List of U.S. state pets

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Thirteen states of the United States have designated one or more official state breeds of companion animals.


State Official pet Photo Date
Alaska Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Malamute.jpg 2010[1]
Colorado Colorado shelter pets Black cat Animal Rescue GalawebDesign.jpg 2013-05-13[2]
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog Ch-Catahoula 002.jpg 1979[3]
Maine Maine Coon Cat MaineCoonSilverTabby.jpg 1985[4]
Maryland Chesapeake Bay Retriever MH Chesapeake.jpg 1964[5]
Calico Cat Creamycalico.JPG 2001[6]
Massachusetts Boston Terrier BostonTerrierBrindleStand w.jpg 1979[7]
Tabby Cat Jammlich crop.jpg 1988[7]
New Hampshire Chinook Mountan Laurel Ajax the Chinook dog.jpg 2009[8]
North Carolina Plott Hound Plotthund Kynnagardens Ziggy Lundamo.JPG 1989[9]
Ohio Shelter pets 2019
Pennsylvania Great Dane Great dane.jpg 1965[10]
South Carolina Boykin Spaniel Boykin Spaniel Winter.jpg 1985[11]
Texas Blue Lacy BlueLacyPhoto1.jpg 2005[12]
Virginia American Foxhound AmericanFoxhound2.jpg 1966[13]
Wisconsin American Water Spaniel Chien d'eau americain champion 1.JPG 1985[14]

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  1. ^ Siegal, Ann Cameron (August 31, 2010). "Alaskan malamute becomes latest official state dog". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Colorado Senate Bill 13-201
  3. ^ "Louisiana State Dog". State Symbols USA. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  4. ^ "Maine State Cat". State Symbols USA. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  5. ^ "State of Maryland: Maryland State Dog - Chesapeake Bay Retriever". 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  6. ^ "State of Maryland: Maryland State Cat - Calico Cat". Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  7. ^ a b "Massachusetts Secretary of State: State Symbols". Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  8. ^ "TITLE I THE STATE AND ITS GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 3 STATE EMBLEMS, FLAG, ETC., Section 3:25". New Hampshire General Court. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  9. ^ "North Carolina State Symbols". North Carolina Secretary of State's Office. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  10. ^ Shearer, Benjamin F. & Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 240.
  11. ^ "South Carolina State House Student Connection: Animals & Other Living Things". South Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  12. ^ "Texas State Symbols". Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  13. ^ "Virginia State Dog". State Symbols USA. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  14. ^ "Wisconsin State Symbols". State of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2012-04-07.

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