5 Extinct Dog Breeds You May Not Know About

Very interesting list of dog breeds that have gone extinct. Some of these are dogs that were in existence many, many years ago. It is unclear what happened to them. Maybe they were unpopular and dog breeders were unable to sell them so stopped breeding. Any way, here is the list of the five breeds that are no more…

1. KURĪ

The Kurī (above) was brought to New Zealand around the 14th century, most likely from East Polynesia. While it’s said that the dog was a favorite companion of the Maori women, not everyone loved them. “They were always treacherous and bit us frequently,” wrote Julien Marie Crozet, a Frenchman who traveled to New Zealand as part of an expedition in 1771. Kurī were often described as ugly and stubborn with a poor sense of smell, and the breed was eventually lost to extinction. RIP, Kurī, your short little legs and snapping jaw were too beautiful for this world.

2. TALBOT
This all-white tracking dog was so well-regarded in the Middle Ages that many family crests feature its image. Some historians believe William the Conquerer brought the breed to England in 1066. The loyal hound was slow but had a great sense of smell and was often used in battle and for law enforcement. The Talbot went extinct around the 16th century, but its legacy is carried out by its great-great-great-great-etc… grandchild, the beagle.

3. MOLOSSUS

A large breed loved by the Romans and Greeks, the Molossus was the precursor to the Mastiff, St. Bernard, Great Dane, and others (all called “Molossers”). They are thought to have been used for hunting, herding, and fighting (but not at the same time). The Molossus also has an intellectual pedigree: Aristotle was fond of the canine, writing in The History of Animals,

4. CORDOBA FIGHTING DOG

This ruthless and powerful mastiff, bull terrier, and bulldog mix was used for pit fighting in Argentina. Turns out the Cordoba fighting dog was bred too “perfectly”—when it was time to mate, males and females would be too busy trying to tear each other apart to get busy, and the breed eventually died out.

5. HAWAIIAN POI DOG

Like the Kurī, the Hawaiian Poi dog is thought to be of Polynesian origin. Poi Dogs were fed a mushy vegetarian diet, and their “heads became large and flat due to the disuse of the bones from lack of chewing.” This diet also contributed to their rampant obesity, and the breed started to fade away in the 18th century after mating with other dogs that were introduced to Hawaii. See More Extinct Breeds

Source: Mentalfloss.com

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