Colorado recently named shelter cats and dogs as its "state pet," and that got us wondering about the other kitties and canines that represent U.S. states.

Three of the most recent successful campaigns to name a state pet were started by schoolchildren, including Colorado's. The Centennial State students suggested that shelter pets represent Colorado to raise awarness of the animals' plight.

In 2007, an Alaskan kindergartnener created the campaign for the Alaskan Malamute, and New Hampshire elementary school students worked to have the Chinook named its state symbol in 2009.

There have been a variety of other state campaigns to select official cat and dog breeds but currently, only 12 states have cat and/or dog mascots. Check out the full list below.

Alaska

Alaskan Marmalute

Alaskan Malamute

Photo: jeffgunn/flickr

Louisiana

Catahoula leopard dog

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Maine

Maine coon

Maine coon

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/flickr

Maryland

Chesapeake Bay retriever

Chesapeake Bay retriever

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Maryland

calico cat

Calico cat

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Massachusetts

Boston terrier

Boston terrier

Photo: evdropkick/flickr

Massachusetts

tabby cat

Tabby cat

Photo: pratensis/flickr

New Hampshire

Chinook

Chinook

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

North Carolina

plott hound

Plott hound

Photo: hoyasmeg/flickr

Pennsylvania

great dane

Great Dane

Photo: stevendepolo/flickr

South Carolina

boykin spaniel

Boykin spaniel

Photo: andreaarden/flickr

Texas

blue lacy

Blue Lacy

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Virginia

American foxhound

American foxhound

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Wisconsin

American Spaniel

American spaniel


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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