Quiz on dogs

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on November 03, 2017

It’s the 15th birthday of Hobo, a Lhasa-spitz mix, a high-minded and sagacious dog. In his honour, this quiz is all about dogs.

Woofs and wags

1 Whose statue would you come across if you went to the Shibuya Station in Tokyo?

2 Zanjeer was the only Indian dog honoured with a state funeral. During the 1993 Mumbai bombings, he helped avert many attacks, sniffing out RDX in Dhanji Street and finding arms next to Siddhivinayak Temple and Zaveri Bazar. What breed was Zanjeer?

3 In the mid-1960s, a black-and-white Collie named Pickles earned £5,000, starred in a movie titled The Spy with a Cold Nose and was awarded a year of free food by a pet food manufacturer. What did he do to deserve all this acclaim?

4 What are the following breeds collectively referred to as — Siberian husky, Samoyed, Chinook, Alaskan malamute and Alaskan husky?

5 Which hunting dog, originally from Africa, is also known as the soundless dog, as it does not bark because of an unusually-shaped larynx?

6 What was the name of the Catalan sheepdog chosen as the mascot for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics?

7 In the works of Enid Blyton, if Timothy was the constant companion of Georgina of The Famous Five, name the Scottish terrier who went on adventures with Fatty and the Five Find-Outers?

8 Flush was a biography of a famous cocker spaniel written by Virginia Woolf and published in 1933? Flush was the constant companion of which famous lady of letters?

9 Andy, Belle, Marbles, Olaf and Spike are the lesser-known siblings of which fictional dog?

10 Which fictional dog’s name was inspired by Frank Sinatra’s rendition of ‘Strangers in the Night’?


1. Hachiko, the legendary Akita dog who, for almost 10 years, would wait for his master at the station. His master was Professor Ueno, who died of a heart attack while at work

2. Labrador retriever

3. He found the Jules Rimet Cup for the World Cup Football champion, seven days after it was stolen

4. Sled dogs, originally bred for transportation in Arctic areas

5. Basenji; it makes a peculiar deep yodel like sound instead

6. Cobi, inspired from the name of the Barcelona Olympic Organising Committee (COOB)

7. Buster, who delighted in getting at PC Goon’s ankles

8. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

9. Snoopy the beagle, from the cartoon strip, Peanuts. They were born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm

10. Scooby-Doo; it’s the scatting in the middle of the song. CBS executive Fred Silverman thought it would be an excellent name for a Great Dane

Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup; Follow Joy on Twitter @joybhattacharj

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Published on November 03, 2017
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