How much do you know about dogs? Take this quiz and find out. The answers are at the end. Feel free to consult your dog if you’re not sure of the answers.
1. d – Dogs react to territorial incursions by chasing the invader, whether a cat or a car. Fast-moving objects also trigger their prey drive.
2. d – A dog’s tail wag can mean many different things, depending on the tail’s position and the speed at which it’s moving.
3. c – Dogs with separation anxiety may urine-mark because they are nervous, but they aren’t capable of complex emotions such as spite.
4. a – A dog’s normal temperature ranges from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. d – Whiskers enhance a dog’s senses of sight and touch by detecting air currents, sensing obstacles that might otherwise go unseen in the dark, and transmitting information about an object’s shape and texture.
6. d – The Mars Rover might resemble a robotic dog, but dogs were not involved in its development.
7. d – All dogs, even hairless breeds, have allergens in their dander (dead skin cells), saliva and urine. Individual dogs may be less allergenic than others, but no breed is completely hypoallergenic.
8. c – This unattractive behavior is named for the Greek words “copros,” meaning feces, and “phagein,” to eat.
9. d – A trill is more often attributed to cats. All of the other terms have been used to describe hound sounds. George Washington likened the voices of his hounds to the “bells of Moscow.”
10. b – Dogs often enjoy these fruits of gardens, but the only planting they do is of bones.