There are hundreds of different dog breeds and they can be seen all over the world. The main focus on this article are some of the most unique and interesting breeds of dog that you might've never heard before. below is our top 10 exotic dog breeds list, I hope you will like our choices
• 10 - Shepherd Belgium
The Shepherd Belgium is also known as the Belgian Shepherd. this breed originated from Belgium and it is similar to a lot of other sheep-herding dogs such as the Dutch Shepherd, the German Shepherd and the Briard among many others. They can live from 10 to 14 years and they can weigh from 20 to 30 kg. The Shepherd Belgium are highly alert and intelligent and they are very loyal. Some of the other good traits about them are that they do great in sports and they work well with obedience or any other dog training.
• 9 - Rough Collies
The Rough Collie is also known as Long-Haired Collie. They originated from Scotland in the 1800s and were used and bred mainly for herding sheep in that region. One of the most interesting things about this breed is the usage of it in Albert Payson Terhune’s works. It was first introduced in the books “Lad” and then the movies, television shows and novels “Lassie”. The Rough Collies live up to 15+ years and they can weigh from 20 to 34 kg. Just like the Shepherd Belgium, the Rough Collies are very loyal and do well with training. They are excellent around kids and they can be very calm as well.
• 8 - Wolfdog Saarlos
The Saarlos Wolfog originates from The Netherlands and it came about after the unique crossing of a Eurasian wolf and a German Shepard. Because of this original cross, it is recognised as a wolf and a dog. An interesting thing about this breed is the recent studies from 2015. The results show that the breed is more social and shows a lot more generic association when it’s around a grey wolf than any of the other dog breeds. These dogs are very athletic and they came to move lightly. They exist only in there colours—red, white and wolf-grey. Most of their expressions (and their head) are wolf-like.
• 7 - Norwegian Lundehund
The Norwegian Lundehund originates from Norway, hence the name. This small dog breed is very rich in history. They date back to the Viking Age where they were used for various reasons such as export and hunting of puffin birds in Norway. They are reminiscent of the Spitz breed and they have a lot in common, especially in traits and temperament. The Norwegian Lundehund can weigh only 6 or 7 kg and can live up to 14 years. Nowadays there are only about 1,400 of them. They are very loyal, protective and energetic.
• 6 - Cirneco dell’Etna
As the name probably suggests, the Cirneco dell’Etna dog breed comes from Sicily, Italy. They are among some of the most famous hunting hounds next to the Pharaoh Hounds and the Ibizan Hounds. The breed was used in the past mainly for hunting rabbits and that made them more resilient and strong. One of the main reasons why is because they were left without food or water for hours. The Cirneco dell’Etna can live up to 15 years and they can weigh from 10 to 12 kg. They are known to be very gentle and very affectionate to humans.
• 5 - Finnish Spitz
The Finnish Spitz is among some of the dogs with fluffy tails. They are very reminiscent of a fox, especially in the face. The breed originates from Finland and they were also used to hunt animals like squares, rodents and even bears. They can live from 12 to 14 years and they could weight up to 14 kg. Mostly seen in colours red, gold and red gold, the Finnish Spitz are very loyal and intelligent. This dog breed is perfect for people who want to stay active because they are extremely happy and playful and could spend hours having fun with their owners.
• 4 Peruvian Inca Orchid
What makes the Peruvian Inca Orchid so unique is that it’s one of the dog breeds with no hair. This hairless dog is very different from the rest. The only hair that exists on the dogs from this breed is around the top of their head in small amounts. They originate from Peru can be seen in mottled, copper, chocolate-brown or elephant-grey colours. The Peruvian Inca Orchid can grow up to 25 kg and they are usually very elegant and slim. This dog breed is great for families as they are very affectionate, protective and fast. They are also friendly with other dog breeds.
• 3 - Azawakh
Coming from West Africa, the Azawakh was used as a hunting dog for gazelles in the past. Their name comes from the Azawagh Valley which is close to its ancient origins. Their appearance is reminiscent to other hounds from the Middle East or South India. Only seen in the colour fawn, the Azawakh can grow up to 25 kg. They are short-haired and they are very emotional. They truly thrive when they have companions from the same breed and are great for training and exercises.
• 2 - Catalburun
The Catalburun is extremely famous in Turkey. The last research from 2017 showed that there are over 1 and a half million pet dogs of that breed that live in the country. Also known as the Turkish Pointer, the Catalburun originates from Turkey and that’s where the name comes from. They are intelligent, very devoted and highly athletic. The Catalburun can grow up to 25 kg and they could live up to 12 years.
• 1 - Telomian
The Telomian is a breed that originates from Malaysia. In the past, because they were used for hunting purposes, these dogs were able to develop the ability to climb so they could stay away from dangerous animals on the ground. They can weigh up to 28 kg. An interesting thing about them is that they have a blue tongue. The dogs from this breed are usually gentle, obedient, intelligent and independent as well.
These are just some of the dog breeds that are very unique and rich in history. There are hundreds of other interesting dog breeds that have a lot of astonishing facts and stories that make them extraordinary.
If you would like to read more about the Belgium Shepherd , Rough Collie , the Saarloos Wolfdog or any of the others listed above please read on by clicking on the sources links below
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