Have you ever wondered what your state's official dog is? Yeah, us too!
So the other day I decided to go to the library, order a library card, search through the card catalog, find a book about the US, then about dogs, then look up the state dogs, and finally, four hours later I found out ....***(drumroll, please)***.... that my state didn't even have one?!
Ok, so I didn't go to the library, I simply searched "state dogs" in google - It's crazy how long it used to take to find things out - but I did discover, that surprisingly, not only did my home state of Connecticut not have a state dog, the state I currently live in, California, didn't have one either. In fact, only 11 states in America currently recognize a state dog.
But given the fact that 70% of households in the US have one pet or more, and there are said to be 80 million dogs in our country, I would think more states will begin to recognize state dog in the coming years...
But as it stands today, here are the 11 states who have currently made it Paw-fficial:
Alaska - The Alaskan Malamute, recognized in 2010
Louisiana - The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog, recognized in 1979
Massachusetts - Boston terrier, recognized in 1979
Maryland - Chesapeake Bay retriever, recognized in 1964
New Hampshire - Chinook, recognized in 2009
North Carolina - Plott hound, recognized in 1989
Pennsylvania - Great dane, recognized in 1965
South Carolina - Boykin spaniel, recognized in 1985
Texas - Blue lacy, recognized in 2005
Virginia - American foxhound, recognized in 1966
Wisconsin - American water spaniel, recognized in 1985
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