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Quiz: Dog Breed Guessing Game

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Question 1

Appearing on Egyptian monuments as long as 5,000 years ago, this brawny dog can weigh in at nearly 200 pounds, yet is a gentle, dignified canine and a devoted guardian.

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Appearing on Egyptian monuments as long as 5,000 years ago, this brawny dog can weigh in at nearly 200 pounds, yet is a gentle, dignified canine and a devoted guardian.

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As massive as they are, Mastiffs are surprisingly gentle dogs and wonderfully loyal companions. Alert and docile, these prodigious pooches do best in a roomy suburban or country environment. Mastiffs need moderate exercise as they may gain excess weight, and they have a tendency to drool. These courageous, good-natured dogs love people and will bond closely with their adopted family.

Question 2

In Tibet, some believed that when Buddhist priests died, their souls entered the bodies of these small, venerated dogs. Though a petite 10 to 15 pounds, these long-haired canines are tough cookies, independent and bold.

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In Tibet, some believed that when Buddhist priests died, their souls entered the bodies of these small, venerated dogs. Though a petite 10 to 15 pounds, these long-haired canines are tough cookies, independent and bold.

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Lhasa Apsos used to serve as monastery watchdogs, alerting the lamas when visitors had arrived. Mischievous and dignified, these pooches are popular show dogs and like a good challenge, often on the agility course. Because they're small, they make great house pets, but Lhasa Apsos do need frequent brushing and lots of chances to romp and play.

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Many people think of this friendly pooch as the ideal canine companion. Devoted, athletic, and strong, this pup has a water-repellent coat and a love of exercise and human interaction.

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Many people think of this friendly pooch as the ideal canine companion. Devoted, athletic, and strong, this pup has a water-repellent coat and a love of exercise and human interaction.

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Explanation: Golden Retrievers first appeared in Scotland in the 1800s, where they were initially kept busy as hunting dogs. Now these bright beauties are frequently found romping happily with families, enjoying the daily activity they need to thrive. Extremely social, Goldens love to exercise mind and body with games, retrieving, and obedience training.

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Also called lion or fu dogs, these pint-sized pups were often treated as royalty more than 1,000 years ago and were considered sacred. They are opinionated, good-natured, and tend to snore.

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Also called lion or fu dogs, these pint-sized pups were often treated as royalty more than 1,000 years ago and were considered sacred. They are opinionated, good-natured, and tend to snore.

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Though small, Pekingese don't see themselves as delicate or dainty. Packing lots of courage and character into their petite forms, these little canines can be stubborn but loving, aloof but also playful. Their coat is thick, long, and mane-like around their heads, giving rise to their nickname of lion dog. Pekingese need regular combings and must be kept cool in warm weather.

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In its past, this athletic dog has been a trail hound, retriever, war dog, ratter, and a shepherd. Tireless and playful, this short-coated pup adores running and roaming and is the only spotted breed.

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In its past, this athletic dog has been a trail hound, retriever, war dog, ratter, and a shepherd. Tireless and playful, this short-coated pup adores running and roaming and is the only spotted breed.

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Explanation: The Dalmatian has never lacked for employment. Along with retrieving, ratting, and other skills, Dalmatians have been coach dogs, bird dogs, and, most famously, firehouse mascots. Today they're energetic companions that need lots of exercise and attention, and they thrive in a family environment.

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Tough, strong, and initially bred to enter burrows and dispatch rabbits, badgers, and other small mammals, these dogs have now found their niche as family pets and may be one of the most popular hounds in the U.S.

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Tough, strong, and initially bred to enter burrows and dispatch rabbits, badgers, and other small mammals, these dogs have now found their niche as family pets and may be one of the most popular hounds in the U.S.

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Explanation: Dachshunds, nicknamed wiener dogs because of their long "hot dog" shape, were first bred for hunting in 1600s Germany. Whether smooth-coated, wirehaired, or long-haired, these pups are lovable, playful, and do well with older kids who will be careful of their smaller stature. Dachshunds are prone to some health issues, as well as obesity, and need only moderate exercise or modest walks.

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Originally this dog's job was to travel the hot, wide Australian outback and bring wild cattle to heel. Smart, tenacious, and energetic, this canine is great company for joggers, runners, and other active types.

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Originally this dog's job was to travel the hot, wide Australian outback and bring wild cattle to heel. Smart, tenacious, and energetic, this canine is great company for joggers, runners, and other active types.

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Explanation: To herd headstrong cattle, you have to be headstrong yourself, and Australian Cattle Dogs, also known as Blue Heelers, are just that. They thrive when given a job to do and just may make one for themselves if you don't. Aussie Cattle Dogs are energetic and untiring, need lots of physical and mental activity, are good with older kids, and like to be with their people.

Question 8

This smart, curly-coated dog started out as a water retriever in Germany, revered for its duck-hunting abilities. Later it was pressed into service as a military or guard dog, going on to eventually became the national dog of France.

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This smart, curly-coated dog started out as a water retriever in Germany, revered for its duck-hunting abilities. Later it was pressed into service as a military or guard dog, going on to eventually became the national dog of France.

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Explanation: Surprised the answer is Poodle? Though Poodles are now famous for their often bouffant hair styles, these dogs started life as water-hunting companions (their name comes from the German pfudel, meaning puddle, or to splash), and later became service dogs and circus performers. For many years, these smart, active companion dogs were the most popular breed in America.

Question 9

This smooth-coated beauty just may be today's most popular pooch. Though they started as water dogs, this amiable, social breed is now beloved by families everywhere.

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This smooth-coated beauty just may be today's most popular pooch. Though they started as water dogs, this amiable, social breed is now beloved by families everywhere.

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Explanation: Many years ago, the job of a Labrador Retriever was to retrieve game, help fishermen pull in their nets, and even catch fish that had escaped from fishing lines. Now, because of their playful, calm nature, they're regarded as ideal family dogs. Tolerant of kids, dogs, and other pets, Labradors are kind, outgoing, and happy to be part of a busy clan. Labs need daily exercise, stimulation, and regular brushings.

Question 10

Known as the dog that can "do it all," this well-rounded pooch started as a guard dog, messenger, pest controller, and hunter. Active and smart, this mid-sized, wiry-haired canine is recognized as a good police dog and family pet.

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Known as the dog that can "do it all," this well-rounded pooch started as a guard dog, messenger, pest controller, and hunter. Active and smart, this mid-sized, wiry-haired canine is recognized as a good police dog and family pet.

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Explanation: Airedales, known as the "King of Terriers," are bold, brave dogs, bright, and often stubborn. Not afraid to stand up for themselves, they make good family pets, and high-spirited, protective companions. Airedales can get bored easily and need vigorous exercise daily, like a rousing game, a long walk, or a chance to run and romp.

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