Rare Dog Breed Quiz, No. 3

Test your dog breed knowledge: How many of these rare dog breeds can you correctly identify?

(Versions one and two of the quiz, if you are hankering for more dog nerdery!)

What dog breed is identified in the photos below?

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(1: Cesky terrier; 2: Dandie Dinmont terrier; 3: silken windhound; 4: Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen; 5: Plott hound; 6: Norwegian buhund; 7: bergamasco; 8: pumi; 9: catahoula leopard dog; 10: Tibetan spaniel; 11: English shepherd; 12: Clumber spaniels; 13: Dogue de Bordeaux, aka French mastiff)

Thoughts: In creating this quiz, I was reminded of the fact that “rare” is, of course, a relative term. Dog #5, the Plott hound, is the state dog of my home state (North Carolina), and I have seen plenty of Plotts and Plott mixes at our local SPCA here in Virginia. Are there dogs in your area that some would consider “rare,” but you see them all the time?

How did you do on the quiz?

Noisy, impromptu play-date

I wasn’t planning on hosting dogs this weekend, but my friend Sarah (Roland’s mama) called and said that she was dog-sitting a boisterous Plott hound mix and that he could really burn off some steam. So, what better way to do that than a romp in the yard? Pyrrha was certainly ready for it.

Atticus is a feisty Plott hound mix with quite the pair of lungs.

A rare moment of silence

He spent a good portion of the play-date doing this:

Majority of the play date

Baying, baying, and then some barks thrown in for good measure!

I could see the neighbors peering out of their windows, trying to figure out what was going on. Pyrrha and her pack of friends tend to be rather quiet dogs, and so it’s rare to hear much dog noise coming from our yard. After 45 minutes or so, Atticus finally toned down the barking, but by then, Roland had decided that this barking stuff looked like fun and he began to follow suit.

Graceful Roland

Aside from all the noise, Atticus fell in nicely with Pyrrha and Roland, who are already fast friends.

Play time

The trio


Atticus tended to get a bit irritated with Roland and Pyrrha during certain moments, and he’d lash out for a second, but he seemed to be able to recover himself after a time. We occasionally had to pull them apart and give them some space, but they got along without much needed intervention.

Atticus and Pyrrha

After a while, we decided to take the trio on a walk around the neighborhood, to get them to cool their jets a bit, and that was pleasant. And much quieter!

Best buds

Being around a very vocal dog makes you really appreciative of how quiet your own dog is… 😉