Little Known Dog Breeds
Updated: Mar 24, 2018
We are familiar with such dog breeds as the poodle and Labrador retriever. There are other breeds less known, especially in this country. Below, I have given a short description of several of these less-known dog breeds.
- The Affenpinscher, also known as the "Monkey Dog" (because of his looks and actions), is small but feisty, full of spunk and energy. They were originally created to be ratters in homes, stables, and shops. Bred down in size, they moved up in the world, becoming ladies’ companions. A terrier at heart, he is busy, inquisitive, bold and stubborn, but he also loves to monkey around, being playful and mischievous. Affenpinscher is thought to be the most suitable for a family pet as it is easy to train of a good demeanor.
- Anatolian Shepherd is also known as the Karabash Dog, the Kangal Dog, the Turkish Sheepdog. It is a breed of a dog which originated in the Anatolia region of central Turkey. Very rugged and powerful, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a working guard dog, possessing a superior ability to protect livestock. While not a "glamour" breed, the Anatolian's loyalty, independence and hardiness is cherished by breeders and owners. This type of dog needs a large home with lots of space, and loves to be outside. They are fiercely and instinctively protective so caution and socialization is required.
- These are medium sized muscular dogs and are also named the African Barkless Dogs. These dogs are able to bark, they just choose not to. Out of Africa, the Basenji dog breed was originally found in the Congo. He uses both scent and sight to hunt and was originally used to flush small game into a hunter’s nets and to control village rodent populations.
The Bouvier des Flandres
- This dog is similar to the terrier one . Their fur is generally dark and they have proven to be very calm. At the beginning they were bred as herders in France but nowadays they are used for police and military purposes, as well as guidance for blind persons.
Thanks to his bushy eyebrows, walrus-like mustache, and full beard, the Bouvier des Flandres sports a truly unique look. This highly protective herding dog is also full of smarts and independence — and he’s happiest when he has a job to do. The breed’s caveat: his coat gets dirty easily, and it takes time and patience to groom him.
-The Central Asian Ovtcharka (pronounced “uhf-‘chAr-ka”) Dog is a 4,000 year-old breed that originates from Russia. These are large and muscular dogs. They appear to be very loyal and fearless dogs with strong protective instincts which makes them perfect as watchdogs. This flock guardian is not for everyone. They need an owner who understands the flock guard type and the temperament that comes along with it. This is not a breed for the timid or meek owner. The objective in training this dog is to achiever pack leader status.
The Polish Owczarek Nizinny
- Owczarek Nizinny is a medium-sized, strong, muscular, shaggy dog with a long coat that covers its eyes and body. Usually its tail is docked, but it is not unusual for the puppies to be born without a tail. Its willingness to please and devotion to its family makes it a great companion. It is responsive to firm, fair obedience training; but it is also clever, strong-willed, and likes to think for itself and make its own decisions. He is known for being a bit devilish and recking havoc when left alone.
The next time you are looking to add a new dog to your household, why not take a look at one of these?