Labs, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers are America’s “top dogs” when it comes to breeding popularity, according to the American Kennel Club. But did you know that the AKC recognizes 190 different dog breeds? And many of them are those that even the most devout dog lovers may never have heard of before?
Here are some rare dog breeds you may have never heard of—but after reading about them you will surely want one!
You could say the Puli (say "poo-lee") looks a lot more like a mop than a dog! This canine has rope-like cords of fur that can reach all the way down to the ground. Originally, the Pulis was a sheepdog from Hungary that helped to herd livestock. Its fur came in handy by protecting the dog from predators like wolves. If an enemy attacked the Puli, it got a mouthful of those furry cords rather than harming the dog. Play around with these excessively adorable creatures with their name printed t-shirts by us.
This pooch is pretty much hair-free, but some Peruvian Inca Orchids may have short hair on the top of their heads, as well as on their feet and the tip of their tails. This breed is so rare that there are only about 1,000 that exist in the world. At one time, it was a popular dog in the Incan Empire in Peru beginning in the 1400s. Incan royalty even used the dogs to warm their beds for them before they went to sleep.
According to AKC, American foxhound is not only one of America’s native breeds, but it’s also one of the rarest. However, according to AKC, these rare puppy breeds are born to run. They respond well to training, and they bark quite well when needed. However, they do need plenty of exercises and probably won’t take well to a sedentary lifestyle. The AKC reports that this dog breed has an English cousin, but was bred in the United States specifically to hunt foxes and other game. This dog is known as a scenting pack hound. In fact, they can run for many hours while chasing prey.
Climbing trees probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a pet pooch. But the Catahoula Cur is able to do just that! Among world's rare originated in Louisiana and was used by people to hunt wild boar. This breed has another unusual feature: its eyes. Sometimes its eyes are each a different color. Or it may have what’s called “cracked” eyes, which means that there are two different colors within the same eye.
This breed hails from the regions of the southern Sahara and the Sahel, specifically the Azawakh Valley in the border region of Mali and Niger. The AKC notes that this extra-large dog breed is also known as the Tuareg Sloughi. This West African sighthound has a short coat in a variety of different colors and marking patterns, including red, sand, fawn, brindled, parti-color, blue, black, and brown. These uncommon dog breed didn’t make their way to the United States until the 1980s, but they’ve served as the companion of nomadic people in the south Sahara for hundreds of years. These high-energy dogs toe the line between loyalty and independence and are usually affectionate, gentle, and playful with their owners.
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