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Unusual Dog Breeds


You can’t go far without seeing people walking their dog. The chances are most days you’ll catch a glimpse of man’s best friend.

Whilst you’ll probably be able to name most of the breeds without a Google search (trying to describe a dog into the search engine can be very frustrating), there are probably a few breeds you’ve not seen.

Did you know there are over 20 rare dog breeds from around the world that you’ve possibly never even seen?

Some are not even recognised by dog societies/charities, but they are no less worthy of our appreciation.


  1. Otterhound – just as the name portrays the Otterhound is very capable in the water. The scent hound has webbed feet and a rough, double coat, which also makes it a great hunter on land. Otterhounds excel as pets too, being inquisitive, boisterous, and amiable.


  1. New Guinea singing dog – you will never find more entertainment! The New Guinea Singing Dog gets its name from its unique vocalization, but the once-wild breed gets its reputation as an excellent companion from its intelligence and physical ability.


  1. Catalburun - Possibly because of severe inbreeding due to their rarity, the Catalburun is one of the only dogs in the world featuring a split nose and suspended ears and looks adorable whilst pulling it off. The breed was originally bred for hunting in Turkey.


  1. Thai Ridgeback – it may sound like an oriental dish but it’s actually one of the most unusual dogs in the world. The Thai Ridgeback was previously unknown outside of its country of origin, but it is now gaining popularity elsewhere. What makes it most unique? A ridge of hair, growing in the opposite direction of its coat, running along its back.


  1. Catahoula Leopard Dog – you may have seen a similar looking dog on social media in recent times – the dogs eyes are eye catching to say the least. The often multi-coloured or spotted Catahoula Leopard Dog is believed to be the first dog bred in the United States. It was named after Catahoula Parish in Louisiana and was traditionally used to hunt wild boar.


  1. Fila Brasileiro - The Fila Brasileiro is believed to have origins in several breeds like the Mastiff (who it greatly resembles) and Bloodhound. The working breed is known for its tracking ability.


  1. Puli – the Puli’s dreadlocks are coveted by many however, under the dreads there’s a compact but powerful dog, standing 16 to 17 inches at the shoulder. Puli’s are remarkably agile and light on their feet, earning a reputation as the “acrobat of the dog world.”


  1. Bedlington Terrier – standing taller than your average terrier (it is believed there is a whippet breed background) breed the Bedlington is a British breed with a crisp, curly coat; arched back; tasselled ears; scimitar-shaped tail; and fleecy, pear-shaped head are identifying features of this one-of-a-kind breed.


  1. Scottish Deerhound – Closely related to the Greyhound, the Scottish Deerhound was once known as the Scotch Greyhound, Rough Greyhound and Highland Deerhound. In Scotland it became a district breed in the 16th and 17th centuries and was given the name Scottish Deerhound, they were used as deer hunting dogs for Scottish tribes in the Middle Ages.


They became known as the royal dog of Scotland and no one ranking below earl was permitted to own one. (Queen Victoria being one).


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