You’ve probably come across many different breeds of shepherds running around in the park, but none are as rare and exotic as the breeds seen here. Some breeds were once owned by the wealthy French and German elite, while others prefered to remain isolated from the outside world. One particular breed is so rare that fewer than 8 exist today!
Here are 20 of the most exotic dog breeds:
1) Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff relies on a thick coat of fur to keep warm during the harsh winters in Tibet. They typically weigh anywhere between 100 to 160 pounds or (45 to 64 kilos).
2) Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The origin of this pint-size little fellow traces back to the early 1700’s in Scotland. This particular breed is a unique mix of a Skye Terrier and a Scotch Terrier. They are also very rare.
These massive hounds are an interesting mix of a Newfoundland, St. Bernard, and a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. They were rumored to have been bred to resemble lions, hence the name. Only 8 of them remain in existence today.
4) Portuguese Water Dog
This curly guy hails from the gorgeous shores of Portugal. They were once used to help fisherman, even acting as courriers from one ship to another. Portuguese Water Dogs are extremely rare today.
The German translation for Löwchen is Little Lion. The Löwchen remains one of the most rare breeds out there, dating as far back as 1442. They were once owned by the wealthy elite of Germany and France. They can be seen through historical paintings as well.