Can You Guess These Dog Breeds from a Silhouette?

ANIMALS

Kennita Leon

6 Min Quiz

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Dogs are some of the most amazing, resilient and loving beings on the planet. They have a high tolerance for pain and have a capacity to love that is unseen in many animals in the animal kingdom, including humans. And because people know this, they have adopted dogs and have made them part of their families for what may be many millennia now. 

While it's easy to recognize a dog's breed from a picture, although not all of them look the same, it's rather difficult to do it from a dog's outline. Now there are a few that'll be quite easy to figure out, not only because they're popular breeds, but because they have distinguishable features that can still be seen from their outlines. These dogs include the German shepherd, the Chihuahua, the Great Dane and the Scottish terrier. 

Now, you don't have to be a dog expert to ace this quiz; you do have to know what quite a few breeds look like, but you don't need to know their colors or their personalities. If you think you've got what it takes to ace this dog breed silhouette quiz, let's get started. Will you do well enough to become a vet's assistant, or should you just stick to cats? 

Which breed is this?

Developed in the 1800s, the bull mastiff is a crossbreed of the English mastiff and the Old English bulldog. The bull mastiff features a fawn or brindle coat and a short, black muzzle.

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Which breed is this?

Developed in 1899 for the herding of sheep, the German shepherd, once referred to as an Alsatian by the British and Irish, originates in Germany.

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Which breed is this?

Scottish by origin, golden retrievers are so-named after their retrieving nature. They are a breed of large gun dogs.

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Which breed is this?

An ancient dog breed, the chow chow or "tang quan" was originally used as a temple guard in China and later as a general-purpose working dog.

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Which breed is this?

This sweet dog is energetic and craves attention. They are a high-energy breed that requires moderate exercise. Yorkshire terriers grow up to 8 to 9 inches tall and weigh between 4 to 7 pounds. Yorkies need occasional brushing and clippings and can be a bit yappy.

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Which breed is this?

As the name would suggest, the Siberian husky originates in Siberia, Russia. The breed was first introduced to the Western hemisphere as sled dogs.

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Which breed is this?

Specially bred in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, the Afghan hound can be easily distinguished by its long, silky coat and curled tail.

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Which breed is this?

Their high energy and relentless bark make the Dachshund perfect watchdogs. This breed requires daily walks and outdoor activity but should not be left unleashed outdoors because they love to chase small animals. The Dachshund is better with older children and can become possessive of toys and people.

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Which breed is this?

Originating in both the United Kingdom and Canada, the Labrador retriever is a popular breed used for sporting, hunting, therapy and disability aid.

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Which breed is this?

First introduced as a hypoallergenic guide dog in 1988, the labradoodle or labra-poodle is a cross-breed of the Labrador retriever and the poodle.

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Which breed is this?

Owners must be careful with this breed as they are sensitive to high heat and tend to overheat. The French bulldog is a sweet and playful companion that enjoys snuggling and sitting in their owner's laps. This breed is an indoor dog and should not be left outdoors.

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Which breed is this?

This feisty dog is a very popular breed. The Chihuahua is a confident and loyal companion and an excellent child-friendly breed. The Chihuahua is a tough dog to train that shivers when they are nervous or cold.

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Which breed is this?

Originating in Japan, the Akita has been developed into two strains; the American Akita and the Japanese Akita.

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Which breed is this?

One of the tallest dog breeds in existence, the great Dane or German mastiff as it is also known, grows up to more than 30 inches in height.

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Which breed is this?

This playful, sensitive and loyal breed of dog is easily trained and can be very obedient. Their high energy makes them perfect companions for individuals who enjoy outdoors. The coat of the poodle needs to be brushed occasionally as it is soft, curly and long and does not shed.

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Which breed is this?

Bred for hunting, the English pointer usually features a short, smooth coat of white with silver, yellow or orange markings.

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Which breed is this?

A sweet dog by nature, the bichon frise is a great child-friendly breed. This breed gets along with other household pets very well and virtually does not shed. Bichon frise requires occasional brushing and clipping to ensure maintenance.

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Which breed is this?

Owing its popularity to the Disney movie of the same name, dalmatians are tall dogs from Croatia best-known for their spotted coats of black and white.

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Which breed is this?

Also known as the red setter, the Irish setter as the name suggests, originates in Ireland. This breed is popular among show dogs.

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This is an extremely heavy-shedding dog which has a long, straight outer coat and a soft, thick undercoat. The Pekingese can be a jealous breed of dog and is possessive of its owner. This breed enjoys lounging on the couch and is better suited to play with older children.

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Which breed is this?

Existing in the United States since the late twentieth century, cockapoos are a cross-breed of the cocker spaniel and poodle.

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Originating in England, the whippet is a descendant of the greyhound. It is a medium-sized sighthound.

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Which breed is this?

Owners require loads of patience to train the Jack Russell terrier but will be rewarded with an outstandingly obedient dog once it is taught. This terrier makes an excellent watchdog because he is very protective of his owner and family.

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Which breed is this?

With a double coat consisting of a silky outer coat and a soft undercoat, the English cocker spaniel requires 10 to 15 minutes brushing sessions three to two times a week, to maintain its grooming standards.

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Which breed is this?

The official state dog of New Hampshire, the Chinook, was developed during the 20th century as a rare breed of sled dog.

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Which breed is this?

This attention seeking breed is vigilant, affectionate and a super friendly dog. The Swedish Vallhund can grow between 11 and 14 inches tall and can weigh 23 to 35 pounds. This breed excels at herding, fetching and makes a wonderful outdoor pet.

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Which breed is this?

This indoor dog makes a great companion due to its gentle and playful nature. The Shih Tzu is a sweet-tempered dog that rarely shows signs of aggression. The flat face of this breed means that it experiences snorting, sneezing and wheezing.

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Which breed is this?

This energetic breed of dog is loyal and affectionate to its owner. They require daily walks to expend their high level of energy and should always be on a leash when brought out to walk.

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Which breed is this?

Originating in Scotland, collies are medium-sized dogs with pointed snouts. Their most distinctive feature is a patch of white fur over the shoulder or around the neck.

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This breed of dog makes a great family pet because they love to show affection. The beagle can grow between 13 to 16 inches tall and can weigh up to 35 pounds. Beagles have coarse coats that come in either an array of the colors: black, tan, white or red.

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Which breed is this?

The constant need for affection can make this breed a handful to their owners; Maltese dogs love cuddling and curling up in their owner's laps. With virtually no shedding of its long silky coat, the Maltese make a perfect pet for tidy owners.

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Which breed is this?

The high energy of the Pomeranian means that it requires plenty of play time and walks. Although this breed is easily trained, it can sometimes exhibit traits of being headstrong and territorial. This breed gets nervous around small children and may bite. Regular trips to the dentist must be planned for the Pomeranian because its teeth develop tartar.

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Which breed is this?

This extremely popular breed is super outgoing and loyal, yet sensitive. The pug is a quiet dog that can become anxious or jealous when seeking their owner's attention. The flat construction of the pug's face makes them wheeze, snore, snort and sneeze. The deep wrinkles in their face also need to be cleaned regularly, and their coat requires minimum brushing.

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Which breed is this?

One of the best-known guard dogs today, rottweilers are believed to have been in existence as early as the Roman Empire.

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Which breed is this?

This highly trainable breed has a happy, affectionate temperament which makes it an excellent family pet. Papillons grow to 8 to 11 inches tall and can weigh 8 to 10 pounds. The coat of the Papillon is usually multicolored and can contain red, brown, tan, white and black.

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Which breed is this?

This breed of dog requires an immense amount of attention and should not be left alone for long periods of time. The Schipperke is a great outdoor dog that enjoys traveling and riding in cars as well as boats.

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Which breed is this?

This small breed dog grows to about 9 to 11 inches and has a wiry coat that grows to about medium length. This breed comes in various colors, namely black, tan, gray, silver or red. The Affenpinscher is a curious and playful dog that does not back down from a confrontation.

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Which breed is this?

Originally bred for hunting deer in Europe, bloodhounds are the best scent hounds due to their strong tracking instinct and keen sense of smell.

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Which breed is this?

The Puli is a very loud breed that may sometimes bark too much. They are not very trusting of strangers and usually keep their distance until they confirm that the person does not pose a threat to them. The stubborn Puli comes with its challenges to train, but a firm training plan can assure their obedience.

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Which breed is this?

This dog makes the perfect family pet because he fares exceptionally well with children. The Volpino is a very energetic dog and will sometimes challenge dogs that are larger than they are. This breed gets up to 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 8 to 12 pounds.

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