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Catahoula Cur

An American breed, the Catahoula Cur originated in the state of Louisiana. Highly intelligent and energetic, the Catahoula Cur is assertive but not aggressive by nature. A good family dog, the breed does not do well with isolation and requires daily interaction. Standing 20-26" at the shoulder and weighing 40-90lbs, the Catahoula Cur comes in many colours; including red leopard, blue leopard, black, black leopard, gray, silver leopard, tri-colour, quad-colour and patchwork. The coat can be slick, coarse or woolly. Common health issues with the Catahoula Cur include hip dysplasia and deafness, though often breeders will euthanize a deaf puppy.

Perro de Presa Mallorquin

A breed of Molossor, the Perro de Presa Mallorquin originated in Spain. The breed has a short coat that is fawn, brindle, or black in colour, with or without minimal white markings. An intelligent breed, the Perro de Presa Mallorquin should be socialized and go through obedience training as a puppy. To stay mentally and physically sound, the breed needs multiple long walks daily.

Bedlington Terrier

Originating in North East England, the Bedlington Terrier is a small dog originally bred to hunt vermin in mines. The Bedlington Terrier is good with children, having powerful swimming skills and being noted for their high endurance. Said to be so stubborn they would rather die than succumb in any situation, the breed is extremely active. Bedlington Terriers are known for their intelligence and tenacity when it comes to taking on vermin, their courage being compared to that of a bulldog. Shaggy, hard and rugged in style, the Bedlinton Terrier's coat can be blue, liver or sandy coloured, often greying with age. If the Bedlington Terrier is not groomed regularly, the coat's condition rapidly deteriorates, so an owner willing to put the time into grooming is needed. The breed has been referred to as non-shedding and hypo-allergenic. Weighing 17-23lbs, the Bedlington Terrier stands 15.5-17" at the shoulder. The average lifespan of the Bedlington Terrier is 13.5 years, which is longer than most breeds of similar size. The most common health problems in the breed include reproductive problems, heart murmur, kidney problems, epiphora, retinal dyspasia and cataracts. [img]http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/40000/nahled/bedlington-ter...

Blue Picardy Spaniel

Predominantly known in France and Canada, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is a spaniel originating in France. A versatile hunting dog, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is considered to be a quiet breed, requiring a large amount of exercise due to a high level of stamina. A responsive and obedient breed, the Blue Picardy Spaniel loves to play, making it especially good with children. Standing 22-24" at the shoulder, the Blue Picardy Spaniel weighs 43-45lbs. Flat or a little wavy, the coat is speckled grey black, forming a bluish shade. With an average life expectancy of 13 years, the Blue Picardy Spaniel has no known genetic health problems. Due to it's floppy ears, it can be prone to ear infections if not prevented.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

A relatively new breed, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog originated in Czechoslovakia. A versatile breed, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog builds a strong bond with not only its owner, but the whole family. While it can learn to live with other animals, difficulties can occur with animals outside of the house. Not a kennel dog, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog must be socialized to different people and environments. Reminiscent of a wolf in both build and coat, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is straight, close and very thick, with the colour ranging from yellow-grey to silver-grey, with a light mask.

Coton de Tulear

A small breed of dog, the Coton de Tulear originated in Madagascar. A playful, affectionate and intelligent breed, the Coton de Tulear loves meeting new people. Eager to please making them easy to train, the breed gets along well with kids and other animals. The breed adapts well to any kind of living environment. The Coton de Tulear has medium to long, fluffy, very soft hair, coming in three colours; white, black and white, and tricolour. The black and white will often fade to gray and white as the dog reaches maturity. Generally healthy with an average lifespan of 14-19 years, common health problems in the breed include heart problems, liver shunts, back problems and eye problems.

Wetterhoun

Traditionally used to hunt small animals and waterfowl, the Wetterhoun originated in the Netherlands. The breed has a thick and curly coat that is black, brown, black with white, or brown with white in colour. An ideal guard dog, the Wetterhoun has is strong-willed with natural guarding abilities. However, the breed is never aggressive, making it an excellent family dog. A sensitive breed, it should be well supervised around children.

Old Danish Pointer

A medium-sized breed of dog, the Old Danish Pointer originated in Denmark as a pointing dog. The breed is white with brown markings in colour. As long as the Old Danish Pointer is given proper exercise, it is a friendly family dog. The breed is quiet and stable, showing determination and courage. It is not suitable for apartments or small yards.

Bohemian Shepherd

Also known as the Chodsky Pes, the Bohemian Shepherd originates from the Czech Republic. Ideal for someone who is very active, the Bohemian Shepherd has lots of energy and is easily trained. A stable, calm and friendly temperament makes this breed excellent with children and other pets. The Bohemian Shepherd is 19-22" a the shoulder and weighs 35-55lbs. The breed has long thick fur with a rich undercoat, perfect for survival in harsh weather.

Pyrenean Shepherd

A small to medium sized dog used for herding livestock, the Pyrenean Shepherd originated in Southern France and Northern Spain. The breed comes in a smooth or rough faced variety, in shades of fawn, brindle, gray, or merle in colour. An adaptive dog, the Pyrenean Shepherd needs a job, excelling at flyball, obedience, and agility. If brought up with them, the breed is good with children, and will be protective of them. Attached and dedicated, the breed tends to follow around their owner.

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Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Developed in Australia to herd cattle, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a medium-sized bobtailed breed. When there is a tail, it is short (no longer than 4") and should never be docked. Needing consistent training and socialization, the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog should be alert and watchful, while responsive to it's trainer and reserved around strangers. The Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has a medium or short, straight coat that is either speckled red or speckled blue. Standing 18-20" at the shoulders, females of the breed should be on the smaller side. 

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Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie

A medium-sized scenthound, the Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie originated in France. Active hunting dogs that are normally kept in packs in rural areas, the Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie may not be suitable for city or family living. The breed has a short, dense smooth coat that is white/black/bright tan, white/black/pale tan, or white and orange in colour. The Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie has no documented health problems, although with drop ears may be prone to ear infections.

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Originating in Brittany, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a short legged hunting scenthound. A smallish, wire-coated red-wheaten or fawn hound, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne weighs 36-40lbs, standing 13-15" at the shoulder. Not much is known about the health status of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne, and which, if any, common health problems affect it. Based on a small study, it is thought the average life expectancy is 10-14 years, which is typical although a little low for breeds of it's size. The most common health issues noted were reproductive, cataracts, corneal ulcers, cancer, heart failure and kidney failure. 

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Originating in central Turkey, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is rugged, large and very strong breed. Responsible for guarding flocks without human interference, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is independent and forceful, not making a good pet unless the owner is willing to put in a lot of work and socialization. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have been used to protect livestock that was being killed by cheetahs, as the dogs were enough of a threat for the cheetahs to leave the livestock alone and go back to their wild prey. With a broad head, thick neck and sturdy body, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog weighs 90-150lbs, and stands 27-30" at the shoulder. They can come in any colour, with white cream and "sesame" with large white patches being the most common. The breed has a very thick, double coat, leading to excessive shedding and the need to be brushed at least two times a week during warm weather. On average, the breed lives for 11 years, which is 1-2 years longer than other breeds of it's size. Common health issues include dermatologic, musculoskeletal and limpomas. The leading causes of death were cancer and cardiac, or a combination thereof. 

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Alaskan Malamute

Originally bred for hauling heavy freight, later for sleds, the Alaskan Malamute is a large breed. Malamutes are a strongly independent breed with a strong prey drive, while being very fond of people, making them poor watch dogs. Alaskan Malamutes have a thick, double coat that can be various shades of grey and white, black and white, red and white, seal and white, sable and white or solid white, with a wide range of markings including blazes, collar/half collar and face markings. The Alaskan Malamute weighs 75-100lbs, standing 23-25" at the shoulder. Studies have shown that the malamutes have a much longer lifespan that other breeds of their size, living up to 15 years. Health issues common in the breed include hip dysplasia, cataracts, epilepsy, congenital heart problems, kidney problems and skin problems. Cancer shows as the main cause of death in the breed.

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