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Quiz: Do you know your dog breeds?

Dog lovers will enjoy testing their canine knowledge in this 50-question quiz.
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Think you're an expert when it comes to dog breeds?

Do you fancy yourself as a dog person? Are you someone who knows which breeds represent the largest dog in the world and the smallest pup on the planet? Do you know which dog was nominated for an Academy Award? Hint: It's Rin Tin Tin—but that's not in this quiz.

While you may know the tallest canine roaming the earth, can you tell us what dog is a mix between a Tweed water spaniel and a yellow flat-coated retriever? Your best friends at Stacker thought it would be fun to challenge you to identify 50 dogs in a fun-filled slide show. It's not that ruff.

Stacker curated a list of clues and answers about 50 dog breeds, some popular and some more obscure, using a combination of American Kennel Club, Rover, and pet adoption websites. You'll have a blast learning about these creatures, many of whom are providing helpful healing and unconditional love at a time when it's really needed.

Take a few minutes to click through the slideshow and test your doggie diligence. You may be surprised to find out which dog is famous for helping lost travellers in the snow. While that was a pretty easy clue, do you know which pooch was nicknamed the Gamekeeper's Night Dog?

The American Kennel Club lists some fun facts about dogs. Did you know that a nose print is their signature imprint, much like the fingerprint is our unique feature? Dogs have found their way into the human heart. That is why 45% of them sleep in their owners' beds, and 70% of them are on family holiday cards. Did you know that your blood pressure drops when you pet your dog—and so does his?

Grab your favourite four-legged friend and take a few minutes to click through the quiz to see just how well you know your dog breeds.


Clue: Dog breed #1

This merry and positive canine has a nonstop wagging tail and a smooth, flat coat. It adores an abundance of exercise and can be quite mischievous. It may be a bit tricky to figure out this breed since its long head is atypical in retrievers.


Answer: Dog breed #1

Flat-coated retriever


Clue: Dog breed #2

This breed's origin can be traced to Scotland where it could be found herding cattle and sheep. It needs a lot of exercise and will grow up to be between 45 to 55 pounds. The enthusiastic best friend is appropriately described as a shaggy dog whose name comes from the hair hanging from its chin.


Answer: Dog breed #2

Bearded collie


Clue: Dog breed #3

The genesis of this species can be found in ancient times. The long-legged and lean dog's name is derived from the Latin word "gradus" meaning "high grade." Engineered for speed, the dog can be spotted at racetracks and dog shows.


Answer: Dog breed #3



Clue: Dog breed #4

With roots in Australia, this breed has quickly grown in popularity. A hybrid mix of a Labrador retriever and a poodle, this dog comes in a variety of sizes and colours and is smart, affectionate and hypoallergenic.


Answer: Dog breed #4



Clue: Dog breed #5

This strong and beautiful breed would more likely be found outside chasing foxes than residing in a home as a family pet. In the 1700s this dog could be seen with the wealthy Englishmen or beside George Washington who was said to be instrumental in creating an American version of this sporting dog.


Answer: Dog breed #5

English foxhound

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Clue: Dog breed #6

Known for its gorgeous thick coat, and signature blue or multicoloured eyes, this intelligent and athletic canine resembles a wolf. It was originally bred as a sled dog and has a reputation for wandering. If you go to Central Park in New York City, you will see a bronze statue of Balto, one of the most famous characters of this breed.


Answer: Dog breed #6

Siberian husky


Clue: Dog breed #7

This diminutive dog is a member of Scotland's original terrier breed. A relative of the Skye terrier, it is a great hunter and performer. Think Toto from "The Wizard of Oz."


Answer: Dog breed #7

Cairn terrier

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Clue: Dog breed #8

This mini ball of energy is often referred to as the "King of the Toys." The fearless canine is believed to be a cross of a diverse line of dogs, including an Italian greyhound, a dachshund, a Manchester terrier and an old German pinscher.


Answer: Dog breed #8

Miniature pinscher


Clue: Dog breed #9

This playful Nordic dog is recognizable by its fluffy white coat and beautiful black eyes. Smart and merry, this breed once performed in circuses, which helped it become popular.


Answer: Dog breed #9

American Eskimo dog


Clue: Dog breed #10

Queen Victoria popularized this long-haired terrier that was used by farmers and adored by aristocrats. Known for its distinctive look, a representative of the breed took best in show at the 2015 National Dog Show held on Thanksgiving Day.


Answer: Dog breed #10

Skye terrier

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Clue: Dog breed #11

A monkey-like facial expression can often be found on this hound whose name combines the German words for "monkey" and "terrier." An elder of the toy breed, you will often see the breed in 15th-century paintings by the Dutch masters.


Answer: Dog breed #11



Clue: Dog breed #12

Considered a national treasure in Mexico, this ancient dog breed named for the Aztec god Xolotl is believed to be over 3,000 years old. It can be hairless or coated and makes an excellent friend and watchdog. Columbus wrote about the hairless dog in his journal.


Answer: Dog breed #12


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Clue: Dog breed #13

These strong dogs were bred to take care of flocks and defend homes in the Caucasus Mountain region of Eastern Europe. Also known as Russian bear dogs, this breed is quite large and often seen drooling.

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Answer: Dog breed #13

Caucausian shepherd dog


Clue: Dog breed #14

This breed's name is derived from the Native American word for "Chocktaw," which refers to a tribe. It is believed to be a descendant of Native American dogs mixed with breeds brought to this country by Spanish explorers. While the name gives a nod to its leopard coat, there are other coat colours and patterns of this dog. In 1979, this dog was named the official state dog of Louisiana.


Answer: Dog breed #14

Catahoula leopard dog


Clue: Dog breed #15

This dog's name sounds like an exotic flower from the Andes. The pup comes in both hairless and coated types. Its name means naked and the hairless variety is quite sensitive to the sun.

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Answer: Dog breed #15

Peruvian Inca orchid

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Clue: Dog breed #16

This dog is not a jackal, but it sure looks like one. Descending from the packs in Asia that migrated to North America with the Paleo Indians, this dog's signature features include pointed ears and a curved tail that looks like a fishhook.

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Answer: Dog breed #16

Carolina dog (American dingo)


Clue: Dog breed #17

This mammoth creature is a combination of the Saint Bernard, Newfoundland, and Great Pyrenees. Messy and mischievous, this breed is famous for shedding a lot. The high-energy hound's weight ranges between 120 and 170 pounds.


Answer: Dog breed #17



Clue: Dog breed #18

You may recall seeing this type of dog in "Peter Pan" as Nana, since it was the breed that the story's author J.M. Barrie had for his very own. The large dog was often found on English ships and is said to be a great swimmer. Drooling and shedding are two of the breed's characteristics—as are being smart and affectionate.


Answer: Dog breed #18



Clue: Dog breed #19

People familiar with this breed will automatically identify it from its signature dreadlocks. Standing only 17 inches tall at the shoulders, this powerhouse is acrobatic and agile as well as loyal and smart.


Answer: Dog breed #19


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Clue: Dog breed #20

While its origins are in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, this dog became well-known in 1928 while aboard the first Antarctic expedition of Admiral Byrd. It loves to dig, hike, pull sleds and play with children.

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Answer: Dog breed #20



Clue: Dog breed #21

While this dog is actually quite goofy, it has a reputation of being aggressive because of its history of being used as a fighting dog. Before it was branded as a bully, it was an iconic breed that served as a military mascot and wonderful family dog.


Answer: Dog breed #21

American pit bull terrier


Clue: Dog breed #22

This Nordic breed is a powerhouse pooch designed to haul heavy loads. Its namesake is derived from an Inuit tribe and means "village." It is a powerful and fun-loving best friend who also needs a lot of exercise.


Answer: Dog breed #22


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Clue: Dog breed #23

This designer dog is a fusion of a Pomeranian and a Siberian husky. This cute pup, that is fairly new to the dog scene, loves to clown around and can be a bit vocal.

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Answer: Dog breed #23


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Clue: Dog breed #24

Named for the ridge of hair found on its back and the country of its origin, this dog is only one of a trio of ridgebacks found in the world. It makes an excellent security guard and has evolved over time with little help from humans.

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Answer: Dog breed #24

Thai ridgeback


Clue: Dog breed #25

These cute and compact dogs, which are low to the ground, come in two distinct breeds. Queen Elizabeth II owned more than 30 of them in her lifetime. They were used to predict Princess Charlotte's name.


Answer: Dog breed #25


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Clue: Dog breed #26

This pup looks like an athletic beagle and was bred to hunt rabbits. There are many theories about the genesis of the breed, with a popular belief that it is a mini edition of the foxhound.

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Answer: Dog breed #26



Clue: Dog breed #27

Although this dog hails from Malta, its name implies it came from Egypt. Known for its smile and its red and sandy tones, it enjoys a myriad of athletic skills including jumping and hunting in pairs.


Answer: Dog breed #27

Pharaoh hound


Clue: Dog breed #28

Many people believe this lovebug is from Australia, but it was developed by shepherds in America. The smart canine adores chasing frisbees and herding livestock. If you see a merle coat, you will instantly recognize this breed.


Answer: Dog breed #28

Australian shepherd


Clue: Dog breed #29

One of the first designer dogs, this small pup popped up in the 1960s. If you mix a cocker spaniel with a poodle, you will produce one of these sweet fluff balls.


Answer: Dog breed #29



Clue: Dog breed #30

Nicknamed the Arabian greyhound, this ancient and agile hound was found hunting in the North African deserts. Its dark sad eyes and lean structure are its trademarks. In 2016, this breed became the 190th breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club.


Answer: Dog breed #30



Clue: Dog breed #31

Among one of the largest toy breed dogs, a wrinkly face, enormous eyes and a square body define this friendly breed. Originally bred as best friends for Chinese nobility, this lively and lovable pup is a popular pet.


Answer: Dog breed #31



Clue: Dog breed #32

Everyone loves this white powder puff, who is often considered to be hypoallergenic, and took the top prize at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Beloved in 16th-century royal courts, this merry pooch was a circus performer before it became a favourite lap dog.


Answer: Dog breed #32

Bichon frise


Clue: Dog breed #33

Fossils of dogs similar to this great breed have been unearthed in Bronze Age deposits. The dogs worked alongside peasant shepherds in the mountains that separate France and Spain and carry their name. These muscular double-coated canines are independent by nature and make great guard dogs.


Answer: Dog breed #33

Great Pyrenees


Clue: Dog breed #34

This Arctic-type dog is known for its muscular strength, is often seen scowling, and has a black tongue. Its name is a synonym for the word "food," said twice. The breed is thought to be a descendant of the spitz and has been around in China since ancient times.


Answer: Dog breed #34

Chow chow


Clue: Dog breed #35

The tiny toy dog has a large personality. A lapdog sure to bring lots of smiles, this comedian was created by crossing the smooth fox terrier with toy breeds like the Chihuahua and Italian greyhound.


Answer: Dog breed #35

Toy fox terrier

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Clue: Dog breed #36

Working with fishermen to herd fish and search for lost gear along Europe's Atlantic coast to Iceland's fishing grounds was the norm for this medium-built, athletic, and very trainable dog with webbed feet. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983, and from 2009 until 2016 two of its representatives lived in the White House with the Obama family.

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Answer: Dog breed #36

Portuguese water dog


Clue: Dog breed #37

Two types of the breed are hairless and powder puff. The toy breed typically weighs between 10 and 13 pounds. The breed comes in a rainbow of colors. You probably want to put a coat on the hairless variety as it just has a wisp of hair on its—spoiler alert—crest, tail, and feet.

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Answer: Dog breed #37

Chinese crested


Clue: Dog breed #38

Cuban royalty nicknamed these cuddly canines the "Velcro dogs" as they are so attached to their owners. The pet is quite energetic, especially for a lap dog, and is quite trainable. The silly-haired dog will get anxious if left alone.


Answer: Dog breed #38



Clue: Dog breed #39

The charming toy breed has an aristocratic aura and is often described as a cat. The tiny dog is undeniably of Eastern descent with its signature Oriental expression. A plumed tail is often seen over its back.


Answer: Dog breed #39

Japanese chin


Clue: Dog breed #40

These dogs are most often thought of as pulling a sled, hunting game or herding reindeer. Originating from Siberia, the white-coated dogs were often used by explorers en route to the North and South poles. Known as a spitz breed, meaning they are descendants of wolves, these dogs love to sing and smile.


Answer: Dog breed #40



Clue: Dog breed #41

William the Conqueror brought a few of these hounds with him when he came to England in 1066. The dog has an impeccable sense of smell, the best of all the breeds. Duke on the TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies" was one of these dogs, which often work with law enforcement officials.


Answer: Dog breed #41



Clue: Dog breed #42

A member of the working dog group, this breed is best known as a guard dog with a reputation of being powerful, sharp, and strong—quite burly. Originating in the Roman Empire, these gentle giants were put to work in a German town called Rottweil.


Answer: Dog breed #42



Clue: Dog breed #43

Bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century, the breed is a cross between a Tweed water spaniel and a yellow flat-coated retriever. Irish setters and bloodhounds were in the very early breeding mix as well. They are great swimmers. Famous members of this breed include Buddy from "Air Bud" and Shallow from "Homeward Bound."


Answer: Dog breed #43

Golden retriever


Clue: Dog breed #44

The origin of this rescue dog is believed to be from the Roman Molossian dogs. They originally were used to assist pulling carts, but monks discovered their magic was meant to find pathways in the snow. They are highly skilled at finding lost travellers and keeping them safe until help arrives. Throughout the years they have saved more than 2,000 lives.


Answer: Dog breed #44

Saint Bernard

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Clue: Dog breed #45

These herding dogs were bred for toil on the farm. They are very easy to train and adore a great chase. People often mistake them for smaller versions of collies.


Answer: Dog breed #45

Shetland sheepdog


Clue: Dog breed #46

It's pretty easy to figure out the breed when you realize that it is a bulldog and a mastiff mix. Nicknamed the Gamekeeper's Night Dog, this brave dog would chase and hold poachers in England.


Answer: Dog breed #46



Clue: Dog breed #47

This intelligent giant is a natural at dog show events. Loyal and brave, these dogs need to be groomed regularly. They can be recognized, as can their miniature and standard counterparts, by prominent eyebrows and beards.

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Answer: Dog breed #47

Giant schnauzer


Clue: Dog breed #48

English royalty loved this toy dog. There are four varieties of this breed: King Charles, Prince Charles, Blenheim and Ruby, all distinguished by their colouring. The compact creatures have huge dark eyes, hanging ears and wavy coats.


Answer: Dog breed #48

English toy spaniel


Clue: Dog breed #49

The tallest dog in the world is very social and affectionate. Known as the "Apollo of Dogs," they were originally bred to hunt boar in Europe. Graceful and gentle are two adjectives often used to describe these colossal creatures.


Answer: Dog breed #49

Great Dane