German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Huskies, Labradors, you know this list. But, believe me, there’s a lot of other dog breeds around the world that are so rare that you haven’t even heard of them. I know that you’re a dog lover, and I wanted to add to your knowledge about different pups. Who knows, after getting to know them, you might even want to have one for you too, as this person got her Peruvian Hairless to fly 3000 miles from Peru to her home.
There are around 360 dog breeds around the world. We only know the popular few who have their own Instagram accounts. Anyway, here’s your chance to get to know the rest of the unpopular and rare ones. Keep scrolling!
#1 Canaan Dog
Also known as the Bedouin Sheepdogand Palestinian Pariah Dog, this endangered breed is the national dog of Israel. It is believed that this breed comes from the earliest times like the 5th century BC. And guess what, when the Bible mentions about dogs, this is the dog breed that is talked about. This is the dog breed that the Hebrews apparently used in biblical times to herd and guard their flocks. How cool is that?
These dogs are not hyper or needy, and are used as guards for flocks. They don’t hate alone time. While they need proper training and socialization, there is still a chance that they won’t get along with children or other animals.
#2 Curly Coated Retriever
They are an oldest retriever breed. As their name suggests, the coat keeps them dry and comfortable. Sadly, they are also an endangered breed. Popular mostly in the UK, they are active and love being outdoors.
Being highly intelligent, they easily get bored and destructive if not mentally and physically stimulated. Their intelligence has made them great therapy dogs and rescue dogs too.
#3 Scottish Deerhound
Too much popularity is not always good either. This breed was prized so high that only a few could own them, resulting in their decline.
This breed loves family time, and loves being with children, owing to their loving and loyal nature. They are huge in size too, that they can easily snatch away your food on the table. Intelligent and independent, they hate sharing the love of its family with another pet.
This is an all-rounder. While they are great guards for flocks, they can be a calm and loving companion too. This Hungarian breed is independent and shows good athletic ability. If you want your dog to take part in competitions, here’s the dog for you!
Since they’re a working breed, they are full of energy. So, they need constant training. Don’t worry, they are easy to train! But, this is not the ideal breed if you live in an apartment.
#5 Glen of Imaal Terrier
Also known as the “turn spit” dog, this breed is disappearing. This dog was expected to make sure that the kitchen is clear of vermins. Despite their small size, they aren’t lap dogs. They are a quiet breed too.
Alone time is not an issue for them. They are also good competitors. The independence and the energy of this breed require being busy and active. On the other hand, their lack of patience and tolerance don’t make them a good companion for homes with children or other pets.
#6 Dandy Dinmont Terrier
While their name sounds cool, they don’t do well with other pets or more than two owners. Just like the Glen of Imaal Terrier, they never became lap dogs. They are an active breed who loves to play. However, they don’t need lots of exercise either. So, they can live in an apartment too, given that they get their walks.
This breed makes great guard dogs. However, they are hard to train, and need a reward based training. As you can see in the picture, the texture of their coat needs weekly / bi-weekly grooming.
#7 Pyrenean Shepherd
“Pyre Shep” breed worked as herders in the Pyrenees mountains. So, they’re not the house pet you’re looking for. Certain qualities of them make it hard for them to adapt to family and city life. This has also caused their numbers to grow less.
Easily trainable, these dogs are an active breed. They also need daily exercise and work because of their high energy. They don’t handle alone time well. Being alone make them aggressive and destructive.
#8 Peruvian Inca Orchid
This breed is also known as the “Peruvian Hairless Dog”, although they aren’t always hairless. Some pups of this breed tend to have fur. However, because of their unique appearance, this full-time dog rescuer got one of these pups to fly 3,115 miles from Peru to her home.
Being a hound, they have great speed. They also make good watch goods. While they can be trained, they usually don’t like being with children and other pets. If you ever get one of the white or pink skinned of these pups, make sure to apply sunscreen on them because prolonged exposure to the sun can get them skin cancer.
Watch this video to get to know more rare breeds.
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