Dog Breeds You've Likely Never Heard Of

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There are so many dog breeds that we read about or come across in real life on a regular basis. However, if we were to make a list of every breed out there, we’d need to write volumes. That’s right, there are more dog breeds out there than you can imagine.

In fact, we decided to surprise you a little with our very own list of unique dog breeds. We’re willing to bet a good amount of money that you’ve never heard of these breeds. So, let’s get started.

The Rat Terrier (Terrier Group)
Though typically found on farms, Rat Terriers are more than ready to live the city life. These are versatile dogs that can survive in most environments. To top it all off, they are very vibrant and possess a happy-go-lucky attitude.

However, don’t underestimate them. They aren’t playful all the time. Rat Terriers are very responsive to training. They score very high when it comes to obedience, agility, lure coursing, barn hunt, earth-dog, racing, and rally obedience.

These are highly intelligent dogs that make for excellent companions and pets. This is exactly why they are often used as service and therapy dogs. Of course, like most dogs, they’re also very loyal.

Beauceron (Bo-se-ron)
The Beauceron comes from a line of French sheepdogs that were used to drive herds and protect them. Needless to say, the Beauceron possesses those very same traits. The will guard your house and defend you with all that they’ve got.

The breed, typically, weighs around 70 to 110 pounds. They are highly loyal and will follow their masters everywhere. Sometimes, this causes them to overstep their boundaries as they’re known to not have a grasp of private space.

They are smart, lively dogs with a lot of energy in them. They’re always ready to play and prefer things to be rough. This might shock novice owners a bit, but there is nothing to be concerned about as long as you know your boundaries and have a bond with the dog.

The Beauceron is also a very versatile breed. They’re good at military work, sports, skijoring, and mushing.
A unique feature in these breeds is the double dewclaw present on each rear leg that resemble thumbs.

Azawakh
The Azawakh is a West African breed that is believed to be related to the Greyhound. However, it’s much more muscular. Like Greyhounds, they also have very long legs, which makes them run really fast. In fact, that’s the Azawakh’s greatest feature – speed.

The breed is gentle and can be treated as a house pet. However, make sure you have enough area to let it run.

Pyrenean Shepherds
Descended from the ancient breeds found in the Pyrenees Mountains, the Pyrenean Shepherds are primarily used for sheep-herding. They are known for their energy and enthusiasm, apart from their shaggy, adorable appearance.

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