7 Rare Dog Breeds You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
They're so cute! Have you ever heard of any of these breeds?
Labs, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers are America’s “top dogs” when it comes to breed popularity, according to the American Kennel Club.
But did you know that the AKC recognizes 190 different dog breeds? And many of them are those that even the most devout dog lovers may never have heard of before?
Here are seven rare dog breeds you may have never heard of—but after reading about them you will surely want one!
Nickname: Arabian Greyhound
Stand-out features: With graceful features, a wedge-shaped head and a strong jaw, you might almost mistake this breed for a Greyhound. These dogs are also known to have melancholy expressions and deep eyes.
Fun fact: Sloughis were sighthounds (dogs that use sight and speed to hunt, rather than scent) for the Berber and Bedouin people, according to the AKC. Also, sloughis were among three newcomers at the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club dog show, according to the Associated Press.
Dog to follow on Instagram: @isamaria666 prominently features a sweet Sloughi and @alan_the_sloughi follows the life of an adopted Sloughi living in Spain.
Nicknames: Monkey dog or diablotin moustachu (French for “mustached little devil”)
Stand-out features: Could they be close cousins to Wookies or Ewoks? These terrier-like dogs are a tad shaggy and usually weigh about 7 to 10 pounds. Don’t let their size fool you. They’re filled with confidence and are rather fearless.
Fun fact: When the breed came about in 1936, these dogs were tasked with ridding kitchens and stables of rodents, the AKC says. The breed enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame in 2013 when an Affenpinscher named “Banana Joe” won “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. After the show, his handler told The New York Times: “This isn’t a breed you train. He’s like a human. You befriend him.”
Dog to follow on Instagram: @affenpinschersuperstar, an affenpinscher from Finland named Pyynö; @wild.moon.photo and her pet friends; @affenandthegriffs’ pup account.
Nicknames: None yet! But nicknames take a little time, and this breed just gained AKC recognition in 2016.
Stand-out features: This Hungarian herding dog looks a lot like a teddy bear thanks to its curly coat, perky ears and whimsical facial expression.
Fun fact: This breed is extremely rare in the United States, with only a few litters born each year, according to the AKC. But they’ve been herding livestock in Hungary for about 300 years.
Dog to follow on Instagram: Meet @__uma_the_pumi__, an adorable Pumi puppy from Amsterdam that looks like a teddy bear with floppy ears; @matildasfyrbenta for so many snow-covered doggie photos; @johannastrander and her adorable pumi.
4. Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Stand-out features: These medium-sized, muscular terriers have short legs and are set lower to the ground. They’re ferocious hunters, but also affectionate and loyal.
Fun fact: The breed was named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize his use of the terriers to ward off a rat infestation in the White House, according to the AKC.
Dogs to follow on Instagram: Get a two-for-one at @funwithtrts, which features two Teddy Roosevelt Terriers; @brianharmon1 for adventures with a tiny teddy; @puppyforce6 to see more of Macie.
5. Bedlington Terrier
Nicknames: Gypsy dog
Stand-out features: We wouldn’t blame you if, at first glance, you thought this dog was a lamb! Then, when you see them gallop, you might wonder “what kind of animal is this?!” These dogs have a fleece-like coat, arched back and slender head.
Dog to follow on Instagram: You’ll find that @bambu_the_bedlington embraces his sheep-like features; @pippa.cass for not one, but two pooches; @berry__jpg for Bedlington dress-up games.
6. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Nicknames: Dandie. No other nicknames needed because the breed name is already fun enough! The breed got its name from a funny character, “Dandie Dinmont,” in a book written in 1814 by Sir Walter Scott.
Stand-out features: These terriers have long bodies that are low to the ground and tails that are curved like swords. They have personalities more commonly found in big dogs, as they tend to be confident and independent.
Fun fact: Queen Victoria owned a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The breed, for its 175th birthday, got its own party in the Scottish Borders in June 2017, complete with a tartan fashion show, according to BBC News.
Dog to follow on Instagram: This dapper Dandie, @rupertthedandie, is a rescue pup from Kentucky; @sarahmb and her doggie, Scout; @dayswithjoris for all of the cuteness you can imagine.
7. Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
Nicknames: Dutch Decoy Dog
Stand-out features: These small sporting dogs are spaniel-like and are predominantly orange or red in color. They tend to be friendly and well-behaved.
Fun fact: Legend has it that a Nederlandse Kooikerhondje that was owned by William of Orange saved his life by warning him of the Spanish attack.
Dog to follow on Instagram: Follow this mountain-loving dog’s adventures over at @kooikertjejames; @voutilaane for a dog and kitties; @cirtaps_unique_hero for beautiful puppy portraits.