In another week or so, we'll all be plunged into the madness and stress of the holiday season. For today, though, pour yourself another cup of coffee and test your knowledge of pet trivia.
0 Match these U.S. presidents with their dogs:
1. Lyndon Johnson a. Rob Roy
2. Franklin Roosevelt b. Him
3. Gerald Ford c. Fala
4. Calvin Coolidge d. Liberty
5. Name the breeds of those presidential canines.
6. During George Bush's presidency, a book "written" by the family's springer spaniel, Millie, was a best seller. Millie wasn't the family's first canine author, however. Name their earlier dog, and his breed.
7. What is a Scottish fold?
8. Many U.S. dog breeds have retained the names used in their originating countries. What are the unusual plurals of Keeshond, Puli and Komondor? In what countries were these breeds developed?
9. This cat looks like a long-haired Siamese, or a Persian with Siamese markings. What do fanciers call this beautiful animal?
10. As children, Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowell and Judy Garland starred in films with animal co-stars. Name the films.
11. What is the normal body temperature for a cat? A dog?
12. William Powell and Myrna Loy starred in a series of movies based on Dashiell Hammett's mystery novel, "The Thin Man." In the film, what was the name and breed of their dog? In the book, Hammett describes a different breed. Which one?
13. What kind of dog does England's Queen Elizabeth favor? What breed did Queen Victoria push into prominence?
14. What Broadway musical was based on T. S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"?
15. A statue of a sled dog stands in New York's Central Park. What is the name of the dog and why is his memory honored? To which modern-day event is he connected?
16. How fast can a dog run?
17. Is it true cats always land on their feet?
18. What is the tallest breed of dog?
19. Who said, "The more I see of
men, the better I like my dog"?
20. Although presidential cats didn't seem to get the same attention as "first dogs" until Socks moved in with the Clintons, there have often been cats in residence at the White House. Can you name Amy Carter's cat?
1. b. 2. c. 3. d. 4. a. 5. Rob Roy was Coolidge's collie; Him was one of Johnson's beagles; Fala was Roosevelt's Scottish terrier; and Liberty was Mr. Ford's golden retriever.
6. C. Fred Bush was a cocker spaniel.
7. The Scottish fold is a breed of cat characterized by its folded-over ears.
8. Keeshonden, Pulik, Komondorok; the Keeshond was developed in the Netherlands; the other two breeds are from Hungary, and are both notable for their floor-length "corded" coats, which bear resemblance to a cotton mop.
10. Elizabeth Taylor, "National Velvet"; Roddy McDowell, "Lassie, Come Home"; and Judy Garland, "The Wizard of Oz."
11. The normal body temperature of cats and dogs ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
12. Asta, a wire-haired fox terrier. In the novel, Hammett described Asta as a miniature schnauzer.
13. Welsh corgis; collies, among others.
-! 15. Balto led a sled dog team
carrying diphtheria anti-serum into Nome, Alaska, in 1925, heading off an epidemic. This event is commemorated by the annual Iditarod race.
16. Racing greyhounds clock in at just over 40 mph.
17. No. Although agile, cats can be injured in falls.
18. Irish wolfhound.
19. Frederick the Great.
-! 20. Mister Malarky Ying Yang.
How'd you do? If you got them all right, I'd say OK, Fluffy, it's time to give the human members of the family a chance. 15-20 right? A pet trivia buff. 10-15 is not bad, but under 10? Go to the library for pet books, sit and stay!
The super bonus round
Can you name the top five breeds of cats, as well as how many breeds overall are recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association? Can you do the same with American Kennel Club dogs?
If you get these right, you're really an expert:
Cats: 1. Persians, 2. Maine coon, 3. Siamese, 4. Abysinians, 5. exotic shorthair (the short-haired version of the Persian). The CFA recognizes 36 breeds of purebred cats.
Dogs: 1. Labrador, 2. Rottweiler, 3. cocker spaniel, 4. German shepherd, 5. poodle. The AKC recognizes 136 breeds of purebred dogs.