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Bucovina Shepherd Dog

A large and strong rustic dog, the Bucovina Shepherd Dog originated in South-Eastern Europe. A well balanced dog, the Bucovina Shepherd Dog is great with children, and untrusting of strangers. An adult dog of this breed needs plenty of space to run around, so a large backyard or property is ideal. Standing 25-31" at the shoulder, the Bucovina Shepherd Dog weighs 71-99lbs. The coat has a white background, with well-defined patches that are sand-charcoal coloured, black or brindle.

Brazilian Terrier

Commonly called Fox Paulistinha, the Brazilian Terrier is a terrier dog originating in Brazil. With very strong hunting instincts, the Brazilian Terrier should not be trusted with small animals. Similar to a Jack Russell Terrier, the breed is very alert, perky and intelligent. They make a great watchdog, but will only bark to alert you, then leave the rest up to you. A very active breed, apartment living is not suggested, as they should have a yard to run around in. Standing 13-16" at the shoulder and weighing no more than 22lbs, the Brazilian Terrier always has a tri-coloured coat.

Griffon Nivernais

A breed of scenthound, the Griffon Nivernais is a versatile hunting breed used on small and large game, originating in France. It has a distinct shaggy coat that is grizzled light grey to boar grey in appearance. There are no known health problems in the breed.

Pyrenean Mastiff

Not to be confused with the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, the Pyrenean Mastiff is a large breed of dog that originated in Spain. The breed has a heavy white coat, with large darker spots. A self-reliant and calm breed, the Pyrenean Mastiff is docile at home while being protective of children. It is gentle with other animals and people it knows, although the breed will not hesitate to defend it's family if there is a threat.

Moscow Water Dog

A little-known breed that is now extinct, the Moscow Water Dog originated in Russia. The breed was only bred by one kennel, that provided dogs for armed services. The breed was developed as a rescue/water-saving dog, but it was found to be a bad idea as they weren't trying to save drowning people, they just wanted to bite them.

West Highland White Terrier

A terrier breed, the West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland. The breed has a dense, rough coat that is white in colour. Temperament varying greatly within the breed, the West Highland White Terrier can be both food and toy possessive, with some members of the breed getting along with children and others not. An independent breed, the West Highland White Terrier is a loyal breed that bonds strongly with its owners, making it a good watchdog. The breed has a high prey drive, and may be prone to chasing small animals. With an average lifespan of 12-15 years, the West Highland White Terrier is prone to abdominal hernias, Craniomandibular osteopathy, atopic dermatitis, hyperplastic dermatosis, globoid cell leukodystrophy, White dog shaker syndrome, hydroxyglutaric aciduria, and Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome.

Azawakh

A sighthound breed originating in Africa, the Azawakh can be found in a variety of colours. Very social and emotional, the Azawakh need chances to run offleash in large enclosed areas to get rid of their excessive energy. Azawakh are pack oriented, and do best when they live with other Azawakh to cuddle and steal body heat from. Weighing 33-55lbs, the Azawakh stands 24-29" at the shoulder. An incredibly sound coursing hound, the only known health issues in the breed are Epilepsy and Wobbler Disease. [img]http://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.prod.vetstreet.com/af/25aec09e8b11e0a2380...

Kooikerhondje

A small spaniel breed, the Kooikerhondje originated in the Netherlands as a working dog, particularly to lure ducks. The breed is predominantly orange-red in colour, either solid or patched on white. Happy and lively, the Kooikerhondje is more than willing to please their owner. Adapting to situations quickly, the breed is quiet in the house and when needed, but lively and energetic otherwise. The breed does not immediately like strangers, but once they warm up to somebody, they're friends for life. With a lifespan of 12-14 years, the Kooikerhondje is prone to cataracts, von Willebrands disease, patellar luxation, and heriditary necrotising myelopathy.

Sealyham Terrier

A rare breed of terrier, the Sealyham Terrier originated in Wales. The breed has a double coat that is white in colour. Suited for both the city and country, the Sealyham Terrier is just as happy alone as in the company of others. Loyal family companions, the breed can be taught while young to get along with other small animals and cats. If needed as a working dog, they make great ratters or mousers. The Sealyham Terrier is prone to lens luxation.

Afghan Hound

Recognition: AKC, CKC, UKC Region: Unsure, thought to have originated in Arabia and Persia Use: Hunting in Mountainous Terrain Height: 26-28 inches for males, 24-26 inches for females Accepted Colours: All except for white markings Recognition Date: UKC - 1948 AKC - 1926

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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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