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5 of the World’s Rarest Dog Breeds

The dog vs cat debate has persisted for many years but dogs undeniably remain man’s best friend.

Trained well, dogs can be loyal, helpful, protective and great companions as well. They make great pets.

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There are many breeds of dogs out there with new breeds coming out so often.

The breeds are so many for any one person to exhaust. While dog enthusiasts would hate to admit it, there are some rare dog breeds that even they have not seen. Here are a few of them.

 

Azawakh

The Azawakh is a rare West African sighthound who originates from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. It is tall and elegant with a short fine coat of a range of different colors.

The Azawakh is a lean and swift hunter with a regal presence. Their slender exterior coupled with its height makes them very fast runners. They have been used to hunt gazelle at speeds of up to 40MPH! 

It excels as a companion, guardian and lures courser in the United States.

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Bergamasco

Originally used as a herding dog, the Bergamasco Shepherd is a breed of dog which originated in the Italian Alps near Bergamo.

It is a muscular, heavy-boned herding dog with a large head and a thick tail that hangs down to the hock and curves slightly upward at the end.

They have in some instances been referred to as the dogs with dreadlocks because of their coat.

The entire dog is covered with an abundant coat that forms mats. has hair of three different textures that form naturally occurring loose mats, or “flocks” (strands of hair woven together, creating flat layers of felted hair), covering the body and legs.

The flocks provide protection from the fierce cold and wild predators of the Italian Alps, the breed’s ancestral homeland.

 

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Beauceron

Beauceron is a French dog with its ancestry and roots in France. Developed in the 1500s as a hunter of wild boar, it also became useful as a herding dog and guardian of the flock. 

They are powerful dogs that are great to have around as protectors. The breed is often used in police work, for protection, and as a rescuer.

The Beauceron’s reputation as an esteemed companion and protector is also recorded in portraits, which portray them as companions to kings.

Their dark black coats feature handsome squirrel-red accents, including the red feet that give the breed its French nickname Bas-Rouge (“red stockings”). 

The long head is well chiseled and they have dark brown eyes. The Beauceron is loyal and protective, making a good watchdog and guard dog that is protective of his people and property.

They tend to be a dominant breed and require a firm hand in training.

 

Thai Ridgeback

The Thai Ridgeback is a muscular, medium-sized dog with a streamlined body that makes him very agile and a natural athlete. This breed is fairly new to America and the Western world as it was mostly known in Thailand. 

Originally from Eastern Thailand, it was bred more than 400 years ago by farmers as a guard dog, a hunting dog and, oddly, a cobra-killing dog.

They were first brought to America in 1994.

The dogs have a gray or bluish-gray tongue, and coat colors include black, blue, red and yellow. The ridge on his back makes him unique as it is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction from the rest of his coat.

The breed has up to 8 different ridge patterns. The Thai Ridgeback has a short coat that is easily cared for with a weekly brushing.

“This breed of dog is very intelligent. They make a great family pet because they are loyal, love to be with family members and other household pets, and they are very loving dogs,” described writer Vince Stead.

 

Kooikerhondje

You have probably seen this dog with Dutch ancestry in famous paintings dating back to the sixteenth century.

The “little white and the orange dog has black-tipped ears and a richly feathered whitetail. The Kooiker’s name comes from the Dutch words “kooi” (duck trap) and “hond” (dog)  thus it is the small dog belonging to the duck trapper. Kooikers stand 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder and weigh 20 to 25 pounds.

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