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Here Are 15 Dogs That Have Since Died Out But You Probably Never Heard Of

You claim to know your dog, but how well do you really know him? You obviously know a lot about your dog if you own one. However, it’s likely that you..

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How well do you know your Dog?

You obviously know a lot about your dog if you have one. Unfortunately, you probably don’t know much about your dog’s family tree. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of extinct Dog breeds and the modern-day canine ancestors of these dogs for your perusal. To find out if your dog is a reincarnation of one of the following breeds and learn more about their past lives, just keep scrolling down!

Enjoy!

Happa

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The Happa dog, prized by the lesser nobles, is thought to be the progenitor of modern toy dog breeds like the Pug, Pekingese, and even the Japanese Chin.

Cumberland Sheepdog

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The modern Border Collie and Australian Shepherd can trace their ancestry back to the once-favorite dog breed, the Cucumberland Sheepdog. Border Collies are thought to have evolved rapidly from Sheepdogs.

Salish Wool Dog

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The people of Washington and British Columbia developed the Wool Dog breed as a substitute for sheep. The fur from this adorable dog was shaved off every summer and turned into cosy blankets.

Hawaiian Poi Dog

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Polynesians who settled Hawaii in the 1200s discovered the sacred Poi Dogs. These puppies served as a guardian and were given as presents to newborns. If the dog passed away before the kid, they would make a necklace out of the dog’s teeth to give to the kid as a symbol of protection.

St. John’s Water Dog

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The modern-day Retriever and Newfoundland Dog both trace their ancestry back to the St. John’s Water Dog (Lesser Newfoundland Dog). However, the St. John’s Water Dog breed died out in the early 1980s. Both of the remaining canines were males, rendering them incapable of procreation.

Tahltan Bear Dog

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The Tahltan people of British Columbia are responsible for breeding the renowned Bear Dogs. While these dogs may have been bred to kill bears, as their name suggests, they are incredibly devoted pets to their human families.

Turnspit

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A turnspit’s role was essentially that of a service dog. In the kitchen, they were known as “appliances” because of their ability to evenly cook meat by turning it over on a wheel. In addition to this, they were used to warm people’s feet in religious buildings. It is thought that modern-day Corgis are Turnspit’s direct lineal descendants.

Talbot

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Even though the precise origin of the Talbot surname is still up for debate, many people believe that they originated in either France, England, or Belgium. Beagles and Bloodhounds, the modern canine ancestors of Talbot, are thought to be his offspring. In addition to all this, the Talbot is the only extinct Dog breed to appear on English Coats of Arms and in the logos of a couple of English pubs.

Paisley Terrier

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The Paisley Terrier, the progenitor of modern-day breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian Silky Terrier, became extinct because people preferred the appearance of its offspring.

Russian Tracker

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This now-extinct breed looks remarkably like modern Golden Retrievers. Consequently, it is clear that the Golden Retriever is a descendant of the Russian Tracker, although the setter and the Flat-coated retriever are also related. However, the Russian Tracker gained widespread renown for its ability to guard mountain dwellers and herd livestock in the Caucasus!

Blue Paul Terrier

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The Blue Paul Terrier was one of the first dog breeds brought to the United States, and it is the ancestor of today’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Pit Bull. A native of the United Kingdom, this breed made its way to the United States around the middle of the nineteenth century on the backs of British emigrants. The Blue Paul Terrier originated in the United Kingdom as a result of a cross between a Terrier and a Bull, along with other local dog breeds.

English White Terrier

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A descendant of the English White Terrier, the Jack Russell Terrier was crossed with an older breed of English bulldog to create the modern Boston Terrier. The English White Terrier was another breed of dog native to Britain, and it was renowned for its boundless energy and enthusiasm for play.

Chien-Gris

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The history of the Chien-Gris (grey dog), or grey hound, stretches back to the Middle Ages and includes their status as royal French dogs up until 1470. The rough coat of the Chien-Gris is the breed’s most distinguishing trait; it was passed down to modern-day descendants from the French rough-coated Griffon.

Tesem

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The modern day Saluki and Sloughi are descended from the original Tesem (hunting dog). Akbaru, a royal dog, was buried in the tomb of King Khufu, who ruled Egypt from 2609-2584 B.C.E., making him one of the earliest known Tesem dogs.

Bullenbeisser

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Crossing the bulldog with another breed of dog resulted in the extermination of the Bullenbeisser (bull-biter), whose descendants became the modern-day Boxer. The Bullenbeisser was primarily used for hunting boars and bulls.

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