Rare Dog Breeds
(Uncommon Dog Breeds)
Taigan dog
Akbash dog
Photo by Levent Sadık Küçükdaban
Akbash dog
This page includes breeds that are either extremely rare in absolute population numbers or dog breeds that may be relatively common in a certain region of the world, but still considered rare in the rest of the world.

Experimental dog breeds, as well as new or re-created dog breeds may be rare as well, but have been grouped on a separate page: New dog breeds

Note that rare dog breeds are not necessarily unusual. 'Rare' only refers to their geographical distribution and/or formal recognition. Instead, unusual dog breeds are characterized by some untypical, distinctive feature or extraordinary origin.

Czechoslavakian wolfdog
Photo by Elena Rizzo

The Uncommon Dog Breeds
Kangal dog
Karelian Bear Laika
Karelo-Finnish Laika
Kishu Inu
Kochi ken
Korean Jindo
Kunming Dog
Lupo Italiano (Italian Wolfdog)
Magyar Agar
Manchurian Hairless Dog
Mexican Hairless
Mioritic Sheepdog (see: Romanian dog breeds)
Moscow Toy Terrier
Mudhol dog
Nenets Herding Laika
New Guinea Singing Dog
Old Boston Bulldogge
Peruvian Hairless Dog
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Phu Quoc dog
Poligar Hound
Rampur Hound
Running Walker Hound
Saarloos Wolfdog
Scottish Deerhound
Seppala Siberian Sled Dog
Shiloh Shepherd
Shikoku inu
Siberian Wolfhound
South Russian Shepherd dog
South Russian Step Hound
Strathdoon Dingo Killer
Thai Ridgeback
Tibetan Hound
Tibetan Mastiff (and Tibetan dog breeds),
Tosa inu
Valley Bulldog
Victorian Bulldog
Yoruk Shepherd Dog

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Kintamani dog of Bali
Photo: Tero Miettinen
For a complete list of rare dog breeds, see below:

Akbash (and other Turkish breeds)
Alangu Mastiff
Alapaha blue blood bulldog
American Hairless Terrier
American Treeing Coonhounds
American Staghound
Arubian Cunucu Dog
Bakharwal Dog
Banter Bulldogge
Belgian Laekenois

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The Uncommon Dog Breeds (Hardcover)
by Kathryn Braund
The book was written in 1975, so understandably not all dog breeds that were considered rare at that time still are so today, but nevertheless this is a great reference book on the topic. Includes the following breeds: Akita, American Treeing Coonhounds, Anatolian Shepherd dog, Australian Cattle dog, Australian Kelpie, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Colie, Bichon Frise, Border Collie, Canaan dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Greater Swiss Mountain dog, Hairless breeds, Ibizan hound, Miniature Bull Terrier, Pharaoh Hound, Portugeses Water dog, Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier
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