Everyone seems to have a dog these days. Everywhere you turn there’s a Labrador retriever, German shepherd or a Golden retriever - which, by the way, are the three most popular dog breeds in the States, according to the American Kennel Club in 2017. If you fancy getting your own dog though, and the typical Frenchie or Poodle doesn’t grab your attention, then why not get yourself a rare breed? Some unusual dog breeds actually make the best pets.
Bergamasco shepherds are one of the most underrated, unheard of dog breeds in the world. They come from the Italian Alps, where they were originally bred as herding dogs. Today, however, while you probably haven’t ever heard of them before, they are actually the perfect pets. They’re generally very friendly and intelligent, along with being great around children. They do need a great deal of grooming and training, though.
Coton de Tulear
Cotons de Tulears are soft, affectionate lap dogs, that love to have an easy life. They’re from the same family as the Bichon Frise, hence their looks and temperament. They’re the perfect all-round pet, as they are good with children, strangers, and other animals. However, you’ll probably have to spend a long time grooming, training, and playing with them.
Skye terriers originated in Scotland where they were used to chase foxes and badgers. They’re an acquired taste, but fans of the breed can’t resist their long hair and bat wing-like ears. They’re friendly and active, but don’t come without their challenges. Like most terriers, Skyes are notorious for digging, barking, and being extremely energetic. If you don’t mind the training, however, they can make brilliant watchdogs and hiking partners.
The Canaan is another breed of herding dog. They are one of the American Kennel Club’s oldest breeds and are Israel’s national dog. Surprisingly, they don’t need heaps of exercise but are still willing to run all day if you so wish. They’re reasonably low-maintenance and friendly, but can be territorial and vocal in the presence of strangers.
Although these may sound like an imaginary breed, Lagotto Romagnolos are very much real - and wonderful. They’re playful, trainable, and friendly, with a truly unique personality. They originated as truffle hunters but these days, love playing, swimming, and learning tricks. They require a lot of exercise and grooming, but if you can deal with that, they make one of the coolest pets you could imagine. They just love to run and explore!
Common dog breeds suit a lot of people - after all, there’s a reason they’re so popular, but if you fancy something different, some of these breeds might suit you down to the ground. Like all pets, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into before going out and buying a dog, but so long as you aren’t trying to buy a herding dog to keep your cat company or a lap dog to accompany you on 10-mile hikes, you should be good with one of these rare breeds.