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What are the 10 rarest dog breeds in the world? The answer to this question is actually a bit complicated. When it comes to dog breeds, there is no official “rarest” breed – but some breeds may be considered rarer than others by individual kennels or registries. For example, while you might not find too many Pumi dogs in your neighborhood, they are probably considered quite rare by the Hungarian Pumi Club! So whether we’re talking about a specific country’s registry or just general worldwide availability, here are our picks for the 10 rarest and most unusual dog breeds:
The Tibetan Terrier is a Terrier-type dog breed that originated in Tibet. The dogs were bred by monks as ratters and guard dogs, and they resemble the Shih Tzu in appearance. They have a double coat with a soft, thick undercoat and a longer, straight outer coat.
Despite the breed’s association with Tibet, there is some dispute as to whether it originated there or was introduced from India. In addition to the controversy over the place of origin, there has been disagreement among some Buddhist monks over whether or not rats should be killed for religious reasons. But today, Tibetan terriers are so popular that they have been exported to many countries all over the world.
The Bedlington Terrier is a small to medium sized terrier dog breed. He has a silky coat that covers a well-muscled body. They have a distinctive curly tail and a broad, cunning head. Bedlington Terriers come in many colors including black and tan, red and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan, chocolate and tan, or grizzled (mixture of black and white with gray). The ears are traditionally clipped with scissors to give them an erect appearance; this is however optional.
The Norwegian Lundehund is a breed of dog originating from Norway. The breed is very old and as such has also been called Norsk Lundehund. It was first discovered by Norwegians and originated from a weasel-like animal called the puffin, which was an important food source for the Vikings living on the coast. The dogs resembled small puffins and were used as watchdogs and herders, and they were also trained to find lost objects under snow or rocks. Dogs have six toes instead of four on each foot, making them more adept at using their forelimbs to jump from rock to rock in search of puffins nesting in holes under cliffs.
Pumi is a breed of Hungarian sheepdog. They have a thick curly coat and a tail carried curled over their backs. The Pumi also has a distinctive black mustache.
The origin of Pumi is in Hungary. It was developed in the 18th century from ancient European sheepdogs that were brought to the region by shepherds called Magyars, who migrated from Central Asia. Dogs were used to herd and herd cattle on pasture and they were also used to pull carts carrying goods to market.
Today, there are two distinct varieties of Pumi – one with erect ears and one with droopy ears which distinguish it as traditionally bred for working purposes, rather than show-ring events.
Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is an ancient breed that was developed in Ireland. It is thought to be the only remaining breed of terrier of this type, which dated back to Western Europe. The breed is believed to date back over 400 years and was also referred to as the Irish Red Terrier. They were used to hunt foxes and hares, to fight other dogs, and they were also used as guard dogs on farms. Today, this little dog weighs between 13 and 16 pounds, but males are usually larger than females. The dog’s coat can be either red or white, with red being the most common in Ireland.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a very large dog of ancient lineage. It is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in Europe, but more recent research suggests that it developed more recently from an even older line of type dogs. mastiff that first existed more than 3,000 years ago. This ancient breed of dogs was bred by the Celts to be used as guardians against wild animals and they were also used as protection on cattle farms.
The Czesky Fousek is a dog breed that was developed in Czechoslovakia. The breed is believed to have been created from a fusion of the Polish Cuon, German Dachshund and Papillon. The resulting breed became known as Czesky Fousek, which translated from Czech means “Czech terrier”. These dogs were then bred in a variety of sizes and eventually became popular for their agility and versatility.
The Small Münsterländer is a breed of small dog. He originated in Germany where many other types of terriers are also bred. The breed has been around for centuries, but the name was not given to it until 1911. This dog is often used to hunt rats, mice, and squirrels.
The Swedish Lapphund is a large breed of medium-sized sheepdog. They are slightly smaller than other breeds in this group, but they still have the same type of coat as other Lapps. The name is derived from the Lapland region in northern Sweden, which was originally home to many of these dogs. This breed was exported outside of Sweden and became popular with international competitors in sled dog racing.
The Turkish Kangal is a livestock guarding dog breed that has been bred for centuries in central Turkey. They are primarily used to protect sheep and other farm animals from predators, but they have also been used in the past to protect people, property and borders. Dogs are usually black or dark brown with possible white highlights.
There are many rare dog breeds in the world, and some have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years. Each breed has its own unique appearance and temperament that sets them apart from other dogs.