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St. John's Water Dog

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St. John's Water Dog
 
Country of origin
Newfoundland
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The St. John's Water Dog, also called the St. Johnís Dog, was a dog breed from Newfoundland. Little is known of the breeds that went into its creation. There may have been "greater" and "lesser" versions.

This breed is the ancestor of the modern Retrievers; including the Flat Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and the Newfoundland.

The smaller Newfoundlands, which were exported from Canada to England, were also known as St. John's dogs. These dogs were cross-bred with other breeds to creat the Retrievers. The larger of these dogs evolved into the big and gentle Newfoundlands as we know them today.


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