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Newest Dog Breeds You've Probably Never Heard Of

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11. Treeing walker coonhound
> Year recognized: 2012
> Temperament: Smart, brave, courteous
> Life expectancy: 12-13 years
> Group: Hound

The treeing walker coonhound is another dog that was bred to hunt raccoons. In fact, it has been called the “people’s choice” of coonhounds. Its name — treeing walker coonhound — may be misleading as it is a very strong runner and has a competitive character.

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12. Chinook
> Year recognized: 2013
> Temperament: Smart, patient, devoted
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Group: Working

The official state dog of New Hampshire, the Chinook was developed as a sled dog by polar explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden in the early 1900s. One of the pups in the first litter was named Chinook, and today all of the members of this rare breed are descended from him.

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13. Portuguese podengo pequeno
> Year recognized: 2013
> Temperament: Playful, charming, lively
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Group: Hound

The podengo was bred as a hunting dog in its native Portugal and was well adapted to harsh terrain. It was also used by explorers to rid ships of vermin and to catch game when they made landfall. The breed comes in pequeno (small), medio (medium), and grande (large) sizes. It can have a wire coat or a smooth coat, the latter more popular historically.

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14. Rat terrier
> Year recognized: 2013
> Temperament: Friendly, inquisitive, lovable
> Life expectancy: 12-18 years
> Group: Terrier

The rat terrier was bred to hunt vermin and for farm work. It is energetic and needs exercise. It is intelligent and trainable and does well in agility and obedience events. Its coat has a pied pattern that comes in various colors in combination with white.

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15. Coton de Tulear
> Year recognized: 2014
> Temperament: Charming, bright, happy-go-lucky
> Life expectancy: 15-19 years
> Group: Non-sporting

The coton de Tulear is also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” Coton is the French word for cotton, which the breed’s white coat resembles, and Tulear is a town in Madagascar. Coton de Tulear is a companion dog, an AKC designation that certifies a dog is able to perform obedience tasks. It is small but sturdy, with an expressive face and a hypoallergenic coat.