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Dog Breeds With Unusual Names

Updated on July 15, 2016

Dogs were very important to people in the Middle Ages until the present. They have been used for herding, guarding, hunting, companions and for food in some areas. Most present day dogs live the life of leisure. They are accepted as family members. Some still work but not they are usually companions and family pets. Some of the dog breeds have very unusual names and some are rare and not well known. All dog breeds are important and have there place in society.

Borzoi Dog

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The Borzoi is a loving, kind gentleman. They are great around the house. They are very loyal to their family. They appreciate a quiet and peaceful place to live.

The Borzoi dog will weigh 60 to 105 pounds and be 26 to 28 inches tall. They have medium long silky hair that will be bronze, white, tan, gray or a combination of color.

The Borzoi dog is also called the Russian Wolfhound. The Russian nobles developed the Borzoi dog hundreds of years ago to hunt wolves. In the 19th century, they were a hunting party dog. They are now popular pets. Some of them are still used for guarding and hunting.

They need a lot of long walks. Make sure they are kept on a leash as they are born hunters.

They will need an occasional brushing. They will shed in the fall and spring, and they will need daily brushing. They are prone to getting bloat so feed them small meals instead of one large meal once a day.

Canaan Dog

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The Canaan dog is a great family pet because they are so sweet and gentle around the house. When they are outside, they are tough and can adapt to almost anything. They are intelligent and are usually easy to train. They are very loving to their family. They do not trust strangers, and they make great watch dogs. The Canaan dogs are great competitors in agility and obedience competitions.

They will weigh 40 to 55 pounds and be 20 to 24 inches tall. Their hair is straight and rough. The Canaan dogs are usually a solid color like black, brown, liver or sandy. They can be combinations of these colors. Their tail will curl over their back and is bushy.

They will need a quick brushing every week and a bath whenever needed. During the fall and spring, they will be shedding will need more brushing. They need a lot of walks and activity to keep them from being bored.

Over 4,000 years ago the Canaan dog originated in Israel. They were developed to guard herds and flocks. The Canaan dog became wild when the Romans scattered the Israelis. The Canaan dog was discovered working with the Bedouins in 1930 by some dog breeders, and they developed the present breed.

Chart Polski Dog

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When the Chart Polski dog is well trained, they make great companions. They love to be with their family. They can be very protective. They are gentle with children. They will need a lot of exercise. They need weekly brushing and an occasional bath.

They will weigh 60 to 75 pounds and are 27 to 32 inches tall. The Chart Polski dog resembles a Saluki but with short hair. They have short hair with longer hairs on their tail and legs. They can be any color, but the most common color is tan.

In the Middle Ages, the English were developing the English Greyhound. In the Middle Ages, the Chart Polski was being created by the Polish. They are both descended from the Asian Greyhound.

In the beginning, the Chart Polski was owned by the wealthy. They were bred to hunt deer, foxes, and wolves. After World War I, the majority of the Chart Polski dog packs became homeless. They Polish peasants acquired them for their own use. The radicals hunted and killed many of them. They are now popular as companion dogs. In Poland, they are still used for hunting.

Central Asian Ovcharka Dog

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When you have a Central Asian Ovcharka dog, it is like having a bodyguard. They guarded flocks, and they think their family is their flock to be guarded and protected. They are independent but will make a fairly good companion dog.

They will way 88 to 178 pounds and be 24 to 32 inches tall. Their coat is thick, short or medium long. They are usually gray in color. They will resemble a Mastiff. Their tail is often docked. Their ears are sometimes cropped and have a cauliflower shape. They can no longer be cropped or docked in France or Australia.

They are slow walkers, so they need long walks. They will bark at night. They are the happiest roaming or guarding. They will need a large yard. They are calm, but they are not always gentle.

They are an ancient breed that goes back about 4,000 years. They may be related to the Tibetan Mastiff. They were developed to guard the flocks of sheep. They are still used for this purpose. They are sometimes used for dog fighting. You will find them living mainly in Russia, Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Alaunt Dog

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The Alaunt is a very old dog breed. They are now almost extinct. At one time they were used almost exclusively as war dogs. The Alaunt dog was developed by the Alani tribes. There were different strains of the Alaunt dog that did different things. The Alani people and the dogs lived in the area of the Caspian Sea many years ago.

People are trying to keep the Alaunt dog breed from becoming extinct. They are developing breeds that have the Alaunt blood. These breeds are the Dogo Belgrado, New Alaunt, Abraxas Bulldog, Altamaha Plantation dog and the American Alaunt.

The Alaunt dog was developed from the Armenian Gampr, Alabai and Somalian Mastiff which were working dogs. It is also believed the short haired dogs from Persia, Europe, and South Asia were added. The Alaunt dogs were first used in war by the steppe nomads and the Kurgan. In 1500BC Spain is said to have had the best Alaunt dogs. The original Alaunt was a sheepdog.

The Alaunt is said to have resembled the Central Asian Oveharka dog. They were used as livestock guard dogs and war dogs. They are very protective dogs.


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    • DrMark1961 profile image

      Dr Mark 12 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I dont think I need a war dog anymore since I am a semi-retired senior--despite that, the Alaunt dog sounds like a good companion!

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      Norma Lawrence 15 months ago from California

      thanks aviannovice for your comment. I find new breeds all the time I have never heard of.

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      Norma Lawrence 15 months ago from California

      Thanks for comment KoraleeP. I appreciate it. They do become extinct but not as much any more.

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      You introduced me to a few breeds here. Very informative and interesting article.

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      Koralee Phillips 16 months ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      They're all cool looking dogs, but I never thought of dogs getting extinct. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Norma Lawrence 16 months ago from California

      The Alaunt is close to it. Sometimes animals go extinct as a pure breed especially dogs because they will get crossed with other breeds and are no longer pure. There is a breeding program in place trying to save them as a pure breed. Thanks for comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting. I have never heard of any of these although most look somewhat familiar. I sure hope none will go extinct.


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      Norma Lawrence 16 months ago from California

      Thank you for being my friend and comment.

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      Live To Write 16 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Absolutely fascinating... very informative hub , and nice images.