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Newest Dog Breeds You've Probably Never Heard of Before

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Spinone Italiano
> Year recognized: 2000
> Current popularity rank: 108 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The spinone italiano is one of the oldest hunting dogs in the world — dating back to 200 — but it was famous mostly in just Italy. The breed was almost extinct during World War II, as breeders and dogs were separated and breed records were lost.

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Polish Lowland Sheepdog
> Year recognized: 2001
> Current popularity rank: 180 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Usually referred to as the PON (short for Polski owczarek nizinny), the Polish lowland sheepdog was recognized in the U.S. in 2001 but its origins go back centuries. The PONs come from Central Asia but eventually became known as a Polish herding breed.

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Toy Fox Terrier
> Year recognized: 2003
> Current popularity rank: 110 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years

The toy fox terrier is energetic, intelligent, and playful. It was bred in the last century for its size and hunting ability. Farmers who wanted a particularly small dog to catch rodents crossed fox terriers with toy dog breeds. The toy fox terrier was not registered by the American Kennel Club until 2003.

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German Pinscher
> Year recognized: 2003
> Current popularity rank: 146 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

The German pinscher is a medium-sized dog and the oldest pinscher breed as well as dog breed in general in Germany. German pinschers are overall healthy dogs, though they can be prone to eye problems and blood disorders.

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
> Year recognized: 2003
> Current popularity rank: 92 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

The toller is the smallest of the retriever breeds recognized by the AKC. This dog grows to be about 20 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds. They are very active and won’t do well in a home with people who don’t have the energy to keep them busy.

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