5 Of The Rarest Dog Breeds

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The Mudi (pronounced “moodie”) is a medium-sized herding dog from Hungary which has been in existence since the 19th century. Today, the Mudi, though very rare, is seen as an active, intelligent, biddable working breed. It is estimated there are no more than a few thousand Mudi worldwide, with the greatest numbers being in Hungary, followed by Finland, and then even scarcer throughout Europe, the U.S, and Canada. The Mudi excels at agility, obedience, and flyball, as well as other dog sports. He is a true working breed and shines when herding both cattle and sheep, and has found fame as a search and rescue dog in both Finland and the U.S.


The original homeland of the Azawakh are the endless arid regions of the south Sahara and the Sahel zone. They are sighthounds, which means they are attracted to movement. They’ll chase anything that’s in motion, like bikes, cars, or running children. But they’re also quite shy with humans they don’t know. To this day, they aren’t very common outside of their homeland.


This breed is a functional and powerfully-built pointing dog that originated in the Netherlands. Stabyhouns are obedient, gentle, and patient dogs, who are deeply fond of their family, wanting to please their owners. Like all sporting breeds, they need a great deal of exercise to stay happy and calm. They excel at water retrieving in particular, but also enjoy other canine sports.


Also known as a Mexican hairless dog, the xoloitzcuintli (pronunced “show-low-etz-queent-lee,” but often shortened to just “show-low”) is one of the world’s oldest and rarest breeds. Xolos were considered sacred by the Aztecs and often were sacrificed and buried alongside their owners to serve as protective guides to the next world. In modern times, they are best known for being a calm and watchful companions. Sweet and affectionate, they bond strongly to their owners.

Kai Ken

This ancient rare dog breed comes from the mountains of a Japanese island, where it evolved in relative isolation, making it a distinctly pure Japanese breed. The Kai Ken is recognized as a National Treasure in Japan, but remains exceedingly rare as a pet. Kai Ken are athletic and intelligent with a strong desire to hunt. The Kai is an independent thinker and can form a strong bond with their family. They are excellent swimmers and climbers and have been known to climb trees and swim rivers in pursuit of game.

Source: DogTime & AKC

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