Although some may bear a resemblance to current canines, these do may have had their day(or century), but those times are past. Here’s a quick look at 5 great dogs that graced our presence on this earth at one time or another.
Also, known as a Cuban Mastiff, this breed as traditionally used in dog fights. They are a cross between a Mastiff and Bulldog and had a short tail, wide head, with a black face and lips. They were great guardians over property but were extinct by the end of the 19th century.
Originally raised to hunt bear, these dogs would travel speedily through the snow and due to their smaller size compared to the bears and could maneuver the snow faster and catch up with them. They were friendly and gentle with humans and their breed stayed intact until the mid 20th century.
Although no longer a breed in existence (last seen 1940), this canine was very lively during its era. This long haired wool dog was bred by the native Americans and kept in packs. Their fur was used in making blankets for the Salish people and they even mixed the fur at times with feathers, goat hair and plant fibers to improve yarn quality.
The Chinese Happa Dog looks similar to today’s dogs like the Pekingese, or Pug. They had short hair and wide front legs. They were told to have protected the wealthy in the Forbidden City, as well as being a best friend to people of lower income as well. This photo is of one on display in the Rothschild Zoological Museum. They became extinct in the early 1900’s.
These dogs starting being bred as rescue dogs at a monastery in the 1600’s. They use to be some of the largest in England back in the day. They are predecessors to the Mastiffs we see now and it is the belief that the St Bernard originated from a crossbreeding of it. In the early 1800’s the frigid winters killed off most of the original breed.