With nearly 200 recognized dog breeds, it's a challenge to keep track of all the types of pups out there. Usually, dog lovers are familiar with the most common and popular breeds, such as Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, and French bulldogs. However, there are many dog breeds right here in the U.S. that often go unnoticed or are forgotten. Here are six rare dog breeds you may not have known about, according to The American Kennel Club.
Chinooks were bred in the United States with the intent of using them for drafting and sled dog racing. They are strong and agile dogs with lots of patience and intelligence, and their willingness to please makes them a great family dog.
2. BERGAMASCO SHEPHERD
While you may have been referring to this breed as a "mop dog" for most of your life, its official name is the Bergamasco shepherd. Their notable coats are made of three types of hair which weave together, giving it that "mop" look. Bergamascos originated in Persia and are an ancient shepherd breed. If you're thinking of having one as a pet, be prepared to give your Bergamasco regular exercise.
3. AMERICAN FOXHOUND
The American Foxhound is a leaner version of its cousin, the English Foxhound. The American Foxhound was bred in the U.S. with the intent for them to be fox hunters who could run for many hours during their chase. The American Kennel Club describes this breed as stubborn and independent.
Originating in England, the otterhound is an amiable and energetic hunting dog that, as the name suggests, was bred for otter hunting. Otterhounds differs from other hounds due to their rough, double coat and webbed feet. The breed also has an extremely powerful sense of smell.
5. ENGLISH FOXHOUND
Cousin to the American foxhound, the English foxhound is an old breed, originally recognized by the AKC in 1909. English Foxhounds are active, loyal, and gentle.
6. FINNISH SPITZ
The Finnish Spitz was originally bred for hunting birds in Finland. They are lively, courageous, and friendly dogs with a lot of confidence. The breed is extremely active and athletic, so they require ample exercise.