The dog is one of the most beloved animals on earth. Of the
over 150 breeds currently recognized by the American Kennel Club, most people are
familiar with a good number of them, especially the popular
breeds like the
Labrador Retriever, the
Golden Retriever, the
Poodle, and the
German Shepherd. However, there are also dogs out there
that most people don’t even know exist. These rare dog breeds
are a wonder to behold, and owning one will likely earn you
lots of attention when out on walks or during visits to the
park. If an eye-catching companion appeals to you, consider one
of these exceptional dogs.
These French herding dogs are rarely seen within the United
States, but if you can find one, they make excellent pets and
courageous watch dogs. Beaucerons are intelligent, easy to train, and friendly, and their
tall and muscular build comes in handy during guard duty.
The Finnish Spitz has been the national dog of Finland since
1979, and in their native land they are still mostly used for
hunting. This breed is very friendly and gentle with children,
so they also make good pets. The Finnish Spitz is a medium size
dog and resembles a large fox with a curled tail and golden-red
The Komondor is a striking dog. First, they are gigantic,
weighing up to 125 pounds as adults. Second, they are covered
in huge amounts of white, corded hair that resembles
dreadlocks. The extraordinary appearance of these dogs matches
their idiosyncratic personalities; they are serious and
independent, and make better guard dogs than family dogs.
However, if socialized early, they are capable of living a
The large, white Kuvasz was nearly extinct after World War II,
but a few survivors revived the breed, and they have since
become a rare but highly sought after companion dog. These dogs
have a great sense of humor and are highly intelligent, but
with that intelligence comes an independent streak that can
make training more challenging. However, they make great pets
and vigilant guard dogs if taught not to be too aggressive or
These “little lion dogs” have a history going back to the
1500s, when artists like Francisco de Goya featured them in his
paintings. After the two World Wars the breed nearly went
extinct, and in 1960 was named the rarest breed. There are more
of these dogs now, but the breed is still unique. The Löwchen
is friendly, playful, and responds well to training, and makes
a good guard dog with an intense bark that will warn of any
A large and shaggy dog, the Otterhound is a cross between the
Bloodhound and the rough-haired Terriers, Griffons, and
Harriers. These dogs were once popular among British royalty,
and served as hunting dogs who went after -- what else --
otters. Today, these dogs are relatively rare but make
excellent companion pets with jovial, affectionate, and devoted
The Sealyham Terrier originated in Wales, and since its
official recognition in 1923 the breed’s numbers have dropped
significantly. Once used as a working dog, the Sealyham Terrier
makes an excellent family pet if you can find one. These small
dogs are loyal, loving, and friendly, but may be wary of
strangers. Training can help to reign in any stubbornness that
is sometimes seen in this breed.
Alaskan Klee Kai
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a breed similar to the Spitz, developed
in the 70's to be similar to a Husky, but more managable in
size. They are traditionally an energetic, smart, and friendly
breed, with a knockout personality befitting a dog that cute.
And, given their pocket size, the Klee Kai is perfect for
anyone looking for a sled dog they can fit in their studio
A few more to the list.
Ten of the rarest breeds of dogs!
These days, you will find almost everyone owning a dog and
taking it for a walk. However, there are dozens of breeds of
dogs that we will not see taking a stroll on the sidewalk.
There are so many rare breeds of dogs that we have never heard
of but are found in different locales from around the world.
Let us look at the list of ten of the rarest breeds of dogs and
see if you can identify any one of them.
The origin of Fila Brasileiro is said to have come from the
breeds of Mastiff and bloodhound. These origins explain why
Fila Brasileiro has large bones, loose skin, and a smooth
coat. This breed of dog is extremely rare and is known for
its tracking abilities. However, beware since they are also
known for their aggression.
Do you know what is so rare about this breed? This is the
only breed of dog in the world to have a split nose and
suspended ears. They were bred in Turkey for hunting and are
one of the rarest breeds found in the world.
New Guinea Singing
Just as the name suggests, this breed of dog is known for its
unique vocal abilities. However, the one reason why this
breed of dog is so loved is that it is an excellent companion
and is intelligent with admirable physical ability.
The Carolina Dog is also known as the American Dingo. It was
once a wild and free-roaming dog until it was discovered in
the swamps of Cypress. It is not bred in captivity and is
quite rare to find.
The Karelian Bear Dog is quite famous for its quick reflexes
and fearless nature. It is a popular choice amongst the
big-game hunters for this reason.
This breed of dog comes from the Netherlands. Today, there
are less than 4,000 Stabyhouns in existence. This breed of
dog is known for its excellent hunting and guarding skills.
They are also great at catching moles and rats.
Mudi is a Hungarian herding dog with so many qualities that
you would want to keep it with you forever. However, they
love being somebody's pet and going out for long walks or
jogs. They love to run around and play in large fields.
Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of dog that comes from a
sub-region of Italy. It was traditionally used as a gun dog.
The best thing that this breed loves is truffle hunting.
Azawakh is a South African sighthound that is known to be a
fierce companion and guardian. It looks very elegant with a
short and beautiful coat.
Thie feature that makes the Thai Ridgeback unique is its
ridge of hair that grows in the opposite direction of its
coat. There are only two other breeds of dogs that have this
unique feature. These were some of the rarest breeds of dogs
in the world. Would you like to pet one or all of them?
For more rare breeds and popular ones, too, head over to our
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