Are you considering a new furry friend for your family?

Whether you’re adopting or buying a dog, knowing its personality traits beforehand can help you make an informed decision. In some cases, standard breeds might not be the best match for your home.

In this article, we’ll teach you about seven rare dog breeds that you might not know. Plus, we’ll fill you in on some fun facts on what you can expect from their attitude, temperament, and overall character. That way, you’ll pick the perfect companion for your family and lifestyle.

Keep reading to learn more!

Rare Dog Breeds That Make Great Companions

No matter which of these breeds catches your eye, there are a few factors that you should keep in mind. The size of your living space, irritating allergies, and how active your lifestyle is, to name a few.

If you’re a first-time dog owner, you might find it easiest to use a guide to research these considerations. Consider making a checklist and keeping this list handy while you learn more about these uncommon dog breeds to help narrow your search!

1. Stabyhoun

The Dutch Stabyhoun is a loyal and active breed, known for its loving and protective personality, especially around children. While they were first bred for hunting, these dogs are also known for their retrieving and pointing skills.

This is a working dog with a long coat, so regular exercise and grooming are essential. But, the extra effort is well worth your while, as this interesting dog breed will likely become a friend for life. If your family has the time and attention to give a medium-sized high-energy dog, the Stabyhoun might be a good fit.

2. Ovcharka

Do you like big dogs? The Ovcharka, (sometimes called the Caucasian Shepherd or Caucasian Mountain Dog) is one of the biggest breeds on our list. Originally hailing from the Russian mountain regions, this is a huge mountain dog bred for hunting and guarding.

While it’s true that the Ovcharka can be fiercely territorial, with a bit of training and socialization, they make excellent family dogs, too. Keep in mind that an animal of this size will need plenty of room to run around, plus regular grooming and exercise sessions.

3. Presa Canario

Also known as the Canary Mastiff, this large breed was once prized for working livestock. Today, they are more commonly found guarding couches and kids and valued for their loyal and protective personalities. Plus, Presa Canario puppies are some of the cutest creatures on the planet, making them popular with families.

Keep in mind that this is a large breed that will require regular exercise and extensive training. So, it’s a good fit for active families with plenty of time for practicing obedience, tricks, and socialization skills.

4. Xoloitzcuintli

Often referred to as a Mexican Hairless Dog or Xolo, pronounced “show low,” this is one of the coolest dog breeds around. Xolos were bred as human companions and have more than 3,000 years of history as household pets. So, it’s no surprise that they make for a loyal and intelligent addition to any family.

Best of all, Xolos are one of the most hypoallergenic options for those who are sensitive to pet hair and dander. It’s important to note that their skin will require some special care as it doesn’t have much protection from the sun. Rather than grooming, products like sunscreen and moisturizer are needed to keep them in good condition.

5. Bergamasco

Do you have small children? If so, your dog’s personality is a top concern. The Bergamasco is a loving and loyal breed, known to enjoy being around kids. Plus, they are low maintenance dogs that won’t require tons of daily exercise and grooming, so they’re a top pick for busy families.

Because the Bergamasco’s coat is made up of three different hair types, it has a matted appearance. While the hair can be brushed flat, some owners prefer to let it grow out naturally, forming a dreadlocked appearance. This rare breed is highly trainable and enjoys tending its flock, so don’t be surprised if it vigilantly watches over your family both day and night.

6. Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier is one of the rarest dogs in the world, and one of the cutest, too. This distinctive-looking breed is small enough for apartment living and prefers to spend most of its time indoors, with just a daily walk or two. Plus, its beautiful coat isn’t as much work to keep up with as you might expect!

If you’re a city dweller or don’t have tons of time in your schedule for grooming and exercise, this breed might be a good fit for you. Not only is it small and easy to care for, but the Skye Terrier is also surprisingly intelligent and easy to train. Plus, it makes an excellent lap warmer for an evening on the couch.

7. Mudi

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? The Mudi is one of the rarest dog breeds on our list, and one of the most athletic, too. This medium-sized breed is happiest when given multiple hours of exercise a day, making it an ideal match for runners and cyclists.

The Mudi is an active and intelligent dog who likes to guard its owner and family. This breed is sometimes aloof with strangers and will require a bit of socialization and training. But, its loyal and protective attitude is well worth the extra effort. Keep in mind that you’ll need to dedicate plenty of time to exercise, or risk barking and other nervous behaviors at home.

Finding Your New Fur Baby

Now that you know a bit about these rare dog breeds, you’re probably excited to get the process started.

Once you’ve decided on what kind of dog you want, it’s time to select a reputable breeder or rescue. Then, you’ll finally be ready to find your new fur baby!

Did you enjoy this article? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our blog posts. They’re packed with helpful advice and information on pet breeds, pet care, pet news, and more!

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