Top 10 Rarest Dog Breeds In The World

1. Norwegian Lundehund These cute dogs are one of the most unique and rarest dog breeds in the world. They have unique features like six toes on each foot and elastic like necks. They are also the only breed ever bred to hunt Puffins.

2. Otterhound This rare dog breed first appeared in medieval England but was not officially recognized until the 19th century. They were originally wildly popular due to their superior hunting skills, but today these scarce shaggy coated cuddle bugs are very affectionate family pets.

3. Azawakh These leggy hounds were originated from West Africa and they are the members of the sighthound family. They have chased gazelle across the Sahara desert for centuries, but have remained relatively unknown outside their homeland. They were not added to the AKC until 2011 but nowadays this breed is known for popular pets.

4. Thai Ridgeback Well the existence of this mysterious breed was almost unknown outside of Thailand.  They are 1 of only 3 breeds to feature a ridge of hair that runs along with their backs in the opposite direction of their coats.

5. Stabyhoun This beautiful breed is from the Netherlands. It is both a south mouthed retriever and a pointer.  These dogs make our list of rarest dog breeds in the world because they didn’t appear outside of their home country until the early 2000s.

6. Mudi The Mudi also pronounced “Moodie” is a herding breed that has existed since the 19th century. This curly coated rare Hungarian breed is slowly becoming more popular, especially among the agility lovers.

7. Lowchen Lowchen also known as the ''Little Lion'' is a non-sporting dog whose unique fur cut resembles that of a lion. Lowchens are extremely intelligent pets and they have a hair coat that constantly grows, meaning it sheds very little but needs brushing and trims for maintenance.

8. Tibetan Mastiff Unlike many massive breeds, Tibetan Mastiffs can easily live for more than 10 years and is one of the rarest dogs in the world. Imposing in size and serious in nature, Tibetan Mastiffs are rare, dominant type dogs that wary of strangers and protective for their owners.

9. Chinook The Chinook almost went extinct in the 20th century, with only 11 breeding pairs left in the year 1981. The Chinook is relatively a rare dog breed that was bred in New Hampshire in the early 1900s and it is used as an all purpose sled dog. All Chinooks trace their linage to the first male Chinook.

10. Canaan Dog Canann dogs are an ancient dog breed, but only 2,000 to 5,000 still exist worldwide. The Canaan Dog is such an ancient and rare candid breed that it was originated in the pre-biblical era. These dogs were originated in Ancient Canaan (an area stretching across modern day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan) and drawings of the Canaan Dog have been dated to around 2000 – 2200 BCE.