What’s Your Dog Breed IQ? (Quiz)

 

From the tiniest of chihuahuas to the biggest of Great Danes, and everything in between, dogs are an amazingly varied animal. But how well do you know about the variations between breeds? Take this quiz to test your dog breed knowledge!

Earlier Quiz: Test Your Sloth Knowledge

Questions Pt. I

1. What is the national dog of France?
A. Bichon Frise.
B. French Bulldog.
C. Poodle.
D. Dogue de Bordeaux.

 

2. True or false: contrary to popular belief, greyhounds are not the fastest dog breed.
A. True.
B. False.

Questions Pt. II

3. What makes the Norwegian Lundhund unique?
A.  Their 6 toes on each paw.
B.  Their stubby tails.
C.  They don’t get sick from chocolate.
D. All of the above.

 

4. The Australian Shepherd originated in:
A. Australia.
B. England.
C. United States.
D. None of the above.

Questions Pt. III

5. Basenjis hold the unique distinction of being:
A. The breed with the longest average lifespan.
B. The breed with the oldest origin.
C. The only breed that doesn’t bark.
D. All of the above.

 

6. True or false: Great Danes are the tallest dog breed.
A. True.
B. False.

Questions Pt. IV

7. The most expensive dog ever sold was a:
A. Shar Pei.
B. Tibetan Mastiff.
C. Chow Chow.
D.  Saluki.

 

8. Pharaoh Hounds are the only dog breed that:
A. Sees in full color.
B. Can’t be trained.
C. Blushes.
D. All of the above.

Answers Pt. I

1. What is the national dog of France?
A. Bichon Frise.
B. French Bulldog.
C. Poodle.
D. Dogue de Bordeaux.

Though all these dogs are fabulously French, the poodle holds the distinction of being the nation’s national dog — just don’t mention to the French that they actually originated in Germany!

 

2. True or false: contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds are not the fastest dog breed.
A. True.
B. False.

This time the popular belief is true – Greyhounds are the fastest dog, with the record held by Brett Lee, who once clocked in at 39.87 mph! In fact, the cheetah is the only animal that can accelerate faster in a short distance than a Greyhound.

Answers Pt. II

3. What makes the Norwegian Lundehund unique?
A. They have 6 toes on each paw.

B.  Their stubby tails.
C.  They don’t get sick from chocolate.
D. All of the above.

The Norwegian Lundehund developed 6 toes per paw to climb rocky cliffs to hunt for puffins.


4. The Australian Shepherd originated in:
A. Australia.
B. England.
C. United States.
D. None of the above.

The Australian Shepherd’s name is quite deceiving — they were actually developed on ranches in the Western United States! Why the name, then? Well, they were bred to herd Australian sheep.


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Answers Pt. III

5. Basenjis hold the unique distinction of being:
A. The breed with the longest average lifespan.
B. The breed with the oldest origin.
C. The only breed that doesn’t bark.
D. All of the above.

Though they are one of the oldest dog breeds (many dogs vie over that title, with no definitive answer), Basenjis are unique in that they don’t bark. Their voice boxes are narrower and more uniform size-wise than other dog breeds. They’re not totally quiet, though — they do whine, howl and growl.


6. True or false: Great Danes are the tallest dog breed.
A. True.
B. False.

The tallest dog breed title actually belongs to the Irish Wolfhound. Despite their intimidating size, they are a very gentle and loving dog.

Answers Pt. IV

7. The most expensive dog ever sold was a:
A. Shar Pei.
B. Tibetan Mastiff.
C. Chow Chow.
D.  Saluki.

In 2011, a red Tibetan Mastiff was sold in China for $1.5 million. Yep, you read that right! The exceptionally rare dogs have recently become a status symbol among Chinese elite.


8. Pharaoh Hounds are the only dog breed that:
A. Sees in full color.
B. Can’t be trained.
C. Blushes.
D. All of the above.

When a Pharaoh Hound gets excited, they do like many humans do, and blush!

 

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174 comments

katarzyna phillips

4 out of 8 isn't too bad! interesting article, thanks!

Carrie Anne Brown

3 out of 8! :( thanks for sharing :)

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

Thanks.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence3 years ago

Well..I sure flunked this one - love them all!

Jane H.
Jane H.3 years ago

I only missed 1--the tallest dog...thanks for a fun quiz!

Lisa Gray
Lisa Gray3 years ago

Cute article! I know a lot of dog breeds, but apparently not a lot about each one of them! I only got about half right!

Mm M.
MmAWAY M.3 years ago

Oh Elaine....Your Cats are NEVER SMARTER THAN MY DOGS...we both know that! xo

Mm M.
MmAWAY M.3 years ago

WOW...Thank you so much for this article! Not here much, but will try to peek in more! Thanks so much.

Of Course my rescue is smarter than any living dog around/cat....my English Setter as well as all of the other boys and girls I have owned are like the highest IQ ever. Gotta be the Owner that taught them...Only way to think about it!

mary r.
Mary R.3 years ago

Thanks for the fun quiz and interesting information.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Haven't had enough coffee yet as I can't spell to well either...told you my cats were smarter!