From Teacup Chihuahuas to Great Danes, dogs are one of the most diverse species of mammals on the planet. With more than 150 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, there are bound to be a few species that even the keenest of dog fanatics haven’t heard of. Some dog breeds are unbelievably cute, some are goofy, and some seem downright made up. Read on to hear our top picks for hilarious and adorable dog breeds you won’t likely see at the dog park.
The Whippet may look like it just ended a juice cleanse, but these dogs are strong, sleek and excel at chasing neighborhood cats. As a bonus, these dogs help keep your house rodent-free with their sharp eyesight and quick feet. They’re friendly towards other dogs, kids, and strangers and have a happy but sometimes hyper temperament. The Whippet’s short mane is easy to groom and they’re relatively small in size, meaning they can assimilate well to apartment living. Whippet good, into shape, shape it up.
We know what you’re thinking, and no we didn’t photoshop the Tibetan Mastiff into existence. This breed looks like it would be an incredible cuddler, but you might get lost in its insanely furry mane after just one hug. These dogs are huge in stature and have an impressive double-coat. They were originally used centuries ago in Tibet as guard dogs for livestock and property, and today make excellent family dogs. These playful pups are an incredibly affectionate, intelligent, and kid-friendly breed.
Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Catahoula Leopard Dog isn’t necessarily obscure looking, we just liked saying “Catahoula” and figured it would be a new breed for most people. Originally bred to work in swamp and forest environments, these tough dogs need firm owners with ample time to spend with their four-legged friend. The Catahoula Leopard Dog needs lots of exercise and fits well into the lifestyle of an active, experienced dog owner.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Okay, we admit it, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is a little scary looking. Peruvian Inca Orchids are an ancient breed that date back to at least the Incan civilization. While they might make us do a double-take, The AKC says this hairless breed is affectionate, loyal and noble. Their energetic, affectionate personalities and minimal grooming requirements make Peruvian Inca Orchids a low-maintenance dog breed that meshes well with families.
With so many dog breeds and so little time, it was tough to pick out just a few rare breeds to share. If you’re interested in bolstering your dog knowledge, Dog Time maintains a comprehensive list of dog breeds with a breakdown of personality traits for each one; you never know when an opportunity to share obscure dog trivia will present itself.