So, you think you know your dog breeds, eh? Don’t get too comfortable as we’re about to prove you wrong. There are hundreds of dogs breeds we’re pretty sure you have never heard of before. Did you know that there are breeds that are so rare, that they may face extinction?
In this post we’ll introduce you to eight of some of the world’s rarest dog breeds. Let’s see how many of them you recognize!
1. Kai Ken
The Kai Ken comes from the mountains of a Japanese island. It has a brindle coat and is known to be very active and playful. It is extremely rare, and only came to American shores in 1990. In Japan, the Kai Ken is considered to be a natural treasure in Japan.
The Mudi comes from Hungary. This breed has a short curly coat, and was used as a shepherd dog and the breed is still used for herding today. This breed is very active and playful, a working dog suited for a busy home that offers loads of stimulation and exercise.
3. Norwegian Lundehund
These beautiful hunting dogs come from Norway. They have features that make them perfect for hunting; a flexible neck and joints, six toes on their front paws, and ears that seal shut. It is estimated that there are less than 2,000 Lundehunds in the world.
These dogs were bred to hunt otters in Europe, but the breed slowly started to decrease in numbers after otter hunting was deemed illegal. There are only 5 to 7 litters born a year, and an estimated 800 of these beautiful hounds living today.
This rare dog hails from Turkey and the name means ‘forked nose’. The breed has very rare features, like the split nose and very wide set eyes thanks to years of in-breeding. Even though the breed has become popular, you’re more likely to see one in Turkey than the States.
6. Canaan Dog
The Canaan is considered to be one of the world’s oldest dog breeds and has origins in the Middle East. Features of the breed is a wedge-shaped head and a long curly tail. The Canaan is also the national dog of Israel, and there are only an estimated 2,000 of them around the world.
The Chinook is an American breed from the early 20th century. They were bred for endurance and strength and is a cross between a mastiff and a husky. Chinooks might be considered to be a new breed on the block, but they remain fairly rare.
Also called the Caucasian Mountain Dog, Ovcharkas come from the mountainous areas of Russia. They are the biggest of all rare dog breeds, and mainly bred to hunt wolves and bears. The breed is considered to be aggressive and more suitable as working guard dogs.
Did you recognize any of the breeds featured on our list? Which was the strangest? If you want to get one of your own, keep in mind that you’ll have to cough up quite an amount, costing you anything from $1,000. If that’s not in your budget, consider getting any of the top ten dog breeds that are great for kids.