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Underrated Dog Breeds


When you are out and about you will probably see lots of labradors, retrievers, cocker spaniels and German Shepherds. However, there are some dog breeds that are less popular through no fault of their own.

Dog breeds can become popular for a variety of different reasons. People are influenced by celebrities, dog shows and films that feature specific breeds of dogs. If you are thinking of getting a dog, consider one of the more underrated breeds. Just because a dog breed is popular doesn’t mean it is right for you. Many underrated dog breeds are actually far easier to care for.


Curly coated retrievers

Although the retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds, sadly the curly coated retriever is actually on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable native breeds. Curly coated retrievers are far more unusual and don’t get the recognition they deserve. They are lovely dogs with black or liver coloured curly coats. Their coat is waterproof and dries really quickly but has specific grooming requirements.


Manchester terriers

Manchester terriers don’t need a huge amount of exercise, their coat needs very little attention and they have an amiable nature. What’s not to love? They have a beautiful shiny black and tan coat. They are happy, alert and devoted little dogs that normally weigh between 5 and 10kgs.



Everyone knows about Greyhounds because of their racing abilities. Whippets are basically a much smaller version of a Greyhound, yet they often get overlooked. Like Greyhounds, they don’t need to be exercised for hours on end, they are better in short burst. Whippets have a very sweet, endearing appearance and a short, smooth coat that is easy to look after.


Bedlington terrier

Beddington's have a very distinctive look, you will definitely know when you see one. We have no idea why they are so overlooked. Although they look like very dainty, fragile dogs they can actually be quite hardy and active. They are fairly small in size but do need to be groomed regularly. They have a wool coat that is very soft and teddy bear like.


Sussex spaniel

Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels are both on the list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds, but the Sussex Spaniel is nowhere to be seen. They are strong dogs with golden-liver coats. Although their expression gives the impression they are frowning, they are very happy, loving dogs.


Smooth collies

Smooth collies are another underrated dog breed. The main difference between smooth and rough collies is their coat. Smooth collies have short coats that are far more manageable. They have a very similar temperament to rough collies, yet people seem to prefer their fluffy cousins.


Smooth fox terrier

Another example of a smooth coated breed that is less popular. The smooth fox terrier has been in decline in recent years, it is overshadowed by the wire fox terrier. Wire fox terriers are more expensive to look after because they need to be groomed regularly. Smooth fox terriers don’t require much grooming. They are active, tough little dogs that need a lot of exercise.


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