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Standard Schnauzer

Generally classified as a working or utility breed, the Standard Schnauzer originated in Germany. The breed has a wiry coat that is salt and pepper, or solid black in colour. A loyal family dog with guardian instincts, the Standard Schnauzer will protect their home from uninvited visitors with a robust bark. Typically good with children, the breed can be very patient and tolerant in any situation. An extremely versatile breed, the Standard Schnauzer excels at agility, obedience, tracking, disc dog, flyball, herding, bomb detection, search and rescue, and skin and lung cancer detection. With an average lifespan of 12-13 years, the Standard Schnauzer is prone to hip dysplasia and hereditary eye disease.

Styrian Coarse-haired Hound

A medium sized hound, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound originated in Austria. The breed has a harsh, rough coat that is red or fawn in colour, with or without a white marking on the chest. The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is used by Austrians and Slovenians to hunt wild boar, and can also track wounded game through rough terrain. Not generally kept as companion dogs, the breed requires lots of space and exercise, which, when coupled with the apt to be dominant and destructive, makes the breed not suitable as a pet.

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

A large Molosser breed, the Central Asian Shepherd Dog originated in Soviet Union. Bred to solve problems, the breed is not suggested for a novice owner. They bond strongly and deeply with their owner. The Central Asian Shepherd Dog likes slow roaming exercise best, and is not fit for any long or fast-moving activities. Most common colours of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog are black and white, fawn of any shade, and brindle. They may have a black mask.

Stephens Cur

A scenthound good for hunting raccoon, squirrel and wild boar, the Stephens Cur originated in the United States of America. The breed has either a smooth or rough coat, that is black in colour, with or without white markings.

Papillon

A small breed of spaniel type, the Papillon originated in France. The breed has a long, single layered coat that is white with any colour of patches. Not shy or aggressive, the Papillon is a happy, friendly, and adventurous dog. The breed needs a fair amount of exercise, although because of their size, playing will generally take care of their needs. The breed enjoys having a job, breeders recommend agility, obedience, and rally obedience. With an average lifespan of 12 years, the Papillon is prone to seizures, patellar luxation, dental problems, progressive retinal atrophy, intervertebral disk disease, and allergies.

Norwegian Elkhound

An ancient spitz-type breed that has served as a hunter, guardian, herder and defender, the Norwegian Elkhound is the National Dog of Norway. The breed has a straight coat that is black and white in colouring, often grey or silver in appearance. Bred for hunting large game such as bear, wolf, and moose, the Norwegian Elkhound is a loyal breed with an unseparable bond with their masters. The breed has a sharp, loud bark, making them suitable watchdogs. Loyal to their pack, they make excellent family dogs given the proper attention. With an average lifespan of 12-16 years, the Norwegian Elkhound is prone to progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, cysts, thyroid problems, renal problems, and rapid weight gain.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

A medium sized breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in England. The breed has a short, smooth coat that is red, fawn, white, black, blue, or brindle in colour, with or without white markings. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a natural fondness of people, making them ill-suited for guard dog purposes. The breed is known for being fearless and loyal, which, when coupled with its affection for its friends, off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability makes it a foremost all-purpose dog. With an average lifespan of 10-13 years, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is prone to Hereditary Cataracts, L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria, mastocytoma, Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous, and Distichiasis.

Bulldog

Commonly referred to as the English Bulldog, the Bulldog originates in England. The Bulldog is known to be a great family pet, due to their tendency to form strong bonds with children. More likely to sleep on your lap than to spend hours running outside, the breed is known to get along with dogs, cats and other small pets. Short, flat and sleek, the Bulldog comes in multiple colours, including red, fawn, white, brindle and piebald. The breed weighs 40-55lbs. With an average lifespan of 8-10 years, the Bulldog is susceptible to health issues such as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, cherry eye and allergies.

Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

A breed of scenthound, the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne originated in France for hunting wolves and wild boar. The breed has a distinctive rough pale coat. Known for being sociable and affectionate with people, the breed is a wily and tenacious hunter. There are no known health problems in the breed.

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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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