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11 Dog Breeds You Never Knew Existed

You might think you are smart about dogs. Here is a list of pooches from around the world, most of which you won't see on your morning stroll.

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Dutch Smoushond

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This breed almost disappeared in World War II, this rare breed is typically not found outside the Netherlands. Its name comes from its furry face; heavy-bearded Jewish men in the 1800's were called "Smouzen," apparently.

Xoloitzcuintli

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This Mexican hairless dog (portrayed above with its coated counterpart) was sacred to the Aztecs. It almost went extinct until a breed revival program was started to save it in the 1950's.

Pungsan

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This North Korean dog is rarely observed outside the country. Its thick fur makes it resistant to the cold winters, especially up in the mountains where it has been used for hunting Siberian tigers.

Sealyham Terrier

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Originally from Wales, this small breed was once the toast of Hollywood, owned by Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, and others. However, its popularity has since declined. In 2008, only 43 puppies were registered in the UK.

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