working breed?

The Irish Setter was bred to be a tireless and enthusiastic hunter, so you'll need to exercise her daily. She approaches everything in life with a rollicking, fun personality.

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What is the name of the breed of this perky dog?

This is a playful and intelligent dog that thrives on action and adventure. He is a true hunter who will explore, wander, chase and dig when he gets a chance.

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This one has eyes that will melt your heart. Which breed is it?

The Japanese Chin is a devoted companion with a playfulness and gentleness that makes him a good companion to children.

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What is the name of the breed of this gorgeous creature?

The Keeshond combines many traits of the best house dogs: fairly energetic and playful, very attentive and loving, plus he's ready at anytime to run errands or go on a hiking adventure.

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This is one of the most favorite breeds in America. What is it?

The sixth most popular breed in America is the Beagle. And for good reason! Sweet, gentle and friendly, the Beagle was bred as a pack hunter and loves companionship.

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This furry friend is particularly furry. What breed is it?

The Lhasa Apso is originally from Tibet and was a watchdog. He is independent, stubborn and bold, but always ready for a romp or game.

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This large breed has a large heart ready to love you. What breed is it?

If you rank by sweetness of temperament, the Newfoundland shoots to the top of the list. He is calm, patient, and a protector, if necessary.

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What is the name of the breed of this cutie pie?

The Akita is bold, independent, stubborn and tenacious. However, when it comes to his family, he is utterly devoted and protective.

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What is the breed of this perfect pooch?

The jolly but gentle Old English Sheepdog is a well-mannered house pet that often amuses his family with comical antics-- maybe it's because it can't see through all that hair!

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This one hails from Mexico. Which breed is it?

The saucy Chihuahua has earned her place as a favored toy dog because of her intense devotion to a single person.

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What is the name of the breed of this lap dog?

One of the most obedient and responsive of the toy breeds, the expressive Papillon is also gentle, friendly and playful. She is perfectly content to sit on anyone's lap.

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What is the name of the breed of this fur ball?

Dignified, even lordly, the Chow Chow conducts himself with reserve. He is serious, protective and devoted to his family.

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This breed was bestowed a new honor this year. What breed is it?

German Shorthaired Pointers cracked the top ten for the first time this year as a favorite U.S. breed, according to the American Kennel Club.

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Originally used to flush badgers, what is the name of this breed?

The Dachshund is bold, curious and always up for adventure. He likes to hunt and dig, tracking by scent and going to ground after game.

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This was the breed President Obama's family chose. What breed is it?

The gregarious Portuguese Water Dog is a fun-loving, family-loving, water-loving dog. He is good with children, sensitive and responds well to direction.

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What is the name of this flat-faced breed?

A delightful blend of dignity and comedy, the pug is a friendly, playful and confident companion. Although he can be stubborn, he is a show off that loves to be in the spotlight.

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What is the name of the breed of this white dog?

The Great Pyrenees is a capable and imposing guardian, calm, well-mannered and somewhat serious. She is very gentle with her family and children.

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What is the name of the breed of this luxurious lap dog?

This ideal apartment dog is not a sissy lap dog. She is a courageous companion who is extremely devoted to her family, while being independent and not overly demonstrative.

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Although it has stubby legs, this breed is big on love. Which breed is it?

With enough exercise, the Pembroke is a perfect companion. He is well adapted to live outdoors in temperate climates, but is happier sharing his home with your family.

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What is the name of this unusual-looking breed?

A mop on springs, the Puli is full of bouncing energy. He is busy and curious and needs daily exercise. This smart dog is also a great conversation starter with his unique look.

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What is the name of this South African dog breed?

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a keen and versatile hunter, as well as a loyal guardian. He is good with children, although, at times, may become strong-willed and dominant.

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This is a perfect dog for a hunter, what breed is it?

Bred to be a close-working gun dog, the Vizsla has tireless energy. He is a talented pointer and always on the lookout for bird scent. He is gentle, affectionate as well as sensitive and protective.

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If you're stranded, you'll be relieved when you see this breed. What breed is it?

Known for retrieving those stranded in the snow, the calm, easygoing Saint Bernard is a wonderful dog. Gentle and patient around children, this breed is not particularly playful.

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What is the breed of this gentle and sensitive dog?

Perhaps the most demonstrative and obedient of the sight hounds, the Whippet makes an ideal pet for people who want a quiet house dog and absolutely devoted companion. But be nice, the Whippet is extremely sensitive.

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If you want a dog as fast as lightning, this breed is for you. What is the name of the breed?

Although you may be used to seeing them at the race track, Greyhounds also make great family pets. Known as "the world's fastest couch potato," the Greyhound is quiet, calm and extremely well-mannered indoors.

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Originally bred for herding reindeer, this dog likes the cold climate. What breed is it?

Gentle and playful, the Samoyed makes a good companion for a child or person of any age. She is calm indoors, but this clever, sometimes mischievous breed needs daily physical and mental exercise to maintain her good behavior.

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The grace and beauty of this pet is a vision to behold. What is the breed?

The graceful Ibizan Hound uses his acute hunting senses of hearing and smell to locate small animals, and will chase anything that moves. He is gentle, mild-mannered,and even-tempered, making a sweetheart of a house pet.

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Final question: What is the name of this breed?

The spunky but sweet Shih Tzu is both a gentle lap dog and a rowdy companion. His stubborn streak aside, his attitude is upbeat and he's always ready to romp.

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