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January 29, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 4 Faves: 0

Rare Dog Breeds - In a League of Their Own

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

I would LOVE to share information on all rare breeds, but here are just five that I have chosen to summarize. I hope you enjoy learning about the unique traits that truly set these breeds apart from the rest of purebred world!


Known specifically for their split-nose, this breed had to make my list! There are only 3 known breeds that have this trait, including the Catalburun. A Turkish breed that is used for hunting, this is a dog that does not do well with other dogs.They tend to be loners and prefer to hunt this way. hey are good with kids and very devoted to their family. Readily alerting of any strangers to their territory, the Catalburun makes an ideal watchdog. The Catalburun is very HIGH energy and requires an abundant amount of exercise to keep them mentally and physically healthy. They are happiest when doing what they were bred for - hunting.

Hungarian Pumi

A medium-sized herding breed, the Pumi is know for their intelligence and active personality. The Hungarian Pumi is a terrier type dog that enjoys the job of herding cattle, sheep, and swine. This breed does best in a home where they have an active partner to take them jogging, play frisbee, fetch, or any type of agility every day. They are easy to train and very focused. Because of their herding instincts, they might not do well with bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or rollerblades. Early training and socializing with these objects are imperative to help your Pumi from lunging or charging after these objects.

Lagotto Romagnolo

A Swedish working breed, this dog excels in searching with their nose. So much so, that they are the preferred dog used to sniff out "truffles," a expensive mushroom that is highly valued for its rich flavor. If properly socialized, the Lagotto does well with other dogs, if not, they can have dog-to-dog issues early on. They are a loyal, loving, and smart breed that will need a pet-parent to devote time in working with them on agility or tracking/searching (they would make a great Search and Rescue Dog SARS). This is an active breed, and they will do great in a home with family that has time, every day, to exercise them properly. They're considered a great breed for allergy sufferers, because their coat is almost non-shedding, sharply reducing the dander throughout a home.


Bred to assist fisherman with otters that would steal their catch, the Otterhound was developed as a scenthound hunting breed, but was almost extinct in the 20th century. A friendly demeanor to other animals, and everyone, makes this breed highly desired! They are a hunting breed, and although they like cats, they also like chasing them, so early training and proper socialization are imperative for the Otterhound. The Otterhound has a mind of its own, occasionally making training difficult. A patient pet-parent that can work with their Otterhound on training need apply here. The Otterhound's bark is very unique and can be heard from long distances. They aren't considered a barker, but when they do bark, you will know it! The Otterhound LOVES water, and with their special coat, they can swim for hours in frigid water.

Portuguese Podengo

This is an ancient sighthound bred to hunt rabbits. This breed comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large) and two different coat types: smooth and wire. A hardy, intelligent, and active breed, the Podengo is a true "pack" dog - one that would do best with another dog in the family. They are NOT considered a lap dog. Although they are loving and work hard to please you, they are not overly cuddly. The Podengo will do best in an active family that participates in agility, running, cycling, skateboarding, or any other busy activity that includes them. Providing a fenced in-yard is imperative for this breed, as they will be happy to give chase to rabbits, squirrels, or any other type of small mammals. If you work long hours, bringing your Podengo to Doggy Daycare is a perfect solution, as their LOVE for being around other dogs and the exercise the daycare provides will make for a very happy Podengo.

Considering a Rare Breed Dog?

Would you like to be a pet-parent of a rare breed that will be the talk of your neighborhood? Fantastic! Just make sure to do your research, every dog has certain needs that must be met to keep them happy, mentally and physically. There are a wide range of rare purebreds listed with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC).

Here is a short list of a few that I came across:





Carolina Dog


Hungarian Pumi*

Karelian Bear Dog


Lagotto Romagnolo*

New Guinea Singing Dog

Norwegian Lundehund


Peruvian Inca Orchid

Portugese Podengo*


Swedish Vallhund

Thai Ridgeback

Tibetan Mastiff





If you're considering a rare breed, I would encourage you to first look to adopt and please check with rescue organizations initially. Although it might be difficult to find one, it isn't unheard of for these rare breeds show up in a rescue. NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

And,on a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

Do you own a rare breed dog?

If so, please tell us what breed it is and share their personality with us!


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  • Me and my family own a puli! Super active, but super aggressive towards others. But the sweetest with us. Still acts like a baby even though he's 4;)

  • Awe thanks for sharing! I think the Puli would be a lot of maintenance with their type of coat!

  • O my gosh tons of maintenance! Unfortunately we are having a hard time figuring out how to take care of louie's coat our selves and we can't find anyone who knows how, or who's willing too. So we cut it short most of the time.

  • I just got this message, so sorry for the delay in responding Michael! I can imagine that a lot of groomers would not have good experience with this breed. Such a disappoint that you don't have one accessible to you and you have to keep his cut short :-(

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