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Dog Trivia

by Dr. Rachel Addleman, DVM, DiplABVP, CVA
Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Dr. Addleman has advanced training and Board Certification in feline medicine. She practices in Houston, Texas and can be found at AnimalFixer.com

Try Your Luck Answering the following trivia questions about dogs

Dog TriviaAnswer 9-10 correct  You are almost a veterinarian!
Answer 7-8 correct  You are a professional cat lover.
Answer 4-6 correct   You may need help in the pet store.
Answer less than 3 correct   You should think about owning a dog!

  1. How many bones are in a dog’s body?

    a) about 206, the same as a human
    b) about 320, depending on the length of the tail
    c) between 300-345 depending on the length of the dog’s back


  2. The scientific name for a coyote is Canis latrans and the domestic dog is Canis lupus. They are two different species, but the animals can mate. Which of the following is true?

    a) Their offspring are fertile.
    b) Their offspring are sterile.
    c)  They cannot produce offspring.


  3. Which dog has the stronger bite force? A German Shepherd, pit bull, or Rottweiler?

    a) German Shepherd
    b) Pit bull
    c) Rottweiler


  4. True or False? Dogs see in black and white.


  5. How long is the average pregnancy of the dog?

    a. 58-68 days, but the average is 63 days
    b. 75-85 days, with longer pregnancies in larger breeds
    c. 3 months + 3 weeks + 3 days (114 days)


  6. The American Kennel Club recognizes a breed of dog that originated in the 1930’s from the wild dogs of Israel. What is the name of this breed?

    a) Sinai Shepherd
    b) Caanan Dog
    c) Negev Heeler


  7. When shinning a flashlight towards a dog’s eyes, ‘eyeshine’, an iridescent glow, can be seen. What causes eyeshine?

    a) Leukocoria
    b) Lenticular sclerosis
    c) Tapetum lucidum


  8. The sense of smell in the dog is very strong. The olfactory bulb in the dog is how much bigger than a human? Dogs can discriminate odors at concentrations how much lower than a human?

    a) 4x, 10 million times
    b) 40x, 100 million times
    c) 400x, 200 million times


  9. How many teeth does the adult dog have?

    a) 38
    b) 42
    c) 44


  10. What comedian said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

    a) President Obama
    b) David Letterman
    c) Groucho Marx