Rare Dog Breeds
Choosing a dog for a pet can be a difficult experience with literally thousands of breeds and mixes in existence throughout the world. Dogs come in all sizes ranging from thoise small enough to fit in your hand to some that are large enough to be the size of an adult person when standing on their hind legs. Certain dog breed types you can find easily enough at any pet shop or animal shelter.
There are many breeds, however, that will be much harder to locate. This site contains information on some of the many rare dog breeds that you can’t find just anywhere. Either due to being close to extinction, or only belonging to certain regions of the Earth, these rare dog breeds are a unique find and would make any owner proud not only of the dog itself, but of the act of locating one for purchase.
Photograph of a pair of Stabyhouns sat in the snow, one of the rare dog breed pictures featured on this site by Mjk23.
Aidi (also known as the Atlas Shepherd)
This mountain dog originated and is mostly found in Morocco. This powerful breed stands between 20 and 24 inches and weighs on average about 55 lbs. Used for hunting purposes, the Aidi has excellent scenting abilities. The breed was never actually used as a sheepdog despite being listed as the Atlas Shepherd in the 1963 standard. They are energetic and very protective making them also well suited as a watchdog.
Hokkaido Dogs (also called Ainu Dogs)
One of the oldest dog breeds in Japan, brought into the country by the Ainu people, the Hokkaido is a medium sized dog of less than 20 inches in length and weighing around 44 lbs. Being able to withstand the cold and having a keen sense of direction, this animal was used in 1902 to search for survivors of a failed Army expedition. Despite it’s size, the Hokkaido has been known to attack and kill bears!
American Hairless Terrier
In 1972 a Rat Terrier gave birth to a littler including Josephine- a hairless puppy. Edwin and Willie Scott, the breeders, decided to attempt to turn the unusual dog into a new Terrier breed and succeeded after only a handful of attempts. In 2004, the United Kennel Club recognized the American Hairless Terrier as its own breed separate from Rat Terriers. These animals are small (4-16 pounds and 10-18 inches) but muscular. They are energetic, attentive and intelligent making them easy to train. They’re also extremely friendly to children, other dogs, and even cats.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Another hairless dog, it is believed that the Peruvian Inca Orchid has been around since 750 A.D. or earlier. They stand between 17 and 23 inches, and generally weight between 30 and 50 lbs. Used primarily as a sighthound, this breed is generally of calm temperament, though they can be cautious of strangers. Peruvian Inca Orchid’s love the thrill of a chase, and are much slimmer than their weight would suggest. Great care should be taken with this animal as it’s hairless body is prone to acne, dry skin, and they’re very sensitive to extreme temperatures.
Chinese Foo Dogs
Once thought to be extinct, the Chinese Foo Dog ranges in size from toy to standard. They range in height from less than 10 inches to over 15 inches, and their weight can be anywhere from under 20 lbs to more than 50 lbs. Dating back more than 3000 years, it’s unclear how this breed came to be. Some believe they’re a cross breed of a Mongolian Chow Chow and European hunting dogs, while others think they may be the missing link between a Chow Chow and a Chinese Wolf. Used by the Tong (the oldest secret organization in the world) as a sort of mascot, it’s believed that this dog brings good luck. This friendly animal makes a loyal pet.
These are, of course, only a couple of rare dog breeds, with new breeds being discovered or created yearly; many more rare dogs are included in this site.