Something to Chew On: American Kennel Club Dog Trivia

Test your knowledge of AKC’s most popular breeds!

Q. The Obama family added a second dog named Sunny to their home as a companion for Bo. Her breed is known to be loyal and an exceptional swimmer. What breed of dog is Sunny?

  • Newfoundland
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Scottish Terrier

A. Known for its waterproof coat and ability to swim all day, the Portuguese Water Dog has gained popularity in the past decade, moving up the list from #55 to #49 in 2013.

Q. What was the number one most popular dog breed of the 1920s?

  • Boston Terrier
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Scottish Terrier

A. Shortly after Rin Tin Tin was featured in the Warner Brothers film Man From Hell’s River (1922), the German Shepherd Dog became #1 in AKC registrations (1925-1928).  The breed is still extremely popular today.  While a favorite canine companion, GSDs are also hailed as the world’s leading police, guard, and military dog, and was the second most popular dog of 2013.

Q. Which of the top 10 most popular dogs enjoyed TV stardom on the sitcom Full House?

  • Poodle
  • Shih Tzu
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever

A. The Golden Retriever played the Tanner family’s pet dog, Comet, on the sitcom Full House.  Golden Retrievers, with their intelligence and eager to please attitude were the 3rd most popular dog in 2013 and are consistently in the top 10.

Q. On the popular television series “Married…With Children” the Bundy family has a dog named Buck. His breed is native to France. What breed of dog was he?

  • Briard
  • English Setter
  • Irish Terrier
  • Dogue de Bordeau

A. Buck is a Briard.  Briards are known to be independent thinkers, so it’s no wonder the audience was able to hear Buck’s thoughts on the show.  The Briard came in at #127 in 2013.

Q. In the 1989 movie “Turner & Hooch,”Detective Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) and his big slobbery dog Hooch work together to solve a murder. What breed of dog is Hooch?

  • Great Dane
  • German Pinscher
  • Dogue de Bordeau
  • Labrador Retriever

A. Hooch is a Dogue de Bordeaux.  He was famous for being large and slobbery – which is no surprise considering the Dogue de Bordeaux, ranked at #65, is known for its massive amounts of drool.

Q. In Target’s ads, Bullseye, a white dog with a target painted over his left eye, is featured as the store’s mascot. His name even shares part of the name of its breed. What breed of dog is Bullseye?

  • Russell Terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Bull Terrier
  • Chinook

A. Bullseye is a Bull Terrier and was the first animal to get a wax statue in his likeness at Maddame Tussauds in New York.  Playful and clownish, the Bull Terrier ranked at #52 in 2013.

Q.  In ABC’s Modern Family, Jay and Gloria Pritchett own a dog named Stella.  Stella’s breed continues to gain popularity and in 2013 moved up the list from #14 to #11.  What breed is Stella?

  • Shih Tzu
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • French Bulldog
  • Miniature Schnauzer

A. Stella is a French Bulldog.  Often described as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher," this companion dog continues to become more and more popular each year.  It has risen from the 54th most popular breed in 2003 to the 11th in 2013.  French Bulldogs are known for their trademark "bat" ears.

Q. Scooby Doo is played by a breed that is referred to as “King of Dogs.” This “gentle giant” is extremely large and friendly. What breed of dog is Scooby?

  • Mastiff
  • Boston Terrier
  • Great Dane
  • Shetland Sheepdog

A. Scooby Doo is a Great Dane.  Over the past decade, the Great Dane has steadily climbed the most popular breeds list, going from #27 in 2003 to #16 in 2013.  Known as a “gentle giant,” Great Danes are strong yet friendly.

Q. What do “Uno,” the famous winner of the Westminster Dog Show, and former President Lyndon Johnson’s dogs “Him” and “Her” have in common?

  • They are all Scottish Terriers.
  • They are all Beagles.
  • They are all Cocker Spaniels.
  • They are all Labrador Retrievers.

A. All three famous dogs are Beagles. The Beagle is the only breed to rank in the top 10 every year since its acceptance into the AKC registry in 1885. The Beagle was the 4th most popular dog in the U.S. in 2013. Another famous Beagle, Snoopy, is the only non-living dog to receive AKC registration, and was also crowned the king of canines in “AKC’s Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture” poll.

Q. In the famous TV show “Lassie”the breed used to play this dog uses its trademark devotion to rescue people from danger.  What breed of dog was Lassie?

  • Chihuahua
  • Boston Terrier
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle
  • Collie

A. Lassie was a Collie. This loyal, affectionate breed ranked #35 in 2013.