Dog Memory Game


Match the dogs of 40+ breeds from around the world in this beautifully illustrated printable Dog Matching Memory Game! With all kinds of breeds included—from Chihuahuas to Siberian Huskies—this fun and educational game will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.

This listing is for a downloadable PDF file. Print and cut as many copies as you want.


About the Dog Memory Game

Dogs come in all sizes and colours! Sometimes, it may be difficult to comprehend that a tiny Chihuahua belongs to the same species as a massive Mastiff. Play a memory game and match dogs of the same breeds together.

This game is made for dog lovers, whether big or small. It features 80 dog cards and different levels of complexity, making it a game that can be adapted for various ages!

The game includes two parts. The first part of the game focuses on matching adult dogs to puppies of the same breed, while the second part of the game introduces variations within the same breed.

Dog Memory Game in a Nutshell

Age: 5+

Players: 2+

Time: 30 min

Cards: 42 breeds on 84 cards, each with unique watercolour illustrations

Dogs and Puppies Memory Game

Some puppies look very similar to their grown-up versions, while others go through quite a transformation on their way to becoming full-grown dogs. Any Mastiff owner will tell you as much! In this game, match puppies to their adult versions and the other way around.

This game includes puppies and adult dogs from a diverse but far-from-exhaustive selection of breeds: Afghan Hound, Australian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, Border Collie, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, Mastiff, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Old English Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Poodle, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Saluki, and Siberian Husky.

There are two sets of cards provided: one with the dog breeds pictured and labelled and another more challenging set with just illustrations and no text.

Breed Variation Memory Game

When dogs within a breed have different colours, it is called colour variation or coat colour diversity. In some breeds, such as the Labrador Retriever or Great Dane, colour variations are expected and accepted within the breed standards. In other breeds, such as the Dalmatian, colour variations are not accepted, and only certain colours are considered to be part of the breed standard. In this game, players will match the dogs who have different colour variations but belong to the same breed!

This game includes dogs of the following breeds: Afghan Hound, Australia Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Dachshund, English Cocker Spaniel, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Pomeranian, Poodle, Bull Terrier, Chinese Crested, Siberian Husky, Collie, and Shi Tzu.

There are two sets of cards provided: one with the dog breeds pictured and labelled and another more challenging set with just illustrations and no text.

How to Play

Sorting Game

Mix all the cards thoroughly, face up. Two players look through them, finding matching pairs as quickly as possible. Once all the dog cards are sorted, the winner is the person who found the most pairs.

Matching Memory Game

Depending on the number of players and their ages, you can either use a few pairs at a time (4-5) or create a big memory game with all of them.

Place the cards face down in a rectangular grid on a table. Players take turns temporarily revealing two cards from the grid. If both of the cards revealed are the same species, the player who revealed them gets to keep them. If a player keeps a pair of cards, they can reveal two more cards. If the cards they reveal do not match, it is the next player’s turn.

Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Take It Up a Level

Make it easier by using the cards with text, or make it harder by using the cards without text. For extra difficulty, use the cards of breeds that may look visually similar. For instance, mix in Bernese Mountain Dog and Australian Shepherd, Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher, Dalmatian and German Shorthaired Pointer, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Chihuahua.


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