21 Awesome Dog Breeds You've Never Heard Of And Need To Know About Immediately
You don't see these guys at the dog park every day.
It's like a greyhound, except do greyhounds have such artfully curly tails? Do they charm everyone around them with their perfectly floppy ears, elegant neck, and doe-like appearance? DIDN'T THINK SO.
3. Bergamasco Shepherd
THESE DOGS ARE MADE OF DREADS. They're also really into helping organize livestock/perform any tasks you want, because they're super smart and view themselves as your equal. They're basically the dog version of your roommate in college with the Bob Marley poster and unwavering straight A's.
4. Bracco Italiano
Were you ever torn between a bloodhound and a beagle? Say no more! These cuties are sporty, cuddly, and brainy — completely impossible not to love. Getting a Bracco Italiano would only vastly improve your life.
6. Caucasian Ovcharka
Unless you live in, say, the Caucasus Mountains (where this "Russian bear-hunting dog" originates from) and need protection from bears and wolves, this dog probably won't fit your lifestyle. But they're cute to look at/fantasize about being a shirtless forest warrior with.
7. Czechoslovakian Vlcak
It's a wolf dog. A dog that looks like a wolf. It's a pretty new breed, probably created by fantasy literature fans who knew that the world would one day demand dogs that look like direwolves. They're also similar to direwolves in their behavior, as they're crazy loyal and only temperamental if not trained properly.
8. Estrela Mountain Dog
These Portuguese sheepdogs were bred to protect herds from wolves, and just look at that face! Yeah, the breed can be aloof around new people, but, like, so was E.T., and he wasn't this perfection of a pup.
9. Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
It's like a schnauzer with basset hound legs/ears! And they're really friendly and happy all the time. If this doesn't satisfy you, literally nothing ever will.
This is essentially a golden retriever with Rottweiler coloring. It's been around for a really long time and almost went extinct in the 13th century, so let's all take a moment and appreciate this miracle of an animal.
11. Kai Ken
This rare Japanese breed sheds, like, never and is totally chill about staying indoors. Also, they've been depicted in anime, which makes them the best.
You've seen these "Dutch spaniels" in 17th-century paintings before. But did you know that they are the most stunning organisms to ever roam this planet? They have black patches of fur on the tips of their ears called "earrings" — what could be more fab?
13. Lancashire Heeler
The badassery of a Doberman in the package of a corgi. You just have to train them to not bite your ankles when they initially mistake you for sheep, but other than that, you got a perfect pooch!
This dog has better hair than you but also always wants to hang out with you and is down to do whatever. Do you even have a human friend who fits that criteria?
These Hungarian dogs are pro ratcatchers and kind of look like they should be a Pokémon. WIN.
16. Russian Toy
One of the smallest dogs in the world and loves people. Gets bonus points for looking like a member of the Spice Girls from way back when.
This "Dutch sheep poodle" loves to play and gets along well with kids. It is friendliness personified.
18. Slovensky Cuvac
They don't like strangers. They only like you. And they look like harp seal cubs. Can you say "BFFs 4 eva"?
19. Spanish Mastiff
The ideal droopy-faced dog. Plus, thanks to centuries of guarding property and wheeling heavy carts, they are fiercely loyal/would die for you. Just sayin'.
20. Swedish Lapphund
There are only 1,200 of these in the world, and very few of them exist outside of Sweden. They've been used to guard property, hunt, and even herd reindeer. They can do it all!