While nearly 200 dog breeds are recognized by the American Kennel Club, some of our four-legged companions are less common than others.
Says Brandi Hunter, AKC’s Deputy Head of Public Relations and Communications. Newsweek There are often specific reasons for the decline in popularity of the endangered species.
“As with clothing trends and puppy names, different breeds keep going in style. It is also likely that pop culture plays a big role in preferences.
“Sometimes the decline in popularity is associated with the purpose of creating a breed, when that job is no longer needed, the number of species decreases.
For example, Otterhounds, which, as their name suggests, were bred to hunt otters as their popularity in England declined significantly when otter hunting was banned in 1978.
But, she said, the rare breed can make great pets.
“For people looking for a species that will stand out in crowds or want to help preserve a declining species, the rare one may be ideal.
“It is the responsibility of the owners of rare species to inform everyone interested in their breed to spread awareness and help the breed grow.”
Take a look at some of the rarest dog breeds in the United States.
There is an increasing number of devotees of the rare Azawakh, a tall and graceful West African mammal with a fine coat that comes in a variety of colors.
The AKC website states: “Well suited to its legacy, Azawakh excelled as a friend, defender and temptress in the US.”
These cute and cuddly dogs, bred for hard work in mine shafts, are quite rare in most countries outside the UK.
The AKC describes Bedlington Terriers as “generous companions, watchdogs, versatile athletes and irresistibly cuddly TV mates.”
The Biewer Terrier, officially recognized by the AKC in January 2021, is an elegant black, white, and tan long haired terrier.
These rare purebred dogs are known for their friendly, playful and energetic qualities, making them excellent pets for small families.
Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Catahoula Leopard is a versatile working dog that combines power with agility and patience.
This rare breed, whose origins are spanish puppies and Native American dogs, are distinguished by their beautiful, leopards-like brown leopards on their short fur.
The Czech Republic’s national dog is a smart and inquisitive indoor companion for children who enjoy being outside for long periods of time.
The short-legged and handsome Cesky Terrier is quite rare, with the AKC suggesting that there are fewer than 600 dogs in the United States.
The Chinook is a muscular work dog and a devoted family pet that was developed in the United States for the 20th century’s draft and sled dog racing.
Guinness World Records lists the Chinook as the rarest of all dog breed. Fri 1965, with only 125 examples
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The unique-looking Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small, robust and graceful destroyer that was bred to meet the demands of farm life. But they will be equally at home in an urban environment.
Despite the Dandie Dinmont’s small size, this very rare dog breed has a big personality.
Although this pack-oriented dog breed is gentle and sociable, English Foxhounds are rarely found in family homes due to their strong vestibular instincts.
As a result, prospective owners of one of America’s rarest dogs should be aware that these predators require a lot of exercise and attention.
Estrela Mountain Dog
Estrela Mountain Dog is recognized as both a wonderful guardian and a wonderful companion for all ages.
It is believed that this great dog, named after the Portuguese Estrela Mountains, is very rare outside of this country.
The lively Finnish Spitz is a fox-haired ginger hound dubbed the “Barking Dog”.
Although the breed is popular in parts of Scandinavia, the Finnish Spitz is still uncommon in the United States, with the AKC ranked it as the country’s rarest breed.
The Hovawart is a large active and active dog, has a stable disposition and a protective instinct.
Hovawart is quite rare in the United States. But thick-boned breeds are still popular in Germany.
This medium-sized dog is believed to be one of Japan’s purest and oldest dog breeds and is traditionally used in mountain hunting.
The Kai Ken is considered a rare breed even in Japan and is therefore extremely rare in the United States.
Sometimes confused as a cross-coated poodle, the curly-coated Lagotto Romagnolo is the oldest aquatic animal in the world.
While the Lagotto Romagnolo is a rare breed in the United States. But these dogs are so common in Italy’s native country where they are used to hunt truffles.
The Hungarian-born dog breed (pronounced ‘temperamental’) is known for being cheerful and energetic.
The Mudi breed is rarely seen outside its homeland in Eastern Europe and less than a thousand of these friendly dogs are estimated to be found.
These beloved dogs were proclaimed from the Netherlands by Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. It is best known for its duck hunting abilities.
This rarest species was almost extinct after World War II, however, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. Is making a comeback with the help of a breed enthusiast.
Originating in the Ice Age, the Norwegian Lundehund is now recognized as one of the world’s rarest species.
Since Norway’s Lundehund was developed to hunt puffins along precarious cliffs, these snappy hounds were developed so that they were unique for rocky cliff sizing: six toes on each front paw. Its remarkably adjustable ears and neck are flexible enough to move back and touch its spine.
This very rare Otterhound was first recorded in medieval England. But it was only recognized in the 19th century.
As their name suggests, these dogs are popular. But the original because it is excellent in hunting otters. But today, these shaggy-coated four-legged friends make extremely affectionate family pets.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Peruvian Inca orchids are fast, lively and intelligent mammals that originated in the mountains of South America.
The AKC is known for the breed, which is known for having tiny hairs on the bald crown as a rare “kiss point”.
The Pyrenean Shepherd is a hardworking mammal descended from the hardy ancient shepherd dogs of the French Pyrenees.
These lovable, energetic and affectionate dogs are classified as endangered.
The Sloughi was referred to as the “Arabian Greyhound” because this lightweight and fast hound was developed to hunt game in the North African desert.
The Sloughi are the rarest of all dog breeds in the United States and although they are a little distant from strangers. But this breed is loyal, loving and gentle towards the family.
The Stabyhoun is an intelligent, responsive and lovable mix of a gentle and pointing breed.
This beautiful breed that originated in the Netherlands is one of the rarest in the world as these family dogs have left their home country in recent decades.
The Swedish Vallhund is an intelligent and energetic pet breed with a long, thick coat and a strong desire to live.
Although these dogs come with long Viking ships. But the rare nature of the Swedish Vallhund makes this breed a great addition to any family.
A Telomian with a wedge-shaped head, pointed ears and a cute curly tail is an unusual addition to this list, as the AKC is not recognized as a breed.
The telomian, however, is a species recently found in isolated villages near the Telom River in the Malay Peninsula rainforest.
The Thai Ridgeback is a fast agile dog breed with impressive jumping abilities.
Perhaps most notably for the spines that run along their spine, this faithful breed was known until recently outside of its native Thailand.
Xoloitzcuintli It was an ancient Aztec favorite of the dogs, as today they are a loving and watchful companion for the entire family.
These purebred dogs, sometimes referred to as the hairless Mexican hounds, are known to be fairly rare.