Rare Dog Breeds That Will Make You All Fuzzy Inside

Dogs!

Who doesn’t love dogs! Do you not love dogs? What’s wrong with you?

Listen. Dogs are man’s best friends, and with good reason. Puppers are kind, loving, loyal and fiercely, fiercely cute.

And the best things about them? There’s a type for everyone. If one kind of dog’s temperament doesn’t work for you, we’re willing to guarantee that there are at least half a dozen other dog breeds you’ll find irresistible. But while everyone knows about Golden Retrievers and Dachshunds, some dog breeds are less heard of but equally deserving of love.

We’ve compiled a list of the cutest, less-known breeds out there for you to gush over, so strap in and take your cuteness overload pills, because this is going to be a fluffy, adorable ride.

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Aussie Pom

Aussie Poms, as their name suggests, are a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Pomeranian.

Known to be loyal, trainable and affectionate, they make for a perfect companion dog. This, in addition to their small size (not to mention their adorable blue eyes) makes them the ultimate household pet according to many owners – and they tend to be relatively long living, very often reaching ages as old as 15 – so if you adopt one, you really are adopting a friend for life!Aussie Pom

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Corgle/Beagi

Corgis, it’s safe to say, are the plushiest, most teddiebear-like dog breed – but they are known for their somewhat standoffish personality. Still, who doesn’t want to pick up a corg and squeeze them tight?

But if you’re looking for something that’s as cute as a corg, but with a calmer temperament, you might want to look at getting a Corgle – also known as a Beagi.

This cross between a corgi and a beagle boasts the best features of both breeds – the corg’s stout, adorable frame, and the beagle’s big puppy eyes and easy personality!Corgle/Beagi

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Pomsky

Okay, can we stop and just gush for a minute?

We’ve googled hundreds – nay, thousands!! MILLIONS!!! – of photos of Pomskys, and each one is better than the other.

A cross between a pomeranian and a Husky, these guys are fluff-covered packages of joy. Extremely intelligent and full of personality, Pomskys are almost too cute to bear.

Trust us, just go on Instagram and look for more photos. Even the most cold-hearted cat lover won’t be able to resist their doggy charm.Pomsky

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Golden Dox

Golden Retrievers are known the world over for being Good Boys. Their friendly personality and bright, optimistic disposition wins everyone over – but sometimes, they can be a little too energetic, or just plain too big, to be kept in an apartment or a small home. These guys need space, okay?

Still, fear not, fellow apartment dwellers. Some genius has come up with a solution: The Golden Dox. A cross between a Dachshund and a Golden Retriever, these guys are like furry little hot dogs with a Golden Retriever’s face pasted on the front.

What’s not to love?Golden Dox

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Whoodle

Wheaten Terriers are known for friendly, energetic, loving temperament – as well as for their smarts! – while Poodles probably need no introduction. So a cross between the two, resulting in the Whoodle, doesn’t just create an adorable name, but also an energetic, adorable and eager to please breed.

“But wait!” You might be saying. “That all sounds great, but I’m allergic to dogs!”

Not to worry, dear friend! Your compromised autoimmune system need not be a barrier between you and your prospective Whoodle! In addition to be being heart-achingly cute, these suckers are also hypoallergenic!Whoodle

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Corgipoo

CORGIPOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Say it with us! “CORGIPOO!!!!!”

YES! This is the dog we’ve been waiting for! Is it a corg? Is it a poodle? Is it something transcendent?

The answer to all of these questions is, of course, a very emphatic “YES!”

Hypoallergenic like many other poodle crossbreeds, these precious little puffs of fur are a mix between the regal Corg and the feisty Pood.

If we could, we’d enter a play pen filled with thousands of these guys and just roll around forever.Corgipoo

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Goberian

Ever heard of a Goberian?

No, despite its name, it’s not some sort of fantastic creature from a faraway land. The Goberian is what you get when breed a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever. The breed can feature a variety of coat colors and patterns, but the definitive version is one that displays the features of its two parents most prominently – striking blue eyes and a silky golden coat.

These guys are pretty big, but don’t worry: they’re very smart, very friendly and very gentle.Goberian

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Yorkipoo

Love dogs so much you want to keep one in your front shirt pocket indefinitely?

Ask, and ye shall receive.

The Yorkipoo (YORKIPOOOOO!!!!!) is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a small poodle.

These guys are as cute as they are tiny – and considering their miniature size only makes them cuter, adopting one puts the owners in a severe risk of cuteness overload.

Personally, we could do with more cuteness overloads in our lives – but for some, this may be a little too hot to handle!Yorkipoo

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Dalcorgi

Okay. If you choose to believe everything they say about dog breed temperaments, you might look at the Dalcorgi and ask “What madman came up with this hellish combination?”

It’s true. Corgis and Dalmatians are notoriously aggressive and snappy, and crossing the two raises understandable concerns. But happily, Dalcorgis are actually pretty tame – and they come with the added bonus of having an adorable corg body… with spots!

Honestly, we’re in love with this bad boy.Dalcorgi

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Cheagle

This one caught us off guard.

We were pretty surprised to learn that not only are Chihuahuas not rodents but canines – they can actually be cross bred with other dogs, too!

We’re only kidding, of course! Chihuahuas sometimes get a bad rap, but they’re actually an amazing breed.

Anyway, this little sack of sunshine is what’s called a Cheagle – a cross between the adorable British Beagle and the feisty Mexican Chihuahua!

Golly, they really are incredibly cute, aren’t they?Cheagle

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Ba-Shar

Ba-Shar. It took us a moment, but then we realized what the name meant.

Ba…Shar. Ba…sset Hound and Shar…Pei.

This French-Chinese crossbreed is known for its laid-back attitude and easygoing nature, but really, all we want to do is take their cute face in our hands and smoosh!

How can so many dog breeds all be so insanely cute?

Nature really is amazing!Ba-Shar

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Chusky

The Chusky may look cute and fluffy – which it is! – but don’t be fooled by this. This is an exceptionally fierce breed of dog, combining the fierce loyalty of its Husky lineage with the Chow Chow’s territoriality and independence. Yes, they are amazingly cute, but these guys need a firm, steady and experienced hand, and aren’t recommended for first time dog owners or for people living in small spaces.Chusky

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Boweimar

The Boweimar is a crossbreed between a Boxer and a Weimaraner – a German hunting dog.

Energetic and physical, the Boweimar needs a lot of exercise to stay on their best behavior, but otherwise make excellent pets.

They get very strongly attached to their owners, and can take some time to adjust to newcomers and other dogs – and prefer not to stay alone for too long.

These dogs require dedication and maintenance, but give back a lot of love.Boweimar

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Corgi + Golden Retriever

The Golden Corg.

One part Golden, one-part Corg, all cute and all amazing, this, for some, is the most ideal shape a dog can possibly take.

A Golden Retriever with the stout, tank-like body of a corgi, there’s really nothing a person could want more in a dog.

Affectionate and loyal, these smart pups are usually quite intelligent and good natured – and in recent years have become a highly sought-after family pet.Corgi + Golden Retriever

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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hounds are one of the oldest, best kept dog lineages in the world, with records of the breed dating back to 4,000 BC.

Known for their distinctive, long, silky fur, these aristocratic pups have an aloof, almost regal personality, and their striking appearance has made them somewhat of an iconic breed that is often kept as a status symbol.

It doesn’t hurt that the Kardashians own an Afghan, either!Afghan Hound

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Lagotto Romagnolo

“Lake dog from Romagna.” That’s what Logotto Romagnolo means in Italian, and it’s an apt description of what these adorable pups were originally bred for.

Used as water retrieval dogs in the past, the Lagottos were later utilized as truffle hunting dogs – a role some of these good-natured dogs still hold today!

Smart, attentive and eager to please, the Logottos make excellent pets – and still love water!Lagotto Romagnolo

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Chow Chow

Chow Chows are one of the oldest dog breeds out there. Originating in China, these big, lion-like pups may look like fluffy hugging machines, but they are actually a very territorial breed. Bred to work as family guard dogs, Chow Chows will keep a property safe – but if you have a lot of strangers that like to come over, it may not be the best dog for you.

We still really, really want to hug one, though!Chow Chow

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Alaskan Malamute

Here’s another breed of do you may have met but mistook for another.

While you may have thoght this was simply a burlier Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest dog breeds out there, predating many of the common breeds we know today.

These guys are strong, tough and heavy. They’re highly intelligent and independent – but they still make excellent family pets, since they really love people – a trait that makes them terrible guard dogs.Alaskan Malamute

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Bichon Frise

Pronounced “bee-shawn free-say,” the Bichon Frise’s name means “Curly lap dog” – but don’t be fooled by this breed’s French name! The breed actually originates in Spain – but was, understandably, wholeheartedly adopted by the French the moment they saw it.

These mischievous little gremlins are like puffed up plush toys, and after seeing photos of them, there’s absolutely no way we aren’t going to adopt at least a dozen.Bichon Frise

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Kooikerhondje

The Dutch Kooikerhondje has an interesting past.

While the name may bring to mind sweet baked treats, these dogs were originally used by decoy men – people who would hunt ducks using structures called “Duck decoys.”

We won’t go into the mechanics of the hunt, but suffice it to say that ducks are curious animals, and that when they see a potential predator, they keep their distance, but follow it around. The Kooikerhondje were thus used to lure ducks into traps.

As for their temperament? You couldn’t ask for a better companion. Kooikerhondjes are cheerful, good natured, friendly, quiet and well-behaved.Kooikerhondje

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Saluki

“Saluki” means “Noble” in Arabic – and it’s not hard to see why this name was chosen for this breed.

These fast and agile dogs, with their sleek, aerodynamic bodies, were used as hunting dogs for centuries. Fiercely loyal and devoted, the Salukis make for amazing pets – but because they were bred in a warm climate, these pups like to cuddle up in blankets whenever they can.Saluki

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Akita

Akitas are a breed that hails from Japan, where they were originally used as guard dogs for royals and nobles. They’re exceptionally floofy, but also fearless and stubborn – so first-time pup parents considering getting an Akita should know what they’re getting into before making a decision.

These guys are so loyal it’s not uncommon for them to follow their owners from room to room inside their own house, just to make sure everything it ok at all times!Akita

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Labrador Husky

Don’t be fooled by the Labrador Husky’s name; these aren’t a cross between a Lab and a Siberian Husky, but rather, a breed of Husky that was bred in Labrador since the middle ages.

Gentle, intelligent and good natured, these beautiful dogs are still quite high maintenance, and need a responsible and committed owner if they are to thrive.

Still, if you know what you’re doing, it’s difficult to find a more rewarding pet.Labrador Husky

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Azawakh

Azawakhs originally hail from the Sahara Desert, where they were used as guard dogs and hunting companions. These lean but muscular canines have a very distinct type of movement, sometimes described as cat-like, and much like cats, they are also quite independent. But in addition to their independence. they are also known to be very loyal and protective of their humans, and have an excellent reputation as pets.Azawakh

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Norwegian Lundehund

The Norwegian Lundehunds were bred to survive the long, harsh Scandinavian winters, and so, despite their small size, are exceptionally resilient and strong.

These dogs’ exceptionality doesn’t end with their ability to thrive in the Arctic winter, though.

Look closely at their feet and you’ll notice they sport six toes – and also possess the ability to close their ears and tilt their head backwards all the way back to their neck.Norwegian Lundehund

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Samoyed

Samoyeds were originally bred in the harsh Russian tundra, and used as hunting dogs – but don’t let their tough background put you off. These guys are gentle, friendly and good natured – not to mention owners of a perpetual good-natured smile!

They have a thick double coat of fur, though, so if you intend to keep one inside the house be prepared for a lot of vacuuming and brushing!Samoyed

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Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are a popular dog breed, thanks to both their friendly and affectionate temperaments as well as their beautiful coats of fur and striking blue eyes.

One of the world’s oldest dog breeds, they’ve been used for centuries as transport and companion dogs in frozen Siberia.

Surprisingly enough, despite their outdoorsy origins, Huskies don’t make great guard dogs! They’re very friendly and will like try to play with an intruder rather than scare them off. But if warding off thieves isn’t your main reason for wanting a dog, you should be just fine.Siberian Husky

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Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli’s name comes from the ancient Aztec language’s words for “dog” and “god”.

These South American beauties have an extremely unique look, and are considered one of the world’s oldest dog breeds, apparently bred from dogs which originally migrated to South America.

Considered healers and protectors, these dogs are great both outside the house and inside, and their smooth, heat radiating skin is reportedly very pleasant to the touch.Xoloitzcuintli

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Tibetan Mastiff

We’re not big fans of putting a price tag on dogs here, but if you were wondering, the Tibetan Mastiff is considered the world’s most expensive dog breed. Extremely rare, in 2011 a Mastiff puppy named “Big Splash” sold for $1.5 million!

These massive puppers are very independent and territorial, but also extremely intelligent and in tune with their humans, possessing a deep understanding of social situations and emotions – traits which make them amazing family pets… if you have the room.Tibetan Mastiff

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Komondor

The Komondor breed originates in Hungary, where it is still considered a national treasure.

This dogs distinct, ropey fur makes it instantly recognizable and lends it a somewhat comical appearance – and has earned it the nickname “mop dog.”

These beauties are protective, loyal and sharp – and make for very coveted pets, worldwide.

The Komondor’s iconic look has earned it a spot in in musical history as well, as it was featured on the cover of Beck’s award winning record, Odelay.Komondor

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Newfoundland

Let’s see – can you guess where the Newfoundland originally hails from?

There are many theories about this breed’s origins, but it’s generally agreed that they’re probably from…well… That’s right – Newfoundland! Canada!

With their sweet, optimistic and kind temperament, Newfoundlands are considered amazing pets and can win over anyone. The only problem is that they’re as big as bears – so if you don’t have a large yard, you probably don’t have the space for them.Newfoundland

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Papillon

These Red-Panda resembling dogs are called Papillon – pronounced pa-pee-yon – which is French for “Butterfly,” due to the distinctive shape of their ears.

Also known as a Continental Toy Spaniel, they are happy, friendly and quite adventurous. Neither shy nor aggressive, these guys are really smart, and need quite a lot of mental stimulation. If you’ve got the time, these guys make for amazing companions!Papillon

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English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel were originally bred as gun dogs – that is, dogs that were used in hunts to retrieve animals that have been gunned down. The word “Cocker” is derived from “woodcock,” the bird Cocker Spaniels were most used for in hunts.

A very old dog breed, found in art and literature for almost 500 years, English Cocker Spaniels are compassionate, intelligent, kind and determined, and make amazing family pets. They don’t like being left alone, and tend to bond strongly to specific individuals – so if you’re getting one, get ready to have a best friend follow you around!English Cocker Spaniel

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Bullpug

Also known as the Miniature Bulldog, the bullpug is a cross between the English Bulldog and the Pug.

Good natured, relaxed and easy going, these guys are small and easily fit in to any dog loving household. Some Bullpug owners describe them as “lazy,” but we think these guys just like to take it easy, and aren’t in a hurry to get anywhere, so really, what’s the rush guys?Bullpug

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Schnoodle

Oh. My. Gosh.

Is there any breed that’s somehow Poodle based that doesn’t have an adorable name?

SCHNOODLE!

Ah! We could say that word all day long!

A cross between a schnauzer and a poodle, the Schnoolde is hypoallergenic, fluffy, cute and PRECIOUS.

These guys make excellent pets, and are considered snarky but friendly and good natured.

Perfect for the home environment, Schnoodles fit in well in any living room or back yard.Schnoodle

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Shorgi

If we had just one wish to ask for from a genie, it would be that people never stop cross breeding corgis. The Shorgi is a cross between a Shih Tzu and the Corgi.

These guys are affectionate, loyal and loving, but can be a little difficult with other dogs – or with small children.

Still, they love human interaction, attention and cuddles – but because they’re extremely clever, they need constant stimulation, and if they don’t get it can get a bit… destructive.Shorgi

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Cavador

The Cavador is a cross between the well-loved Labrador and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Basically, Cavadors are miniature Labs with huge, floppy ears and a slightly more calm, relaxed and quiet temperament. Can you say “perfect dog for a child?” Because that’s basically what Cavadors are.

Of course, these fluffy bundles of joys have inherited the Labs’ appetite, as well, so a big part or raising them is making sure they don’t eat too much – but then again, even an overweight Cavador is adorable!!Cavador

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Shepherd Chow

Shepherd Chows are a cross between a German Shepherd and a Chow Chow. Sporting the German Shepherd’s distinctive snout and regal attitude with the Chow’s fluff results in an exceptionally beautiful dog.

Shepherd Chows are extremely friendly and active, and constantly want to play – to the point where they can become a bit of a handful if you can’t match their energy levels.

These guys are big, and very protective of their owners – but also extremely rewarding if you know how to take care of them.Shepherd Chow

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Australian Shepherd Corgi

Australian Shepherds are extremely loyal, independent and relaxed dogs – and corgs… well, we’ve said enough about corgs, haven’t we?

The Australian Shepherd Corgi are said to have inherited the best qualities of both Aussie Shepherds and Corgis, with a people pleasing attitude and a friendly personality, and the corg’s stout, adorable dimensions.

Smart, lively and affectionate, these guys are very responsive to the people around them, and also play well with other dogs.Australian Shepherd Corgi

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling

Here’s one dog breed you may have already met -without even knowing it!

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling, or tollers, as they’re sometimes known, are the 87th most popular dog breed in America – and the smallest of all retrevier breeds.

These guys are smart, friendly and highly energetic, which, coupled with their looks, explains why many people who meet them just assume they’re small Golden Retrievers – but don’t be fooled! The toller is a breed all its own.Nova Scotia Duck Tolling

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American Eskimo Dog

Here’s a dog with a confusing name!

The American Eskimo Dog actually originates in Germany, hailing from the German Spitz lineage. But back in World War I, many Americans didn’t want to own a “German” dog, and so the breed’s name was changed.

Over time, not only did the name change, but the traits and characteristics of the German and American breeds divereged, and today, the American Eskimo Dog is a very different breed from its german forefathers.American Eskimo Dog

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Australian Terrier

Australian Terriers are small, cute, furry – and verym, very smary.

They’re been ranked as one of the top 35 most intelligent dog breeds in the world. They are alert, spirited and possess the “natural aggressiveness of a ratter and hedge hunter” – but don’t let that put you off.

Ozzy Terriers love interacting with people, and are knowng to be especially loving towards babies, small children, and people with disabilities.Australian Terrier

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Beauceron

The Beauceron, also known in French as a Berger de Beauce, meaning sheepdog from Beauce, or Bas Rouge, which means “red stockings”, so called after the characteristaclly red feet and lower legs of Beauceron with darker coloration, are an old, reliable dog breed from France.

Like other shepherd dogs, including the German and Belgian Shepherds, these dogs are smart, loyal and can be trained to a very high level – but unlike their fellow Shepherds, the Beaucerons usually mature at a slower pace, and can continue to act like puppies well into what some would consider “adulthood.”Beauceron

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Bearded Collie

The Beardef Collie, also known as a beardie, was originally bred in Scotland as a shpherd – but today, this big floofer is more popular as a family pet.

And with good reason! These guys are big, shaggy, bouncy, affectionate and, since they look a little bit like, well, muppets, they’re just a lot of fun to watch!

These good natured puppers are just a joy.Bearded Collie

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Bedlington Terrier

Nope, these aren’t an alien breed of lamb – they’re Bedlington Terriers!

These strange looking pups are a breed that seems quite contradictory: they make both excellent family pets, but are also heavily used in dog racing, dog sports, and conformation shows.

Strong, agile, intelligent and quick, they are considered “sharp” and “plucky,” but are also considered bery gentle and good with children. They’ve been described as “jealous” and “agressive,” but are also considered quiet, loyal and companionable.

In short – these guys don’t make sense at all!Bedlington Terrier

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Field Spaniel

One thing the Field Spaniel doesn’t lack is good looks – and that’s no coincidence. These strikingly beautiful dogs were originally bred as show dogs – but were later repurpsed for work as field dogs.

Kind, intelligent and patient with children, these puppies can make excellent family pets – but they often require some sort of purpose or drive in their life, as they can otherwise become bored and a little destructive around the house.Field Spaniel

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Finnish Lapphund

If you’ve visited Scandinavia, you very well might have encountered a Finnish Lapphund or two – but outside of those cold, northern countries, the Finnish Lapphund, also known as a “Finnish Lapponian Dog,” or, more affectionately, as a “Lapinkoira,” are not very common as pets.

Traditionally used for herding reindeer, these beautiful dogs make for ideal outdoor companions, being active, alert, coldproof and waterproof. They happily accompany their owners on hikes and jogging trips – and are very responsive to children.Finnish Lapphund

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Great Pyrenees

Known as a Pyrenean Mountain Dog outside of North America, the Great Pyrenees is a huge breed of dog.

While they can be territorial and protective of a flock – it was bred as a shepherd – or of a family, it is usually exceedingly gentle, well mannered and patient – especially with kids.

While they can sometimes be considered stubborn, Great Pyrenees are very loyal and good natured – and make for excellent companion dogs.Great Pyrenees

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Havana Silk Dog

Don’t let this silky, posh looking pup fool you – deep down, it’s a revolutionary!

Well, maybe not. But it is the national dog of Cuba.

Considered “toy dogs,” the Havanese, as they’re also known, are very smart, and get very attached and loyal to their owners. Often, they will attach to a single person, whom they will then follow around and “look out” for – so keeping them in a house where they are often left alone isn’t ideal for them. But if you have the time and patience to invest in them, you’ll never find a more loyal friend.Havana Silk Dog

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NAID Breed

The NAID – which stands for Native American Indian Dog – are a dog breed which, as their name suggest, was bred by Native Americans for millenia.

Excellent watchdogs and loyal companions, deeply attached to their families, these beautiful canines are highly social, love kids and other pets, and are considered very patient and kind.

They require a lot of physical activity, as they are considered highly energetic – so for active, outdoorsy type families, they make the perfect family pet.NAID Breed

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Polish Lowland

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog are medium sized, shaggy, sheepdogs that originate in Poland – and are still very popular there, especially among apartment dwellers.

Stable and self confident, these beautiful, muscualr dogs can be a little dominant if their owners don’t know how to set proper barriers – but with a firm owner, they can be extremely rewarding and loyal companions.Polish Lowland

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Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a dog that originates in England, where its distinctive look as become all but iconic.

Apart from its look, its two most distinctive traits are its high levels of energy – and its high intelligence. This mix makes them very easily bored, and they require a lot of constant stimulation and exercise, which means that their owners need to provide them with constant attention.

Keeping them as pets is therefore a serious commitment – but with proper care they can be fun, exciting – and exceptionally long-lived – companions.Wire Fox Terrier

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Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel shares it roots with the Pekingese, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier and Pug dog breeds, and resembles them immensly.

But what realy makes them stand out over other dogs is just how cat-like they can be.

They like to climb on dressers, sofas and other tall furniture to get better vantage points, and enjoy cuddling and sitting in their owners’ laps.

They were originally bred as companion dogs by Tibetan monks, and are therefore highly empathetic and responsive to the emotional state of their owners.Tibetan Spaniel

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Skye Terrier

One of the oldest breeds of terriet, the Skye Terrier has been around since at least the 16th century – and was, even then, already well known for its long coat.

Adventurous and brave, Skye Terriers enjoy exploring their surroundings. They’re smart, affectionate and friendly – but are considered a breed under threat, with only 30 new Skye Terriers having been born in the UK in 2005.

It is considered the most endangared of the Vulnerable Native Breeds of the UK, and some believe that they may disappear altogether by 2050.Skye Terrier

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Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a herding dog that hails from the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

Small but hardy, Shelties thrive in the harsh environment of their native Scotland.

Incredibely loyal, owners often refer to them as their “shadows,” due to their tendency to stay extremely close to them at all times.

Dr Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, claims the Shetland sheepdog is one of the brightest dogs in the world – and ranked it 6th most intelligent out of the 132 breeds he had tested.Shetland Sheepdog

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Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six dog breeds originally native to Japan.

Small and agile, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting, and therefore exhibit a strong independent nature. Despite this, they’re considered good natured, and loyal to those whom have earned its respect.

They tend to be fastidious and clean themselves often, which allows owners to keep them indoor with relative ease, but the Shiba Inu requires an experienced, confident owner in order to thrive.Shiba Inu

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Pyrenean Shepherd

Bred since at least the middle ages, the Pyrenean Shepherd is used for herding livestock – especially sheep – in the Pyrenees mountains in southern France and northern Spain.

In French it is known as Berger des Pyrénées, while the Spanish call it the Pastor de los Pirineos.

Despite their small size, these dogs are surprisingly adept working dogs, and come with the energy larger breeds often have. They like to work, and usually become attached to just one person.Pyrenean Shepherd

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Keeshond

Hailing from Holland, the Keeshong is a beautiful, silver-coated spitz type dog, also known as a barge dog, due to its popularity with sailors working and living on barges in Holland’s canals.

Playful, quick and with a tendency to jump, Keeshonds are thoughtful, eager to please and very quick lerners – which makes them, surprisingly, excellent guide dogs for the blind – a role which they don’t do more often mostly because of their small size.Keeshond

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Pomeranian

Pomeranians are usually considered to be cute fluffballs, but this adorable breed is actually descended from fierce sled dog origins.

Known to be a little nippy and attention seeking, Poms are an acquired taste for some – but their cuteness truly is unrivalled. Plus, if you’re into grooming your dog, Poms lend themselves extremely well to haircuts and coiffures.

Aww! Pom! You can be as nippy as you want! We just want to give you some pettins’!Pomeranian

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