10+ Rare Dog Breeds We Didn’t Even Know Existed
Some things that are completely ordinary in one country may look exotic in the other one. In 2009, the film “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” was released and the whole world found out about the Akita dog breed that is widespread in Japan. But there are some breeds that it’s difficult to come across even in their homeland. In this article, we would like to tell you about these breeds which include the “universal” dog that can do almost anything, and the cleverest dog that will try to run away despite all your attempts to make it stay.
Bright Side suggests you find out more about the most unusual dog breeds. Who knows, maybe soon everyone will be able to own a Catalburun.
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The Pungsan is the brave and clever character of many Korean fairytales, who’s managed to conquer the Northern Tiger. And there’s not too much fiction in these tales — this breed was developed for hunting big animals, including the Siberian tiger. The Pungsan is an extremely strong breed that hunts well in the mountains and can sleep in the snow.
Kim Jong-un presented the South Korean President with 2 dogs of this breed as a symbol of friendship. The Pungsan is part of the national Korean heritage but because of the small number of these dogs, they’re almost unknown outside the country.
The Stabyhoun is a dog “for poor people.” Traditionally, its owners were farmers who couldn’t afford to own several dogs for different purposes: for hunting, for protection, and for work. The Stabyhoun became irreplaceable and a very talented breed in many spheres: they hunted, protected the house, caught mice, and were even used instead of horses to pull a vehicle. They are also great swimmers who even feel comfortable in cold water.
Besides the fact that they’re the most “universal” dog we can even imagine, they have the perfect character: Stabyhouns are friendly, clever, get along with kids and animals, and always care about their owner.
Although this dog with curly hair may look extremely cute, it’s actually is a sheepdog. Pumi dogs are very good shepherds and it’s better to not keep them at home. They react to the tiniest movements, smells, and sounds, and their distinguishing feature is loud barking. Your neighbors won’t be happy about this surprise!
The Pumi is one of the cleverest dogs but they’re full of controversy. There are 2 great loves in their lives: their master and their passion for wandering. And in most cases, they choose the second one. For this reason, you can’t keep this dog on a chain. Pumi dogs need freedom and their own territory, overwise they may cause some problems for their owner: they often start fights with other dogs and are ready to bark at every stranger.
The Sapsali are restless dogs with a great history. More than 1,000 years ago Koreans mentioned these dogs in their traditional tales and legends. There was a belief that the Sapsali could scare ghosts away. That’s why this breed didn’t have any duties at first — it was considered a mascot and people believed that this dog brought luck to the house.
Unfortunately, many dog breeds including the Sapsali almost completely disappeared during the Japanese occupation. Only 8 Sapsali dogs were left in the middle of the 20th century and there’s a debate about whether their descendants are pure-blooded. Anyway, these dogs are perfect for a family since they love children and get along with other animals.
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The distinguishing feature of these dogs is their nose that looks like it has been separated into 2 parts. This breed originates in Turkey, but you probably won’t come across one there today. The main advantage of these dogs is their running speed, their endurance, and their great sense of smell. That’s why no one can beat them when it comes to hunting!
The Catalburun acknowledges only one master and is loyal to them, but it’s still very friendly to the other members of the family. It’s almost impossible to trigger aggression in these dogs. They usually show aggression only in cases when there are some small animals in their territory. Their prey drive is the reason for that.
The Sloughi is a very rare and old African breed of dogs. In 1835, a French general Dumas visited Algeria and he was shocked by the condition in which these dogs were kept: they slept under duvets, wore jewelry, ate the best meat, and instead of boxes they lived in Bedouin tents. These dogs were considered a part of the family and the members grieved after their death. Unfortunately, during World War II many European dogs breeds disappeared and the Sloughi was no exception. They completely disappeared from the regions they originally came from in the 1960s.
The Kai was selected for hunting and they attract attention thanks to their tigrine fur. These dogs choose only one master and don’t get attached to the other members of the family. They’re famous for their brave and calm demeanor, ability to swim, and adeptness at climbing trees. The Kai work perfectly in a pack — that’s why these dogs can hunt a bear or an antelope. They aren’t just pets, they’re part of the traditional heritage of Japan.
The Kuvasz is a sheepdog from Hungary. After World War II there were only 30 dogs left and nowadays this is a very rare breed.
There are many scary stories about Kuvasz, but this is an extremely loyal and patient breed. Despite their tough character, it’s essential to bring these dogs up with love and pay enough attention to them. Most accidents that happened with these dogs were connected to the owners’ mistakes as they intentionally made the dogs aggressive, raising them in a cruel way. In these conditions, any animal can become dangerous and a dog as large and strong as a Kuvasz can do a lot of harm.
The Greenland Dog
These dogs like to howl and there’s a theory that they are connected to Arctic wolves. The Greenland dogs are famous for their strength, endurance, and sense of direction. Despite the fact that they’re one of the most ancient breeds of sled dogs, they were often used for hunting northern animals like deer, walrus, and bears.
The Portuguese Water Dog
This breed was selected in the Middle Ages and was spread all around Portugal’s coast. These dogs herded fish into fishermen’s nets, looked for broken nets, and delivered messages from one ship to another. But by the middle of the 20th century, Portuguese fishermen almost disappeared as a social class, so these brave, clever, and loyal dogs did too.
The Norwegian Lundehund
Puffins’ nests are located on rocks and it’s difficult for humans to catch these birds whose meat was considered very precious. So, the Norwegian Lundehund was bred for this purpose: thanks to its unique body composition, these dogs can climb rocks and get into caves. They brought not only the birds back, but their eggs as well. A dog could bring up to 80 puffins over one night.
The main distinctive feature of these dogs is a paw with additional toes. Dogs usually have only 4 toes that touch the ground, while Lundehunds have 5. And instead of one inner toe, they have 2: one with 3 phalanges and the additional one with 2 phalanges. They also have 8 toepads instead of 5. Their back legs consist of 7 toepads and 2 additional toes. This is why they can use their paws the way cats do.
The Carolina Dog
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You can come across the Carolina dog in the South-Eastern part of the USA. It’s still unknown where these animals originate from: whether it was a wild dog originally or it just became wild like a dingo. Although these animals have gotten used to living by themselves, they are friendly and curious. That’s why some enthusiasts keep them as pets. These dogs don’t like the cold and they’re weaker and slower in comparison to ordinary dogs.
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