Top 10 Rarest Dog Breeds

1. Fila Brasileiro

Fila Brasileiro, otherwise known as the Brazilian Mastiff, is a hunting and tracking dog. Although they are aggressive in nature and are weary of strangers they are incredibly loyal to their owners. “As faithful as a Fila” is a common saying in Brazil. 

2. New Guinea Singing Dog

Hence the name, the New Guinea Singing Dog is known for its unique sounding ‘bark’. Originally, these pups were wild dogs however have become domesticated, having been adopted by New Guinean tribes people as hunters or companions for their children. There are still some of the dogs who are undomesticated and left in their original environments. 

3. Stabyhoun

Originating from The Netherlands, the Stabyhoun serves as a pointing and hunting dog, protecting properties and hunting vermin. Stabyhouns are still used as working dogs, having been originally used as water retrievers and are able to withstand the Northern Dutch winters. 

4. Mudi

The Mudi is a Hungarian working dog, used to herd cattle being bred for their skill and companionship.

5. Lagotto Romagnolo

Originating in South East Italy, the Lagotto Romagnolo were working dogs and were bred to be water retrievers. They were also used to hunt truffles in the region. They are easy dogs to train and care for. 

6. Azawakh

Originating in Africa, the Azawakh can reach speeds upto 40 miles per hour. The dog has been used to hunt gazelles and is known for its independent temperament and rugged nature. 

7. Thai Ridgeback

This breed originates from Thailand and has a strip of hair that grows in the opposite direction of the rest of the coat. There are only three breeds of dogs known to have this trait. These dogs are independent and are not recommended for new dog owners.

8. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

This breed is the consequence of a science experiment. Seriously, a German Shepherd mated with a Carpathian Wolf. The reason for this experiment was the Czech army in the 80s wanted better military dogs. Although they are half wolf, they do make great family dogs and have learned to live with other animals and children. 

9. Norwegian Lundehund

These dogs have six toes rather than four. They originally were used to hunt puffins and their eggs. Their six toes and flexible joints allow them to have great motion and control over the arctic tundra where it hunts.

10. Kooikerhondje

This breed faced extinction after World War 2 but was brought back to life by enthusiasts. The dog was originally bred for hunting waterfowls. This breed is affectionate and happy going and makes for an excellent companion for even a non-working home.