Rare, unusual, unique: these dog breeds are sure to inspire imagination or curiosity! From ancient times to modern-day science, let’s take a look at some of the world’s most interesting dogs.
The Puli will pull at your heartstrings with their mop-like hair and friendly demeanor. Their long, ringlet hair naturally spirals downward, creating dreadlocks and a truly unique look. Originally from Asia, they were brought to Hungary over a thousand years ago as the perfect sheepherding pup. They are bred to work closely with humans, so if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime animal by your side, the Puli pulls all the punches.
This long and slender dog looks like it runs in the Serengeti all day, and it probably does! Originally from West Africa, this sighthound is fiercely independent, yet deeply loving to their families. Traditionally, the Azawakh were bred to keep their family safe from invaders, thus making them exceptional guard dogs as well.
You haven’t seen wrinkles until you’ve seen the Neapolitan mastiff. Traditionally a dark grey with endless wrinkly rolls, this dog resembles a cross between a sharpei and a St. Bernard. Their sole purpose is to be the ultimate guard dog. And guard, they must! An ancient breed that was rediscovered in Italy in the 1940s, weighs on average 110-150 pounds, and are ready to guard your home while getting affection from you.
The Carolina dog may not look particularly extraordinary, but it’s in the genes where the interest lies. Scientists predict that Carolina dogs are possibly the oldest canine species in North America. They first appeared on cave and rock paintings by Native Americans. Interestingly, dog owners who have the Carolina dog recommend that this dog isn’t good for first-time dog owners, due to their wild roots! They happen to share direct DNA with Australian dingos.
This terrier looks like something out of a sci-fi movie! When groomed in their traditional cut, the Bedlington terrier has an unusual shaped head, while sporting an athletic, rounded stature. For decades, this breed was bred specifically to be the perfect housemate, so don’t be shocked when a Bedlington yearns to cuddle with you on the couch.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
This bare-skinned dog isn’t completely without hair. Look at the top of their head, and they happen to have a remarkable mohawk. This loyal breed comes in a wide variety of skin colors, including black, grey, pink, white, and tan. Their height also ranges widely, as they can be anywhere from 10 to 26 inches tall.
Caucasian Shepherd Dog
This giant dog is straight out of an idyllic fairytale. With thick fluffy fur and sweet demeanor to those they love, the Caucasian shepherd is fearless and devoted to their owners. Weighing up to 170 pounds, this breed has long, thick hair for the mountains or comes in short-haired varieties as well. They look like they would be featured in a painting of farm life, or in front of a castle.