You’ll see dozens of dogs in your life, but there are some unique dog breeds you may never come across. Some of these have some similarities to dogs we are familiar with, while others look more exotic. Some hail from far-off locales, others have unique features like extra digits or talents. Regardless of their sizes and shapes, these unique dog breeds are so cute. Some of them are rare and found in very small numbers, and even sometimes they aren’t acknowledged by the American Kennel Club. Anyway, have a look at 10 of world’s unique dog breeds and enjoy reading about!
10. Swedish Vallhund
Swedish Vallhunds, aka the “Viking dogs” were bred to herd cattle, catch vermin (such as rats), and guard the home. They are athletic dogs, excelling in obedience, tracking, herding, agility and flyball. Due to their perfect temper and love of their owners they are capable of being good pets. The small, powerful, fearless breed is a very ancient national dog breed of Sweden and is often dated back to the 9th century. It comes in a variety of colors and with a variety of tail lengths, from bobtail (no tail) to a full curl tail.
9. Bedlington Terrier
One of the 10 unique dog breeds, Bedlington Terrier – first time I saw this dog breed, I thought it was a lamb, but it wasn’t! Known for its curly and pale-colored wool coat – named after the mining town of Bedlington, Northumberland in England, the Bedlington Terrier bears some similarity to a lamb. It is described as being both good with children and “fit to kill any other dog of his weight”. This unique dog breed is much more athletic than it appears, traditionally used for racing, fights and to catch vermin. Its graceful build aids in speed and endurance.
8. Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed and type of domestic dog. The word ‘mastiff’ means ‘large dog,’ that’s why it is included in its name. Also known as “Do-Khyi” (door guard), reflects its use as a guardian of herds, flocks, tents, villages, monasteries, and palaces, much as the old English ban-dog, a dog tied outside the home as a guardian. However, in nomad camps and in villages, the do-khyi is traditionally allowed to run loose at night.
The Telomian is a breed of dingo or dog native to Malaysia. Though rare, it remains the only known Malaysian dog breed to live elsewhere. It was originally bred as vermin-controlling hunting dogs by the Orang Asli indigenous people of Malaysia. Because the Orang Asli built homes on stilts to stay safe from dangerous animals, Telomians developed an unusual climbing ability.
Look, this dog has a split nose! Possibly because of severe inbreeding due to its rarity, the Catalburun is one of the only dogs in the world featuring a split nose and suspended ears. Its main attraction is the shape of the nose, that seems to be two noses. This unique dog breed originally bred for hunting in Turkey.
This pup is really cute! It has better hair than you but also always wants to hang out with you and is down to do whatever. The Mudi is a rare herding dog breed from Hungary. It is a versatile and very energetic dog. It is fairly healthy breed and expected to live from 13 to 14 years. It comes in a variety of different colors, which are all equally adorable!
The Azawakh is a sighthound dog breed from Africa. It’s like a greyhound, except do greyhounds have such artfully curly tails? Do they charm everyone around them with their perfectly floppy ears, elegant neck, and doe-like appearance? The Azawakh is almond eyed and thin. It moves with a distinctly feline gait and can be found in a variety of colors such as red, blue fawn, grizzle, and, rarely, blue and black.
3. Bergamasco Shepherd
The Bergamasco is a breed of dog with its origins in the Italian Alps near Bergamo, where it was originally used as a herding dog. They’re also really into helping organize livestock – perform any tasks you want, because they’re super smart and view themselves as your equal.
2. New Guinea Singing Dog
The New Guinea singing dog is a wild dog once found throughout New Guinea. It gets its name from its unique vocalization, but the once-wild breed gets its reputation as an excellent companion from its intelligence and physical ability.
1. Karelian Bear Dog
The Finnish Karelian Bear Dog is one of the top 10 unique dog breeds in its home country. Originally used for hunting and as a watchdog, it has quick reflexes and a fearless nature, and is still popular with big-game hunters. In its home country, it is regarded as a national treasure. KBD will hunt a variety of animals.