Ohio 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.

Some of the most recent successful campaigns to name a state pet were started by schoolchildren, like they did in Colorado, where kids were the first to push for legislation promoting shelter pets.

Elsewhere, an Alaskan kindergartner 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, not all states have cat and/or dog mascots. Check out the full list below.

Alaska: Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Marmalute Alaskan Malamute. (Photo: jeffgunn/Flickr)

Louisiana: Catahoula leopard dog

Catahoula leopard dog. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Maine: Maine coon

Maine coon Maine coon. (Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr)

Maryland: Chesapeake Bay retriever

Chesapeake Bay retriever Chesapeake Bay retriever. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Maryland: Calico cat

calico cat Calico cat. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Massachusetts: Boston terrier

Boston terrier The Boston terrier. (Photo: Kellymmiller73/Shutterstock)

Massachusetts: Tabby cat

A cat hiding in a paper shopping bag Tabby cat. (Photo: Tanya Little/Shutterstock)

New Hampshire: Chinook

Chinook Chinook. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

North Carolina: Plott hound

plott hound Plott hound. (Photo: hoyasmeg/Flickr)

Pennsylvania: Great Dane

great dane Great Dane. (Photo: stevendepolo/Flickr)

South Carolina: Boykin spaniel

boykin spaniel Boykin spaniel. (Photo: andreaarden/Flickr)

Texas: Blue Lacy

blue lacy Blue Lacy. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia: American foxhound

American foxhound American foxhound. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Wisconsin: American spaniel

American Spaniel American spaniel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

Meet the official pet reps for 12 states
Here's the full list of cat and dog breeds that represent U.S. states.