RAREST Dog Breeds In The World!

From fluffy dogs that have been around for
thousands of years, to guard dogs that can take down a jaguar, here are 11 of the rarest
dogs in the world!! 11. Puli You might mistake this small dog for an ordinary
wet mop, and its fur, for dreadlocks; but this cute little guy is a skilled cattle herder. The breed has been herding sheep in Hungary
for over 1000 years! But there is much debate as to where they
actually came from, with some believing they came from central Asia, with the Magyar invaders
from Siberia and India. The Puli works side-by-side with the larger
Komondor dog, which looks like a larger version of the Puli. The small dog moves the flock, while the Komondor
offers protection from predators or theft. It’s also agile, quick, and able to change
direction instantaneously. The Puli also excels as a watchdog. When it’s kept in the house, it may need
to go outside frequently to exercise. It can be loyal, friendly with children, but
remains wary of strangers. The dog is said to be very happy and easy-going
and many people want them for their cuteness and intelligence. They have even been successful with police
work! But, before you consider acquiring a Puli,
keep in mind that you’ll have to spend time grooming the curls to ensure your dog is looking
good and not a matted mes! FYI, the curls can take several days to dry
after a bath. 10: Fila Brasileiro Also called the Brazilian Mastiff, the Fila
Brasileiro is a dog breed indigenous to Brazil. It’s known for its hatred of strangers,
and aggressive tendencies, but it’s very loyal and protective of its owner which is
why they are excellent guard dogs. They will protect their owner, family members
and family pets once they understand they are part of its pack. Don’t blame the Fila for its temperament
and aggression, since it was bred to be a tough guardian, herder, and hunter by plantation
owners. It’s great cattle dog and was taught to
hold prey by the neck until the hunter arrived to make the final kill so you can imagine
how strong they are! They weren’t bred for joking around!! They were used to take down Jaguars and wild
boars, and hold them down without getting injured themselves. This breed is not recommended as a household
pet, since it would most likely terrorize your guests! These dogs were used by the Brazilian army
in extremely hostile conditions and were very successful. In countries where they do show the Brazilian
Mastiff, the judges don’t go near it. Visual examination only!! It’s illegal to keep the Brazilian Mastiff
in 16 countries, for example Denmark, Norway, Malta, Cyprus, and the United Kingdom without
explicit permission by the courts. Where it’s legal to keep one, an insurance
company may cancel the homeowner’s policy. 9: Azawakh Don’t let the slender appearance of the
Azawakh fool you. It might be gentle and affectionate, but it’s
also an energetic, strong guardian dog. The breed comes from the Azawagh Valley in
West Africa, where it was traditionally kept by the nomadic Tuareg people, who inhabit
the vast Sahara region. It belongs to the sighthound family, which
consists of canine sprinters that depend on their blazing pace to hunt their prey. This breed has been around for thousands of
years and was brought to Europe in the 1970’s and the United States in the 1980’s. As you can imagine for a scent hound, they
have an excellent sense of smell and are used to chasing down fast things like rabbits and
gazelles! The Azawakh is nearly impervious to heat which
has enabled it to thrive in some of the harshest environments on the planet. What’s more, it can run in temperatures
of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which would cause other dogs to overheat and die
from heat stroke. They are some of the most expensive dogs in
the world, costing about $3000 and up. 8: Otterhound The Otterhound is considered one of the most
endangered dog breeds in the world today. There are only about 1000 of them worldwide. These dogs were bred in Britain as far back
as the 1100’s. They originally hunted in packs and as their
name suggests, they were bred specifically to hunt otters which at the time, were a menace. As the centuries went by, river otter hunting
became more of a sport. The breed as it is now is thought to have
emerged in the early 1800s. The Otterhound is highly adapted for swimming
in the water. It’s slightly oily undercoat makes the dog
water-resistant and it needs to be brushed often to prevent matting. It has a sharp nose that can track scents
in mud and in the water with no problem! The otterhound even has webbed feet that allow
it to dive and swim very well. They are very vocal dogs too, known to produce
a loud, deep bay, which can be heard over long distances and they are known for their
happy and energetic personality. When otter hunts became a widespread sport,
the otter numbers in Britain quickly dwindled between the 1950s and 1970s. In addition to being hunted, river otters
suffered greatly due to pesticides that were being washed into the waterways. In 1978, a voluntary halt was put into effect
and the species was placed on the list of protected animals. In 1977, there were nine registered otterhound
packs. Now, there is only one remaining purebred
pack in England. 7: Mudi The Mudi is a herding dog from Hungary. Usually bred for farms, they are incredibly
versatile and smart! They are known for being able to herd even
the most stubborn livestock. They have wavy and curly hair and a long nose
and can come in a variety of colors. It can work, guard, offer companionship, and
is a great mouse hunter too! It’s also known for being a good tracker,
and a talented competitor in agility, frisbee and herding competitions. The breed was first discovered in 1936 by
Dr. Dezso Fenyes, the director of the Museum of Balassagyarmat. Balas-a-guy-armat The breed was almost lost as many were killed
during World War II. In 1966, Dr. Zoltan Balassy filed for the
breed’s official FCI inclusion, basing the standards on a handful of the remaining Mudis. A few people have been involved in the breeding
of the dog up to the present day and they are beginning to catch on. Some have been exported overseas, and the
breed’s world population is now estimated at 1,500 dogs. 6: American Foxhound The American foxhound is one of the oldest
dog breeds in the United States, and may even be the first dog breed developed in the states. In the 1600’s several were brought over
to the American colonies from England and George Washington himself was a known breeder
of fox hounds. Fun fact: He was a known dog lover who is
said to have owned every group of dog officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The American foxhound was bred to hunt foxes
and other game while relying on scent and stamina. They can chase prey for hours and need a lot
of exercise!! They make lots of noise with loud howls that
you can hear for miles! Despite being recognized as a purebred in
1886 by the AKC, it’s one of the rarest dog species in America. The Foxhound has much more to offer besides
its refined hunting skills. They are very good-natured, docile and sweet
and acts shy around strangers. The dog is also known for its independence
and stubbornness, particularly when it picks up a scent. Due to its innate hunting instinct, the American
foxhound is not really suited to city life. 5: Lagotto Romagnolo The lagotto romagnolo dates back to the 1400’s
in Italy and was bred as a water retriever for the marshes of Romagna. It was also known as a gundog and their sense
of smell makes them very helpful in looking for truffles, the most expensive food in the
world!! They are often shown in many paintings from
the Renaissance era and while there might not be many around the world, they are near
and dear to Italy! They have a waterproof coat that is very soft,
and their curly hair rarely sheds. Besides being famous for being cute, they
are hardy, obedient, intelligent, and affectionate. When roughly translated, its name means, the
‘lake dog from Romagna.’ The breed can work all day and does well in
all kinds of terrain, the wetter and more exciting, the better! When the marshes were drained in the 1800’s,
they were no longer as needed for their hunting abilities. Now they are mostly kept as pets, and are
best with people who are active so they can be outside playing, digging and swimming! They are also being used for research into
epilepsy and as support dogs so their numbers are now rising. 4: Swedish Vallhund The Swedish Vallhund is a small and long herding
dog that is energetic and playful, like its Corgi cousins. Historians believe that they were bred 1200
years ago to herd livestock and move them over long distances. These little Viking dogs are tough and what
it lacks in size, it makes up for in self-confidence and courage. It organizes cattle by nipping the hooves,
but it must avoid being kicked.It’s also known for being energetic, alert, and fearless. Funnily enough, even though they are from
Sweden, they don’t do well in the snow or in very cold weather because of their short
legs. In 1942, the Swedish Vallhund almost disappeared
completely but were revived by two swedes in 1943. Since then, the breed has been officially
recognized and bred in over 10 countries. This brave dog is still used in small Swedish
farms, and it’s valued for its speed and agility. As a pet, it gets along with children and
other dogs. 3: Thai Ridgeback The Thai Ridgeback is a muscular dog known
for being tough and energetic. It’s originally from Thailand, where it
was bred as a hunting dog that could kill dangerous prey such as wild boar and cobras. Thai Ridgebacks also escorted carts and has
been used for home security and as guard dogs for many years. The breed has remained unchanged for hundreds
of years due to their geographic isolation. It is only one of three breeds of dogs with
an actual ridge on its back, besides the Phu Quoc Ridgeback from Vietnam, and the Rhodesian
ridgeback from South Africa. The ridge is formed when the hair grows in
the opposite direction along the dog’s back. The Thai Ridgeback has eight distinct ridge
patterns, and the wider the ridge the more prized the dog is. It’s estimated that there are about 1,000
Thai Ridgebacks outside Thailand. You can find them in countries such as Spain,
Slovenia, Italy, and in the United States. But, it can be a handful for a novice dog
owner. Since they were usually treated as guard dogs,
they did not often have human contact and they are very independent. They are great jumpers and love to roam too! However, if they are socialized and treated
properly from a young age, they are loyal and loving pets. 2: Caucasian Shepherd Dog Also called the ‘Russian Bear Dog,’ the
Caucasian shepherd dog is a powerful canine that is giant!! It descended from the ancient Caucasian Mountain
dog, a lineage that is believed to go back 2,500 years! Males are larger and more powerfully built
than females. A male can weigh as much as 200 pounds (90kg),
and stand at 70 cm! The breed has a thick double coat and a lavish
mane, like the Tibetan Mastiff, which enables it to survive in polar environments. Originally, the dog was used by shepherds
in the Caucasus Mountains to defend their flocks from predators such as bears, wolves,
and jackals. It has also been successfully introduced in
Georgia, where it’s used to guard cattle. Due to its strength and fierceness, it’s
used in some of the toughest prisons in Russia. 1: Norwegian Lundehund Also called the Puffin Dog, this ancient breed
was developed to hunt puffins, which are small seabirds that obtain their food by diving
for fish in the ocean. From the Viking Age to modern times, puffins
have been sought for their meat, feathers, and eggs. But puffin hunting is difficult because the
birds build nests on small shelves edged on steep coastal cliffs, and in rock crevices. Nevertheless, the Norwegian Lundehund could
hunt puffins well, because of its unique adaptations. It has six toes, instead of the usual four
per foot as in other canines. The Lundehund can bend its head backward,
and touch its spine and it could easily turn around in narrow puffin caves. Its forelegs are especially flexible and capable
of bending at 90 degrees like a human arm. When hunters adopted a technique called sky
fishing, which relied on nets to capture diving puffins, Lundehunds became obsolete. By 1900, Lundehunds only lived in the village
of Mostad, which had a population of about 120 people. In 1963, following a severe outbreak of distemper,
there were only six members left. Thanks to revival efforts, there are approximately
600 puffin dogs in Norway and about 350 in the United States. Since they are a guard breed, they are known
to be fierce and confident, but they are very devoted and friendly to their own family,
including other pets! Thanks for watching! Do you have one of these dogs? Let us know your experience in the comments
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