History is full of surprises and secrets. Since the dinosaur era, animals and other forms of life have gone through a myriad of changes, with natural disasters and other occurrences shifting the very shape of the lands. With humans, ancient civilizations have risen and fallen, with so much of what we know still just scratching the surface. This goes the same with dogs.
Extinct Dog Breeds
Extinct species of dogs have been recorded in all parts of the world. Whether it is due to weather conditions or simply from the fault of man, the list below refers to some of the more prominently known extinct species of dogs that our world today does not have the pleasure of knowing.
The Alpine Mastiff is a wiped out canine breed believed to be from Molossia. It is measured as a major donor to modern day Mastiff. The modern Saint Bernard may have been derived from this breed too, but they are not the same. The Alpine Mastiff was considered as a guardian breed. They were said to have a short brindle, a black face, and a long tail. It is believed that they were huge in size, estimated to be as tall as 1 meter at the shoulder and weighing a massive 160 kilograms or more.
The Chien Gris was a breed of canine that originated in medieval times in France. It is believed that the canine’s back was gray in color with tan-red legs. This canine was rough-haired, and it is also that they were the ancestors of the modern French Griffon. Their personalities have been described as headstrong, fierce and intelligent.
Another amazing extinct breed was the Dogo Cubano that was from Cuba. Bred for dog fighting and similar to modern-day Bull Mastiff, their size is said to be between a Bulldog and a Mastiff. Sporting medium sized ears, a short tail, black face, these extinct canines were also used as slave retrievers during the second maroon war by the British Forces. This breed was categorized as extinct since the end of the 19th century. There is a modern descendant of this rare dog breed that is indeed much stronger and larger. These descendants are a crossbreed between Pit Bulls, Cordoba fighting dogs, Dogo Argentinos and pure Dogo Cubanos.
English White Terrier
The English White Terrier or Old English Terrier existed in Great Britain since the late 18th century. These dogs ranged from 10 to 15 inches and were said to usually weigh anywhere from 12 pounds to 20 pounds. The body of this canine was muscular and firm, with the coat hard, short and glossy. Considered a nice house dog, the English White Terrier required immense love and care.
The Paisley Terrier was a Scottish breed of dog that was believed to weight an average of 7 kilograms. This breed had a coat which was said to be soft and of silver color, which gave its nickname ‘Silky.’ The Paisley Terrier had been described as an excellent dog house especially for ladies. It was also an ideal canine for hunting rats and vermin. The Paisley Terrier was more of a show-dog rather than a working dog in those days. Going by many names, it was also known as the Clydesdale Terrier, Glasgow Terrier, Show Skye Terrier, and Pet Skye Terrier.
The Russian Tracker, also very known as the Russian Retriever, was a breed of canine that originated from Russia. This was a domesticated breed of Russia that is believed to have gone extinct in the late 1800s. The Russian Tracker was a large dog which would reach heights of 30 inches, weighing up to 45 kilograms. This canine was fast, active, energetic and intelligent. The coat of this extinct companion was thick, protecting it from harsh weather conditions.
No living animal’s companionship is comparable to that of a dog. These companions are not for our entertainment but are living, breathing beings that become a part of our family. In order to make sure the breeds we have today do not go extinct, it is absolutely vital for you and every other dog owner out there to do their part in making sure wild canines are taken care of.
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