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17 Rare And Exotic Dogs Breeds You May Not Have Heard Of

17 Rare And Exotic Dogs Breeds You May Not Have Heard Of

From a living dreadlocked cotton ball to a breed with a natural mohawk, we’ve assembled the craziest list of dog breeds to ever exist:

1. Azawakh

Aza what? Ever wanted to make people at the dog park instantly regret asking, “What kind of dog is that?” then you might want to adopt one of these African doges.

Image via Outside

Image via Outside

2. Catalburun

Catalburun means “fork nose” in Turkish. The jury is out on whether having cutlery for a nose may or may not have any butt sniffing advantages.

Image via Outside

Image via Outside

3. Puli

Why is my cotton ball jumping?

Image via WeirdWorm

Image via WeirdWorm

4. Molossus

These extinct Roman war dogs are considered the granddoggies of today’s Mastiff. No one is 100% sure what they looked like, but I’m picturing gigantic dogs with 300-esque style abs.

Image via Paw Nation

Image via Paw Nation

5. Bergamasco

That coat though…you’d never buy a rug again. Just have your dog lie down in strategic places around the house for some stylish floor decoration.

Image via WeirdWorm

Image via WeirdWorm

6. Borzoi

These dogs are gorgeous, but also look like an artist attempted to paint a dog and got to the nose and legs and decided… “nahhhh.”

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

7. Alpine Spaniel

This extinct breed is similar historically to the modern day Saint Bernard. They even padded around the Alps with barrels of Brandy to aid during alpine rescues, which I’m sure stranded hikers appreciated. #ShotsShotsShots

Ye Olde Image via Paw Nation

Ye Olde Image via Paw Nation

8. Neopolitan Mastiff

THEM WRINKLES! They go on and on and ONNNNNN.

Image via Pet Paw

Image via Pet Paw

9. The Turnspit

Yaaaas! Sadly extinct, these dogs were bred for one specific purpose: to help cook by turning a spit in the fireplace. They were bascially ye olde service doges.

Ye Olde Image via Paw Nation

Ye Olde Image via Paw Nation

10. Bedlington Terrier

I can’t decide if these look more like my grandma or a llama. It’s a llama grandma.

Image via Britannica Kids

Image via Britannica Kids

11. Catahoula Leopard Dog

Say Catahoula with a southern accent (these doges are from Louisiana), and life just gets a million times better.

Image via Pet Guide

Image via Pet Guide

12. Peruvian Inca Orchid

Two words: Natural mohawks.

Image via Rainshadow Farm

Image via Rainshadow Farm

13. Talbot

So regal, so cool looking, and also not around anymore. The world will never know if they really painted their nails fire engine red like this picture depicts. Could that have led to their extinction? Did the world prefer natural pup nails?

Image via Paw Nation

Image via Paw Nation

14. LowChen

These look like a magic trick gone into another dimension. Or if someone mashed together a terrier with a Chinese Crested. Either way the laws of dog breed physics are being challenged here.

Image via Next Day

Image via Next Day

15. Paisley Terrier

According to Paw Nation, ye olde doge owning citizens couldn’t tell this breed apart from a Yorkshire Terrier, so they went extinct. Possibly because glasses hadn’t been invented yet.

Ye Olde Image via Paw Nation

Ye Olde Image via Paw Nation

16. Xoloitzcuintli

Similar to the Peruvian Inca Orchid just with less hair, and the hardest dog breed name I have ever had to google.

Image via Pitbull Chat

Image via Pitbull Chat

17. Caucasian Ovcharka

These pups are basically the Yao Ming’s of the dog breed world, too big to exist and yet they just seem like genuinley nice people… I mean dogs.

Image via Caucasian Dogs

Image via Caucasian Dogs

h/t to Outside, Weird Worm and Paw Nation

Featured Image via Weird Worm

 

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