The Azawakh is a rare sighthound breed that originates in Africa. Like other sighthounds, they are tall and slender, making them excellent runners and hunters. They’ll chase anything that’s in motion, like bikes, cars, or running children. But they’re also quite shy with humans they don’t know.
This breed originates from working-line German Shepherds that were experimentally bred with Carpathian wolves. The experiment was held by the Czech military to create better military working dogs.
The Fila Brasileiro, or Brazilian Mastiff, originates as a hunting and guard dog. Coming from Brazil, as it’s name suggests, it is known for it’s aggressive nature and excellent tracking ability. They are very wary of strangers, incredibly loyal to their owners, and naturally protective, making them excellent guardians.
Kooikerhondje are Dutch spaniels originally bred for hunting waterfowl. The breed faced extinction after World War II but was brought back to life by enthusiasts. Although still relatively unknown, it has made international recognition by various breed clubs around the world.
This rare Italian breed comes from Romagna, a sub-region in the southeast. They were originally bred as water retrievers, but have also been used to hunt truffles as well.
The Mudi is a Hungarian herding dog that is bred for both work and show. The main reason they are not more popular is their high energy level makes it difficult for them to live in apartments or homes without large backyards.
New Guinea Singing Dog
Coming from New Guinea, these dogs have been named for their unique way of vocalizing, which sounds like singing. Their domestication started early, with New Guinea tribes keeping dogs as hunters and companions for their children. Today Singing Dogs are both captive-bred and wild, preserving both sides of their genetics.
This rare breed was developed in Norway and used to hunt Puffins and their eggs. These unique dogs are famous for having six toes on their feet instead of four.
The Stabyhoun breed has almost exclusively lived in the Friesland province of the Netherlands since the 1800s and didn’t move outside of the country until the 2000s. They are typically used as water retrievers and can withstand the cold, northern Dutch winters. The Stabyhoun is known for being gentle and friendly, especially to other animals and children.
This unique breed comes from Thailand and sports a ridge along it’s back just like Rhodesian Ridgebacks.Thai Ridgebacks are independent and escape artists, which make them typically a bad choice for the novice dog owner.They also come from a warm climate and don’t do well in cold weather.