In the U.S., states seem to have an incredible fondness for designating “official” things. Some of them are pretty standard, like state flower or motto or song, while others can be unusual. Wyoming has a state dinosaur and Connecticut’s official prepared food is, of course, Mystic Pizza. States can be generic. Milk is the official beverage of twenty of them. If you want an official musical instrument, you have a choice of five options from eight states, with fiddle being the most common.
You’d think that something as popular in America as the dog would be represented in all fifty states, but that isn’t the case. To date, there are only twelve U.S. states that have designated an official state dog. This is still a better score than cat lovers, represented by only Massachusetts and Maryland, by the tabby cat and the calico, respectively.
Here are the dozen official state dogs, in order of designation.
One last question: What’s the state song of California? If you said “California, Here I Come,” congratulations, you’re wrong. It’s actually called “I Love You California.” If that title sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard it countless times in JEEP commercials. But it’s more proof that official state designations are not always intuitive.
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