Can You Pass This Dog Trivia Quiz?
We're putting your dog knowledge to the test with these 13 questions!
Think you know your sniff—uh, stuff—when it comes to canines?
From the length of a canine pregnancy to why their tails wag, we've assembled an assortment of fun, dog-centred questions that'll either show you're best of breed or—worst-case scenario—teach you a few new tricks!
Which dog breed has been on the AKC's Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breed List for 25 years and counting?
If you guessed the Labrador retriever, you guessed correctly! This lovable pooch has remained on the AKC's Most Popular Dog Breed List for over two decades, which is longer than any other breed out there.
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Which food is the easiest for a dog to digest? Salmon, beef, eggs, or broccoli?
The answer is eggs, says Johnna Devereaux, a certified canine nutrition consultant for Bow Wow Labs. She explains that while dogs can eat all the above, "eggs are the most biologically available form of protein and the easiest for the canine, carnivore body to digest and assimilate nutrients from."
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Why do dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep?
According to the AKC, dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping as a way to protect their vital organs. This is leftover ingrained behaviour from before they were domesticated; back then, sleeping like this would keep them safer from predators during their vulnerable sleeping state.
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Which animal is the modern canine a direct ancestor of?
If you guessed wolf, that is correct! More specifically, dogs are a direct descendant of the gray wolf (canis lupus), notes PBS.org. In addition to behaviour shifts that occurred during domestication, our modern-day dogs are also smaller and generally have shorter muzzles and fewer teeth compared to their ancestors.
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The frontal lobe of the canine brain has grown how much in the past 500 years? 1 per cent, 5 per cent, 10 per cent, or no growth?
"The canine brain has had a frontal lobe growth of five per cent in the last 500 years," says Devereaux. This area of the brain is directly related to a dog's ability to control their impulses, and while it has grown in the last 500 years, it's still considered quite small.
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At what age is a dog no longer considered to be a puppy?
This is kind of a trick question because the answer depends on the size of the breed, says Pedigree.com. Generally speaking, smaller breeds outgrow puppyhood at around nine months, while larger breeds remain in their puppy-state until about 15 months.
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True or false? A dog's tail wags only when it is feeling happy
While we associate tail-wagging with a jovial pup (and this is often the case), this isn't always true. How your dog's tail wags is an indicator of its mood. For instance, if it wags to the right then they are happy, and if it wags to the left it could mean they're frightened. A low wag indicates insecurity, and a rapid wag accompanied by tense muscles means they're in an aggressive, ready-to-attack state.
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Do dogs have more or fewer teeth compared to humans?
Dogs have more teeth than humans. While humans have a total of 32 teeth, the average canine mouth has a total of 42 teeth, says Devereaux. Their teeth are used "for ripping, tearing and shredding their prey."
How many dog breeds exist today? More than 50, more than 150, or more than 200?
The answer is more than 200! However, the exact number of dog breeds is an ever-changing number. The AKC recognizes 202 breeds, the Kennel Club recognizes 211 dog breeds, and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes 344 breeds, reports BreedingBusiness.com.
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Bacteria in a dog's mouth is directly related to which internal organ?
If you guess heart, then you're correct! A dog's oral health is directly related to their cardiovascular health, just like ours, notes Devereaux. This is all the more reason to make sure you're keeping up on your pup's dental hygiene, which includes regular brushing and periodic professional cleanings by your vet.
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