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Huntaway

Used for general sheep herding tasks, the Huntaway is a large, strongly-built dog that originated in New Zealand. Varying in colour, coat colours can include black and black and tan usually with some white or brindle. The Huntaway has an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

Russian Tracker

Used to protect and herd livestock, the Russian Tracker originated in Russia. The breed is now extinct, although it is not known when they ceased to exist. The closest surviving descendant of the breed is the Golden Retriever.

Drever

A short-legged scenthound used for hunting deer and other game, the Drever originated in Sweden. The Drever is alert and self-possessed with an even temperament, it should not be aggressive or shy. With a long body and short legs, the Drever has short fur, and is any colour with white markings. There are no known health problems within the breed.

American English Coonhound

Part of the hound group, the American English Coonhound plays various roles in hunting, including treeing, and therefore has a high prey drive. Generally good with children, the English Coonhound is loyal to their owners, tending to be quiet in the house with adequate exercise to stay healthy. The American English Coonhound comes in three types; redtick, bluetick, and a tricolour tick patters. The breed stands 22-27" at the shoulder, and their weight should be proportionate to their size. The American English Coonhound is overall a healthy breed, although it is prone to overheating while hunting in the summer months. [img]http://assets.dogtime.com/breed/profile/image/4d3774790106195669006240/a...

Picardy Spaniel

Used as a gundog, the Picardy Spaniel originated in France. The breed has an abundant coat with a slight wave, that is chocolate, or chestnut brown in colour with sandy coloured markings on the head and white or grey spots on the legs. A docile breed that bonds well with its owner, the Picardy Spaniel is fond of playing with children. Content with a small amount of space, making it a good pet for city life, the breed also loves open spaces to run. With an average lifespan of 14 years, the Picardy Spaniel is prone to ear infections.

Posavac Hound

A hunting dog of the scenthound type, the Posavac Hound originated in Croatia. The breed has a short, feathered coat, that is reddish wheaten with white markings in colour. The Posavac Hound is docile while being an enthusiastic hunter, and has no known health problems.

Rampur Hound

A member of the sighthound family used for jackal control, the Rampur Hound originated in India. The breed has a short coat that is mouse-grey, grizzle, parti-colour, brindle, or pure black in colour. Well-adjusted to other dogs, the Rampur Hound loves human companionship. The breed is fiercely protective of their family, making them a good guard dog. The breed is gentle and sensitive with children. The breed tends to start and end fights with other dogs, so should always be supervised. Typically a healthy and long-lived breed, the Rampur Hound is prone to bloat, osteosarcoma, and esophageal achalasia.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

A small breed of dog in the terrier family, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated in Scotland. Suitable for older children, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a rough but friendly dog. While they can be trained to be around cats, they should not be around small animals such as rats, mice and hamsters. They are prone to challenging other animals, such as foxes or other dogs. Standing 8-11" at the shoulder, the breed weighs 18-24lbs. They come in two coat colours, Pepper; a dark blueish black through light silvery grey, and Mustard; a reddish brown through a fawn, appearing almost white. With an average life expectancy of 11-13 years, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier only has minor health problems through the breed, including spinal disc herniation, hypothyroidism, glaucoma and Cushing's syndrome.

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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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