Can You Pass This Dog Breed Identification Quiz?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Everyone loves dogs, right? How could you not? They're man's best friend, and rightfully so. These resilient creatures have the ability to heal, comfort and entertain us in ways that humans can't and we truly do adore them for that. But now it's your turn to show the dog race just how much you love them in this dog breed identification quiz. Are you up to the challenge?


You see, dogs are like humans in many ways; they come in all shapes and sizes and even have different races, or breeds, as we like to call them. They can even be further categorized into groups, such as herding, sporting, working, toy and terrier, to name a few. Our furry friends are popular as they are lovable and we really want to test knowledge on them based on how they look, if you're up to it, that is. 

So, do you think you can identify the breed of the dog if we show you a picture? Will you be able to go to the Westminster Dog Show after this quiz? Or will you be sent back to preschool to learn the difference between cats and dogs? There's only one way to find out! 



This breed of terrier can be regarded as a quiet breed, only barking and yapping when necessary. The Tibetan terrier can be an excellent watchdog because of its alertness and willingness to protect. The breed makes a devoted family pet and is great with children.

The constant need for affection can make this breed a handful to their owners; Maltese dogs love cuddling and curling up in their owner's laps. With virtually no shedding of its long silky coat, the Maltese make a perfect pet for tidy owners.

Developed in 1899 for the herding of sheep, the German shepherd, once referred to as an Alsatian by the British and Irish, originates in Germany.

An energetic breed that is calm, devoted and sensitive, the Mexican hairless loves toys, games and walks. The Mexican hairless is a rapid learner, making it extremely easy to train. This breed requires a sweater during colder weather, and no brushing is necessary since it is hairless.

Scottish by origin, golden retrievers are so-named after their retrieving nature. They are a breed of large gun dogs.

As the name would suggest, the Siberian Husky originates in Siberia, Russia. The breed was first introduced to the Western hemisphere as sled dogs.

This small breed dog grows to about 9 to 11 inches and has a wiry coat that grows to about medium length. This breed comes in various colors, namely black, tan, gray, silver or red. The Affenpinscher is a curious and playful dog that does not back down from a confrontation.

This breed of dog requires an immense amount of attention and should not be left alone for long periods of time. The Schipperke is a great outdoor dog that enjoys traveling and riding in cars as well as boats.

An ancient dog breed, the chow chow or "tang quan" was originally used as a temple guard in China and later as a general-purpose working dog.

This breed of dog needs a great deal of exercise to burn their high amounts of energy. This kind of dog usually gets up to 13 to 16 inches in height and 13 to 20 pounds in weight. Only occasional brushing is required for the medium length, wiry coat of the wire fox terrier.

Bred for hunting, the English pointer usually features a short, smooth coat of white with silver, yellow or orange markings.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very high shedder and can be very territorial; however, it is excellent with children due to its high energy and instinct to protect.

Originating in Japan, the Akita has been developed into two strains; the American Akita and the Japanese Akita.

Developed in the 1800s, the bullmastiff is a crossbreed of the English mastiff and the Old English bulldog. The bullmastiff features a fawn or brindle coat and a short, black muzzle.

This dog makes the perfect family pet because he fares exceptionally well with children. The Volpino is a very energetic dog and will sometimes challenge dogs that are larger than they are. This breed gets up to 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 8 to 12 pounds.

This is an extremely heavy-shedding dog which has a long, straight outer coat and a soft, thick undercoat. The Pekingese can be a jealous breed of dog and is possessive of its owner. This breed enjoys lounging on the couch and is better suited to play with older children.

This indoor dog makes a great companion due to its gentle and playful nature. The Shih Tzu is a sweet-tempered dog that rarely shows signs of aggression. The flat face of this breed means that it experiences snorting, sneezing and wheezing.

Lancashire Heelers make excellent watchdogs because of their alertness and ability to raise the alarm. This breed grows between 10 to 12 inches and weighs between 6 to 13 pounds. Lancashire heelers have short, smooth overcoats and a weather-resistant undercoat.

Originating in Scotland, collies are medium-sized dogs with pointed snouts. Their most distinctive feature is a patch of white fur over the shoulder or around the neck.

The Cesky terrier can grow to weights of 16 to 22 pounds and heights of 10 to 13 inches. This terrier is an excellent companion for anyone who does not like shedding. This breed enjoys playing fetch and running outside.

This curious by nature dog craves attention and companionship. The silky terrier is a high-energy breed that is very playful, likes to keep busy and is very loving. This kind of dog loves to bark and must be trained not to cry too much.

This highly trainable breed has a happy, affectionate temperament which makes it an excellent family pet. Papillions grow to 8 to 11 inches tall and can weigh 8 to 10 pounds. The coat of the Papillion is usually multicolored and can contain red, brown, tan, white and black.

Owing its popularity to the Disney movie of the same name, dalmatians are tall dogs from Croatia best-known for their spotted coats of black and white.

Intensely responsive, curious and loving is the best way to describe the rat terrier. This breed loves attention and companionship and is not a dog that does well when kenneled. Only requiring occasional brushing the coat of the rat terrier is short, thick and shiny.

Massive shedding is commonplace with this breed because it has a double coat; the Shiba Inu is not a good pick if a pet owner is concerned about fur in the home. This kind of dog can grow between 13 to 16 inches tall and weigh 17 to 30 pounds. The Shiba Inu has a high-energy level and can walk for hours.

First bred in Algarve, Portugal, the Portuguese waterdog was a working dog used for fishing. The breed was trained to herd fish, retrieve nets and transport items between ships and shore.

Deemed a vulnerable native breed of the United Kingdom, the otterhound is a scent hound used for hunting.

Owners must be careful with this breed as they are sensitive to high heat and tend to overheat. The French Bulldog is a sweet and playful companion that enjoys snuggling and sitting in their owner's laps. This breed is an indoor dog and should not be left outdoors.

The miniature bull terrier has a keen sense of intuition and can sense the difference between a good or a dangerous situation. The coat of the miniature bull terrier can be pure white or black, tan and fawn.

Weighing no more than ten pounds and measuring less than fourteen inches in height, the Maltipoo is a crossbreed of the Maltese and miniature poodle.

This breed of dog is assertive, affectionate and devoted. This terrier is perfect with children and other pets and requires lots of fun things to do. The Norwich terrier isn't the type of breed to be left alone for long hours, or else it becomes restless, annoyed and upset.

Their high energy and relentless bark make the Dachshund perfect watchdogs. This breed requires daily walks and outdoor activity but should not be left unleashed outdoors because they love to chase small animals. The Dachshund is better with older children and can become possessive of toys and people.

Also referred to as the Hungarian sheepdog or "mop" dogs due to their origin and appearance, the Komondor is a livestock guardian dog.

This high-energy breed requires daily walks and plenty of activity to channel their energetic nature. A firm approach needs to be taken with the Lakeland terrier to train and housebreak them. This breed loves being in the company of children and makes a wonderful family pet.

This playful, sensitive and loyal breed of dog is easily trained and can be very obedient. Their high energy makes them perfect companions for individuals who enjoy outdoors. The coat of the poodle needs to be brushed occasionally as it is soft, curly and long and does not shed.

This eager breed loves to perform tasks and makes a wonderful family pet. They are excellent with children and other pets but may become nervous around younger children. This active breed also requires daily walks but must be kept on a leash when doing so.

The name Irish setter or red setter is used to refer to a breed of red-coated hunting dogs from Ireland.

The Bolognese is extremely loyal and affectionate. Bolognese dogs do not require much exercise but should be walked every day to keep them happy and active. This easygoing breed is a light shedder and has a pure white, long wooly coat.

Originating in England, the whippet is a descendant of the greyhound. It is a medium-sized sighthound.

This affectionate breed is very playful and active and can become depressed if enough attention isn't given to them. The Japanese spitz is also a great child-friendly dog. To maintain its coat, the Japanese spitz only requires occasional brushing.

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