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Newest Dog Breeds You've Probably Never Heard of Before

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Norwegian Buhund
> Year recognized: 2009
> Current popularity rank: 170 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

The buhund is an extremely intelligent herding and guard dog, with a lot of energy, strength, and stamina. It is very obedient and can be trained for police work and to aid the hearing impaired. It is also a good watchdog and likes to bark.

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Irish Red and White Setter
> Year recognized: 2009
> Current popularity rank: 154 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 11-15 years

The Irish red and white setter has long silky fine hair on the back of the fore and hind legs. These dogs are shorter than the Irish setter but are also bred for the field. These are high energy dogs that need plenty of exercise.

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Pyrenean Shepherd
> Year recognized: 2009
> Current popularity rank: 192 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 18 years

The Pyr shep originated in the Pyrenees Mountains and is still used today as a sheep herder. It is extremely devoted to its owner and needs to be kept busy. It comes in rough-faced and smooth-faced varieties that can be born within the same litter.

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Boykin Spaniel
> Year recognized: 2009
> Current popularity rank: 90 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 10-15 years

The Boykin spaniel is named after L.W. “Whit” Boykin of South Carolina. It was first bred in the early 1900s for hunting ducks and wild turkeys in the Wateree River Swamp. Conditions there required a rugged dog that could retrieve birds on land and water and could fit in a small boat.

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Icelandic Sheepdog
> Year recognized: 2010
> Current popularity rank: 138 out of 197
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Known as the “Dog of the Vikings,” the Icelandic sheepdog is a spitz type with a foxy face and friendly expression. Spitz characteristics include pointy ears and a bushy tail. The Icelandic sheepdog can have a long or short coat, but both types are thick and weatherproof. A true herding dog, it is athletic and very active.

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