10 loveable dog breeds that originated in Canada

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Tahltan Bear Dog

Although this breed has been recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club as “uniquely Canadian” since 1940, you won’t find Tahltan bear dogs running around at the dog park. That’s because, as far as anyone can tell, the breed has been extinct since the 1960s. Kept by the Tahltan First Nation in British Columbia, the Tahltan bear dog was small and strong, with a distinctive yodel and a short, bushy tail. They were used to track bears and large cats, barking and harassing cornered animals until hunters could move in for the kill. Unfortunately, only nine dogs were ever registered with the Canadian Kennel Club, and, as far as breeders can tell, there are no living descendants.

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