It’s no surprise that dogs love to play, but did you know that they love to play board games? Next time you’re planning a games night, consider adding your pooch’s favorite game to the list. Be sure to bring your A-game, though, we have a feeling your dog won’t go easy on you.
With an extraordinary sense of smell and a knack for helping solve mysteries, bloodhounds love nothing more than a good game of Clue. They’re so good at it, in fact, they can do one sweep of the board and tell you exactly who was murdered, where it happened, and with what weapon. On second thought, this might be a short-lived game if you let your bloodhound join you…
Known for their ability to learn and understand words, border collies love to show off their extensive vocabularies with a game of Scrabble. These dogs don’t waste time with words like cat, ball, or food; they’re all about making 7 letter words for the extra points.
These smart canines are known for the even-tempers and success as service and working dogs, but Labrador retrievers are also known for their love of eating non-food items. These sneaky troublemakers will be happy to join you for a quiet night in with a nice bowl of socks and their favorite board game, Trouble.
Anyone who owner or has met a Pug know that these dogs are true clowns, always looking for a new way to entertain their adoring fans. They may not be big, but they have a ton of personality and the most expressive face. It’s no surprise that their favorite board game is Cranium, as it’s the perfect opportunity to show off their goofy side.
A cross between a poodle and a golden retriever, Goldendoodles display characteristics of both breeds. Highly intelligent and very affectionate, these dogs love nothing more than spending time with their families. They get a long great with children which is why they’re always up for a round of Chutes and Ladders. It may not challenge them mentally, but they love seeing their little humans happy.
Originally bred to hunt smaller animals such as rabbits, these little dogs have a killer ability to track and take down weaker prey. Since many dachshunds have retired their hunting caps, they jump at any opportunity to flex this muscle with a game of Risk. They love the feeling you get when you take conquer a country; it’s just like catching prey after a long hunt.
With their strength, intelligence, and fearlessness, German Shepherds have a long history of working with the police and military. Whether or not your dog has military-specific training, they love to show off their abilities through a game of Battleship. We’ll bet you that you’re able to sink your battle ship in just a few quick moves!
These gentle giants have a long history as hunting dogs, famous for their ability to carry fowl without damaging it. As it turns out, their soft mouths are also great for extracting the tiny pieces from the Operation board. They may not have thumbs, but they can remove a funny bone without setting off the buzzer without fail every time.
More than just a pretty face, poodles can be one smart cookie! Excelling at a wide range of sports such as agility and field tracking, these dogs love any activity that allows them to exercise their mind; this is why their favorite board game is Settlers of Catan. Some dogs find this game a bit too confusing, but not poodles; they love coming up with the best strategies to expand their holding.
Now that you know your dog’s favorite board game, you can make them a part of any upcoming board game nights. Don’t worry about going easy on them; we have a feeling that they’ll clean up the board every time you play their game. They were bred for this, after all!