Hey Dog Lovers! Can You Name the Breed From a Single Sentence?

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About This Quiz

Groucho Marx once said, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Find a place with good lighting and test your knowledge of man's best friend with our quiz on dog breeds!

My name means "badger dog."

Dachshunds are famously short and long-bodied. They were bred to go down into tunnels and flush out game like badgers.

Named for a part of England, I am famously a lap dog.

Yorkshire is not the poshest part of England -- its "dales" are high, cold and rural. But, oddly, this is where the silky, elegant Yorkie came from.

I am the national symbol of England.

Bulldogs tend to make good pets due to a good nature and low-moderate energy level. However, you should be prepared to deal with some issues related to their brachycephalic faces -- they cannot cool themselves down by panting as effectively as other breeds and should not be over-exercised or left in hot places.

I was bred by an English parson.

This breed is adorable, energetic, stubborn and bossy. There's a handy test for whether you're ready to own a Jack: Are you ready to no longer be in charge of your own household? If so ... then yes!

My long, silky ears are perhaps my best feature.

The basset hound resembles a beagle, except for its wrinkly skin and long, deliciously soft ears. They are scent hounds, originally bred to track game.

The Welsh bred me to herd cattle.

"Corgi" means "dwarf dog." They were bred short to duck under the kicking hooves of the cows.

My most famous exemplar is "Snoopy."

Beagles are very popular as house pets. But more than one owner has learned you can't let one off leash in open territory unless you've got plenty of time to wait for him or her to return from exploring!

I am Hollywood's favorite guard and attack dog.

Fun fact: This dog was bred by Karl Dobermann, a German tax collector who wanted a protective dog to accompany him on his rounds. However, with proper training, the Doberman can be a loving, loyal dog, great with children.

I might easily have been named for my sunny temperament.

The Golden is one of America's favorite dogs. Though they need plenty of exercise, their excellent temperament makes them a good household dog.

I'm named for part of Canada, where I liked to swim in cold waters.

Labrador and Newfoundland are both on the east coast of Canada. Labradors tended to be hunters' retrievers, whereas Newfoundlands were often ship dogs.

Despite my name, I didn't really come from Denmark.

Though there are big dogs resembling the Great Dane in centuries-old art from Denmark, the modern version was developed in Germany. They are not the tallest breed -- that's the Irish Wolfhound -- but they do get quite big.

I have gorgeous red hair.

The Irish setter is known for its long reddish hair. It's also known -- incorrectly -- as not very smart. In fact, they are intelligent dogs, just a bit rambunctious.

I'm named for a state in Mexico.

The Chihuahua goes back a long way in Mexico, and might have been used as a "living hot-water bottle" by the Aztecs. Sweet!

I am a little blonde bombshell (even when I'm a boy!)

Germany has bred some of America's most popular pet dogs. The Pomeranian is a lap dog popular in New York and L.A. THe German Shepherd is much bigger, but maybe even more popular.

I am China's "lion dog," owned by royals.

In 2011, to the delight of show-goers, Malachy the Pekingese won Best in Show at Westminster. At least, we think it was him under all that long, abundant hair!

I've held the top spot as America's favorite dog for years.

Despite fads for pit bulls, Border collies, Chihuahuas and Yorkies, the Lab is America's top dog. They require daily exercise, but make excellent family pets.

I'm sometimes called the Aberdeen Terrier.

The Scottish terrier, known for its bearded chin and big-dog attitude, was very popular in 19th- and early 20th-century America. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a devoted Scottie that he called "Fala."

My name is French for "butterfly."

The dog is named for its wide triangular ears. Long fringelike hair hangs down from the edges, giving the ears the "butterfly" look.

I'm an independent, hardy dog from Japan.

This dog is named after the Akita prefecture of Japan. The most famous Akita is Hachiko, who walked with his master to the train station every day. After his owner died of a brain hemhorrhage while at work, the Akita continued the ritual of going to the train station every day for the rest of his life.

Chinese in origin, I am a popular lap dog.

Fun fact: A pug makes an appearance in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park." Literary critic John Sutherland called it a "dual-sexed pug with an unusually long sex life" because of Austen's apparent forgetfulness about whether "Pug" was a he or a she, and how it seemed to be having a litter quite late in life.

As my name suggests, I'm just about lion-sized.

The Leonberger is a shaggy, tawny giant-breed dog. It is named for the town of Leonberg in Germany.

I sometimes have one brown eye and one blue.

Australian shepherds are striking dogs, often with a mottled "merle" coat and bi-colored eyes. They can be good house pets if given lots of exercise, like agility training.

I am sometimes called a "barkless" dog.

The basenji, an African breed, isn't really barkless. Instead, it makes a distinctive yodeling noise.

I've had all kinds of jobs: herding, guarding, police work, guiding the blind ... even acting!

The German shepherd is nothing if not versatile. Though not suited for life as a couch potato, they are popular as house pets.

Though a lovable type, I am NOT suited for indoor/apartment living.

Border collies were popularized, in part, by the book "Nop's Trials." Though intelligent and beautiful, they need more exercise and stimulation than nearly any other breed, and should not be bought as a house pet.

I have been known to run on the backs of cows while herding.

Australian cattle dogs are another breed not suited for quiet apartment life. They are active and intelligent, and love being outdoors.

It's sometimes hard to imagine I can see where I'm going!

Old English sheepdogs tend to have mellow dispositions. However, be sure you have time to devote to hair care if you get one (or have its hair cropped short).

I am sometimes called the "king of terriers."

The Airedale is the largest of the terriers. They've performed many jobs in their history, including hunting, herding and guarding.

I excel at water rescues because of my thick double coat and web feet.

The Newfoundland was often a ship's dog. Legend tells of a Newfoundland who, after a shipwreck, stayed on the shore for days and retrieved every piece of the ship it could spot from land.

I hail from Japan, but am smaller than the Akita.

The Shiba Inu resembles the larger Akita, also from Japan. It has a foxlike face, and often thick tan fur that fades into cream in certain areas, like the chest.

I closely resemble the Doberman Pinscher.

While the first Dobermans were accompanying a tax collector on his rounds, the Manchester terrier was clearing rats out of northern England's inns, pubs and homes. With infectious disease common, this was an important job.

Barack Obama's dogs, Bo and Sunny, are this breed.

The Obama family chose the dogs for their hypoallergenic coats, which do not aggravate allergies. The breed's skill at swimming and retrieving fishing nets was probably less useful in the West Wing.

My name comes from the way I flush out birds.

The cocker spaniel was bred to flush out birds, or "gamecocks," on hunting trips. Placid and friendly, they make good house pets, as well.

I'm called a "Sennenhund" in my native Switzerland.

The Bernese is a big, tricolored dog -- black, brown and white -- bred to withstand alpine weather. They have a funny habit of sitting on their owner's foot whenever possible.

A needle-nosed dog, I am sometimes called a Russian wolfhound.

Borzois are tall, elegant dogs with very long, thin faces. Unsurprisingly, they are popular among wealthy people who have room for them to run at homes with surrounding land.

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