States have flowers, trees, butterflies, birds, grains and dozens of other state symbols… so why not have a designated dog breed?On a recent post I wrote about American Dog Breeds, I came across breeds that were assigned as a state dog. In fact, twelve of the fifty states in America have adopted a dog breed as an official state symbol.
Alaska: Alaska’s State Dog is the Alaskan Malamute. This breed originated in the state and was named after a native Inuit tribe. The Alaskan Malamute was designated as the State Dog of Alaska in 2010.
Georgia: Georgia’s State Dog is the “Adoptable Dog.” The Adoptable Dog was named the State Dog of Georgia in 2016.
Louisiana: Louisiana’s State Dog is the Catahoula Leopard Dog. This breed originated within the state and was named after the Catahoula Lake located in Northern Louisiana. The Catahoula Leopard Dog was designated as the State Dog of Louisiana in 1979.
Maryland: Maryland’s State Dog is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was designated the State Dog of Maryland in 1964.The origins of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever are traced back to two dogs saved from a sinking ship of the coast of Maryland. They were developed into the breed they are today within the state.
Massachusetts: Massachusetts’ State dog is the Boston Terrier. Getting its name from the City of Boston, these dogs were originally developed in the area. The Boston Terrier was designated as the State Dog of Massachusetts in 1979.
New Hampshire: New Hampshire’s state dog is the Chinook.
North Carolina: North Carolina’s state dog is the Plott Hound. The Plott Hound was designated the State Dog of North Carolina in 1989.
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania’s state dog is the Great Dane. The Great Dane was designated the State Dog of Pennsylvania in 1965.
South Carolina: South Carolina’s state dog is the Boykin Spaniel. The Boykin Spaniel was designated the State Dog of South Carolina in 1985.
Texas: Texas’ state dog is the Blue Lacy. The Blue Lacy was designated the State Dog of Texas in 2005.
Virginia: Virginia’s state dog is the American Foxhound.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin’s state dog is the American Water Spaniel. The American Water Spaniel was designated the State Dog of Wisconsin in 1985.
Minnesota needs to get on board with the official state dog trend… and obviously I think that they should choose the Cane Corso even though there are no apparent ties between the state and the breed.