Meet the Official Pet Reps for 12 States

Cats and dogs are as American as apple pie. Michael Pettigrew/Shutterstock

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. jeffgunn/Flickr

Louisiana: Catahoula leopard dog

Catahoula leopard dog. Wikimedia Commons

Maine: Maine coon

Maine coon
Maine coon. Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

Maryland: Chesapeake Bay retriever

Chesapeake Bay retriever
Chesapeake Bay retriever. Wikimedia Commons

Maryland: Calico cat

calico cat
Calico cat. Wikimedia Commons

Massachusetts: Boston terrier

Photo: Kellymmiller73/Shutterstock

Massachusetts: Tabby cat

A cat hiding in a paper shopping bag
Tabby cat. Tanya Little/Shutterstock

New Hampshire: Chinook

Chinook. Wikimedia Commons

North Carolina: Plott hound

plott hound
Plott hound. hoyasmeg/Flickr

Pennsylvania: Great Dane

great dane
Great Dane. stevendepolo/Flickr

South Carolina: Boykin spaniel

boykin spaniel
Boykin spaniel. andreaarden/Flickr

Texas: Blue Lacy

blue lacy
Blue Lacy. Wikimedia Commons

Virginia: American foxhound

American foxhound
American foxhound. Wikimedia Commons

Wisconsin: American spaniel

American Spaniel
American spaniel. Wikimedia Commons