Bird Dogs & Training  |  04/24/2013

The Eleven Official U.S. State Dogs

While flipping through the most recent issue of Garden & Gun magazine, I came across an advertisement from the South Carolina Department of Tourism featuring a Boykin Spaniel.  The Boykin happens to be the official state dog of South Carolina.  Naturally, I wondered how many states have official dogs.  According to Wikipedia, there are eleven states boasting an official dog breed.  They are as follows:
Alaska                            Alaskan Malamute
Louisiana                      Catahoula Leopard Dog
Maryland                      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*
*denotes bird dog breed
What bird dog breed should be the official breed of your state? And, if South Dakota is the undisputed Pheasant Capital of the United States, what breed of dog would best symbolize South Dakota?
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre and listen to Bob and Billy Hildebrand every Saturday morning on FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN FM100.3.