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German Shepherd Dog

A large-sized working breed, the German Shepherd Dog originated in Germany. Sporting a medium or long double coat, the German Shepherd Dog comes in many colours, most common being black and tan with a black "saddle" on the back. Highly active dogs, the German Shepherd Dog has a willingness to learn and an eagerness to have a purpose. Excellent guard dogs, the can become overprotective of their family and territory, and are not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers. With an average lifespan of 11 years, the breed is prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, von Willebrand disease, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and arthritis.

Plott Hound

A large scenthound bred for hunting boar, the Plott Hound originated officially in the United States, although it was brought over from Germany. Short to medium in length with a fine texture, the Plott Hound has a coat that is brindle in colour, with white markings possible. An active breed, the Plott Hound readily takes to water and is quick to learn. Indifferent to other dogs, the breed seeks the attention of humans.

English Shepherd

An extremely versatile breed of working dog, the English Shepherd originated in the United States. The English Shepherd frequency has a bossy or enforcer of rules attitude. The breed requires a lot of exercise, and may become destructive if not given it. Given sufficient mental and physical stimulation, the English Shepherd makes an excellent companion dog. With a medium length coat, the colours of the English Shepherd are; sable and white, tricolour, black and white, black and tan, any solid colour, brindles and piebalds. There are no known health problems the English Shepherd is prone to.

South Russian Ovcharka

A large sheepdog, the South Russian Ovcharka originated in Russia. The breed has a long, thick and coarse coat that is usually white (although can have shades of yellow or grey) in colour. An undemanding breed, it can adapt to most weather conditions.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

A medium-sized breed, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is native to Poland. The breed has a double, shaggy coat, that can be any colour or pattern. Stable and self-confident, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog are easily trained, and require a moderate amount of exercise. They adapt well to any environment, making them a good breed for apartment living. The breed excels at agility, obedience, rally, flyball, tracking, and herding. With an average lifespan of 12 years, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is prone to hip dysplasia and eye abnormalities such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

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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Miniature Fox Terrier

A small, lightweight hunting dog, the Miniature Fox Terrier originated in Australia primarily to hunt rodents and rabbits. The breed has a short and fine coat that is black and white, tan and white, or black, tan and white in colour. Known for their speed and agility, the Miniature Fox Terrier are well-suited to being pets in more urban environments. They get along well with small children, dogs of any size, and other animals, although they shouldn't be left unsupervised with small animals such as rats, rabbits and hamsters. With an average lifespan of 12-18 years, the Miniature Fox Terrier is prone to luxating patellas.

German Spaniel

Also known as the Deutscher Wachtelhund, the German Spaniel is a breed of hunting dog originating in Germany. Coat colours of the breed include brown, brown roan, red and white, and solid red. With a strong hunting instinct, the German Spaniel has a friendly attitude towards humans and other dogs. Quick to learn and adapt to new situations, the breed has a great deal of courage.

Cao da Serra de Aires

A medium-sized herding dog, the Cao da Serra de Aires originated in Portugal. The Cao da Serra de Aires is very intelligent and lively, excelling in sports such as agility, obedience, flyball, tracking and herding events. Standing 17.5-21.5" at the shoulders, the Cao da Serra de Aires weighs 37-60lbs. Long without an undercoat, the breed comes in many colours, including yellow, grey, chestnut, fawn, wolf grey and black, with tan markings. White hairs may be interspersed, but there should be no large white markings. Abdominal tumours are very common in dogs over 8 years of age, and the breed is prone to ehrlichiosis.

German Wirehaired Pointer

A medium to large sized griffon type, the German Wirehaired Pointer originated in Germany for hunting purposes. With a dense wiry coat, the breed is solid liver, black and white ticked or liver and white ticked in colour. Affectionate with those they know, the German Wirehaired Pointer is aloof with strangers. Without enough exercise, they will become bored and hard to manage. Loyal and playful, the breed thrives on human companionship and should do well with children of all ages. The German Wirehaired Pointer is prone to health issues such as hip dysplasia, heart disease and von Willebrand disease.

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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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