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If You Are A Dog Lover You’ll Love This List Of The 21 Rarest Breeds Ever

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With 202 recognized dog breeds, it’s nearly impossible to know them all. We all know the most popular dog breeds like the German Shepherd or the Labrador Retriever, but the rare breeds go completely unnoticed by the general public. Luckily, there are dog enthusiasts like us, who love to share information about these gorgeous pups. We’ll go through 21 of the rarest breeds below!

 1. The English Foxhound

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The English Foxhound was first recognized by the AKC in 1909.  Traditionally, the English Foxhound was used for hunting in large packs for fox. The English Foxhound is much stouter than her American counterpart, but is not known to be much heavier.

English Foxhounds are now gentle, loving, and loyal companions.

2.The Harrier

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The Harrier was recognized by the AKC way back in 1885. They’re known for their incredible hunting skills; often used for hunting rabbits and hares.

The Harrier is sturdy, strong, and well-balanced. They’re known to work well in essentially all terrain.

As a companion dog, they’re known to be friendly, outgoing, active, and relaxed.

Dog Breed 3: The Norwegian Lundehund

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The Norwegian Lundehund is a small Spitz breed who originated from Norway. In the past, they were bred to hunt puffins in extreme terrain. They have six toes on each foot and elongated rear foot pads which once allowed them to hunt on steep, vertical cliffs. Quite impressive!

If you’re searching for a companion rather than a working dog, this breed could still be for you. But, make sure you’re active. These dogs are alert, energetic, and love to go hiking with their pet parents.

Dog Breed 4: The American Foxhound

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The American Foxhound is leaner than the English Foxhound, and was bred in the United States to hunt fox and other game.

They are scenting pack hounds. And, were traditionally bred to run effortlessly for many hours during their chase.

If you’re searching for a companion, the American Foxhound can be easy-going but be prepared to handle their stubborn streak. And, you should also be ready to provide her with a significant amount of exercise. She could be the perfect dog for an active runner.

5. The Otterhound

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The Otterhound is known for his friendly, cheerful personality. Traditionally, he was bred in England for hunting otters. The Otterhound is a bit different from other hound breeds, though. Because he needed to be ready to hunt on both land and in water, he sports a rough, double-coat and webbed feet. His body is strong and so is his mind; and, you should be prepared for a lot of questions from this curious canine.

6. The Cesky Terrier

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The Cesky Terrier, like most terriers, is known for her determined and tenacious demeanor. She was originally bred to hunt in packs, but are known to be easier to train and more social than other terrier breeds.

If you’re searching for a companion, the Cesky Terrier is adventurous and loving. And, they’re not known to get into trouble as long as they are provided with a sufficient amount of physical and mental exercise.

7. The Finnish Spitz

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The Finnish Spitz dog was originally bred for hunting small game and birds in Finland. Similar to other breeds in the ‘Spitz family,’ the Finnish Spitz is known for her excited, friendly, and courageous personality.

They’re a small dog. But, don’t let that fool you. They’re happy to go anywhere you want to go and are always ready for adventure.

8. The Chinook

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The Chinook was traditionally bred for drafting and sled dog racing. As such, they are known for their steady, athletic body, their willingness to please, and their intelligence.

The Chinook is also known to be an excellent family dog with a special love for children.

9. The Pyrenean Shepherd

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The Pyrenean Shepherd is known for his superb athletic skills and his determination as a herding dog. The Pyrenean Shepherd is known to be mischievous with high energy.

The Pyrenean Shepherd makes an excellent family companion for an active home who enjoys a lot of playtime. Or, if you have a farm, you can help her run out some of her energy by allowing her to run free (once she’s properly trained of course).

10. The Skye Terrier

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The Skye Terrier originates from Scotland and were traditionally bred to hunt fox. Don’t let his size fool you, he’s known for his strength, courage, and well-tempered personality. He’s strong and agile, which makes him an excellent candidate for agility courses if that’s a quality you’re searching for.

She’s dedicated and loyal to her family, but she does have a stubborn streak. Agile and strong, this terrier is a breed with elegance and dignity. The breed is loyal and devoted to its family, although sometimes stubborn. Bred for hunting foxes along the Isle of Skye of Scotland, they are stronger than their size makes them appear.

11.The Bergamasco

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Once you see the Bergamasco dog, their appearance will be hard to forget. As you can see, they’re easily recognized by the style of their coat. They have three types of fur which causes the coat to weave together giving her the look you see in the photograph above.

Traditionally, the Bergamasco was used as a sheepdog in the mountains of Persia. Now, she is known to be an intelligent family dog but be ready to deal with her stubborn attitude from time to time.

12. The Tibetan Mastiff

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The Tibetan Mastiff is known for his large size and kind expressions. He has an impressive, double-coat which causes him to look even bigger (not that he needs to look bigger).

As a family dog, he’s known to be a aloof, watchful, and independent. He’s difficult to train and not a good choice for beginning pet parents, but once he’s trained he is extremely loyal and will guard you with his life.

13. The Swedish Vallhund

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Swedish Vallhunds are known for their athletic abilities. Originally bred for herding, they often excel in obedience, agility, tracking, herding, and flyball. They’re small but fearless.

14. The Bedlington Terrier

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The Bedlington Terrier is known for her curly wool coat and could be mistaken for a lamb! She was traditionally used for racing and catching vermin due to her speed and endurance. She can make an excellent family companion with plenty of exercise.

15. The Catahoula Leopard Dog

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The Catahoula Leopard Dog was the first dog breed in the United States and was once used to hunt wild boar. He’s often multi-colored and was named after the Catahoula Parish in Louisiana.

16. The Peruvian Inca Orchid

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The Peruvian Inca Orchid has been around basically forever (since before AD 750). Today, she’s a rare but treasured companion. She’s known to be good at hunting and lure coursing, but her most notable quality is her lack of fur.

17. The Thai Ridgeback

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The Thai Ridgeback is rarely heard of but gaining popularity. She’s known as the Thai Ridgeback due to a ridge of hair which grows in an opposite direction from the remainder of her coat.

18. The Azawakh

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The Azawakh, a West African sighthound, is known to be a fierce protector of her family and a loving guardian. This breed has a short coat with all different colors and markings.

Dog Breed 19: The Lagotto Romagnolo

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The Lagotto Romagnolo originates from Italy, and was traditionally used as a gun dog. These days, they have a different occupation, truffle hunting.

20. The Mudi

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The Mudi is a Hungarian herding dog. In addition to herding, he’s a talented hunter, and skilled guardian. If you’re interested in the Mudi as a family companion, be sure to give him plenty of exercise.

21. The Pharoah Hound

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The Pharaoh Hound, the national dog of Malta, is a Maltese breed of dog. In Maltese she’s known as Kelb tal-Fenek, which means “rabbit dog.” This correlates perfectly as she was originally bred to hunt rabbits.

This Horrifying Story Of A Woman Losing Her Hands And Legs Will Make You Think Twice About Letting Your Dog Kiss You

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This Horrifying Story Of A Woman Losing Her Hands And Legs Will Make You Think Twice About Letting Your Dog Kiss You

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We all love our puppies. There’s a reason they are called man’s best friend. They are adorable, loyal and sweet little pals who only want our affection and attention. However, giving them that much-deserved affection can sometimes backfire in a life-changing way — as it did for one Ohio woman earlier this year.

After nine days in the hospital, a woman woke up to find her hands and legs amputated and the reason behind their loss was a rare infection caused by puppy kisses.

The nightmare started after the woman returned home from a vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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When  Marie Trainer returned from her trip, she experienced a backache and nausea that caused her to take time off of work. Soon, her temperature began fluctuating wildly — spiking and dropping sporadically. The sudden changes to her temperature and her worrisome symptoms landed her in the local emergency room on May 11.

When first admitted, Trainer was delirious and she soon fell unconscious. Doctors first suspected that the problem was some sort of tropical disease picked up from her travel to the Caribbean. However, this wasn’t the cause. It took the hospital seven days to eliminate that possibility and find the real cause of Trainer’s illness.

Trainer had contracted a rare infection from the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus.

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Doctors say bacteria was probably introduced into Trainer’s body when her German shepherd puppy, Taylor, licked an open cut somewhere on her body. As the infection took its course, the Ohio woman’s skin began quickly changing to a purplish-red color before progressing into full-blow gangrene in her extremities. She soon developed a blood clot that threatened Trainer’s life. The discoloration also spread to the tip of her nose, ears, and face.

While being hospitalized at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, Trainer was treated by Dr. Margaret Kobe, the medical director of infectious disease. Kobe shared with CNN the process of identifying and treating Trainer’s illness.

“It was difficult to identify, We’re kind of the detectives,” Kobe explained. “We went through all these diagnoses until we could narrow things down. She didn’t lose parts of her face. But her extremities is what she had to have surgery on. This is off the scale, one of the worst cases we have seen in terms of how ill people become with infections. She was close to death.”

However, Trainer’s family wanted to get a second opinion before they made the life-changing decision to amputate.

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Hoping to save Trainer’s legs and hands, her family reached out to see if they would get a less severe diagnosis. However, the damage was too extensive and had already corrupted the tissue in her extremities. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis of Capnocytophaga through the use of blood tests and cultures.

Trainer’s family then gave permission for her treatments. Trainer has now had eight surgeries and will soon be fitted for prostheses on her arms and legs. Gina Premier, Trainer’s step-daughter and a nurse at the same hospital she was treated at, spoke with CNN about the prognosis

“That was a pretty hard pill for us to all swallow,” she admitted. “To say she was fine a couple days ago on vacation and now she’s actively getting worse by the minute and now her hands and feet aren’t alive, like this doesn’t happen, it’s 2019.”

While this is a cautionary tale for all dog-owners, Trainer’s cause is a rare one.

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This news has us seriously rethinking how we show our pups affection and vice versa. According to the Center for Disease Control, the bacteria is present in as many as 74% of dogs. However, most people who come into contact with infected dogs and cats don’t get sick themselves. The bacteria poses a greater risk to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children. Once contracted, symptoms of the infection usually manifest in three to five days. Three in ten of those who develop a severe infection will die because of Capnocytophaga.

Though changed forever, Trainer is grateful to still be living and is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life.

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Though the bacteria was introduced via one of her dogs, Trainer has no intention of giving her pups away. In fact, she was eager to see them while she was still hospitalized. She asked doctors if her two furry friends could visit and they were happy to accommodate the request.

“They brought them here two times at the hospital so I can see them and that just put the biggest smile on my face,” Trainer told CNN.

It just goes to show that nothing can stop puppy love — not even a major bacterial infection.

These Pics Of Sweet Bodega Cats Are Proof That The United States Does Have A Royal Family

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These Pics Of Sweet Bodega Cats Are Proof That The United States Does Have A Royal Family

OK,  so you’re a sorry person you might be wondering what the heck a “bodega cat” is, right? Well, a bodega cat is a special and hard-working kind of kitty who often lives in a ship or has taken a stroll away from home to find comfort in strangers…. and by comfort we mean food, comida, la papa. If you want a longer def, then you can find one here (and of course, remember gatitos are the kings and queens of the Internet). These kitties are often found near delis, lonjas mercantiles or anywhere that sells food. As we said, sometimes bodega cats actually live in the shop and will do anything within their means to get some abracitos y mimos from the customers! They often become legendary dwellers of their hoods.

They will employ their best gatito de Shrek antics to get a slice of pastrami or a little bit of queso, or perhaps a little cuddle, and like any good cat, they will just ignore you once their feline cravings have been satisfied. Just so you are prepared next time you encounter one of these, this is what we mean by gatito de Shrek (yes, we know he is the Puss in Boots, but us Latinos call him differently):

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And without further ado, these are some of the most tiernos y descarados bodega cats on the web:

This New Yorker who has made the streets his paradise

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Just look at the masterful way that this bodega cat seductively twists and turns around Elly Belle’s ankle. Hard to say no!

Mayor Tom, a sus ordenes

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Tom is laying the law of the land straight away: if you want anything you will need to pay him some attention, and some respect. He will be by your ankle, tus tobillos, of course! Are we the only ones who think cats were put on this planet to be the stars of the Internet?

Want a B&J ice cream? Well, too bad, I am just cooling here!

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Good luck to whoever wants to grab an helado in this shop. That bodega cat is not going anywhere. Do we blame him?

Just woke up from my long siesta

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Just look at that rico bostezo. This cat found the perfect nap spot behind the Premium crackers. Just be careful next time you visit the shop: you don’t want to unleash hell by waking him up!

This cat found an ally!

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Very cute. These two seem to have hit it up. This animal defender will surely visit this bodega cat often, and perhaps bring some fishy treats with him. This kitty struck gold: a co-dependent lifelong friendship with a human.

Do not disturb, por el amor de Dios

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That bag of Book Chicka Pops seems to be the best pillow ever. This cat is just so comfy we even feel like peeping toms looking at this picture!

The guardian of the chelas

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This minino knows that when new boxes of cerveza arrive, it is of the uttermost importance to guard them. Just look at the serious and committed expression on its face. Well done, chaparrito.

This is one aristocratic cat

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Everything in the dweller of this bottle shop screams class: from the long whiskers to the furry chest to the aristocratic way in which he yawns. Perhaps some sherry, my lord?

Cats of anarchy! 

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According to common lore, if you cross a black cat you will face bad luck. But this one is just so cute on that motorbike. Or, is he part of a biker gang? Shall we call Ron Perlman and ask if he is part of Sons of Anarchy?

Ready to jump! Watch out!

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This cat by the name of Max seems to be ready to jump on the first customer that walks in. We wonder what is going through his animal mind? Sardines, perhaps.

No, kid, no chocolate today!

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We love, and are terrified by, the judgmental look on this fluffy face. No chocolate for you today, escuincle. Or perhaps he is shaming an adult cliente for having a Kinder huevito every day.

Cat not for sale

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Cats and boxes are like chicken and rice, peas and carrots… we just want to clarify that this cat was not being sold! He just loves to spread sus patitas open wide in this box.

Guardia de lujo

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No, he is not a criminal. This cat is there as a customer service liaison for the shop and is ready to assist you if you have any questions in regards to the operation of the Automatic Teller Machine. Ha.

This gatito de bodega sure strikes a pose! 

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Just look at how professional this cat’s modeling is. It captures the golden hour perfectly, and that look towards el horizonte near the Yucateco sauce bottles and the Cholula sauce box would surely make a spreadsheet in a fashion magazine. Miau!

We want this on a t-shirt, like as of yesterday!

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What a cool design. It is influenced by pop art and yet captures the magnificence of bodega cats. Can we buy a t-shirt or poster now, please? Take our money

Florecita roquera

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Ohh la la! No bad luck at all bumping into this amazing New York scene, with fresh tulips and a gorgeous black cat. Can it get more urban chic than this?

Ask Nelson, if you can wake him up that is

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Nelson seems to have an appointed role in customer service, but he also seems to not give a damn. Good for him. Long, restful periods of sleep are important for any employee.

Come back soon, have a nice day!

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We would totally come back to this shop if this awesome one-eyed cat was there to bid us goodbye. We love that he is having a happy life, as evidenced by his lovely panza. We just want to scratch his tummy!

Bodega cat in training

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This kitten has all the necessary attributes to become a great bodega cat: the posture, the intensity in his gaze and a very healthy dose of cuteness. We can’t wait to see where his career takes him!

Hipster bodega cats, of course, giving us all the High Fidelity vibes

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This super hipster gatito lives in a record store that sells vinyl and of course wears a jeans vest. He has that Marlon Brando air about him and is plain awesome. Can someone sign a sponsorship deal with him already?

Last but not least: the smart cat who found summer relief in the fridge

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New York can get pretty hot in the summer, and muy humid, so Fernando found the perfect spot inside the fridge. If it is beer o’clock he can just crack open a Red Stripe and feel the sweet flavors of Jamaica travel his furry body.

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