7 Rare Dog Breeds You Didn’t Know Existed!

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Over the centuries dogs have been bred for many different reasons from companionship, to be workers, or just as pets.

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As a result of this there are more than a few strange and spectacular breeds out there and it’s hard to keep tracks of them all!

Here’s our list of the 7 rare dog breeds that you probably won’t have heard of!

Swedish Vallhund

Also called “västgötaspets”, it is believed that the Swedish Vallhund distinguished itself during the age of Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago.

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Known as the “Viking dog”, the Vallhund was bred to herd cattle, catch vermin (such as rats), and guard the home.

The Pachón Navarro

The Pachón Navarro is a Spanish hunting dog, which has the unusual feature of a split or double nose. It was believed that this unusual nose gives it extra sensitivity to

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smells, a primary reason it was chosen as a hunting dog. Today it is known that this feature is only a cosmetic difference.

Xoloitzcuintli

Pronounced Sho-lo-eets-quint-lee and also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog.

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These dogs are an old breed, worshiped by the Aztecs.

Neapolitan Mastiff

This massive, ancient breed is often used as a guard and defender of family

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And property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance.

Chinook

The Chinook is a rare breed of sled dog, developed in the state of New Hampshire during the early 20th century.

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The Chinook is New Hampshire’s official state dog.

Catalburun

That’s no deformity; that’s how a Catalburun’s nose naturally and normally looks like!

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They are said to have the strongest sense of smell among hunter breeds. Originating from Turkey..

Lagotto Romagnolo

A breed of dog that comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means “lake dog from Romagna,” coming from the Italian word lago, lake.

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Its traditional function is a gundog, specifically a water retriever. However, it is often used to hunt for truffles.

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