Can you ID these lesser-known dog breeds?

A bergamasco at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show
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Step aside, retrievers and beagles, and let these rare dogs trot into the spotlight. From Pulis to Leonbergers, how much do you know about these breeds?

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A bluetick coonhound stands in a yard
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Name this dog's breed, often identified by its unique coat.

Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009, the bluetick coonhound is known for its mottled blue or black spots.

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Xoloitzcuintli stands in a park
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This is the national dog of Mexico. What is its breed?

The xoloitzcuintli was only recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010. We say "only" because the breed is one of the oldest in the Americas. Tombs of the Aztec, Mayans and others have all featured the xoloitzcuintli.

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Cirneco dell'Etna sits on a rock
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This is the Cirneco dell'Etna. Why did the Italian Kennel Club affix "dell'Etna" to the breed name in 1939?

These dogs have resided in Sicily for more than 2,500 years, and the highest concentration of them is in the area around Mount Etna.

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Puli in a park
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This is the Puli, a breed that has served as a herding dog for over a 1,000 years in what country?

The Puli breed was a mainstay of Hungarian shepherds. After the country recovered from 16th-century invaders, the breed was almost lost as it was crossbred with sheepdogs from France and Germany.

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A Swedish Valhund sits on a table
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Look at this cutie! What breed of dog is this?

It's a Swedish vallhund! This breed was almost extinct by 1942, but a breeding program saved the canine's population.

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Two salukis stand near a lake
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These dogs were considered the royal dogs of ancient Egypt. Name their breed.

They're salukis. Considered the oldest known domesticated dogs, salukis appeared in carvings on tombs and some were even mummified.

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Leonberger in Norway
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In 1846, Heinrich Essig allegedly began breeding which 3 canines to create the Leonberger?

While written records of Essig's breeding practices don't exist, he is said to have bred a female Landseer Newfoundland with a St. Bernard for four generations, and then crossed them with a Pyrenean mountain dog. It is unlikely, however, that Essig really only used three breeds to create the Leonberger.

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Otterhound runs through the garden
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This is the otterhound, a hound raised (as you might guess) to control the otter population. Its population, however, is in bad shape. How many otterhounds are in the world?

According to the American Kennel Club, there are fewer than 800 otterhounds in the world. The giant panda population is larger than that!

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Kesshond in the countryside
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What is the name of this Arctic (or possibly sub-Arctic) breed?

It's a Keeshond! According to the American Kennel Club, it's a breed that's easy to train and is also known as a Dutch barge dog. (If you were shouting at your screen, "It's a wolfsspitz!", award yourself an extra point.)

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Chester, a Berger Picard, at the 2016 Westminster Dog Show
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This herding dog was introduced to northern France during the second Celtic invasion of Gaul around 400 B.C. What is its breed?

Pictured here is Chester, a berger picard who competed at the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The berger picard's population took a heavy blow during both world wars, but the breed has made a steady comeback since then.

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A harrier at a dog show
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The harrier has a storied history, with many breeds allegedly playing a part in its creation. It's more likely that selective breeding made the harrier a smaller version of what breed?

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Toy fox terrier running through a fenced-in yard
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This is the toy fox terrier. It has a specific nickname, though. What is it?

The toy fox terrier is an American breed, so it's often called the Amertoy.

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A löwchen walking in the park
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Identify this dog's breed whose names translates as "little lion."

Löwchen is German for "little lion." The breed is known for its fur that is untrimmed in the forequarters — like a lion's mane — and is trimmed close to the skin in the hindquarters.

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Clumber spaniel sits in a field
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This breed of dog is recognizable for its white fur and splotches of lemon- or orange-colored markings. What kind of dog is it?

It is the clumber spaniel. The dog received its designation after the Duke of Noailles during the French Revolution had his spaniels shipped off to England for safety. The spaniels resided at the kennels of Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

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A bergamasco at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show
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