7 Fascinating Dog Breeds That No Longer Exist
It is hard to imagine our favorite dog breeds becoming extinct — that seems more likely to be the fate of rare wild animals, not the affectionate lump of fur curled at our feet. But that’s exactly what happened to these seven breeds. The reasons vary widely: Some became extinct when the jobs that they were bred to do (like bull baiting) went out of fashion, while in other cases, the dog was absorbed into the lineage of a new breed and became the dogs we know and love today.
Check out our gallery to see paintings and photographs of dog breeds that have gone extinct and to learn the stories of their demise.