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How many dog breeds could you name? Maybe 5, 10 or 20 at most. Well there’s hundreds of breeds but for various reasons some are so rare, you’ll probably never see one. Here’s just 7 that caught our eye…

Thai Ridgeback

What a beauty! The Thai Ridgeback is an ancient breed of dog and one of only three breeds that has a ridge of hair that runs along its back in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat.

tairidgeback

Image credit: Wikimedia

 

Bedlington Terrier

No it’s not a sheep, it’s a Bedlington Terrier named after the mining town of Bedlington in North East England.

 

bedlington terrier

Image by Jeffrey Beall

 

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed that originated with nomadic cultures of Tibet and Central Asia.

 

Image Credit: Wikipedia

 

Catalburun

Nope, we haven’t photoshopped this little fella. He really has a double/split nose which is what gives him and his breed such a powerful sense of smell. Catalburuns are native to Turkey and almost unknown outside of the country.

 

catalburun

Image Credit: Wikipedia

 

Mudi

So cuddly! The Mudi is a rare herding dog breed from Hungary and is bred for work, companionship, and showing.

mudi dog

Azawakh

Azawakh is a sighthound breed from Africa. Bred by the Tuareg and other nomads, the breed is used as a guard dog and to hunt gazelle and hare at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

 

Azawakh

Image Credit: Wikipedia

 

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Check out the beautiful eyes! Originally named the Catahoula Cur, this American dog breed was re-named the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog after becoming the state dog of Louisiana in 1979. It’s believed to be the first dog breed developed in North America.

leopard-dog

 


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