Want to know what are some of the rare small dog breeds that you probably didn’t know about? Continue reading and find out.
Rare small dog breeds are a new thing among small dog breed lovers. The rarest your dog, the more unique and interesting for others. If you are into small dog breeds and looking for a new pup, you may want to look into our rare small dog breeds countdown. Let us know in the comments below which of these small breeds you find the most adorable, and also if you knew existed. Let’s get to it.
9 Rare Small Dog Breeds You Didn’t Know Existed
9. Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher, also known as the Min Pin, is a rare small dog breed from Germany with a fairly solid build, and a short, soft coat that is straight and glossy. The Min Pin looks like a miniature Doberman and has the same body build but in a way smaller package. Even more, the most popular Min Pin colors are the same as the Doberman, namely the two tones black and rust and chocolate and rust. However, they are a much older dog breed.
8. Swedish Vallhund
As its name says, the Swedish Vallhund is a small dog breed originally from Sweden. This adorable small dog looks like a distant cousin of the Corgi, but with sharply pricked ears, and specific grey-colored fur. However, they share the same body features, stumpy legs, and fluffed buttocks. This small dog breed is so rare that in 1942, the dog came close to extinction. Fortunately, it was saved, but still is one of the rarest small dog breeds in the world.
7. Skye Terrier
The Skye terrier is originally from Scotland, and according to The Kennel Club UK, is “one of the most endangered native dog breeds in the United Kingdom”. Indeed, the Skye Terrier is one of the rare small dog breeds, and also one of the most adorable tiny pooches out there. What sets the Skye terrier apart from other small dog breeds is the distinctive greyish fringe-like hair, blending with the side locks. Absolutely adorable!
Originally from Congo, Africa, Basenji is one of the most adorable small dog breeds, but also one of the rarest of the bunch. One curious thing about the Basenji is the unusual yodel-like sound it makes, due to its peculiarly shaped larynx. But what makes them even more unique is that they have developed as a breed naturally in the wild. They may be rare but are absolute gems.
5. Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese Crested Dog is not for the faint of heart, as they are one of the hairless small dog breeds with just a few flocks of hair here and there. This means that this rare small dog breed thrives only in warmer climates year-round. However, there are actually three varieties of this breed, without hair, partially haired and with hair, also called the Powerpuff variety. They make great therapy dogs, bond with their owners, and love sports.
4. Russian Toy
The Russian cousin of the Chihuahua, the Russian Toy (Russkiy Toy) is one of the most adorable and also rare small dog breeds in the world. It comes in two coats, a smooth coat, and a long coat. The long coat has profuse feathering in the ears, legs, and tail. So cute! This dog breed is so rare that was nearly wiped out twice, in the 1920s and again in the 1990s with the influx of foreign breeds. Thank God it did not happen. Look how cute he is.
Originally from Belgium, the Schipperke is one of the oldest dog breeds, not just of one of the most rare dog breeds in the world. Indeed. The Schipperke dogs date back to the 1600s and are somewhat a mix of Poms and Spitz. They are small, sturdy, and usually black in color. Although small, Schipperkes are great barkers and quite protective, as they were bred as sheepdogs. Needless to say, they are absolutely adorable!
2. Alpine Dachsbracke
Short-legged and sturdy, the Alpine Dachsbracke is one of the rarest small dog breeds in the whole wide world. This Austrian dog breed is so rare that The American Kennel Club doesn’t even recognize this dog as a breed, mainly because there just aren’t that many of them in America. However, the high Alpes of Austria are very familiar with this short-legged and friendly face, specifically bred to track wounded deer, boar, hare, and fox. He’s so cute, though.
1. Little Lion Dog
The exact origin of the Löwchen or Little Lion Dog is yet unknown, but apparently, this very particular small dog breed comes from Europe, maybe France. It was once believed to be the rarest small dog breed, as in 1973 there were only 65 examples of the breed registered. Even today, there are less than 100 Little Lion Dogs born worldwide, making it still one of the most rare small dog breeds in existence.
Rare dog breeds may be appealing to many dog lovers who consider getting a new small pup that is not very popular. However, when thinking of getting a new dog, no matter the size and breed, remember that it’s a big responsibility as a dog needs care, attention, and a lot of your time. If you are up for the task, then getting a dog is for you. Otherwise, think twice before adopting or buying a small dog.
Small dogs often pack a big personality, are feisty, and require a lot of your attention. But they are also adorable, loyal, and besties. If you’ve enjoyed discovering these rare small dog breeds, please share this article on social media so more dog lovers can learn about them.
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