Top 10 Extinct Breeds of Dogs in The World

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Extinct Breeds of Dogs in The World in 2017. Imagine, as a dog lover, a breed has vanished from the face of the earth. Imagine a breed that no longer exists simply because inter-breeding produced a completely new bloodline altogether or there was an acute lack of interest in maintaining the lineage.

Here is the list of Top 10 Extinct Breeds of Dogs in The World 2017

10. African Hairless

African Hairless Top 10 Extinct Breeds of Dogs

This dog was also known as an Abyssinian Sand Terrier. In its day it was believed to possess magical healing powers and was thus used as a bed warmer. It was a fearless, loyal dog whose warm, hairless body was used by its owner as kind of heat lamp of today, against aches and pains. Although now extinct, this breed is distinguishable in many hairless breeds today, including the popular Chinese Crested dog, the Mexican Hairless Dog and the Peruvian Hairless Dog among a few others.

9. Blue Paul Terrier


When the fearless Scottish sailor John Paul Jones sailed home to Kirkcudbright in 1770, he introduced a ruthless fighting dog called the Blue Paul Terrier. The gypsies of Kirkintilloch had kept these dogs for pure entertainment and fought them to their death. Mated to a great extent with a Staffordshire Bull Terriers in the early 19th Century, it resembled the present-day pit dogs and possessed a smooth, very attractive ‘dark blue’ coat. Weighing in at about 20 kg, it had a broad powerful chest and stood square and firm on its legs. Invariably it died out but the dates of its extinction remains unclear.

8. Cordoba Fighting Dog

Cordoba Fighting Dog Top Most Extinct Breeds of Dogs

Bred originally in Cordoba, Argentina, this dog served as a tenacious and fearless fighter, a hunter and loyal guard dog. Crossed with the Bull Terrier to ensure power would continue, produced was a muscular mastiff, bull terrier, bull dog combination of fierce combat on four legs. Produced mainly in solid white a coat that was preferred more so above the brindle and light brown, this breed had an undaunted willingness to fight to the death. It possess an incredibly aggressive nature thus when a male and female were introduced to mate, they preferred to fight thus resulting in the failure to breed. It was inevitable that this dog would be extinct by the mid-20th century.

7. Kuri


Kuri is native to Polynesia but was introduced to New Zealand by the Maoris. Used mainly as a source of food, the Maori also used the skins to make cloaks for warmth and decorated their primitive weapons with them. The little Kuri was often described as grotesque and were dubbed stubborn. Given their fate, they were born with a poor sense of smell and possessed the expression of a demented fox. Although the Kuri was a domesticated dog, as the Europeans began to settle on the Islands, it was through interbreeding with European dogs that caused the Kuri’s extinction.

6. Paisley Terrier

Paisley Terrier Top Best Extinct Breeds of Dogs

The Paisley Terrier was also known as the Clydesdale Terrier and was bred primarily as a pet and show dog. Considered more a toy than a dog, it sported a soft, silky, flowing coat of silver grey which was considered indulgent but was also prone to extensive grooming. Unlike the dense coated Skye Terrier that was also shown against the Paisley terriers, little encouragement was shown for the latter with its long luxurious coat. In fact, as jealousy reigned, the dog was deemed a mixed breed thus when the Paisley Terrier began to fade out, the Yorkshire began to make a bolder appearance. The Paisley is the ancestor of the Australian Silky and the Biewer Terriers.

5. St. John’s Water Dog

St. John’s Water Dog Top Popular Extinct Breeds of Dogs

Akin to the Newfoundland, this big old friendly dog was bred for a purpose rather than companionship and the fishermen relied on these powerfully built K9s to haul lines and retrieve seals. They were of medium size and were relatively strong but resembled Labradors and retrievers of today. They would usually sport a white shirt front on their chests, with white chins and feet and were a slow leisurely loper loyal to their owner. The government of the day placed a tax on the owners of these dogs to ensure sheep would continue to be raised and if the dog was imported to the UK, which was usual, a quarantine was long and rigorous. In the end, two elderly male dogs were the last known animals to exist in the 1980’s and thus brought the breed to an end.

4. Southern Hound


The Southern Hound is reminiscent of the Blood Hound or Beagle. This breed was tall and hefty and with a squarish head, had an elongated, sad expression that is befitting of the hounds of today. Possessing excellent scenting abilities the dog would follow the trail of its prey and although it lacked speed, it was a relentless hunter of hare or deer. Eventually, the Southern Hound was crossed with bloodhounds and produced Harriers and Coon hounds among others. With its steady supply of stamina it was used for hunting other game until during the 18th Century was slowly replaced with the faster fox hound. The breed existed in Britain until the 19th Century however, the date of its inactivity remains unknown.

3. Turnspit


The Turnspit was true to its name. It was a small working dog that possessed short legs and would run on a rotisserie wheel that rotated the meat on the spit over flames in a hob. The dog was situated high on a wheel protruding from a wall protected from the flames of the fire. It would turn the wheel constantly to ensure the meat cooked evenly. In the 16th century British kitchens kept a pair of Turnspit dogs so they could give each other a spell on horrendously busy work days. As progress made way for a mechanical spit turner the breed was made redundant and faded into obscurity.

2. Tweed Water Spaniel


The Tweed Spaniel became extinct since the 19th century. A highly intelligent bird and waterfowl hunter, it was an adept swimmer thought to have originated from the St. John’s Water Spaniel. An eager working dog, they originated near the River Tweed that flowed close to the Scottish Borders and were considered priceless to the fishermen who owned them. Generally sporting curly brown, coarse fur and a long feathery tail, it reminded one of the Irish Water Spaniel and shared the same sporting abilities, intelligence, and courage. The Golden Retriever is the ‘offspring’ of the Tweed Water Spaniel that became extinct by the end of the 19th century.

1. White English Terrier

White English Terrier Top Most Popular Extinct Breeds of Dogs

The extinct White English Terrier was a stocky, version of the white fox terriers that were created in the early 1860s. It was a small radical of breeders who were engrossed in the development of a prick-eared version of the white working terrier but the breed became infested with health problems. It appeared there would not be a true prick-eared terrier in existence since the pups, a determinate mixture of prick-eared and drop-eared offspring, were usually born deaf. With this problem persisting, the breed faded into obscurity and as cross-breeding with the English Bulldog, the Boston, and Bull Terriers in the early 20th century was prevalent, these dogs are now thought to be the ancestors of the extinct White English Terrier.

Whilst a dog is bred for a purpose to fulfill a need, many are bred for entertainment and as those demanded needs are met, many breeds are discarded afterward or have become susceptible to a host of health problems that eventually caused them to decline. We trust the breeds of today will not become the ancestors as did their forefathers.