different dog breeds sitting together for a photograph

Who doesn’t love to play “name that breed”? Dog lovers may not always hit the bull’s eye when it comes to guessing a dog’s breed (or a combination of several different breeds), but you can usually pick out certain traits if you are seasoned. Many canine breeds are quite old, while others have only just begun to gain popularity. Either way, there’s great variety in unique dog breeds that simply make life more interesting. 

Aesthetics, Behavior, Skills  

There are approximately 400 dog breeds around the world. Bred for their looks, personalities, or skills, the diversity of our companion canines is rich and ever-changing. Humans not only love dogs (and have for thousands of years), we rely on them for protection, hunting, herding, and policing. Many dog breeds are famous for being incredible service animals. 


Since the 19th century, breeders have taken active roles in the artificial selection of certain canine traits in specific breeds. This involvement in the mating process allowed kennel clubs to preserve unique traits, including leg length, facial features, fur quality and color, and even disposition.

Interesting Dog Breeds to Consider

Many dog lovers can identify the traits of commonly owned dog breeds, such as golden retrievers, labradors, poodles, dalmatians, chihuahuas, beagles. It might take some head-scratching to identify the following unusual dog breeds and their unique characteristics:

  • Xoloitzcuintli: Highly intelligent, the “Xolo” thrives in dynamic environments. Known as the ancient Aztec dog of the gods, this breed comes in three sizes and in either coated or hairless varieties.  
  • Komondor: Beneath the unmistakable coat of long cords, the komondor packs lots of muscle and stands out in a crowd.  
  • Puli: Similar to the komondor, the puli is covered in long strands of dreadlocked fur. A highly intelligent breed, the puli requires some know-how with grooming. 
  • Chow Chow: Perhaps best known for the black or blue tongues, chow chows are protective and devoted pets. They are dedicated to looking and feeling clean and tidy.  
  • Cane Corso: This noble breed is famous for their body guarding skills. Strong, muscular, and alert, owners of this breed can expect to be stopped for questions when out walking
  • Petit Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen: A lover of both kids and other dogs, this breed makes family life more fun. Vivacious and fast, this breed will keep owners on their toes!
  • Nederlands Kooikerhondje: An important member of the sporting group of dog breeds, the Nederlandse kooikerhondje is determined and packs a ton of stamina. They love to keep going and going and going!
  • Thai Ridgeback: A natural-born athlete, this ridgeback has the characteristic stripe of opposite-growing hair along the back. Bred for hunting and guarding, this companion canine is the perfect compliment to a dedicated owner and family. 
  • Norwegian Lundehund: Previously bred just for hunting the marine puffin bird, the lundhound is an active, focused pet. They come with extra toes, additional paw pads,  and a contortionist’s ability to crane their neck, they definitely make hunting more exciting. 
  • Pharaoh Hound: Bred for high-speed pursuits of game, this ancient breed is an excellent, sweet, and entertaining canine companion. So golden and regal, the pharaoh hound is a great choice. 
  • Field Spaniel: Bred for hunting, this spaniel is highly responsive to training. Similar to other Spaniels, the field spaniel is intelligent and soulful. 
  • Bedlington Terrier: With the ability to run like the wind, the Bedlington terrier is a wonderful pet for sporty or outdoorsy families. Charming and fun-loving, this unique breed will always be the center of attention. 

We hope this list has opened your eyes to these interesting dog breeds in the world today. If you have questions about breeding, or your dog’s unique heritage, give us a call at (610) 589-5019.