Through the years, dogs were bred all over the world to become pets, companions, workers, and snugglers. This is the reason why dogs are considered as the most diverse animals on land when it comes to physical appearance. Although you might be familiar with the short Dachshunds, and the squarely built Labs, did you know that there are a lot of rare dog breeds with unimaginable forms and functions?
The Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Czechoslovakian vlcak was created as the result of the experimental crossing of a German Shepherd and Carpathian wolf back in 1955. As of 2014, there are only about 208 pedigreed vlcak found in the US alone. These canines weigh as much as 60 pounds serving in several jobs, specifically tracking, search, and rescue. They are independent by nature, which makes them not suitable for those who don’t have any dog experience in the past. Czechoslovakian vlcak puppies are being sold for $1,500 up to $2,000.
Outside its homeland in West Africa, you will rarely find the sighthound Azawakh. Famous for their feline-like and agile gait, the Azawakhs are naturally timid but they can be affectionate and gentle the moment they become more familiar with them. This rare breed is used for gazelle hunting as well as other types of fleet animals around the African deserts.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is the perfect combination of an unusual talent and a cute face. According to Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America, this tiny cutie has been bred for sniffing out truffles, those pricey underground tubers. This breed has a dense and curly coat which sheds water off, keeping its skin dry. They also weigh lower than 35 pounds. This breed needs some mental challenge and exercise but they are healthy and easy to train. Prices differ but you will have to spend $7,500 to get a trained truffle hunter.
Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced as Sho-lo-eets-quint-lee is often called Xolo or the Mexican Hairless Dog. The breed is actually a very old one as it was even worshipped by the Aztecs. Since most Americans are unfamiliar with Xolo puppies, they are often mistaken in the US Border States for the mythological Chupacabra. The Mexican Hairless Dog hasn’t been bred for many years like most purebred dogs. They are very hardy and healthy dogs that only need regular bathing, sunscreen, and a bit of moisturizer.
History states that the Neopolitan Mastiff were bred to fight side by side the Romans using blades and body armors so they can run under enemy horses and disembowel them. The breed almost became extinct when the World War II ended. After the Italian painter formed a kennel for protecting these enormous pups and bred them with the English Mastiff for diversifying the bloodline. They have evolved as a breed. In fact, one appeared as the pet dog of Hagrid in Harry Potter films.
This old breed hailing from the Netherlands was traditionally used for hunting docks. The Kooikerhondje feature a white and reddish orange coat with a bit of black, weighing just 24 pounds, as stated by the Kooikerhondje Club of the USA. This breed can develop some health issues such as epilepsy because of the tiny breeding pool. They are still a rare breed and almost became extinct after the Second World War, and this rareness is reflected by their price.