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    These Extinct Dog Breeds Were The Goodest Boyes Of Yesteryear

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    1. St. John's Water Dog

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    The St. John's Water Dog, also known as the lesser Newfoundland, is the ancestor of modern day retrievers and the Newfoundland. The last two St. John's Water Dogs were photographed in the early 1980s, but both dogs were male. Since they couldn't reproduce, the breed became extinct. BOO!

    2. Salish Wool Dog

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    The Salish Wool Dog was bred by the native people of what is now Washington state and British Columbia. Since they didn't have access to sheep, the natives would shear the smol pupperino's fur in the summer months and use it to make super warm and cute blankets.

    3. Hawaiian Poi Dog

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    The Hawaiian Poi Dog was first brought over to Hawaii by Polynesian settlers around the mid-1200s. The Poi Dog was VEEEEEERY spiritual to these people — the dogs were gifted to infants at birth and seen as their protectors. If the dog died before the child, its teeth were used to make a necklace for the child to symbolize its continued spiritual protection.

    4. Happa

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    The Happa was a Chinese dog and relative of the Pug, Pekingese, and possibly also the Japanese Chin. Many believed the Happa was kept by lesser-ranking nobles because they were so stinkin' presh!!!

    5. Turnspit

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    The Turnspit was — for all intents and purposes — a fuzzy kitchen appliance. It was bred to run on a wheel that would turn meat so it could cook evenly. In addition to its culinary service, Turnspits were also brought to church and used as foot warmers. Its closest living descendant is believed to be the Corgi!

    6. Tahltan Bear Dog

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    As you can probably guess by its name, the Tahltan Bear Dog was bred to hunt bears. Needless to say, they were small but MIGHTY! Even though they were tough enough to face bears, the Bear Dog was also a lil' mush and would happily snuggle up to its owners, the people of the Tahltan tribe in British Columbia.

    7. Cumberland Sheepdog

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    An ancestor — and literal TWIN — of today's Border Collie and Australian Shepherd, the Cumberland Sheepdog was suuuuuper popular in Great Britain before the turn of the 20th century. It's thought to have absorbed into the Border Collie breed.

    8. Paisley Terrier

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    The Paisley Terrier was used to create today's Yorkshire Terrier as well as the Australian Silky Terrier. By the end of the 19th century, the Paisley Terrier's popularity drastically fell because people preferred its descendants. ://////

    9. Russian Tracker

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    The Russian Tracker herded flocks and protected the people who lived in the Caucasus Mountains. Its closest living descendant is OBVIOUSLY the Golden Retriever — I mean, just LOOK at him — but Flat-Coated Retrievers and Setters are also relatives.

    10. Bullenbeisser

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    The Bullenbeisser — whose name translates to "bull biter" in German — was used for bull-baiting and boar-hunting. It became extinct because of crossbreeding, as it was used to create the modern day Boxer by reproducing with Bulldogs from Great Britain.

    11. Blue Paul Terrier

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    The Blue Paul Terrier was a bull and terrier cross mixed with other similar breeds native to the UK. It was among the FIRST DOG BREEDS EVER(!!!) to arrive in the United States with British immigrants in the mid-19th century, and is an ancestor of today's Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Pit Bull.

    12. Tesem

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    Tesem means "hunting dog" in Ancient Egyptian. One of the earliest known Tesems in existence was a ~royal boye~ who was buried in the tomb with King Khufu, who reigned between 2609–2584 BC. The dog's name was Akbaru, as was depicted on his collar in hieroglyphics. Tesems were later replaced by Saluki and Sloughi breeds.

    13. English White Terrier

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    The English Bull Terrier was a frisky lil' stinker who existed in Great Britain in the late-18th century and is the ancestor of what we know today as the Jack Russell Terrier. It was also later bred with the Old English Bulldog to give us today's Boston Terrier.

    14. Chien-gris

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    "Chien-gris" literally translates to "gray dog" in French, so this doggo is pretty self-explanatory. It originated in Medieval times and later hung around with French royals until around, like, 1470. The Chien-gris is remembered for its rough coat, which it passed along to its descendants, the modern day French rough-coated Griffon breeds!

    15. Talbot

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    While the origin of the Talbot is still debated, many believe that it came from either Belgium, France, or England. It's the ancestor of the puppers we know today as the Beagle and the Bloodhound. The Talbot is one of the only dogs to ever be featured in an English Coat of Arms. It's also featured in the logo for several English inns and pubs, so there's that.

    Which extinct dog breed absolutely NEEDS to make a resurgence?! Let us know what you think in the comments!

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