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10 Rare Dog Breeds In The World

23 May 2014 | by | Posted in: Wag Wiki

Have you ever wondered how many breeds there are in existence all over the world? It is quite fascinating to discover various exemplary types of dog breeds that many of us do not come across at all. The rarity is caused due to many factors like ancient heritage, new development or other variable factors of behaviour or genetics.

Here is a list of 10 breeds that are almost non-existent in India as well as most countries in the world:

1. Azawakh  - Found in Saharan and sub- Saharan regions of Africa, Azawakh is in the list of the oldest man-made breeds. Many argue that they are the originators of the sighthound breeds that we see many of these days.

(Source: www.azawakh.nl)

2. Bedlington Terrier

You might mistake this dog for a lamb at first sight, so is their coat. Developed in the mining town of Bedlington in Northumberland, England. This breed is slowly getting recognition of late and is quite suitable for apartment living. However, they require substantial exercise.

(Source: www.britannica.com)


3. Carolina Dog (American Dingo)

Carolina Dog is a  type of Pariah Dog which is native to the USA. Also known as American Dingo, this breed falls in the list of very few that are truly primitive. The Carolina Dog is a result of natural selection of survival and not formed from selective breeding as most of the dogs we see today.  

 (Source: https://www.californiacarolinadogs.com/)

4. Catalburun

This unique breed can be called one the rarest breeds in the world. Known globally for its split-nose and thence the highly advanced sense of smell; Catalburun is virtually unknown outside of its native Turkey.


(Source: https://caninespk.blogspot.in/)



5. Chinook

A sled-dog breed developed in the New England region of the United States. Chinook’s rarity is only credited to the fact that the breed’s development was started in the early 20th century. They are also recognised as “New Hampshire State Dog”.


(Source: piperbasenji.blogspot.com)



6. Fila Brasileiro

A large working dog breed developed in Brazil, which is also known as Brazilian Mastiff. This humongous canine is believed to have been developed from a number of breeds besides the Mastiff, like the Bloodhound and the Rafeiro. This breed is not for everyone due to a specific guarding state called ‘ojeriza’.


(Source: Dogbreedlist.info)



7. Lagotto Romagnolo

Literally meaning “water dog from Romagna”, these dogs were bred to be both hunters and retrievers. Of late the Lagottos are bred to be only retrievers, more specifically to find and retrieve truffles in Italy. This breed is very fond of digging and playing hiding games.


(Source: lagottoromagnoloclubofcanada.ca)



8. Peruvian Inca Orchid

Also known as Peruvian Hairless Dog, this dog is found in the pre-Inca cultures of Peru. Since there are many hairless breeds in the South American region the Inca Orchid is not be mistaken with the Xoloitzcuintli of Mexico.


(Source: veststreet.co.uk)



9. Telomian

This is again a Pariah or Dingo type dog breed that is quite rare. With respect to its rarity, the Telomian is still the only Malaysian dog breed to live outside its homeland. Very adaptable to all types of family and cultures including multiple animals in the household.

 (Source: forum.zoologist.ru)


10. Thai Ridgeback

An ancient breed of dog that was not known to the Western world till very recently. Developed in eastern Thailand, this breed is renowned for its a ridge of hair growing in the opposite direction along their spine.




(Source: thailand.ridgebacks.eu)

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