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Combai

A bear hound, the Combai originated in India. Used for hunting and keeping watch, the Combai is an intelligent and sensible family dog. Enjoying human companionship, the breed loves to play with children. If the need arises, they can fight intruders, man or animal, until death. Easily maintainable, the coat of the Combai is usually tan or red brown with a black mask. The breed is immune to most diseases compared to human-designed breeds.

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.

Russo-European Dog

A breed of hunting dog, the Russo-European Dog originated in the European region of Russia. The breed has a coat similar to any other Spitz breed. A lively breed, the Russo-European Dog will often use it's voice to show it's excitement about the environment. The breed has a strong love of family and is tolerant of children, making it an excellent guard dog. The breed is intolerant of strangers or unfamiliar dogs.

Bouvier des Flandres

A herding breed originally used for general farm work, the Bouvier des Flandres originated in Flanders. Rational, gentle, loyal and protective by nature, the Bouvier des Flandres' blend of characteristics make them an excellent family pet, as well as keen guard dogs. though they learn commands really fast, the breed tends to get bored easily and learn best when repetition is limited. Although they look intimidating, the breed is actually calm and gentle. Weighing 80-120lbs, the Bouvier des Flandres has a thick double coat which can be fawn, black, grey brindle or salt and pepper in colour. The average lifespan of the breed is 10-12 years.

Curly-Coated Retriever

Used for upland bird and waterfowl hunting, the Curly-Coated Retriever originated in England. Sporting tight, crisp curls, the coat of the breed is black or liver in colour. Valued as pets, if given enough exercise the Curly-Coated Retriever can be laid back in the home environment. Loyal and affectionate with owner and family, the breed can be aloof with strangers. The average life expectancy for the Curly-Coated Retriever is 9-14 years. Known health problems in the breed include bloat, cancer, epilepsy, cardiac problems, hip dysplasia, exercise induced collapse, glycogen storage disease, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, entropion, ectropion and retinal dysplasia.

Tosa

A rare breed originally bred as a fighting dog, the Tosa originated in Japan. The breed has a short and smooth coat that is red, fawn, black, or brindle in colour.

Portuguese Pointer

Developed to be used as a gundog, the Portuguese Pointer originated in Portugal. The breed has a short and coarse coat that is yellow or light brown in colour, with or without white markings.

Bergamasco Shepherd

Originating in the Italian Alps, the Bergamasco Shepherd is used in herding and guarding sheep and cattle. An alert, observant and patient breed, the Bergamasco Shepherd establishes a close bond with his owner. While the breed is suited as a guard dog, aggressive or overly shy behaviour is a fault. A medium sized dog, the Bergamasco Shepherd is a solidly compact dog standing 21-24" at the shoulder and weighing 57-84lbs. The Bergamasco has an unusual felted coat that forms mats or flocks as the dog gets older. The colour of the coat can be anything from gray or silver gray (merle) to a mixture of black to coat, with brown shades intermixed. The life expectancy of the Bergamasco is 13-15 years. No other information on the health of the breed is available. [img]http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/images/animals/dogs/bergamasco-shephe...

Lagotto Romagnolo

A breed of gundog, the Lagotto Romagnolo originated in Italy for water retrieving. They have a wooly waterproof coat that is solid off-white, solid white, solid brown, white with brown patches, white with orange patches, or roan in colour. Made to work, the Lagotto Romagnolo has sharp sense, seeing motion better than detail. Loyal and loving, they are the perfect family companion. Easily trained, if socialized as puppies they get along well with small animals. Families with children should choose puppies carefully, as not all Lagotto Romagnolos are suited for family life. Living up to 16 years, the Lagotto Romagnolo is prone to cerebral anomaly, benign jeuvenile epilepsy, and hip dysplasia.

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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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