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Vanjari Hound

A breed currently at risk due to cross-breeding, the Vanjari Hound originated in India. It is primarily used as a sighthound in hunting, although has also been used as a guard dog and a herding dog.

Portuguese Water Dog

A breed of working dog, the Portuguese Water Dog originated in Portugal. The breed has a curly or wavy coat that is black, brown, black and white, or brown and white in colour. Making excellent companions, the Portuguese Water Dog is a loving, independent and intelligent breed, that is easily trained in obedience and agility. Very good companions, when introduced properly the breed is fine with strangers, even allowing petting. Requiring intensive exercise and mental stimulation, the Portuguese Water Dog is not a couch potato, although the breed is gentle and patient. With an average lifespan of 10-14 years, the Portuguese Water Dog is prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, distichiasis, GM1 storage disease, and Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

Georgian Shepherd Dog

An aboriginal working breed, the Georgian Shepherd Dog originated in Georgia. Used as a sheep guard dog for centuries, the breed is still used in dog fighting. Some of the biggest dogs on the planet, the Georgian Shepherd Dog stands 25.5-33.5" at the shoulder. They have a thick, double coat that can be any colour. The Georgian Shepherd Dog has an average lifespan of 9-11 years.

Carolina Dog

Once a landrace, the Carolina Dog originated in the United States. Natural runners, the Carolina Dog requires moderate exercise and adequate space when kept as pets. With good training and socialization, they make excellent family dogs. Standing 17-24" at the shoulder, the Carolina Dog weighs 30-65lbs.

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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Maremma Sheepdog

A breed of livestock guardian, the Maremma Sheepdog originated in Italy. The breed has a long and thick coat that is solid white in colour. In areas of adequate open space, the Maremma Sheepdog can be good companion dogs. The breed will bond to families, while showing hostility towards outsiders. The breed barks as a normal part of their guarding activity, so are best pets for houses without close neighbours.

English Toy Terrier

A small terrier breed, the English Toy Terrier originated in England. The breed is often described as lovable, friendly, very loud and love to bark. The only colour acceptable for the breed is black and tan.

Polish Greyhound

A sighthound breed not a direct relative to the Greyhound, the Polish Greyhound originated in Poland. The breed has a short double coat that comes in many colours. Not an overly active breed without purpose, the Polish Greyhound can be dog aggressive and very territorial, due to their purpose of hunting wolves. Creating strong bonds with their owners, the breed can be very good guard dogs, sometimes not accepting strangers coming into their home. Stubborn and willful, the breed is not suited to the novice dog owner. With an average lifespan of 10-12 years, the Polish Greyhound are not known to have many genetic defects, although cancer and cardiomyopathy have been reported in the breed.

American Bulldog

A stocky, well-built, strong looking dog, the American Bulldog originated in the United States of America. Confident, social and active dogs, the American Bulldog bonds closely with their owners. When socialized early and when they understand their limits, the breed can do quite well with children. The American Bulldog is predominantly white, but comes in many different colour patterns, including black, red, brown, fawn and all shades of brindle. Strong, physically active and generally healthy, the American Bulldog generally lives to be 10-16 years old. Health concerns in the breed include ACL tears, hip dysplasia, cherry eye, elbow dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, disorders of the kidney and thyroid and bone cancer. [img]http://thedogwallpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/american-bulldog-p...

Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund

A breed of scenthound, the Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund originated in Switzerland. There are five varieties of Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund, which are: 1) smooth-haired Small Bernese Hound: short and smooth coat, tri-coloured. 2) course-haired Small Bernese Hound: harsh single coat, beard on face, tri-coloured. 3) Small Jura Hound: smooth single coat, black with tan markings above the eyes, white markings 4) Small Lucerne Hound: smooth coat, white with grey or black speckles giving a blue appearance, black patches, tan markings over eyes. 5) Small Schwyz Hound: smooth coat, white with yellow-red or orange-red patches.

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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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