Top 12 Unique Dog Breeds

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Norwegian puffin dog

The Norwegian lundehund, or Norwegian puffin dog, is a spitz-type dog bred for hunting birds. Agile and robust, they’re adept at climbing steep hills.

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Australian kelpie

Easy to recognize by its fox-like head, the Australian kelpie is a slender, muscular sheepdog. Energetic and highly skilled, they love to play and are a little co-dependent. Surprisingly.

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Sloughi

The sloughi, or Arabian greyhound, is an elegant hunting and herding dog. Its name refers to the Tunisian village of Slouguia, despite the fact that they’re now found almost exclusively in Morocco.

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Bolognese

Italian cousin of the Maltese, the Bolognese (from the city of Bologna) features a more compact, boxy torso. The Bolognese is also a very old breed and was considered a highly valuable gift during the Renaissance period.

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Cesky terrier

Also known as a Bohemian or Czech terrier, the Cesky terrier is the official dog of the Czech Republic. Related to Scottish terriers, Ceskies have short legs and long, very silky coats.

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Grand basset griffon vendéen

Selected for their hunting qualities, grand basset griffon vendéens are native to France where they accompany gun hunters. In fact, these dogs love the countryside, exploring nature and rummaging in bushes.

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Dandie Dinmont terrier

The Dandie Dinmont terrier is named after a character in the novel Guy Mannering by Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. In the novel, Dinmont is a farmer who owns small terriers that meet the breed standard.

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Finnish spitz

With its fox-red coat and bushy, curled tail, the Finnish spitz looks like a wild dog. It has a very long history, however, and is related to the Karelo-Finnish laika.

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Teddy Roosevelt terrier

American President Theodore Roosevelt (nicknamed Teddy) kept a black terrier in the White House similar in appearance to this American breed, thus inspiring its name.

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Treeing Tennessee brindle

A short brindle coat sets the treeing Tennessee brindle apart. Member of the hound family, this hunting dog is native to the southern United States, especially the Ozarks region.

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Portuguese podengo

Also known as Portuguese warren hounds or Portuguese rabbit dogs, podengos are a very old breed selected for hunting rabbits and other small game.

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Laekenois

The Laekenois,or Belgian shepherd, takes its name from the Castle of Laeken, the official residence of Belgian monarchs. This rare breed is not well known outside its country of origin and the Netherlands.

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