The World’s Rarest Breeds of Dog

There are numerous dog breeds from around the world, but there are also rare breeds. Take a look at the rarest dog breeds.

If you are an owner of any of the breeds of dog below, you are rare, you are lucky because only a few people have the chance to own any of these pets.

1.) American Alsatian

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The handsome American Alsatian is a rare domestic dog breed that originated in the US. This large breed was bred to resemble the Dire Wolf’s bone and body structure. It was developed as a large companion dog from pure bred Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd, English Mastiff, German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees lines. It can also be trained as a search and rescue dog, but it is most suited for the gentle work of therapy dog or Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). It is formerly known as the Alsatian Shepalute.

2.) Mudi

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Another certified rare dog breed is the Mudi. This rare herding black dog originated in Hungary. It has curly or wavy coat with short hair on the face and legs. It can also be brown, white, fawn, and black merle. Mudis have short tails which may be born long and docked short or born naturally short.

3.) New Guinea Singing Dog

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Also known as Singer, this rare dog breed of the dingo type can be found in New Guinea. Separated from the rest of the world, they developed without influence from other dogs. The unique characteristics associated with this canine are attributed to its long term isolation. Black and Tan Colored Singing Dogs are rare. Only two Singers are known to exist today.

The unique New Guinea Singing Dog with exceptional intelligence and physical abilities serves as a companion and therapy dog. This rare canine is also known for a variety of names such as the New Guinea Dingo, Singing Dog, New Guinea Highland Dog, New Guinea Wild Dog, Hallstrom Dog, New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, Papua New Guinea Singing Dog, and the acronym NGSD.

4.) Barbet

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The Barbet is an all-black dog breed. This curly twirly dog originated in France. It is used as a retriever, flushing dog and water dog. The Barbet is a certified rare breed. Most Barbets are entirely black, but they can be white or brown also.

5.) Basenji

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The Basenji is a peculiar and rare breed of hunting dog that originated in Africa. This unique dog produces an unusual yodel-like sound commonly called a “barroo”, due to its unusually shaped larynx. This trait also gives the Basenji the nickname “Barkless Dog.” Basenjis are rare because they come into estrus only once annually, while other dog breeds may have two or more breeding seasons every year.

6.) Azawakh

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The Azawakh is a rare breed of sighthound dog that also originated in Africa. It can attain a height of up to 74 cm and its coat is too short and almost hairless in the belly. They are rare because, like the Basenji and Tibetan Mastiff, Azawakh bitches often have a single annual estrus.

7.) Tibetan Mastiff

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The Tibetan Mastiff is a unique-looking dog breed. This ancient breed from Central Asia is rare and is also known as Do-chi

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Its name Do-khyi means “home guard” or “door guard”. It is used to guard herds, flocks, tents, palaces, villages and monasteries. It is usually tied outside the home as a guardian.

8.) Otterhound

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The Otterhound is a rare old British breed of dog. There are only an estimated 1,000 or so Otterhounds in the world and somewhere between 350 and 400 in the US and are now regarded as the most endangered dog breeds in Britain since only 51 were born there in 2006.

9.) Stabyhoun

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The Stabyhoun is a rare breed of dog that originated in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. The first part of the name is probably from the Dutch: “sta me bij” which means to stand by me. The last part is simply Frisian, meaning dog, which is pronounced “Hoon”. Today, there are only approximately 3,500 Stabyhouns remaining in the world. It is also known as Stabij.

10.) Chinook

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The Chinook is a rare breed of sled dog type that developed in New England in the United States. It is recognized as the “New Hampshire State Dog.” The breed is described as calm, non-aggressive and very friendly, always kind with strangers and children. They are good with all dogs most of the time and also great with other animals.

15 thoughts on “The World’s Rarest Breeds of Dog

  1. Jason P.

    I never knew about these different breeds of dogs until I found this post! My favorite is the New Guinea Singing Dog, but then they're all so incredibly adorable! 🙂

  2. Franc

    The Tibetan Mastiff looks really built for cold climates and looks like a really strong dog.

  3. Leira Pagaspas

    These dogs are so cute.. I know that its expensive to take care of these dogs too,,

  4. Fernando Lachica

    I like the number one, I saw it always in a movie. They're flexible and strong.

  5. Teresa Martinez

    The Barbet almost looks like a toy when not moving. These are probably rare breeds indeed as I haven't heard about most of them til now.

  6. jo

    Does the singing dogs know how to sing? LOL! The Azawakh is rare to me, the rest looks just normal. I'd love to have Tibetan Mastiff, looks so huggable! 😀

  7. nova hedges

    I never thought that there are rare breeds, no wonder why they were rare because of its different looks and characteristics.

  8. Chubskulit Rose

    The Chi-nook is very handsome! I only heard of the Tibetan Mastiff but the rest I have never heard of till now.

  9. Gil Camporazo

    They're indeed very rare. I could imagine how sexiest Basenji and Asawakh on the way they stand.

  10. Carlo Andrew Olano

    i love dogs! I will surely going to take care of one of these if someone gives mo.

  11. Raine Pal

    MUDI to me is the rarest dog EVER!! I have a friend who have this dog in there house, way back college days, and she said that this kind of a dog is a wonderful companion due to its adaptability, intelligence, and loyal to his master.

  12. Jonas Labagala

    I would love to own a Chinook and a Basenji but yeah, they're a rare breed. 😀

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