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Official State Dogs

Official dogs listed by adoption year. (List by state or year).
State Name Designated as YearList by adoption year
Delaware Golden Retriever Official dog of the State 2016
Maryland Chesapeake Bay retriever State dog 1964
Pennsylvania Great dane Official dog of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1965
Virginia American Foxhound Official dog 1966
Louisiana Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog Official state dog 1979
Massachusetts Boston terrier Dog or dog emblem of the commonwealth 1979
South Carolina Boykin spaniel Official dog of the State 1985
Wisconsin American Water Spaniel State dog 1985
North Carolina Plott Hound Official dog of the State of North Carolina 1989
Texas Blue lacy Official State Dog Breed of Texas 2005
New Hampshire Chinook Official state dog of New Hampshire 2009
Alaska Alaskan Malamute Official state dog 2010
Colorado Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and cats (Felis catus)that are adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues State pets of the state of Colorado 2013
Tennessee Dogs and cats that are adopted from Tennessee animal shelters and rescues Official state pet 2014
New York Service dog Official dog of the state 2015
Georgia Adoptable dog Official Georgia state dog 2016
Alabama [ None ]    
Arizona [ None ]    
Arkansas [ None ]    
California [ None ]    
Connecticut [ None ]    
Florida [ None ]    
Hawaii [ None ]    
Idaho [ None ]    
Illinois [ None ]    
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas [ None ]    
Kentucky [ None ]    
Maine [ None ]    
Michigan [ None ]    
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi [ None ]    
Missouri [ None ]    
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada [ None ]    
New Jersey [ None ]    
New Mexico [ None ]    
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio [ None ]    
Oklahoma [ None ]    
Oregon [ None ]    
Rhode Island [ None ]    
South Dakota [ None ]    
Utah [ None ]    
Vermont [ None ]    
Washington [ None ]    
West Virginia [ None ]    
Wyoming [ None ]    
Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds
Encyclopedia of
Dog Breeds

D. Caroline Coile

Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, by D. Caroline Coile Ph.D. 368 pages. Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (April 1, 2005)

Updated with the latest information on canine breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, this lavishly illustrated volume is a treasure house of information for dog lovers, owners, breeders, and prospective buyers. It begins with a detailed discussion of breed evolution, focusing on the physical and behavioral traits that distinguish one canine breed from another. The book’s main section profiles more than 150 breeds, arranged in the general categories specified by the AKC—Sporting Group, Hound Group, Working Group, Terrier Group, Toy Group, Non-Sporting Group, and Herding Group. Each profile tells how and why the breed was developed, and how selection to perpetuate specific traits affects a dog’s suitability as a pet. Advice for prospective dog owners will help them be sure they are choosing a breed that is compatible with their own situation and needs. They will also find information on each breed’s vulnerability to specific health problems, longevity, exercise needs, compatibility with children, and much more. Profuse illustrations include color photos of all listed breeds.

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Dog Owner's Home
Veterinary Handbook

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, by Debra M. Eldredge, DVM, Liisa D. Carlson, DVM, Delbert G. Carlson, DVM, James M. Giffin, MD, Beth Adelman (Editor). 656 pages. Publisher: Howell Book House; 4 edition (August 27, 2007)

The guide dog lovers have relied on for more than twenty-seven years, this handbook has been extensively revised to include the latest information on everything from canine healthcare to nutrition to holistic treatments. Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fourth Edition, is the definitive guide for every dog owner.

With this guide, you'll know when to rush your pet to the vet and when you can begin treatment at home. You'll communicate more effectively with your vet. You'll have the latest information on every aspect of your dog's medical care when you need it.

Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog
Family Friendly
Dog Training

Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog, by Patricia B McConnell Ph.D., Aimee M Moore. 344 pages. Publisher: McConnell Publishing, Ltd.; 1st edition (January 5, 2007)

Perfect as a supplement to classes, and for those going it alone, this user-friendly, engaging book describes a six-week dog training program that gets dogs and their owners off on the right paw and helps prevent future dog problems.