A Closer Look at 5 of the Rarest Dog Breeds and How to Raise Them

Hey there, dog lovers! Today, we're going on an exciting journey to explore some of the rarest dog breeds you might not have heard of. Not only are these breeds unique, but they also require special care and attention. So, let's dive in and meet our furry friends!


Azawakh dog breed

The Azawakh – Elegance from the Sahara

First up is the Azawakh, a sighthound from West Africa. These dogs are known for their slender build and elegant gait. Originally bred as hunting dogs, Azawakhs are fiercely loyal and protective. 

Raising an Azawakh? Remember, they need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. They thrive on human companionship, so be prepared for a dog that loves being close to its human pack. Raising an Azawakh also involves providing ample exercise to accommodate their high energy levels. Think long walks, runs, and perhaps a game of tag in the backyard.

Some common FAQs about Azawakh

Are they good pets? Yes, for experienced owners.

How many are there? Difficult to determine, but a small population.

Cost? Around $8000-$8500.

Do they shed? Yes, but minimal grooming required.

New Guinea Singing Dog

The New Guinea Singing Dog – A Melodious Mystery

Ever heard a dog sing? The New Guinea Singing Dog, hailing from the highlands of New Guinea, is known for its unique vocalization. These dogs are incredibly rare and somewhat wild. 

Raising New Guinea requires early socialization and consistent training are key to helping them adapt to a domestic setting. They thrive in environments where they can balance their need for independence with human companionship. Due to their intelligent and curious nature, providing them with mental stimulation and ample space to explore is essential. While they can adapt to living as a family pet, their independent streak and strong hunting instincts mean they are best suited for experienced dog owners who can appreciate and cater to their unique characteristics.

Some common FAQs about New Guinea 

What makes them special? Unique vocalization or "singing".

Are they domestic dogs? Yes, with a long history with humans.

What are they like? Curious, intelligent, affectionate.

Where do they live? Mostly as house pets in North America.

What do they eat? Regular domestic dog diet.

How to adopt? Through NGSD conservation societies.

otterhound dog breed


The Otterhound – A Gentle Giant

The Otterhound, with its shaggy coat and amiable disposition, is a rare sight indeed. Originally bred for hunting otters in England, this breed is known for its excellent swimming ability. Otterhounds are large and require regular exercise, but they're also gentle and make great family pets. They love water, so if you have access to a safe swimming spot, your Otterhound will be in heaven!

Raising an Otterhound means providing regular opportunities for aquatic adventures. Lakeside picnics and swimming sessions will keep your Otterhound's adventurous spirit alive.

Some common FAQs about Otterhound:

Do they get along with children? Generally friendly and easygoing.

Do they shed a lot? Moderate shedding.

Are they good with other dogs? Depends on upbringing.

Are they good with cats? Yes, if raised with them.

Do they need a lot of exercise? High energy when young.

How long do they live? 10-13 years.

Any health problems? Ear infections and hip dysplasia are common.

The Lagotto Romagnolo – The Truffle Hunter

From Italy, we have the Lagotto Romagnolo, a breed revered for its truffle-hunting skills. These curly-coated cuties are affectionate and energetic. They're also incredibly smart and trainable.

Raising a Lagotto involves mental stimulation—truffle hunting games and puzzle toys are a must.  If you're raising a Lagotto, engage their mind with puzzle toys and scent games. They love to learn and please their owners, so training sessions can be a great way to bond with your Lagotto. Oh, and those curls need some grooming love to keep them looking fabulous.

Some common FAQs about Lagotto:

Does the Lagotto Shed? No, it is a non-shedding breed; however, they have a curly coat that traps shed hair, requiring regular grooming to prevent matting​​.

Are Lagottos Good with Kids? Yes, Lagotto Romagnolos are generally great with children.

Are Lagottos Hypoallergenic? While no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic, the Lagotto rates high among breeds that tend to be suitable for people with allergies​​.

Grooming Requirements? Their wooly-textured coat requires moderate to significant grooming effort. Regular brushing and clipping every 6-8 weeks are recommended to prevent the coat from matting​​.

Exercise Needs? They are happy to be active with jogging owners or relax with more laid-back individuals​​.

Health and Lifespan? Typically, Lagottos live for 11-14 years. They are generally healthy.


the thai ridgeback


The Thai Ridgeback – A Majestic Protector

Last but not least is the Thai Ridgeback, a breed that's been around for centuries in Thailand. Known for the distinctive ridge on their back, these dogs are independent, loyal, and protective. They can be a bit aloof with strangers, so socialization is crucial. Thai Ridgebacks are active and require regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy. 

Raising a Thai Ridgeback involves early socialization and obedience training. Their independent nature calls for a patient and consistent approach.

Some common FAQs about Thai Ridgeback:

What is their origin?: Native to Thailand, distinct from the Rhodesian Ridgeback.

How is their temperament?: Good family dog with experienced owners, can be independent and stubborn, needs early socialization.

What specific care needs to be taken?: Adapts to both apartments and houses with yards, requires daily exercise, low grooming needs, regular health checks.

How should their training be?: Intelligent but independent; requires firm, consistent training with positive reinforcement.

Health and Lifespan? : Generally healthy, prone to some types of cancer, lifespan of 12-13 years.


Raising any of these rare breeds is a rewarding and unique experience. Remember, each breed has its own needs and quirks, so it's important to do your research and understand what they require in terms of exercise, diet, and training. With love, patience, and understanding, you'll have a loyal and fascinating companion by your side.

And there you have it, fellow dog enthusiasts – a glimpse into the world of some of the rarest and most fascinating dog breeds. Speaking of unique, have you heard about peaksNpaws' Yak Milk Chews? Just like our rare breeds, these chews are a special treat. Made from 100% natural yak milk, they are not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious and perfect for keeping your dog's teeth healthy. Whether you own one of these rare breeds or any beloved pooch, peaksNpaws' Yak Milk Chews are a fantastic way to show your furry friend some extra love. Give them a try and watch your dog enjoy a taste of the Himalayas!

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