10 Dog Breeds That are Now Extinct
There are tens of known dog breeds in the world.
Some are popular, some are not. However, sadly, there are also those dog breeds that are now extinct – breeds that we can only now see in pictures.
At this point, you might be asking, “What are some of the dog breeds that are already extinct?”
That’s exactly what we are going to find out today. In this post, let me share with you ten of the dog breeds that no longer exist.
Salish Wool Dog
If you think of wool, perhaps, dogs are the least of the things you would think of. Well, there’s a different story when it comes to the Salish Wool Dog.
A few centuries ago, the Salish Wool Dog was commonly found in the modern-day British Columbia. The natives would shear the dog’s coats to create blankets, clothing, and other textiles. However, when the Europeans arrived in the United States, they brought with them sheep. Eventually, the Salish Wool Dog was neglected and as time passed, it became less desirable, which led to their extinction.
Moscow Water Dog
The Russian army developed a new dog breed known as the Moscow Water Dog. It was bred entirely to perform water rescues. However, the Moscow Water Dog was kind of aggressive. Thus, instead of pulling people into safety, they tended to bite them. By the 1980s, this dog breed lost its distinguishable features to the point that it was considered as extinct.
Old English Bulldog
Bull-baiting and dogfighting were a popular game in London in the early 18th century. The Old English Bulldogs were commonly used in these games. Thankfully, the Cruelty to Animals Act was approved and enforced in 1935.
However, because of the abolition of the bull-baiting and dogfighting games, no one was interested in keeping Old English Bulldogs, which led to their demise.
Dogo Cubano is known to be a native of Cuba. It is a type of Mastiff dog that was used in guarding livestock and dogfighting. However, it is more popular in tracking down and chasing runaway slaves. As the slave trade was abolished and slavery declined, the Dogo Cubano went out of the picture and eventually, out of existence as well.
Among the most beautiful dogs in the past is the Paisley Terrier because of its long and silky coat. Nevertheless, out of the Paisley Terrier came the Yorkshire Terrier, which became so popular that the Paisley Terrier was neglected. As a result, more and more Yorkshire Terrier came out from breeding to the point that Paisley Terrier became obsolete.
Alpine Spaniels were famous because of their thick and rich coats. They were commonly used as rescue dogs in the Swiss Alps. The problem was that they were wiped out because of a certain disease. Today, their genetic descendants, the St Bernard dogs, live on to carry on their bloodline.
Turnspit Dog was popular, as dogs used to turn the turnspit or dog wheel. The turnspit is a mechanical apparatus that allowed food to be cooked evenly over the fire. However, with the advent of the industrial revolution and as new technology emerged, the turnspit dog found itself having no job anymore. Thus, its breed became extinct.
The term ‘talbot’ originally means Individual Hound during Medieval times. However, by the 17th century, it was used to refer to a specific breed of dog that is known to be the ancestor of the Bloodhounds and Beagles. In the late 18th century, the Talbot disappeared and the Beagles and Bloodhounds dominated the bloodline.
Braque Du Puy
The Braque Du Puy comes with an interesting story. It was believed that this breed was created by the Du Puy brothers by cross breeding a Braque Francais dog and a Sloughi from North Africa. The resulting breed was the Braque Du Puy. It was an agile, flexible, and quick dog breed, which made it a perfect choice for hunting.
There’s quite a debate among experts about the original purpose of this dog. Molossus, a Mastiff-style breed, was believed to be used for protecting properties and livestock. Some say Molossus was used for hunting and others for fighting. Molossus was mentioned by two of the greatest writers in history, Aristotle and Virgil.
Treasuring the Breeds we Have Lost
Today, we still have a lot of dog breeds to choose from. However, we must also remember that there is this grim reality that a dog breed could become extinct. While we remember the dog breeds we have now, we also cherish those dog breeds that once made an impact in the lives of many people.