In the world there is a huge variety of dog breeds, there are more than four hundred of them. But some breeds are rare. It depends on many factors. This article presents 15 breeds that are among the rarest dogs. They are distributed only in a limited area or even on the verge of extinction.
The breed appeared on the Azores approximately in 1439, they are barely counted now by 80 individuals. This is an excellent guard and shepherd, this is a small, not massive dog, height at the withers - 60 cm, and weight - 35 kg.
The breed was bred in Norway in 1877. Dogs of this breed often participated in hunting for moose. Now hunting in Norway is not so common and the need for such dogs has disappeared, so the number of dogs of this breed is about 4000.
The Stabyhoun or Stabij is one of the top five rarest dog breeds in the world. It is from Friesland and in particular from the Frisian forest area, a region in the southeast and east of Friesland. The breed has been mentioned in Dutch literature going back to the early 1800s, but has only extended its range from the 1960s outside of Friesland and not until the 2000s did the range officially extend beyond the Netherlands.
It is not known exactly how many years ago this breed was bred. These dogs were mainly used for hunting tapirs, wild boars, deer, martens, badgers, mongooses and other animals, as well as for protecting the home from snakes.
The peculiarity of this breed is the presence of a sixth finger on its paws, as well as extraordinary flexibility and endurance. Thanks to this, dogs confidently climb rocks and other difficult surfaces. They have a balanced and calm disposition, they do not show aggression towards people. They are found in Norway.
The Mudi is a herding dog breed from Hungary. Today, the Mudi is bred for work, sport, companionship, and show. They continue to be used in herding, as well as participating in a variety of dog sports. They are often said to be the "barkiest dog breed" and are not recommended for the typical dog owner.