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Trivia nights are popular at pubs and bars across the world, and can be a fun pastime with friends.  However, it is not often that the random questions are pertaining to the history, lifestyle, and breed information of dogs or cats! Next time you have a dinner party with other fellow pet-loving pals, here are some fun trivia questions you can use to kick off the evening. To sweeten the deal, you could reward the winner who has the most right answers a new doggy bed, or a fun food and water bowl to take home. May the best pup-parent win!

Note: The answers are listed below

Canine Trivia Game

1. Which of these breeds can be found on Egyptian monuments over 5,000 years old?

  • Great Dane
  • Dalmatian
  • Mastiff
  • Greyhound

2. What dog breed was once worshiped or viewed as holy in an ancient culture?

  • Alaskan Husky
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese
  • Bullmastiff

3. Which of these dogs is known for snoring?

  • Whippet
  • English Foxhound
  • Pekingese
  • Puggle

4. What is the national dog of France?

  • Le Bouledogue Francais
  • Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Akita

5. What is the most widely popular dog in general?

  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Chihuahua
  • Labrador

6. Which kind of dog is known as the “king of terriers”?

  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier

7. Which one of these dogs were bred to chase burrowing animals (such as rabbits and badgers)?

  • Dachshunds
  • Mini Schnauzer
  • English Pointer
  • Jack Russell Terrier

8. The name “Blue Heeler” applies to which dog?

  • Affenpinscher
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Shetland Sheepdog

9. The Star Wars character Chewbacca was inspired by what breed of dog?

  • Newfoundland
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Portuguese Water Spaniel

10. What kind of dog does not bark,  but can whimper, howl and even yodel?

  • Norwegian Lundehund
  • Malinois
  • Basenji
  • Greyhound

11. In the 1970’s which dog breed appeared three years in a row as the rarest dog in the Guinness Book of World Records?

  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Shar Pei
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Javanese

12. Which of these dogs were once called “St. Johns Dogs of Newfoundland”

  • Newfoundland
  • St. Bernard
  • Boxer
  • Labrador Retriever

13. From what country do Rhodesian Ridgebacks get their name?

  • Libya
  • Holland
  • Zimbabwe
  • Malawi

14. What dog breed is the smallest canine recognized by the official American Kennel Club?

  • Toy Poodle
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Chihuahua

15. Which dog breed has a double dew claw on his back legs?

  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Border Collie
  • German Shorthaired Pointer


  1. Mastiffs. Though the Pharaoh Hound and a few other dog breeds can say the same.  But of that given list, only Mastiffs appeared.
  2. Lhasa Apso: Buddhist priests were believed to inhabit the bodies of these dogs when they died.
  3. Pekingese: Though this is not well known about this breed, their short noses make breathing labored especially when they sleep, causing them to snuffle and snore loudly.
  4. The Poodle: this seems like the obvious answer, but the name poodle is actually German from the word “pfudel” which means splash. They were originally bred as retrieving dogs, and are highly esteemed by the French.
  5. Labrador Retrievers are the all-around global favorite.
  6. The Airedale Terrier is a fantastic guard dog, hunter, tracker, and family pet. They are regarded as the terrier breed that can do it all.
  7. Dachshunds were taught to dig down after rabbits to chase them out for their hunting companions.
  8. Australian Cattle dogs tend to have grayish or blue/black coats and they are intelligent herding dogs.
  9. Alaskan Malamute: George Lucas’ personal pet named Indiana inspired him to create “Chewy” for the films.
  10. Basenji: These are often referred to the bark-free dog, though they make plenty of other noises instead.
  11.  Shar Pei: These dogs are also known for having unique purple tongues and dark pigmented skin.
  12. Labrador Retriever: These were originally descended from the St. John’s water dog found in Newfoundland.
  13. Zimbabwe was once called Southern Rhodesia.
  14. Chihuahuas are the smallest dog recognized by the AKC, as they weigh 2-6 pounds.
  15. Great Pyrenees has a double dew claw on his back legs, and only one on each front paw.