Rare Dog Breeds

We are all familiar with certain dogs, such as the Poodle or the Labrador for example, but how many of us have heard of some of the rare breeds listed here?

Catahoula Leopard Dog

A large sized Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are large dogs originating from Louisiana in the USA. These dogs are possibly one of North America's oldest breeds and were traditionally used in hunting wild boar. These days they are used as working dogs on farms and ranches right across North America, and you will have seen many of these on American films without knowing it, as their appearane can vary. They are also outstanding trackers and hunters, and have webbing between their toes giving them great swimming ability and the ability to work in marshy area.

Catalburun

Catalburun

Catalburuns, or Turkish Pointers, are medium sized dogs native to Turkey, and are one of the only breeds to feature a split nose and suspended ears. They were originally bred for hunting. These dogs are rarely seen outside of Turkey, with some reports putting their numbers at only a couple of hundred. They are cetainly unique looking dogs.

Chinook

Chinook

Developed in New England in the early 1900s for dog sledding, Chinooks are large and muscular dogs bred and built to withstand the rugged winters of the northeast. Hardworking as well as good family pets, they are instinctively gentle with children but are rare.

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolos are small to medium sized dog from the Romagna region of Italy. Thought to be the ancestor of all water dogs, the Lagotto has a curly water resistant coat and was used for many centuries for hunting waterfowl. After extensive draining of the marshlands occured towards the end of the nineteenth century, they were later used for hunting truffles. Despite being an ancient breed, crossbreeding diluted their numbers so much that by the 1970s it was estimated that there was barely a dozen purebred Lagotto remaining in Romagna. Luckily the breed was purified and restored from the brink of extinction thanks to a couple of decades of hard work by a group of Romagnolo comprising breeders, veterinarians and dog lovers. Rarely seen outside of the region.

Leonberger

A large sized Leonberger

Leonbergers are huge dogs originating from Leonberg in Germany. They have thick water resistant coats and are heavy shedders. They are extremely loving with children and don't require a great deal of exercise, and unlike many giant breeds they don't drool excessively.

New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dogs are small to medium sized dogs with fox-like appearances from New Guinea, and are related to the the Australian Dingo. These dogs have the unique ability to howl like wolves but they can also modulate their pitch, leading to their name. They were almost extinct by the turn of the last century but were brought back from the brink in the fifties and seventies, with pure breds being found and protected. Most modern New Guinea Singing Dogs are descended from these but are hard to domesticate.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchids are hairless dogs that were developed in Peru, and they come in small, medium and large sizes. First apearing on Moche pottery in around AD750, they are an old breed and remain treasured but rare pets. Agile and swift, these sighthounds are good at hunting and lure coursing.

Polish Owczarek Nizinny

Polish Owczarek Nizinny

Also known as Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Polish Owczarek Nizinnys are medium-sized dogs originating from the Polish plains. A non-shedding breed with hair rather than fur, these are active dogs bred for herding and need plenty of exercise. Like many breeds, they were almost extinct after World War Two but luckily were revived by Polish breeders soon afterwards.

Stabyhoun

Stabyhoun

Stabyhouns originate from the Friesland province of the Netherlands, where they were bred by farmers for all round duties such as hunting, guarding, working and as companions. They were not seen outside of their home region until around the early 2000s.

Telomian

Telomian

Telomians are small dogs originally bred for hunting vermin by the Orang Asli indigenous people of Malaysia. Telomians became great climbers due to the houses in the area being built on stilts. They were only discovered by the West as late as the sixties, and were subsequently named after the Telom river. Two pairs were sent to the USA in the sixties and seventies, and so are the only known Malaysian breed to live elsewhere.

Thai Ridgeback

Thai Ridgeback

Thai Ridgebacks are medium sized dogs that originate from eastern Thailand. Useful as hunters and guard dogs for famers, the breed stayed pure due to the isolation they faced on the islands they lived upon. Exported to the USA in the nineties, there are only around a thousand outside of Thailand and only about a hundred in the USA. They are one of only a few breeds to have a ridge of fur that grows in the opposite direction along their backs.