While nearly every State has chosen a mammal or animal emblem as their State mascot, only 9 American States have choosen a dog breed as their state animal or emblem. The first dog breed choosen as a State mascot was the Chesapeake Bay Retriever for the State of Maryland in 1964. Only two States have officially enacted their choice of a dog breed as their state animal, namely Louisiana (Catahoula Leopard dog, 1979), and Texas (Blue Lacy, 2005)
Texas official state dog
Photo: Mike Rodriguez
Dog Breeds chosen as
State Animals or Emblems
by American States
States that have a dog as official state animal
Louisiana: Catahoula Leopard dog
Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
According to the legend an English vessel shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland in the early nineteenth century. Among the survivors were two young dogs of a Newfoundland breed. Supposedly bred to local coonhounds, they evolved into the present-day 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
Other countries that have a dog as their official state emblem
Ireland has the Irish Wolfhound as its mascot for the Irish Guards.
UK and England: Bulldog
Other State Animals:
Maine: Maine Coon Cat
Maryland: Calico Cat
Alabama: Racking horse
Idaho: Appaloosa horse
Kentucky: Thoroughbred horse
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