8 of the World’s Most Unusual Dog Breeds

When you make the decision to get a dog, it’s not uncommon for individuals to want to find a unique breed that will stand out from the crowd. There are certainly many unusual dog breeds to choose from and each with their own distinctive appearance and personality to match.

However, it’s worth noting that when you do choose rare dogs, finding a local breeder can be the biggest challenge. Depending on the country you’re in, it may involve some research and willingness to ship your new puppy over from another country. Rest assured, this is all possible and well worth the investment.

Here are some of the most unusual and rare dog breeds from across the globe.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Originating in Central Louisiana in the USA, the breed was first used for managing the wild pigs and cows in the area.

This short-coated breed is easily distinguishable by its varied coat patterns and striking eye colour. The Catahoula Leopard Dog are naturally inclined to herd, and guard and these traits make for extremely loyal companions.


A dog of the ancient Aztecs, the Xoloitzcuintli dog breed has been around for some 3,000 years and is considered a national treasure in Mexico. These adorably unique pups range from coated to hairless and can be vary from toy, miniature and standard sizes.

This breed is one of the most natural you will find, as the characteristics are mainly a result of natural evolution, rather than through selective breeding. They are another loyal breed to choose.


More commonly known as the Hungarian sheepdog, the Komondo – not surprisingly – originates in Hungary where it is classed as a national treasure.

This interesting breed is easily recognised by its white corded coat and has specifically bred for guarding livestock, making it a protective and fearlessly territorial dog.

Lagotto Romagnolo

As the name may give away, the Lagotto Romagnolo is native to Italy. The breed is thought to be one of the oldest in the world.

Both friendly and devoted to their owners, these attractive dogs make a great family pet.


Originally bred for hunting, the Otterhound is now one of Britain’s rarest breeds, with just 24 puppies registered last year.

Otterhounds are large with rough coats and make for an easy going and outdoorsy pet dog. They love a good swim and have an inquisitive nature, so enjoy plenty of variety when it comes to walks.


Extremely affectionate and loyal, these slim and elegant dogs are quite striking. An ancient hunting hound, the breed is built for endurance and has similar characteristics to other sight hounds.

Historically from Azawakh which is located in the Sahara Desert, the breed was used to bring fresh meat – mainly wild boar and antelope – to the native nomadic communities.


This breed originally came from the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the USA. It was bred as a sled dog which has resulted in an animal which is both strong and fast.

As pets they are friendly, affectionate and gentle and families can enjoy a cuddle as well as a mammoth hike with these adorable pups.

Curly Coated Retriever

Unlike the favoured Golden Retriever, the Curly Coated breed is rarely seen across the UK. Despite being originally bred for waterfowl hunting in England, the breed has become less common over the years.

Similar to other gun dogs, the Curly Coated Retriever is a fun and affectionate pet to own. They are taller than other retriever breeds and are easily distinguishable by their coat which is made up of tight curls.