Rare Dog Breeds That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Rare Dog Breeds

There are dog breeds that we don’t even know about. They are so rare that they cannot be seen even at the most famous dog show, as they are on the verge of extinction.

Dog breeds in this class are gaining popularity and can be fully recognized by the AKC once they reach the required registration threshold. We introduce you to all 10 breeds in the gallery below. Get to know them now so you can say you knew them when!

1. Norwegian Bukhund

Norwegian Bukhund
Norwegian Bukhund

The Norwegian Bukhund, whose height rarely reaches more than half a meter, will become your loyal friend and reliable guard, who, by the way, will get along well with children. They are reliable, intelligent, quick-witted and friendly dogs.

Norwegian Buhund dogs have endurance and good health, they feel more comfortable in winter, as well as other Scandinavian breeds. The double dense water-repellent coat helps them to endure slush and frost; on hot days, dogs prefer to rest in the shade.

2. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandy Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier

A miniature shaggy dog with an elongated body, shaggy head and short legs. Very kind and cheerful dogs. Loyal to their master, very gentle and affectionate. By the way, they were called gentlemen among the terriers.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed was artificially bred. The cross was attended by Bedlington Terriers and Skye Terriers. Initially, these dogs were created as hunting dogs, so they were imparted with all the necessary characteristics for this: speed of movement and reaction, compact size, and so on. Today they have become quite common pets.

His height barely reaches twenty-eight centimeters, and his weight is ten kilograms. There are two main colors of such dogs – mustard and pepper.

3. Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Irish Terrier breed is medium in size. Usually obedient, but if you bring him, bark be healthy. Very hardy. But watch out for the health of such a dog – some may have eye or heart problems.

An adult Glen of Imaal Terrier weighs approximately 16 kg (35 lbs) and reaches 35.5 cm (14 inches) at the withers. The breed is characterized by a coat of medium length, usually wheat or bluish in color. Possible brindle or blue with red. The head is large. Legs are short, squat.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is usually obedient. Aggression can sometimes be triggered by provocations. There are no reports of serious injuries caused by this breed.

4. Tibetan spaniel

Tibetan spaniel
Tibetan spaniel

They were watchmen in Tibetan monasteries. A proud stately dog. Stubborn and independent, but at the same time very nice. Strangers are shunned.

Along with the chained Tibetan mastiffs, the dogs carried out a guard duty: lying on the walls of the monastery, they watched the surrounding area and, when strangers appeared, barking attracted the attention of people and huge dogs. In some monasteries, the dogs turned prayer mills, and they were even allowed to enter the premises and attend the hours of prayers.

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small, active, elongated dog. The head is small relative to the body, proud, without signs of rudeness even in males, slightly rounded. The muzzle is of medium length with a large chin, without wrinkles. Small undershot is typical of this breed, but teeth and tongue should not be visible.

5. Icelandic dog or Icelandic shepherd

Icelandic dog or Icelandic shepherd
Icelandic dog or Icelandic shepherd

This is an ancient breed of dog, whose representatives were used as herders in Iceland. They are sociable and very strongly attached to the owner. They rarely have to be called – a person’s friend tries to be there as often as possible.

This dog breed comes from dogs brought to Iceland by Vikings. Later, these dogs were brought from Iceland to the British Isles and served as the basis for breeding collies and welsh corgi breeds.

The Icelandic Shepherd is sensitive, very loving and strongly attached to the owner. They are also very sociable, which makes them a great family dog. Icelanders get along well with other animals, as well as with children. Icelandic Shepherds adore people and prefer to be around all the time, follow the owner and sleep at his feet.

6. Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terrier

Another name is the Norfolk Terrier. Norfolk Terriers are bold, cheerful and empathetic dogs. They are considered one of the smallest terriers. Well adapted to life in the city, they can be kept even in a small apartment, but taking into account daily walks and regular trips to nature, where dogs can run freely without a leash.

The Norfolk Terrier is a passionate hunter of rats and other small animals that harm the household. These dogs can work both in a pack and separately, fearlessly driving the animal out of the hole.

Dogs that are not grumpy, alert, balanced and soft towards children become excellent companions and guardians.

7. Leonberger


This dog looks, frankly, scary. In fact, individuals are usually docile. But this quality applies only to the owners. The rest are better not to allow themselves too much in relation to the four-legged.

The Leonberger was recognized by the IFF in 1905. He is a very powerful dog with a balanced temperament, can be used as guard dogs, companions, family dogs.

A very strong, muscular and yet elegant dog. A harmonious physique and self-confidence are combined with a calm disposition with a certainly lively temperament. Males are especially powerful and energetic.

8. American Eskimo Spitz

American Eskimo Spitz
American Eskimo Spitz

He is the American Eskimo Dog. A relative of the German Spitz. A sturdy dog with an elongated body, which, thanks to its muzzle, looks a little like a fox. Dogs are usually kind and cheerful, with a docile nature.

It is the perfect lap dog that has many talents. This Pomeranian is an excellent watchdog, a reliable guard, he can search for drugs, participate in agility and other dog sports.

He is gentle with his master, incredibly loyal and in love. He is always cheerful and playful, will not refuse to have fun with children, is easy to learn and seeks to please the owner.

9. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Toller

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Toller
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Toller

A hunting dog, no more than half a meter tall. But training such a pet will take more time than training its fellow retrievers. Quite stubborn and wayward. Although he cannot be denied protective qualities – rest assured that you are under reliable tailed protection.

This is still a very young breed, it was recognized in Canada in 1945. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are much smaller than other retrievers, their height is only 45-51 cm. This is a compact red-colored dog with white markings on the legs, tail, chest and muzzle.

Currently, tollers are a fairly popular dog in many European countries, primarily in Scandinavia. The small size makes tollers very convenient dogs for keeping in an apartment.

10. Keeshond or German Wolfspitz

Keeshond or German Wolfspitz
Keeshond or German Wolfspitz

This is the largest member of the Spitz family. Homeland is Holland and Germany, where it was first identified as a separate species. This animal is of medium size, 42-45 cm high at the withers.

This breed was especially popular in the Netherlands, where it is called the keeshond or barge dog, since sailors and boatmen used to lead them to guard barges. Maybe that’s why these dogs love to swim. They were also used to guard houses, guard and graze livestock, and even for hunting.

Keeshond is affectionate, playful, but rather clingy. But it lends itself well to training and loves to play with children.

Wolfspitz are only wolf color, for which they are awarded their name. These can be all sorts of shades of gray. Also, a black mask should be present on the face, and black ears on the head.


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