If you’re a dog lover, chances are you have a furry canine companion of your own. Some of you may have specifically chosen a purebred and others of you couldn’t care less if your best fuzzy friend was an all-around mutt. There are those, however, who go beyond just wanting a purebred dog: they want rare purebred dogs. These dogs are rare indeed- typically with a large price tag attached. Here’s a list of five of the rarest breeds of dogs:
This dog is classified as a Turkish pointer. It is known for its nose, which is split down the middle. Although this may be the result of many years of inbreeding, hunters have prized this dog, saying that their sense of smell is superior to that of an ordinary pointer dog. They are almost totally unknown outside of Turkey.
2. Tibetan Mastiff
This dog breed may seem somewhat familiar. This is because it is a direct descent of the great Mastiff dogs of the ancient world. They are native to the Himalayans. They were taken out of their mountain homes to the valleys long ago and trained and bred and unfortunately, have developed some health problems because of it. The good news is that today, they are being bred for better temperament. They are huge- some males weighing over 160 pounds! Also, show some respect; you wouldn’t want to run into one on a dark (or even well-lit) mountain path, as seen here:
This breed of hound can be found as far back as the 1100’s. They once dominated as a favorite hunting breed. Typically, they were used in packs to hunt otter, therefore the appropriate name. But with the banning of otter hunting in England in the 1970’s, Otterhounds had to be domesticated and brought into the home as pets. Unfortunately, there are only about 350 of these beautiful dogs in North America today.
4. Carolina Dog
Also referred to as the “American Dingo”, this dog has genetic links with dogs of ancient times, including the Australian Dingo and the New Guinea Singing Dog. This breed is incredibly versatile. They differ from other dogs in that they have only one estrus cycle during the year and not two. This dog breed dwells today in the American Southwest.
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This is a rare sled dog named after a direct descendent of a very famous sled dog named Chinook. The founder of the breed died in 1963 and at that point, it was feared that this breed would cease to exist. In 1981, a passionate group of dog lovers located the 11 dogs remaining and worked to increase their numbers. In today’s world, Chinooks are usually house dogs, but sometimes, they are still used for sledding.
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