Twelve different dog breeds have been officially selected to represent a lucky twelve states of the U.S.
Is YOUR state one of the lucky few to have a cute puppy represent their state? And is your favorite dog breed one of the lucky few to represent a U.S. state? Take a look to find out…
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6. North Carolina
The Plott Hound was officially adopted as the State Dog on August 12, 1989, and is one of only four dog breeds native to the United States. People who love Plott hounds describe the dogs as gentle with people and loyal to their owners. But if you were walking a Plott hound on a trail, and the dog caught the scent of a wild animal, it likely would want to take off on a hunt. Bold and energetic, Plotts want to work, no doubt about it.
The Great Dane was adopted as the official dog of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1965. The physical and other attributes of the Great Dane, to wit: size, strength, beauty, intelligence, tolerance, courage, faithfulness, trustworthiness and stability exemplify those of Pennsylvania.
The Golden Retriever was named the official state dog of Georgia in 1991. This pooch was bred to possess an extremely powerful sense of smell, and indeed their olfactory skills are among the best of all dog breeds. While rarely used in hunting today, golden retrievers are commonly employed as bomb sniffers and search-and-rescue dogs due to their keen sense of smell.
These next pups 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…
The Cairn Terrier was shot down in the Kansas legislature to become the official state dog, but the legislator behind the bill, Ed Trimmer, plans to re-introduce the bill next year. Lets cross our fingers for this little guy! Vote for Cairn Terrier!
The Labrador Retreiver was selected to represent Maine, but a bill to declare the lab as Maine’s state dog suffered a resounding defeat in committee. “[The Labrador retriever is] strong, reliable, devoted affectionate — as good as any breed, certainly,” Rep. Chris Babbidge told Maine Public Broadcasting. “But it’s not unique to Maine. And I have difficulty favoring it over so many other wonderful dogs that are worthy of nomination.”