Quiz about Whats That Spaniel
Quiz about Whats That Spaniel

What's That Spaniel? Trivia Quiz


Spaniels were originally bred as gun dogs and were used to either flush out gamebirds or retrieve them once they had been shot. The Kennel Club recognises 24 different breeds of spaniel. What do you know about just ten of them?

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Author
stedman
Time
3 mins
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411,733
Updated
Feb 21 23
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1. This popular breed of spaniel is named after which English monarch? Hint

Prince William
King Charles
Queen Victoria
Princess Peach

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2. This is an American Water Spaniel, which is the official state dog of which US "Badger" state? Hint

Alaska
Tennessee
North Carolina
Wisconsin

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3. This spaniel was named after the place in Nottinghamshire, England, where it was originally developed. What is its name? Hint

Newark Spaniel
Sherwood Spaniel
Clumber Spaniel
Mansfield Spaniel

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4. What is this spaniel breed, named for a country known for leeks, daffodils and sheep? Hint

American Mountain Spaniel
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Scottish Water Spaniel
Australian Jumper Spaniel

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5. This is an English Cocker Spaniel. The name "cocker" is believed to be derived from the breed's use in hunting which bird? Hint

Woodcock
Moorhen
Cock Sparrow
Goose

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6. Can you name this breed of spaniel, easily recognised by its dense, tight curly coat? Hint

Scottish Loch Spaniel
English River Spaniel
Welsh Lake Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel

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7. This small breed of spaniel originated in France, and is categorised as a "toy spaniel" rather than a working breed. What is its name, related to the size and shape of its ears? Hint

Loppy
Goliath Birdwing
Kite
Papillon

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8. The English Springer Spaniel, seen here, is often used as a sniffer dog, to scent out drugs and explosives. True or false?

True
False

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9. This attractive little spaniel is a Kooikerhondje. From which European country does it trace its origins? Hint

Netherlands
France
Greece
Italy

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10. A characteristic feature of spaniels is their long floppy ears, shown to good effect in this picture. Which transatlantic breed is this? Hint

Canadian Moose Spaniel
American Hairy Spaniel
Mexican Jumping Spaniel
American Cocker Spaniel


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This popular breed of spaniel is named after which English monarch?

Answer: King Charles

The King Charles Spaniel is named after King Charles II (1630-1685), who was particularly fond of toy spaniels in general. The specific breed which now bears the name was officially codified in 1904 by the Kennel Club. Prior to this, there were four similar but discrete toy spaniel varieties known as the King Charles, Prince Charles, Blenheim and Ruby.

There is also a separate breed known as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which was bred to be more like the dogs seen in contemporary paintings from the time of Charles II and was recognised as a separate breed in the 1920s.

This picture is a painting of a King Charles Spaniel by the French painter Edouard Manet, dating from around 1866.
2. This is an American Water Spaniel, which is the official state dog of which US "Badger" state?

Answer: Wisconsin

The American Water Spaniel was originally bred in Wisconsin in the nineteenth century, with the aim of developing a small, hardy dog that could seek and retrieve game around the Fox and Wolf Rivers. A number of other breeds are believed to have contributed to its bloodline, including the Irish and English Water Spaniels and the Curly-coated Retriever.

It was designated as Wisconsin's official state dog in 1985. Not all US states have a designated state dog, although the other three options all do. Not surprisingly, Alaska has the Alaskan Malamute, while North Carolina has the Plott Hound and Tennessee the Bluetick Coonhound.
3. This spaniel was named after the place in Nottinghamshire, England, where it was originally developed. What is its name?

Answer: Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel takes its name from the Clumber Park estate near Worksop, which was the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Newcastle. The breed was first developed in the nineteenth century, and is the largest of the spaniel breeds, adult males weighing up to 85 pounds. Its specialty is retrieving games such as pheasants and partridge in heavy cover.

At one time it was popular among the English nobility, including the Royal Family, with both King Edward VII and George V keeping packs of Clumber Spaniels at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. During the twentieth century it decreased in popularity, and by the twenty-first century was categorised in the UK as a Vulnerable Native Breed.
4. What is this spaniel breed, named for a country known for leeks, daffodils and sheep?

Answer: Welsh Springer Spaniel

Springer Spaniels got their name because they were used to "spring" gamebirds, by causing them to fly up out of cover into the way of the hunters. The Welsh Springer is distinguished from other springers by its red and white coat. Until 1902, when it was recognised as a separate breed by the Kennel Club, it was regarded as a colour variation of the English Springer.
5. This is an English Cocker Spaniel. The name "cocker" is believed to be derived from the breed's use in hunting which bird?

Answer: Woodcock

The Cocker Spaniel is one of the smaller type of spaniels. Originally, they were not a separate breed from springer spaniels, but the name was simply given to the smaller dogs from a litter. One litter could include both - the larger dogs were called "springers" and the smaller ones "cockers". However, in the late nineteenth century breeders began to distinguish between the two, and in 1895 the Kennel Club made this distinction official.

Please note, the photo shows the dog with a pheasant rather than a woodcock.
6. Can you name this breed of spaniel, easily recognised by its dense, tight curly coat?

Answer: Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel's short dense coat makes it well suited to retrieving game from lakes and rivers. Unlike most spaniels, its tail is relatively free of curls, giving it a rat-like appearance, and it is sometimes known as the "Rat-tail Spaniel".

As the name suggests, it was originally bred in Ireland during the 1830s. It is taller than most spaniels, and can reach around 22-24 inches in height.
7. This small breed of spaniel originated in France, and is categorised as a "toy spaniel" rather than a working breed. What is its name, related to the size and shape of its ears?

Answer: Papillon

Toy spaniels have been popular for many centuries, as pet lap dogs rather than working gundogs. The Papillon variety was bred in France during the nineteenth century to have ears that stood out to the side, rather than drooped down like those of other spaniels. "Papillon" is the French word for butterfly and refers to the similarity of the dog's ears to butterfly wings. There is also a related breed named the Phalène, the ears of which are more droopy.
8. The English Springer Spaniel, seen here, is often used as a sniffer dog, to scent out drugs and explosives. True or false?

Answer: True

Their excellent sense of smell and good trainability make English Springer Spaniels a popular choice for sniffer or detection dogs. They can often be seen at UK airports and railways stations sniffing for drugs, and many have also served on overseas operations with the UK Armed Forces to sniff for explosives. They are also often trained as search and rescue dogs by mountain rescue teams, where their agility across rough ground makes them an ideal companion.
9. This attractive little spaniel is a Kooikerhondje. From which European country does it trace its origins?

Answer: Netherlands

The name Kooikerhondje is Dutch for "duck-hunter's little dog", and they were originally bred in the Netherlands to lure ducks into traps, which they did by waving their long hairy tails in the air. They were very popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and appear in the paintings of Dutch artists such as Rembrandt and Jan Steen.

The breed almost died out in the earlier twentieth century, but a breeding programme after World War Two led to it being officially recognised by the Dutch Kennel Club as recently as 1971. It is still rare outside the Netherlands but is gaining in popularity among breeders looking for a small, intelligent, friendly dog.
10. A characteristic feature of spaniels is their long floppy ears, shown to good effect in this picture. Which transatlantic breed is this?

Answer: American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel differs from the English variety in being generally smaller and lighter, with a softer coat and smaller muzzle. The dog in this picture has clearly been bred as a show dog rather than a working gun dog, judging by the length and texture of the hair on its ears.

One famous owner of an American Cocker Spaniel was President Richard Nixon, whose dog Checkers became famous when he referred to it in a speech in 1952. Incidentally, none of the other options are real breeds of spaniel.
Source: Author stedman

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