Dogs have been considered man’s best friend since the early years of their domestication. We see them in movies and our favorite TV shows, hear and sing songs about them, and collect tidbits of information and stories about our own dogs to share with our family and friends. Most of us either have a dog now or have had one at some time in our life. Frequently, dog lovers have more than one dog at a time. They buy them gifts for their birthday and Christmas, take them on daily walks, and let them sleep in their beds at night.
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In this article, we challenge you to remember all of the Dog Trivia you have encountered through the years. We begin with Dog Trivia Facts, a collection of miscellaneous information about canines. Next, we have a section on Dog Breed Trivia, to see how much you know about various breeds, their descriptions, origins, and characteristics. Our Dog Trivia Questions and Answers will help you check your knowledge about everything related to dogs. Finally, we have a Dog Trivia Quiz to test you, your family, and friends.
Dog Breed Trivia
AKC (American Kennel Club) registered breeds are assigned to one of seven groups representing characteristics and functions for which they were originally bred. Each breed’s ideal physical traits, movement, and temperament are set down in a written document called a “breed standard.”
Our list of Dog Breed Trivia includes some breeds we are all familiar with as well as some not so well known. See how many you can answer and then test your family and friends.
- Which breed of dog was named after its original purpose of chasing badgers out of holes?
- Which dog of German heritage is known for its agility and makes an excellent service dog?
- Which breed, also known as the English Toy Spaniel, got its name from being associated with a monarch?
- Approximately how many domestic dog breeds are there?
- Which breed was bred to protect and hunt wolves and originally came from Eire?
- Which breed does not shed like other dogs and has a name that translates to “curly lap dog”?
- Which dog was bred as a fighting dog and is known for its recognizable long face?
- Which dog breed is known as being a guard dog and was originally bred in Germany?
- Which French breed is known for its fancy cut and comes in three sizes – standard, miniature and toy?
- Which toy dog breed has long white hair and was favored by the ancient Romans and Greeks?
- Which breed is named after a stretch of Adriatic coast and 15% of them suffer from hearing loss?
- Which breed is often called a Frenchie?
- Which dog breed is the most common dog mascot in college sports?
- What is the other name for the breed Alsatian?
- What is the breed of dog that does not bark, but it makes a yodeling sound?
- What is the origin of the Australian Shepherd?
- What New England terrier is one of the few breeds to originate in the United States?
- Which breed is known as “King of Terriers” because of its size?
- Which breed of dog was originally bred to catch rodents and has a monkey-like face?
- Which breed of dog with partially webbed feet was originally bred to help fisherman haul in their nets and act as lifeguards, and is good with children?
- Which breed is the fastest?
- Which breed is the smallest?
- Which breed of dog is commonly referred to as a Blue Heeler?
- Which breed is the tallest?
- Which dog breed is considered sacred in China?
- Which dog breed is known for having a black tongue?
Dog Trivia Questions and Answers
Now we have a section on Dog Trivia Questions and Answers, perfect for testing your own general knowledge about everything associated with canines. We have listed the questions first, followed by the answers, to make it easy to test yourself and others.
- What is the name of the deep-fried, cornmeal nuggets thought to have been used to quiet hungry dogs?
- What is a fear of dogs called?
- Are dogs carnivores (meat eaters), herbivores (plant eaters), omnivores (eat both meat and plants)?
- What is the title of the mystery novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring dogs?
- How many colors can a dog see easily and what colors are they?
- How many eyelids does a dog have?
- How many teeth do adult dogs normally have?
- What 1955 Disney classic features a cocker spaniel who finds romance with a mutt from the wrong side of the tracks?
- What is the name of Dorothy’s dog in the The Wizard of Oz?
- What breed is Dorothy’s dog in The Wizard Of Oz?
- Which breed of dog is considered the most popular?
- What comic strip features Odie as the pet dog of a cat?
- What do the initials AKC stand for in the United States?
- What is the name of the dog in the comic strip Peanuts?
- What breed of dog is Snoopy?
- What breed is Mickey’s dog Pluto?
- What breed is Scooby Doo?
- Which sense is the most developed for a dog?
- What is a group of dogs called?
- What is a group of puppies called?
- What is the average lifespan of a dog?
- What is the mother of a litter called?
- What is the father of a litter called?
- What dog breed was Lassie?
- Where are the sweat glands of dogs located?
- Which breed of dog is a playing piece in original Monopoly game?
- Which human organ is not present in a dog?
- Which senses does a puppy not have when they are born?
- Which sense do puppies use to find their mom when they are born?
- Who were the cartoon owners of the dog Dino?
Dog Trivia Quiz
We end this article with a quiz to see how much you know about dogs. Some of the questions are based upon the information in the previous sections and some we think every dog lover should know the answer to. See how well you do on our Dog Trivia Quiz.
- According to a proverb, what happens if you lie down with dogs?
- Are dalmatian puppies born with spots?
- What is the zoonotic disease for which dogs must be vaccinated?
- What breed is Slinky, the dog from Toy Story?
- What animal did the “Hound Dog” in Elvis Presley’s song by that title never catch?
- What animal were dogs adapted from?
- Which breed of dog has the longest ears?
- What is the average gestation (pregnancy) period for a female dog?
- What is known as the largest dog breed?
- What is the name of the dog from Disney’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
- What is a dog’s normal body temperature?
- What is the scientific name for a dog?
- What is the field of vision for the typical dog?
- By what name is the crossbreed of beagle and pug known?
- Which breed of dog is considered the cleverest?
- Which country did Rottweilers originate in?
- Which dog breed is born without a tail?
- How many days does it usually take for a puppy to open its eyes after birth?
- Which country has the most dogs as pets?
- Which name for a dog comes from the Latin word meaning faithful?
Dog Trivia Facts
When it comes to Dog Trivia Facts, you may be surprised how much (or how little) you already know. We have collected interesting facts about dog anatomy, famous dogs, and unique dog characteristics for your enjoyment and edification. We think you will find some new and surprising information, some of which will help you understand your own pet better.
- A greyhound would beat a Cheetah in a long-distance race.
- The song “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?” became popular in 1953 when it was sung by Patti Page.
- Like other running animals, many dogs lack a collarbone, also called a clavicle.
- Former US President Barack Obama had a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo.
- According to research, the sound of your yawn can trigger a yawn from your dog.
- The reason dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping is to protect their organs, a hold-over from their days in the wild.
- The cowboy singer and actor Roy Rogers owned a German Shepherd named Bullet the Wonder Dog.
- Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov conditioned dogs to salivate every time a bell rang in the early 1900s.
- A human’s blood pressure goes down when they pet a dog, and the dog’s blood pressure decreases as well.
- In Greek mythology we find Cerberus, often referred to as the hound of Hades, a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving.
- The series of oil paintings by artist C.M. Coolidge called Dogs Playing Poker was commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars through a series of 16 oil paintings beginning in 1903.
- Every human has unique fingerprints and dogs have an equally individual nose print.
- The reason a dog kicks backward after peeing or pooping is not to cover it up; they are marking their territory using the scent glands in their feet.
- Canis Major (“greater dog”) has the brightest star in the sky, Sirius (the Dog Star) as its nose. Along with Canis Minor, the two dogs follow the great Greek hunter Orion.
- The Shetland Islands, located about 100 miles north of Scotland, are famous for their ponies and the Shetland Sheepdog, a herding dog (commonly referred to as a “Sheltie”) used for protecting sheep.
- The accuracy of the bloodhound’s sense of smell means the results of its tracking can be used as evidence in a court of law.
- Laika, the first dog in space and the first to orbit the earth on Russia’s Sputnik 2, died in orbit from overheating and stress six hours into the flight.
- Most of us love our dogs alive, however, dog meat is consumed in Korea, China, Vietnam and some other countries.
- Queen Elizabeth, reigning monarch of England, is known for her love of Corgis and has owned over 30 of them since 1952.
- The top-selling dog food in the U.S. is Walmart’s private-label dog food, Ol’ Roy, named after Sam Walton’s hunting dog.
- When a dog interacts with other dogs or humans, his brain releases oxytocin, the love hormone.
- A dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times more effective than a human’s.
- When a dog wags his tail to the right, it is a sign he is happy, and if he wags it to the left, he is scared.
We hope you have enjoyed learning more about dogs and testing yourself on your doggy knowledge. Use our dog trivia for a party or family fun-night game. Try to see how much you can remember and also test your friends. Ask away and have fun!
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
Susan has been freelance writing for over ten years, during which time she has written and edited books, newspaper articles, biographies, book reviews, guidelines, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, resumes, and numerous other projects.