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15 Amazingly Rare Dog Breeds That You Might Have Never Seen Or Heard Of

Are you ready to be mesmerized?


While thinking of getting a dog, we usually want a pure breed like the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog or a Labrador. While all these dogs are amazing companions and loving best friends for life, there are some other breeds in the world that are so interesting and we are not aware of them. Yet.

We have collected pictures of some of the rarest dog breeds in the world and some of these are even mix breeds but they are so adorable that you just won’t be able to decide which one to get. Except you can’t find them everywhere, which is the most frustrating part of this.

Scroll down and check them out.

1. Mudi

Life expectancy: 13 to 14 years.

Weight: 18 to 29 lbs but has the heart of a large dog.

Origin: Hungary.

Temperament: Intelligent, energetic and lively.

Fun facts: They can only have small spots of white on their bodies, generally on their chest or toes and have an overall messy appearance.

Look at this baby Mudi. Is he adorable or what?


2. Turkish pointer A.K.A Tarsus Catalburun

Life expectancy: 10 to 13 years.

Weight: 30-55 lbs.

Origin: Turkey. Duh!

Temperament: Loyal, calm and athletic.

Fun facts: They have a double nose and its name in Turkish, Catalburun, is derived from this trait; catal (pronounced chatal) means “fork” and burun means “nose”.


3. Norwegian Lundehund

Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years.

Weight: 20-30 lbs.

Origin: Norway.

Temperament: Energetic, alert and very protective.

Fun facts: They look like foxes, have feet with at least six fully functional toes, extra paw pads, ears that fold shut, an “elastic neck” that can crane back so the head touches the spine and flexible shoulders that allow forelegs to extend to the side, perpendicular to the body, i.e. a very flexible body.


4. Leonberger

Life expectancy: 8-9 years

Weight: 90-165 lbs depending on the gender.

Origin: Germany.

Temperament: Obedient, fearless and loving.

Fun facts: They are large dogs with a mane that appears at 2-3 years of age. They were historically bred as “symbolic dogs” because of their lion-like look.


Enjoying the view, are we?

5. Karelian bear dog

Life expectancy: 11-13 years.

Weight: 44-50 lbs.

Origin: Finland.

Temperament: Brave, cautious and independent.

Fun facts: Although, it has a cat face when it is young, the Karelian bear dogs were originally kept as watch dogs and used for hunting as they are tough and can survive harsh conditions.


If we keep on going like this, I might fall in love with all of these innocent faces.

6. Icelandic Sheepdog

Life expectancy: 12-15 years. Weight: 20-30 lbs. Origin: Iceland. Temperament: Cheerful, alert and inquisitive. Fun facts: Their tails are very bushy and tend to curl up, creating the most adorable fluffy overlook. Their usual life span is 11-14 years if kept right.


So stunningly beautiful!


7. New Guinea Singing dog

Life expectancy: 15-20 years.

Weight: 20-30 lbs.

Origin: New Guinea.

Temperament: Intelligent, gentle and lively.

Fun facts: With a fox-like appearance, the New Guinea Singing Dog boasts muscular legs, a broad head, triangular ears, a high, plumed tail with heavy feathering and ovular eyes and best known after its amazing vocal skills, hence such name.


8. Spanish Mastiff

Life expectancy: 10-12 years.

Weight: 150-220 lbs.

Origin: Spain.

Temperament: Self-assured, affectionate and noble.

Fun facts: They were originally bred as livestock guardian dogs. They’re great protectors for their families and are usually very calm except around strangers. Their nature, like most livestock guardian dogs, is independent.


Aww, look at that little Mastiff pup.

9. Swedish Vallhund

Life expectancy: 12-15 years.

Weight: 20-30 lbs.

Origin: Sweden

Temperament: Watchful, friendly and energetic.

Fun facts: Previously known as “Viking dogs”, their name actually means “Herding Dog”. They are related to Corgis and they’re all born with different tail lengths.


What a good boy this one is.

10. Catahoula Leopard dog

Life expectancy: 10-14 years.

Weight: 35-105 lbs.

Origin: USA.

Temperament: Loving, independent and gentle.

Fun facts: It became the state dog of Louisiana and is named after Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. They have webbed feet that help them run along the marshy and boggy lands of their hometown. They are a mixture of greyhounds, spanish mastiffs, bloodhounds and an ancient Indian hunting dog.


What an energetic one this is!

11. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Life expectancy: 10-14 years.

Weight: 37-50 lbs.

Origin: Canada.

Temperament: Loving, outgoing and patient.

Fun facts: Although, they are prettier than the most of us, they are actually gundogs bred primarily for hunting. They have a trademark crimson coat that ranges from golden red to dark and coppery with white marking and almond-shaped eyes and a compact build.


I think they are the most beautiful of all so far.

12. Kooikerhondje

Life expectancy: 12-14 years.

Weight: 19-24 lbs.

Origin: Netherlands.

Temperament: Agile, affectionate and intelligent.

Fun facts: They’re just so cute. And this one here looks like the dog from The Lady And The Tramp.


I feel like adopting all of them!

13. Stabyhoun

Life expectancy: 13-14 years.

Weight: 44-55 lbs.

Origin: Netherlands.

Temperament: Patient, devoted and obedient.

Fun facts: One of the top five rarest breeds in the world. They have a pitch black head and a spotted body. They are related to pointers, with the long skull and narrow head with a slight dome and they have a scissor bite.

He’s not sad, it’s just his face.


14. Swedish Lapphund

Life expectancy: 12-14 years.

Weight: 42-46 lbs.

Origin: Sweden

Temperament: Lively, versatile and affectionate.

Fun facts: Lappies are a part of the spitz family. They have an unusually high-pitched bark. The Lapphund’s thick, furry coat means it’s well-equipped to handle frigid temperatures.

Little teddy bear!


15. Chinook

Life expectancy: 13-15 years.

Weight: 55-90 lbs.

Origin: USA.

Temperament: Intelligent, friendly and dignified.

Fun facts: They are a rare breed of sled dogs. Their coat is medium length and dense, well suited to a northern climate of New Hampshire, where they are originate from and are the official state dogs.

Don’t you just want to hug and play with this little cutie?

16. Finnish Spitz

Life expectancy: 12-14 years.

Weight: 15-28 lbs.

Origin: Finland

Temperament: Vocal, playful and happy.

Fun facts: Like other dogs of the spitz breeds, the Finnish spitz has an erect tail that curls over on the back, thick fur around the neck, and a sturdy, square stance. They were originally bred to hunt all types of game from squirrels and other rodents to bears by barking.

All ready to be loved.


17. Kuvasz

Life expectancy: 10-12 years.

Weight: 15-28 lbs.

Origin: Hungary.

Temperament: Protective, clownish and patient.

Fun facts: These large, white fluffies have historically been royal guard dogs or flock-guarding dogs. Dogs of this breed think for themselves and can be challenging to train. The plural of Kuvasz is Kuvaszok in their native Hungarian.


So calm and cute.

Which one did you find to be the most interesting? Tell us in the comments below if you have or are thinking about getting one of them.


What do you think?