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The Eleven Official U.S. State Dogs


The Boykin spaniel is the official state dog of South Carolina. Pheasants Forever File Photo

While flipping through the most recent issue of Garden & Gun magazine, I came across an advertisement from the South Carolina Department of Tourism featuring a Boykin Spaniel.  The Boykin happens to be the official state dog of South Carolina.  Naturally, I wondered how many states have official dogs.  According to Wikipedia, there are eleven states boasting an official dog breed.  They are as follows:

  1. Alaska                            Alaskan Malamute
  2. Louisiana                      Catahoula Leopard Dog
  3. Maryland                      Chesapeake Bay Retriever*
  4. Massachusetts            Boston Terrier
  5. New Hampshire         Chinook
  6. North Carolina           Plott Hound
  7. Pennsylvania              Great Dane
  8. South Carolina           Boykin Spaniel*
  9. Texas                             Blue Lacy
  10. Virginia                        American Foxhound
  11. Wisconsin                    American Water Spaniel*

*denotes bird dog breed

What bird dog breed should be the official breed of your state? And, if South Dakota is the undisputed Pheasant Capital of the United States, what breed of dog would best symbolize South Dakota?

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One Response to “The Eleven Official U.S. State Dogs”

  1. T.F. Riggs says:

    If you’re asking what dog most symbolizes the state I’d say South Dakota’s would be the prairie dog. North Dakota’s would be a Coyote. And Minnesota? Probably a Bichon Frise


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