Rarest Dog Breeds in the World

8 Obscure Dog Breeds

Rarest Dog Breeds in the World

On the other side of the debate over mixed-breed rescue vs purebred for specific human needs, we present some obscure dog breeds who still have a job to do. As a practice that’s been going on for literally thousands of years, the purposes of dog breeding have evolved along with human civilization.

Whether it was for hunting, helping fish, herding sheep. Dogs have been bred to do and perform extremely specific tasks. Their very own specialties.

Some dogs have very sensitive noses while others have ears that can hear for miles. Their very genetics have been altered over the years to help with many different tasks around homes and farms.

Some of these dogs are quite interesting looking, while others make you want to saw “aww.” Regardless of the breed, you just can’t resist a cute dog.

Check out these interesting, specifically bred dogs – you might be surprised at what some of them were bred for. I know I sure was!

Pharaoh Hound

This handsome fellow shown below is a Pharaoh Hound. His ears are almost antlers, aren’t they? This breed is five thousand years old and has changed little during that time. Pharaoh Hounds were the hunting dogs of kings.

The pharaohs may have hunted gazelles with them. Pharaoh Hounds are the national dogs of Malta – an obscure dog for an obscure little country!


If dogs were to find an owner lookalike I am pretty sure this Afghan would choose Cher. Come on! Tell me you can’t see the resemblance! One of the oldest hound breeds, the Afghan is named for the mountains where he originated.

His long fine silky coat is hypoallergenic and keeps him warm in a cold climate. This old dog breed with its thick double-layered coat served as a companion and watchdog on the barges and boats on the canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Chinese Crested

The little dog shown below is a Chinese Crested. Doesn’t he have a face you have to love? He’s the perfect dog for a senior or invalid as he basically just lies around…and yes, except for that incredible hairdo and leg/tail accents, he’s hairless!


The Komondor with his corded fur is a Hungarian Sheepherder. This highly athletic dog is fast and powerful. Its instinct is to leap at any intruder to drive it off or knock it down. They are active, courageous, strong and dignified.


With all the press surrounding new hybrid dog breeds, some “pure” breeds are falling further into obscurity. Have you seen any of these rare dog breeds? Here are some in the next pages I bet you’ve never heard of!

It’s almost like once the Labradoodle came out – everyone wanted a hybrid dog! Especially those teeny tiny ones with the cute faces and tiny little bodies. Okay, I digress.

Turkish Pointer (Catalbarun)

But people seem to have forgotten about many pure breeds out there. I suppose it could also be because these breeds are so rare and some are only found in certain areas.

After you scroll through these next pages, you might find yourself on the hunt for one of these purebred beauties. They are pretty hard to resist.

Read on to find out what they are. But be careful! You might have a very hard time pronouncing some of these crazy breed names.

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

The Appenzeller Sennenhunde resembles a short-haired Bernese Mountain Dog. This practically unheard of breed loves to go running. He is great with kids and is a very efficient herd dog. Doesn’t his name even sound like fun?


Here’s another breed with a fun name. The Azawakh looks like a greyhound except he has the cutest curly tail! His floppy ears and deer-like shape make him a dog you want to keep safe during deer hunting season.

Bergamasco Shepherd

Still aching to learn about this dog and his funny nose? He’s next on the list below of these interesting breeds!


The Catalburun, or Turkish Pointer, is a mystery to anyone who has not spent time in Turkey. His most distinctive feature is that cute but odd split nose. The story goes that this unique nose is the result of inbreeding. However, it was originally believed that this unusual nose gave it extra sensitivity to smells, a primary reason it was chosen as a hunting dog.

Bracco Italiano

This breed is Bracco Italiano but he might more appropriately have been called a beagleblood or a houndgle. For he looks like a cross between a beagle and a bloodhound. This cute, smart, active dog is impossible not to adore.

Caucasian Ovcharka

As you might expect from its name, the Caucasian Ovcharka comes from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia. He’ll protect you from bears if you ever need that to happen. Otherwise, he is a cute, cuddly, big, old companion.

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