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East Siberian Laika

A breed of spitz type dog, the East Siberian Laika originated in Russia. Calm and well-tempered with people, the East Siberian Laika can be a good companion. They are highly aggressive towards large predators, and if encouraged will be protective against human intruders. With a medium long double coat, the East Siberian Laika can be black and tan, with white patches, grizzle, patched, ticked, white, grey, black, red or brown.

Japanese Chin

Also known as the Japanese Spaniel, the Japanese Chin originated in Japan. The breed has a single coat that is black and white, sable, or red and white in colour. The most cat-like of the breeds in behaviour, the Japanese Chin is alert, intelligent and independent. Loyal to their owners, the breed prefers familiar surroundings. Defensive animals, the breed is usually quiet, though will bark to the arrival of a visitor. With an average lifespan of 10-12 years, the breed is prone to luxating patellas, cataracts, hypogycemia and heart murmurs.

Chippiparai

A sighthound primarily used for hunting wild bore, deer and hare, the Chippiparai originated in India. A robust animal needing little to no veterinary care, the Chippiparai needs a lot of exercise, getting along with people if it was socialized well. A medium sized dog standing 25" at the shoulder, the Chippiparai's typical colour is a fawn, reddish brown, slight black tinged coat, silver-grey, with very limited or no white markings. The Chippiparai is a healthy breed, though sensitive to anesthesia and tends to have some food allergies.

Xoloitzcuintli

Also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, the Xoloitzcuintle originated in Mexico. The breed is one of several breeds of hairless dogs. An active breed, the Xoloitzcuintli should be given plenty of exercise, or they may become escape artists. A sensitive breed with strong social instincts, the Xoloitzcuintli does not do well as an outside only dog. Highly intelligent and inquisitive, the breed should be given regular socialization and attention from family members.

Lowchen

Also known as Little Lion Dog, the Lowchen originated in Germany. The breed has a long and flowing coat that can be any colour that allows for dark eyes and nose. The breed does not shed, and is considered hypoallergenic. Friendly, healthy and happy, the Lowchen makes an excellent house pet. The breed is good with children. As a companion breed, the Lowchen should not be left alone for long periods. A rather quiet breed, it rarely barks.

Bull Terrier

Belonging to the Terrier family, the Bull Terrier originated in England. Independent and stubborn, the Bull Terrier is not suggested for a first time dog. They have a strong prey drive, and will kill cats or other small animals if they are not raised with them and well socialized. The Bull Terrier's most recognized feature is their "egg-shaped head". The Bull Terrier stands 18-22" at the shoulder, and weighs 50-85lbs. The coat can come in a few colours, including white, brindle and white, fawn and black and white. With an average lifespan of 10-15 years, the Bull Terrier is susceptible to deafness and skin allergies.

Basque Shepherd Dog

Originating in the Basque Country, the Basque Shepherd Dog is traditionally used by local shepherds to help with their cattle and sheep. This is one of the oldest breeds known. Well proportioned, the Basque Shepherd Dog has a vivid yellow medium length rough coat that is longer over the body and shorter over the face, not hiding the eyes. [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRxJ4QJ33RTB3sMq2ZF...

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

A breed of gundog, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon originated in Germany. The breed has a harsh wiry coat that is steel grey with brown markings, chestnut brown, white and brown, roan, or white and orange in colour. Extremely people oriented, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an intelligent, eager to please, friendly breed. The breed tends to be puppy-like in behaviour well into adulthood, which can be good or bad. The breed does not do well in a kennel environment, preferring to be inside with its people.

Mountain Cur

A breed of working dog, the Mountain Cur originated in the United States, bred for treeing and trailing small game. The breed has a short coat that is brindle, blue, yellow or brown in colour. Easily trained, the Mountain Cur is neither aggressive nor shy. Known to always please they owners, history shows they will die fighting to save their family from attackers or dangerous predators. Without a job, the breed is anxious and bored. When given a job to do, they are happy and get along well with children and other pets. With an average lifespan of 14-16 years, the Mountain Cur has no known health problems.

Icelandic Sheepdog

A breed of spitz type, the Icelandic Sheepdog originated in Iceland. The long or short coat can be tan, reddish-brown, chocolate, grey or black in colour. White is a required prominent colour for all possibilities. Tough and energetic, the Icelandic Sheepdog is extremely useful for herding, driving livestock and finding lost sheep. The breed will always give strangers an energetic welcome without being aggressive. The breed gets along with both children and other pets. The Icelandic Sheepdog excels at herding tests, agility, obedience, rally obedience, flyball and tracking.

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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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