How Much Do You Really Know About Dogs?

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Who doesn't love dogs? From big-eyed puppies with their squishy tummies and all that extra fur they haven't grown into and their soft little paws, to lumbering old dogs with their salt-and-pepper muzzle hair and their rheumy eyes and their tragically hilarious gait, to the healthy bounders in between, dogs are just marvelous. They devote their sadly all-too-short lives to loving us, protecting us, entertaining us, reassuring us and covering absolutely everything we own with hair.

In return, the least we can do is make sure that we really know what we're talking about when it comes to our canine companions. Obviously the most important thing is to know how to care for your dog on a day-to-day basis, from food to grooming to discipline to exercise. It's very important for the health and happiness of a dog that its owner takes the trouble to truly understand what makes their dog tick, to set good boundaries, and to know how to spot red flags that indicate that something is wrong.

However, it's also useful to know about dogs generally: how they became man's best friend, how their bodies work, perhaps something about their history. That way we can truly say we've taken the time to get to know our very best friend. Let's see how well you know yours!

What is the smallest breed of dog, on average?

What are the hairs along the dog's spine that have a "piloerection" function?

What is the metacarpal pad?

What is the collective noun for dogs?

Which dog breed is typically found to be the smartest?

How many pads does a dog's paw have?

Other than conveying mood, what is a dog's tail for?

What is ear cropping?

How many canine teeth do dogs have?

Can dogs eat vegetables?

Can dogs sweat?

How much pressure can a dog's mouth exert, on average?

How many words can a dog learn?

Which is the fastest breed?

What is the biggest litter of puppies ever born?

What is the average life expectancy of a Great Dane?

Roughly how many dogs are there in the world?

What is the name of the oldest breed that emerged in Egypt in 329 BC?

When were dogs domesticated?

What is the heaviest breed?

What chemical known as the "happy hormone" is released by the dog's brain when you cuddle a dog?

What percentage of American households own a dog?

Most presidents own and love dogs. Before the current president, who does not have a dog, how far back do you have to go to find a president who does not have a dog?

Which breed has the rather surprising record of being the one that is most likely to bite?

How many teeth do puppies have?

Can dogs see color?

What is special about breeds such as the Golden Doodle or Portuguese Water Dog?

What classification enables service dogs to go everywhere in the USA?

The Newfoundland has a black tongue. What is special about its paws?

How many eyelids do dogs have on each eye?

Which dog breed is the only one which does not bark?

Why do dogs go round and round before they lie down?

There were 12 dogs on the Titanic. How many survived?

What temperature is a healthy dog?

The USA has the highest population of dogs, at 75.8m. Which country is second?

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