Did you know that New York State has an official dog? Former Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law creating an official dog for New York State. Our official dog is definitely fitting of New Yorkers and what we represent.

Thirteen other states have official state dogs. New York's official state dog, which was adopted in 2015, isn't a specific breed, but rather an occupation,

The working dog shall be the official dog of the
state.  For the purposes of this section, "working dog" shall mean:

Guide / Hearing Dog

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Search Dog

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Police Work Dog

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Therapy Dog

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Military Working / War Dog

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Detection Dog

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The law also states that a "working dog" can also be,

any dog that has met such definition during its life; or (b) any dog that is trained to herd and/or protect livestock or control bird and/or wildlife populations and is actually or has been used for such purposes.

Any Working Dog

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Livestock / Herd Dog

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Wildlife Control Dog

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Maryland became the first state to designate an official dog in 1964 when it gave the honor to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

1. Alaska - Alaskan Malamute
2. Delaware - Golden Retriever
3. Louisiana - Catahoula Leopard dog
4. Maryland - Chesapeake Bay Retriever
5. Massachusetts - Boston Terrier
6. New Hampshire - Chinook
7. North Carolina - Plott Hound
8. Pennsylvania - Great Dane
9. South Carolina - Boykin Spaniel
10. Tennessee - Bluetick Coonhound
11. Texas - Blue Lacy
12. Virginia - American Foxhound
13. Wisconsin - American Water Spaniel

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