There was an article this week that we shared that talked about how the American Robin has been Michigan’s state bird for nearly a century, but that may soon change. The topic got me wondering whether or not Michigan had an official state dog.
You would think that every state in the country would have an official dog or pet, but it seems that only 13 US states have an official dog.
Does Michigan have an official state dog?
Surprisingly, the answer is no. Well not yet anyway.
A few years ago, there were rumors about Michigan lawmakers working on a bill that would designate shelter animals as Michigan’s official state pets. Honestly, I don’t know where they ended this because I haven’t heard anything since.
Michigan State has an official bird, fish, reptile, and game mammal (white-tailed deer), but for some reason we don’t have a state dog. I think they had to make it happen.
What breed of dog would best represent the state of Michigan? Even though my favorite breed of dog is the Great Dane, I think it should be the American Labrador or the German Shepherd. What do you think?
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- Alaskan: Alaskan Malamute.
- Georgia: adoptable dog.
- Louisiana: Catahoula Leopard Dog.
- Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
- Massachusetts: Boston Terrier.
- New Hampshire: Chinook.
- New York: working dogs.
- North Carolina: Plott Hound.
- Pennsylvania: Great Dane
- South Carolina: Boykin Spaniel
- Texas: blue lace
- Virginia: American Foxhound
- Wisconsin: American Water Spaniel
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