See These 7 Rare Dogs That Will Turn Heads at the Dog Park

If you're looking to adopt a unique pet - one that others probably won't have - you should consider getting one of the rare dogs. Everybody knows about Poodles, German Shepherds, and Shih Tzus for a good reason. They're fantastic dogs that have been beneficial to humans for centuries. However, other dogs are much less common but still make for excellent pets. If you're interested in getting one of these unique dog breeds, the following seven are ones you'll want to consider!

One of the Rare Dogs: Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is Italy's "truffle dog." These dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can root out truffles. That fact makes these pups valuable worker dogs. Of course, here in the States, these dogs are kept more as pets. They are adorable with curly fur and an endearing personality. These dogs are also relatively small, weighing no more than 35 lbs and standing under 20 inches tall.

This pup is one of the best rare dogs because of its adorable nature. These pups are intelligent, alert, and vibrant. They're agile and have long endurance, making these dogs the perfect companions for many people.

Thai Ridgeback

Outside of Thailand, it's tough to find this breed. They have a unique appearance with a trademark distinctive feature: a line of fur growing on its back in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. This unique pattern gives this dog a "ridge" appearance. 

Initially, these dogs had to be independent and self-sufficient to survive. The area in Thailand where they originated did not have a tremendous amount of human interaction. In other words, these dogs have strong survival instincts and will guard their owners with unwavering loyalty.

One of the Rare Dogs: Carolina Dog

Once dubbed the "American Dingo," this dog was wild and free initially. These dogs have strong herd instincts, a skillset that was vital when they were in the wild. Now that they're around humans, these dogs tend to be shyer. If the dog accepts you into its "pack," it will warm up significantly in demeanor and mood.

What makes this one of the cool dog breeds is that appearance-wise, it looks like many other dogs. However, it is quite different than many of the other dogs in behaviors. There's something fun about having a unique breed that doesn't look all that unique. 

Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a rare and unique dog breed to find in America. One of the neat things about this rare dog is that it looks like a very exotic dog breed. It is usually hairless, although some of these dogs do have fur by pure chance, and its skin can either be a solid color or spotted. The build of this dog exudes speed, and on that front, it delivers, able to hit about 22 mph in a fast run.

If you're looking for a unique dog breed (outside of Peru, of course) that looks different, the Peruvian Inca Orchid should be at the top of your list!


If you're looking for a sturdy, trainable dog that's eager to please, look no further than the Chinook. This dog stands as high as 26 inches and weighs about 55-90 lbs (male) or 50-65 lbs (female). These dogs are more prominent in appearance and also quite intelligent. 

Because these used to be work dogs, they are prone to becoming overweight with too much food or too little exercise. Therefore, you'll need to keep this dog always on the move. That's not hard to do, though, considering how enjoyable this pup is to be around!

Another One of the Rare Dogs: Otterhound

The Otterhound has a name that implies what it excels at: being capable in the water. This hound is an incredibly unique dog breed because it has webbed feet. This foot structure enables this dog breed to excel at swimming, making it a fantastic hunter on land and water.

Of course, you're probably not getting an Otterhound for its hunting capabilities, so you'll be happy to hear that it also excels at being a pet. Its inquisitive nature, adorable appearance, and amiable personality make it one of the best pets out there.

New Guinea Singing Dog

As you probably know, most dogs bark. There are dogs, however, that don't bark but have other vocalizations instead. Basenji dogs, for example, "yodel" instead of bark. The New Guinea Singing Dog also yodels and has the dubious honor of being one of the world's rarest. It's so rare that scientists believed it to be extinct in the wild until just a few years ago, and only a couple of hundred of these dogs exist in captivity.

Due to their rarity, you probably won't be bringing one of these home, but you might encounter them at the zoo!

Consider Getting a Rare Dog Breed

There's something fun and admirable about raising a pup that nobody else at the dog park has. Many of these dogs are so rare that you won't find them in animal shelters, but if you do happen to get lucky and see one, please consider adopting it first before buying one from a breeder. Giving a shelter dog a second chance in life is one of the best feelings in the world!

All dog breeds are beautiful and unique in their own way. Regardless of their breed, they all deserve a loving home! 

What is the rarest dog breed?

The Norwegian Lundehund is likely the world's rarest dog breed. It has six toes on each foot and can bend its neck so that the top of its head touches its back. This breed almost went extinct due to government taxation, but an English breeder discovered these dogs and saved the breed.

What is the most sought-after dog breed?

In America, the most popular dog breed is the Labrador Retriever, with German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, and Bulldogs rounding out the top five. Globally, German Shepherds are the most sought-after dogs. Given their fantastic personality, it's not hard to see why this breed would be prevalent worldwide!

How much do otterhound puppies cost?

Since Otterhound dogs are relatively rare in the United States, breeders can charge a premium for them. Expect to pay somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000. If you're super lucky, you might find one at an animal shelter or rescue somewhere, but this dog is probably one that you'll need to get at a breeder.

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Written by Leo Roux

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