5 Rare and Unique Dog Breeds; Hear of any of Them?


There are an astounding number of dog breeds out there, some recognized by the AKC, some bred for their cute looks, and others that fall into the most popular category like Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Bulldogs, or Labrador Retrievers.  In addition to all of the many you may be able to name off the top of your head, there are others that you’ve probably never heard of.

Not all of these breeds are rare, but the Azawakh Hound is.  Originating in Africa, the Azawakh is distinguishable by its long legs, thin body, and very short coat of fur.  Ranging from 33-55 pounds, these dogs make avid hunting dogs, protectors, or companions, and they are exceptionally fast.

The next breed of dog you’ve probably never heard of is the Beauceron, a French herding breed that is noted as one of the breeds used to create the Doberman Pinscher.  The Beauceron is a large and athletic, highly intelligent and obedient, with an eagerness to please.  Weighing in at up to 110 pounds, this breed is generally healthy and typically lives 10-12 years.

The Cao Da Serra De Aires, also known as the Portuguese Sheepdog, is a herding dog that fits into the medium size category.  Being above-average in intelligence, they learn quickly and are very loyal when bonded with its owners.  Even though they only weigh between 22-40 pounds, the Cao Da Serra De Aires should in not well suited to apartment life, but will do rather well in an atmosphere with space to run and exercise.

The next dog breed on the list is Erdelyi Kopo, which also goes by the name Transylvanian Hound.  Extremely rare in the United States, this breed is commonly found in Romania, and is used primarily for hunting.  The Transylvania Hound is loyal and very protective of family members.  This rare breed is also extremely smart,

The Kooikerhondje or Kooiker Hound is a small Spaniel-like breed with a unique feature; with their coat is waterproof.  Cheerful and well-behaved are good words to describe their temperament, and may even appear shy at first with strangers.  Fitting into the medium sized category with a weight ranging from 30-40 pounds, these dogs need plenty of exercise.

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of any of these dog breeds, I never did either!  Know of any other rare and unique dog breeds?


  1. Norwegian Lundehund — the Viking’s companion. They have six digits on each foot and can lean their heads back on their shoulders like a reindeer. They are also able to distend their joints in their front legs and sprawl completely to the side.

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