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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.

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.

McNab

Bred with a focus on herding, the McNab originated in the United States. The breed has a short to medium coat, that is black and white, red and white, or tricoloured. Well-mannered dogs, the McNab is friendly with small domestic animals. The breed needs extensive ground to be able to run, and is happiest when it has a job to do.

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog. The Malinois is closely related to the Tervuren, the Laekenois and the Groenendael/Sheepdog. The Malinois can be described as active, intelligent, friendly, protective, alert and hard-working. If not provided enough mental stimulation and exercise, the breed can become highly destructive or develop neurotic behaviours. With high drive for rewards, the Malinois is known to be easy to train. The acceptable colours for the Malinois include a base colour of fawn to mahogany and tan witha black mask, black ears and some degree of black ticking. White markings are allowed on the tips of the toes and the chest, as long as the white on the chest does not go up the neck. Weighing 55-75lbs, the Belgian Malinois stands 22-28" at the shoulder. The average lifespan of the Belgian Malinois is 12-14 years. Health problems in the breed include cataracts, thyroid disease, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, pannus and hip dysplasia. [img]http://cdn.skim.gs/image/upload/c_fill,h_391,w_695,dpr_1.0/msi/j5051usul...

Cairn Terrier

One of the oldest of the Terrier breeds, the Cairn Terrier originated in Scotland. If sufficiently exercised, the Cairn Terrier can live happily in an apartment. A particularly stubborn breed, basic obedience school is suggested, especially for first time owners of the breed. With a harsh, weather-resistant outer coat, the Cairn Terrier can come in many colours, including black, cream, wheaten, red, sandy, grey or brindled in any of the colours. The coat needs to be hand stripped, and should never be cut with scissors or shaved. The Cairn Terrier stands 9-13" at the shoulder, and weighs 10-15lbs. The Cairn Terrier has an average lifespan of 12-17 years, and is susceptible to many health conditions; including corneal dystrophy, cateracts, craniomandibular osteopathy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, entropion, globoid cell leukodystrophy and luxating patellas.

Smaland Hound

The Smaland Hound is thought to be the oldest scenthound breed originating in Sweden. The breed has a medium length coat that is black with tan markings. Forming strong attachments to their owner, the Smaland Hound can be seen as household pets due to their gentle and protective nature. Wary of strangers and territorial, the breed makes a good watchdog. A highly intelligent breed that requires a high level of exercise, it is not recommended for apartment dwellers. With an average lifespan of 12-15 years, there are no known health problems in the breed, even suggesting dogs that pop up with health problems not be bred, to preserve the health of the breed.

Catalan Sheepdog

A breed of pyrenean dog, the Catalan Sheepdog originated in Spain. Socialization, outdoor activity and distraction will make the Catalan Sheepdog an excellent family dog and good with children. Like most sheepdogs, it is highly intelligent and will guard the house (or flock) without being given instruction. With a long coat that is either flat or wavy, the Catalan Sheepdog ranges from fawn to dark sable to light or dark grey. The breed is 17-19" at the shoulder, weighing 45-60lbs. The Catalan Sheepdog excels at sports including agility, tracking, musical freestyle, flyball, obedience and herding. The Catalan Sheepdog is prone to hip dysplasia, with an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

Stabyhoun

One of the rarest dog breeds in the world, the Stabyhoun originated in the Netherlands. The breed has a silky coat that is black and white, brown and white, or orange and white in colour. A gentle disposition, the Stabyhoun exhibits great tolerance of children and other animals. Obedient and devoted to its owner with steady yet gentle training, the Stabyhoun should show never be vicious or snappy. Calm indoors, the breed enjoys plenty of physical activity and loves swimming. With an average lifespan of 13-14 years, the Stabyhoun is a healthy breed, with any diseases or conditions it was prone to having been bred out.

Labrador Retriever

A type of gundog, the Labrador Retriever originated in Canada. Short and straight, the breed's coat can be yellow, chocolate or black in colour. The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, United States and Australia. An even-tempered breed, the Labrador Retriever makes an excellent family pet. The breed is good with children of all ages, and other animals. Easygoing and trusting with strangers, the breed is not a good guard dog. With an average life expectancy of 10-12 years, the Labrador Retriever is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, corneal dystrophy, exercise induced collapse, and autoimmune diseases.

Great Pyrenees

A large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian, the Great Pyrenees originated in France and Spain. The main coat colour of the breed is white, which can have varying shades of red, grey or tan markings around the face, ears, tail and body. Confident, gentle and affectionate (particularly to children), the general demeanor of the breed is of composure, patience and loyalty. Loyal to its duties, the Great Pyrenees will patrol its perimeter. The breed has an average lifespan of 10-11 years.

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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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