10 Breeds Of Dog You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

by Alexandra Madani

If you are thinking about buying a dog, you might want something that is different from what everyone else has. Here are 10 breeds of dogs you may not have heard of before so you can choose something that will be truly unique.


This African breed of dog rarely gets sick and is a tall, slender puppy. It provides a great pet for the active person, because it requires a lot of exercise on a regular basis. These dogs tend to be emotional and need a strong, but fair leader.


Rat Terrier

The rat terrier is an American breed of dog that is a good hunting companion and was once a common sight on the farms throughout America. These intelligent dogs are very active and loyal to their masters.

rat terrier

Belgian Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois (Shepherd Dog) is a former work dog and as such has a very strong sense of obedience. They are well known as being a great show dog and are good for owners looking for a companion in playing different sports that involve a dog.

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This sheep dog comes from the terrier family and is known as a farm dog throughout Europe, but especially in Germany and France. It is a Hungarian breed that was used for breeding and is seldom known outside of the European countries in which they were used and bred.



The shaggy haired breed originates from the Swiss Alps and was used as a herding dog. It is known for having high levels of energy, yet being extremely obedient. It is a perfect dog for those looking for a show dog or a dog to be used for herding on a farm.



The Sloughi is another African breed of dog known to be extremely slender. In the same family as the Greyhound, it is full of energy with a slightly rambunctious behaviour not conducive to flat living. This is a perfect leash dog and is extremely loyal to the point of being depressed when the owner is away.



This South African breed is a large dog that belongs to the Mastiff family. The strength and the courage of the female dogs is legendary according to the stories handed down by their owners.

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Also known as the official state dog of New Hampshire, this rare sled dog breed is most often found in the United States’ New England area. The good balance of muscle and agility make it a perfect addition to any sledding team.

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Cirneco dell’Etna

This Italian breed of dog is most well-known for its history of hunting rabbits. The dog itself was bred to have extreme endurance in some of the harshest terrains. It requires constant exercise and a firm master.

Cirneco dell'Etna

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Also known as the Peruvian hairless dog, this dog is well-known for having no hair and appearing with skin the colour of an elephant. The dog can range in size from small to large up to 25 kg. They are affectionate, but wary of strangers.

Peruvian Inca Orchid
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