We have state flags and state flowers, but did you know a few states even have official state dogs? In 1964 Maryland became the first US state to name an official dog (the Chesapeake Bay Retriever) and since then, 11 more states have gone on to name a state dog.

In some states the breed is just strongly affiliated with the location, and in other states it's a native breed, such as in Alaska where the Alaskan Malamute holds position as state dog. If you're worried politicians are spending their days debating dogs instead of laws, you'll be happy to know that many of the state dog campaigns have been launched by children. In Colorado schoolchildren pushed to have Colorado shelter pets be the state's official dog, and the state's education committee passed the decision because it not only educated kids about rescue pets but also about the legislative process.

So does your state have an official dog? Check the list below to find out if you state is one of the lucky twelve with an official canine at the helm:

Alaska, Alaskan Malamute

malamute

Delaware, Golden Retriever

golden retriever

Georgia, Adoptable Dog

Adoptable Dog

Louisiana, Catahoula Leopard dog

catahoula

Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Retriever

retriever

Massachusetts, Boston Terrier

boston terrier

New Hampshire, Chinook

chinook

North Carolina, Plott Hound

plott hound

Pennsylvania, Great Dane

great dane

South Carolina, Boykin Spaniel

boykin

Texas, Blue Lacy

blue lacy

Virginia, American Foxhound

foxhound

Wisconsin, American Water Spaniel

spaniel


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