Quiz about Dogs Allowed
Quiz about Dogs Allowed

Dogs Allowed Trivia Quiz


This quiz is about basic facts concerning dog breeds and dogs in general, and about the origin of some names of dogs.

A multiple-choice quiz by flem-ish. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
flem-ish
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
148,226
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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9291
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. How did bulldogs get their name? Hint

Because they look like caricatures of John Bull.
Because they were used to guard cattle.
Because their heads look like "boules" or "bowls".
Because they were used for bull baiting.

2. Some breeds of dogs have been specially trained for specific jobs. Which of these was originally meant for rat-catching? Hint

a dachshund
a Yorkshire terrier
a harrier
a husky

3. Greyhounds are used as hunting dogs because of their qualities as scent hounds.

True
False

4. Saint Bernard dogs are called so because they were first bred in Clairvaux, when Saint Bernard was the abbot there.

True
False

5. Which of these breeds of dogs is or has also been given the name Alsatians? Hint

Spaniels
Great Danes
Mastiffs
German Shepherd Dogs

6. On November 3, 1957 the Soviet Union launched a female dog into space. Her now famous name was Laika. What did that name mean? Hint

little fox
beauty
little lady
barker

7. Who, in a famous tragic story, was the owner of a particularly faithful dog called Gelert? Hint

King Henry VII of the House of Tudor
King Arthur
Prince Llewellyn
King Ethelred the Unready

8. Which of these breeds was given its name from a tax-collector who needed this type of dog as a companion when doing his job? Hint

Chihuahua
Dingo
Basenji
Doberman

9. Bloodhounds got their name because they are so bloodthirsty.

True
False

10. Which of these types of dogs sheds (moults) the least? Hint

collie
poodle
corgi
husky


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. How did bulldogs get their name?

Answer: Because they were used for bull baiting.

Bull terriers and boxers were also used for bull baiting . The mastiff was used for bear baiting.
2. Some breeds of dogs have been specially trained for specific jobs. Which of these was originally meant for rat-catching?

Answer: a Yorkshire terrier

Huskies are sledge-pullers. Harriers hunt for hares. Dachshunde are badger hunters. Dachs is German for badger.
3. Greyhounds are used as hunting dogs because of their qualities as scent hounds.

Answer: False

Though their eyesight and their speed are superior to those of most other breeds, they don't have a very keen nose. That's why they are only used for certain types of hunting in which eyesight and speed matter more than a keen sense of scents. Apart from being used as hunting dogs, they are also used for racing.

In Egypt only royalty were allowed to have greyhounds. Out of respect for those dogs they were never sold, only given as presents. They are the only dogs named in the Bible (Proverbs 30, v.29-31 King James Version ).

Their name is a bit of a mystery as few greyhounds are actually grey. Some etymologists think "greyhound" is a misunderstanding of an earlier name such as Great Hound or Greek Hound.
4. Saint Bernard dogs are called so because they were first bred in Clairvaux, when Saint Bernard was the abbot there.

Answer: False

It was the Hospice of Saint Bernard, a monastery along the Saint Bernard Pass, in the Swiss Alps that first used them to rescue lost travellers. But this was long after Saint Bernard had died. Moreover Clairvaux, Saint Bernard's home abbey, is not in a mountainous area and there would be little need for the mountain rescue dogs.
5. Which of these breeds of dogs is or has also been given the name Alsatians?

Answer: German Shepherd Dogs

During and after the First World War, anything German had fallen into disrepute in some parts of the world. For that reason the German shepherd dog was, at least temporarily, renamed the Alsatian. This name was correct anyway as Alsatia (now mostly called Alsace) was the area where the breed had originated, although it was not at all times clear to everybody whether Alsatia was inside or outside Germany. By the way, rightly or wrongly, it has been claimed that this is the dog that bites humans most.

Great Danes are not from Denmark - they were bred in Germany for hunting wild boars. Nor are spaniels from Spain. The origin of the name spaniel seems to be related to French "espanir" and Italian "spaniare", verbs that mean"to crouch" or "to flatten". Cocker spaniels hunted for woodcocks. Springer spaniels flushed partridge, pheasants and hares.

Originally, mastiffs were used as dogs of war. Later they became watch-dogs.

In contrast to the name spaniel, the name Pekingese really suggests the correct origin. These dogs could only be kept at the Imperial Court and were treated as sacred. Their possession was forbidden for non-royals. When, in 1860, British and French troops overran the Summer Palace at Peking, the Imperial Guards received orders from the Emperor to kill his dogs. A few escaped the slaughter, and were taken to Queen Victoria's court. Peking is now known as Beijing.
6. On November 3, 1957 the Soviet Union launched a female dog into space. Her now famous name was Laika. What did that name mean?

Answer: barker

Little Fox ((Lisichka), Little Lady (Damka) and Beauty (Krasavka) were names of other Russian dogs used for space-missions and space-mission training.
7. Who, in a famous tragic story, was the owner of a particularly faithful dog called Gelert?

Answer: Prince Llewellyn

The story was Welsh indeed, and very tragic as well. In the Prince's absence the Prince's baby had been attacked by a wolf. When the Prince came home, he first encountered Gelert who wagged his tail, but had blood all over his face. Then Llewellyn saw the bloodied empty cot of his son. Furious, he acted upon the spur of his emotions, and killed the dog whom he believed to have killed the baby.

It was only later that he found the unharmed baby whom the dog had so courageously defended.
8. Which of these breeds was given its name from a tax-collector who needed this type of dog as a companion when doing his job?

Answer: Doberman

Dingoes and basenji are reputed not to bark, though scientists claim captive dingoes have been known to learn to bark from domesticated dogs. They can howl, moan and snuff.

The other barkless dog, the basenji, was developed in Africa for hunting.

The Chihuahua is from Mexico.

The Doberman is a creation of Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a Thuringian nightwatchman and tax-collector, who started mixing breeds such as the Rottweiler, the pinscher and others until he obtained the type of dog he wanted: brave, somewhat aggressive, and with a strong temperament.
9. Bloodhounds got their name because they are so bloodthirsty.

Answer: False

The origin of the name is actually blooded hound in the sense of a dog of pure breeding. This breed was probably first developed in the 7th century at the St. Hubert Monastery in the (now Belgian) Ardennes. They are still today labelled as "chiens de St. Hubert". It was William the Conqueror who took them to Britain. They soon became a traditional gift among royalty and nobility.

Another "false story" about them was spread by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her successful book " Uncle Tom's Cabin". In her novel Mrs Stowe claims they were used for tracking runaway slaves. The dogs actually used were mostly mongrel crosses of vicious temperament.
10. Which of these types of dogs sheds (moults) the least?

Answer: poodle

That's why the poodle needs all that trimming. Poodles probably derive from a French waterdog, the barbet.
Source: Author flem-ish

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