We have state flags and state flowers, but did you know a few states even have official state dogs? In 1964 Maryland became the first US state to name an official dog (the Chesapeake Bay Retriever) and since then, 11 more states have gone on to name a state dog.
In some states the breed is just strongly affiliated with the location, and in other states it’s a native breed, such as in Alaska where the Alaskan Malamute holds position as state dog. If you’re worried politicians are spending their days debating dogs instead of laws, you’ll be happy to know that many of the state dog campaigns have been launched by children. In Colorado schoolchildren pushed to have Colorado shelter pets be the state’s official dog, and the state’s education committee passed the decision because it not only educated kids about rescue pets but also about the legislative process.
So does your state have an official dog? Check the list below to find out if you state is one of the lucky twelve with an official canine at the helm:
Alaska, Alaskan Malamute
Delaware, Golden Retriever
Georgia, Adoptable Dog
Louisiana, Catahoula Leopard dog
Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Massachusetts, Boston Terrier
New Hampshire, Chinook
North Carolina, Plott Hound
Pennsylvania, Great Dane
South Carolina, Boykin Spaniel
Texas, Blue Lacy
Virginia, American Foxhound
Wisconsin, American Water Spaniel
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