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List of U.S. state dogs


List of U.S. state dogs

Map of the USA showing in red which states have a specified dog breed as an official symbol

Eleven states of the United States have designated an official state dog breed. Maryland was the first state to name a dog breed as a state symbol, naming the Chesapeake Bay Retriever in 1964.[1] Pennsylvania followed the year after, naming the Great Dane as its official breed.[2] Dog breeds are mostly affiliated with the states that they originated in. North Carolina chose the Plott Hound as it was the only dog breed indigenous to the state.[3] Other official state dogs also are indigenous to their state, including the Boston Terrier (Massachusetts) and the Alaskan Malamute (Alaska).[4][5] Pennsylvania selected the Great Dane not because of its origin, but because it was introduced by early settlers in the state to be used as a hunting and working dog;[6] it was chosen over the Beagle, which was also proposed around the same time.[7]

Two of the more recent successful campaigns to name a state dog have been started by schoolchildren. In 2007, Alaskan kindergarten student Paige Hill's idea created the campaign for the Alaskan Malamute which would convince Representative Berta Gardner to support the bill in 2009, with it becoming law in 2010.[8] Elementary school students from Bedford, New Hampshire won their campaign for the Chinook to be accepted as a symbol of their state in 2009.[9]

There have been a variety of campaigns in other states to select a state dog. Georgia was undecided over choosing a state dog in 1991, with an attempt to make the [10] The campaign to make the Siberian Husky the Washington state dog failed in the Washington House of Representatives in 2004.[11] In 2006, New York State Assembly member Vincent Ignizio suggested that New York should adopt a dog as a state symbol,[12] and during the campaign to name the Western Painted Turtle as state reptile for Colorado in 2008, it was suggested by local press that the Labrador Retriever would be suitable as a symbol, even though it is not native to the state.[1] While in Kansas as early as 2006, residents have suggested the Cairn Terrier as the state dog due to the breed's appearance as Toto in the film The Wizard of Oz.[13] In 2012, Representative Ed Trimmer tabled a bill proposing the Cairn Terrier as a state symbol.[14]

Although Delaware and South Dakota do not have state dog breeds, they do list the gray fox and coyote, respectively—canine species related to the dog—as their state wildlife animals.[15][16] In Minnesota, legislation has been proposed on six different occasions to adopt the Eastern Timber Wolf as the state animal.[17] In 2013, Colorado listed rescue dogs and cats as the state pet.[18]


  • State dog breeds 1
    • Proposed dog breeds 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

State dog breeds

State Dog breed Image Year of designation Ref
Alaska Alaskan Malamute 2010 [19]
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog 1979 [1]
Maryland Chesapeake Bay Retriever 1964 [1]
Massachusetts Boston Terrier 1979 [1]
New Hampshire Chinook 2009 [9]
North Carolina Plott Hound 1989 [1]
Pennsylvania Great Dane 1965 [20]
South Carolina Boykin Spaniel 1985 [21]
Texas Blue Lacy 2005 [22]
Virginia American Foxhound 1966 [23]
Wisconsin American Water Spaniel 1985 [24]

Proposed dog breeds

The table below shows the dog breeds which have been proposed to each state's relevant State Senate or House of Representatives, but were either not accepted as a state symbol or are still pending nominations.
State Dog breed Image Year proposed Ref
Georgia Golden Retriever 1991 [10]
Kansas Cairn Terrier 2012 [14]
Washington Siberian Husky 2004 [11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hazlehurst, John (February 29, 2008). "Commentary: Colorado legislature is long overdue for selecting a state dog". The Colorado Springs Business Journal. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ McAuliffe, Emily (2003). Pennsylvania Facts and Symbols. Bridgestone Books. p. 21.  
  3. ^ "Plott Thickens as Committee O.K.s Official State Dog". The Dispatch. April 19, 1989. p. 15. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "AKC Kennel Club: Boston Terrier". American Kennel Club. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "AKC Kennel Club: Alaskan Malamute". American Kennel Club. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hart, Joyce (2004). Pennsylvania. Benchmark Books. p. 5.  
  7. ^ "Great Dane Whips Beagle". Toledo Blade. October 14, 1959. p. 9. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Governor signs bill making the Alaska Malamute Alaska's state dog". Sit News. May 14, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Hogan, Cara (December 15, 2010). "Pelham girl seeks to make purple the state color". Eagle Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Senator wants a state dog". Star News. February 25, 1991. p. 2B. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Surviving bills and some that didn't". The Spokesman Review. February 18, 2004. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Kranes, Marsha (February 4, 2006). "Pol Shepherds an Official State Dog". New York Post. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Wichita resident wants 'Toto' breed named state dog of Kansas". Lawrence Journal-World. May 13, 2006. p. 2B. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Toto as state dog of Kansas? Bad idea, PETA says". LA Times. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Delaware State Animals". Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ "South Dakota Facts". Travel South Dakota. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Minnesota State Symbols—Unofficial, Proposed, or Facetious". Minnesota State Legislature. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ O'Conner, Coleen (March 22, 2013). "Kids fight for abandoned dogs and cats to become Colorado state pets". Denver Post. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Alaskan malamute becomes latest official state dog". The Washington Post. August 31, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Symbols of Pennsylvania". Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  21. ^ Braswell, Tommy (February 21, 2006). "Boykin spaniel reigns as state's official dog". The Post and Courier. p. 2E. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Texas State Symbols". Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  23. ^ Kilpatrick, James J. (August 1, 1968). "White Ella Runs Again". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 4. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Wisconsin State Symbols". Retrieved January 8, 2011. 

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