7 questions on dog breeds

Dog quiz

Native UK dog breeds such as the English setter (pictured) are being pushed towards extinction by the growing popularity of more exotic canines, according to the Kennel Club. How much do you know about dog breeds?

English setter

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Three of these dogs originated overseas. But can you identify the British breed?

  1. Grey muzzle
  2. Plaintive face
  3. Pointy nose
  4. Shaggy fur

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Registrations of Cardigan Welsh corgis shot up by 134% in 2011, a statistic attributed by the Kennel Club to the royal wedding - though the Queen favours the Pembroke Welsh corgi. What was her first named?

The Queen with a corgi in 1970
  1. Albert
  2. Victoria
  3. Ethelred
  4. Susan

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The English setter is said to be at risk with under 300 registrations a year. Insurers Esure say they are the dearest dogs to own, costing £6,955 in a lifetime. Which is the second-priciest canine to look after?

  1. Poodle
  2. Great Dane
    Great Dane
  3. Mastiff


More than 6,000 long and short-coated Chihuahuas were registered by the Kennel Club in 2011, up 25%. The trend was attributed to a rash of celebrity owners like Paris Hilton (pictured).

Paris Hilton with chihuahua

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Chihuahua may be the smallest breed of dog. But it is named after the largest state of which country?

  1. Panama
  2. Brazil
  3. Mexico
  4. Ecuador

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The number of Siberian huskies in the UK has trebled in a decade. The breed was popularised in 1925 by Balto and Togo, two heroic examples of the species. What did they achieve?

  1. Rescued Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin's children
  2. Foiled a bank robbery
  3. Saved a town from diphtheria

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 banned four specific breeds in the UK. Which one of these was among the forbidden canines?

Pit bull
  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. Anatolian shepherd dog
  3. Bavarian mountain hound

7.) Multiple Choice Question

It's a breed associated with Britishness. But which US wartime president famously implored one of his generals: "Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke, as much as possible"?

  1. George Washington
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Franklin D Roosevelt


  1. It's dog one with the grey muzzle - a Clumber spaniel, named after Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Two is a boxer, bred in Germany, three is a Spanish greyhound and four is a Russian terrier.
  2. It's Susan. The dog was given to her as an 18th birthday present in 1944.
  3. It's the Great Dane, which apparently costs £6,600 to look after - though poodles were close behind on £6,500 according to the company. Mastiffs run up a mere £1,350 bill.
  4. It's Mexico.
  5. They saved a town from diphtheria. Balto and Togo were the lead dogs in the 1925 serum run to Nome, delivering 300,000 doses of antitoxin 674 miles (1,085 km) across Alaska in five-and-a-half days.
  6. Its Dogo Argentino. The other banned dogs were the pit bull terrier, the Japanese tosa and the fila Brasileiro.
  7. It's Abraham Lincoln, who telegraphed the message to Gen Ulysses S Grant in August 1864.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Dog-eared

4 - 6 : House trained

7 - 7 : Best in show

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