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Vetstreet.com: 7 Fascinating Dog Breeds That No Longer Exist

Tweed Water Spaniel

Other experts believe that this dog, the Tweed Water Spaniel, contributed to the modern Golden Retriever. An 1833 article in The British Sporting Magazine refers to a "long famous" variety of athletic brown dogs in the English town of Norham, on the River Tweed. Decades later, the 1897 book, British Dogs: Their Varieties, History, Characteristics, Breeding, Management, and Exhibition, describes this breed as a small Retriever with a liver-colored, curly coat and a long tail. The breed dwindled at the end of the 19th century, when the Lord of Tweedmouth bred Tweeds into a line of yellow dogs that is said to have become Golden Retrievers.

(Credit: John Carlton (http://grca.org/history_breed/revisted.html) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, Vetstreet.com)

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