Rare Breeds that Make Great Pets

Rare Breeds that Make Great Pets

Affenpinscher

This ancient toy breed is fun-loving, loyal and fearless. He’s considered a hypoallergenic breed, so he could be a perfect companion for both people with and without allergies.  Learn More >

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is an active and cheerful companion. More relaxed and with less need for exercise than other terriers, he’s still a curious, affectionate terrier who takes his status as watchdog rather seriously. The Bedlington Terrier is a curious, affectionate companion dog who loves nothing better than to spend time with his people. Learn More >

Brussels Griffon

This terrier-like companion recently skyrocketed into the limelight after Newton the Brussels Griffon won the most recent National Dog Show (and drew comparison to ewoks). Alert and loyal, this is exactly the kind of sidekick you’d want on a Star Wars adventure. Learn More >

Cesky Terrier 

Cesky (pronounced “chess-key’) Terriers got their name because the breed originated in Czechoslovakia. They’re pretty small dogs, but they’re still strong, hardworking, and active ... so they’ll keep you on your toes! Learn More >

Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear dogs are basically living, breathing cotton balls. These tiny pets weigh less than 15 pounds and have super soft fur, making them an ideal lapdog and companion. Learn More >

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandies are small and long, but don’t let that deter you from thinking they can’t defend themselves — they actually make a great small breed for a watchdog. Their bark alone will trick any intruder into thinking it’s a huge, scary dog. Learn More >

Japanese Chin

The Japanese chin is a true lapdog, wanting to snuggle and cuddle with you at every opportunity. He is loving, loyal, and affectionate, and he is friendly with everyone after he gets to know them. This small dog breed doesn’t need much exercise. Learn More >

Löwchen

She loves being with you and will follow you around the house. She is lively and playful, but will bark at any noise she finds suspicious. Her name means “little lion,” and she is a fierce protector. She will need you to teach her when not to bark. She likes a little playtime in the yard and short walks. The löwchen is a small dog breed that loves playing with. Learn More >

Newfoundland

The massive Newfoundland is a strikingly large, powerful working dog of heavy bone and dignified bearing. The sweet-tempered Newfie is a famously good companion and has earned a reputation as a patient and watchful “nanny dog” for kids. Learn More >

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehunds were formerly used to hunt puffins, but nowadays they’d much rather be your hiking partner. They’re pretty amazing at climbing because they have six toes on each foot. Learn More >

Saint Bernard

Known to be loving, gentle and tolerant in spite of its size, Saint Bernards are a good with families with well-behaved children. Food requirement for a Saint Bernard may be lower than for other breeds of similar size because his temperament is more placid and it needs less exercise. Learn More >

Skye Terrier

A Skye Terrier’s giant ears can resemble two different things, depending on how you look at them: bat wings or pigtails. Despite the fact that their hair often covers their eyes, these dogs are smart and easily trained. Learn More >

Tibetan Spaniel

This small dog is loyal, confident and watchful. He is almost catlike, enjoying climbing high to sit on windows and cabinets to survey his territory. He makes a good small watchdog and is totally protective of his owners. He is not aggressive with people but saves all his cuddling for his family. He can get along with pets he is raised with and is good with considerate kids. Learn More >

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