Almost everybody knows what a Golden Retriever or German Shepherd looks like, but what about a Puli or a Portuguese Water Dog? These breeds may not be as popular as others, but they’re also beautiful dogs who are terrific companions and will provide a lifetime of love and affection.
Here are the eight exotic dog breeds that are the cutest.
One look at a Puli and most people think, “walking mop,” since the tight curls of its fur resemble dreadlocks. Although their fur looks like it might be unmanageable, Pulis experience little to no shedding. They’re also very active dogs and loyal to their owners.
This small breed resembles a lamb and is named after a town in North East England. Bedlington Terriers were originally bred to kill vermin and have been used in dog racing competitions. Today, the dogs are known for their mild and gentle dispositions, making them a good dog for children.
A medium-sized dog with an abundant coat of fur, the Bergamasco Shepherd was originally a herding dog from the Italian Alps near the city of Bergamo. Its unique coat is made of three types of hair, all used to protect it from weather and predators.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a large and powerful dog, typically weighing up to 155 pounds. They’re natural guard dogs known for being protective of their home and family. After World War II an Italian painter began a breeding kennel to continue the Neapolitan Mastiff line.
Portuguese Water Dog
These dogs were originally taught to help fishermen along Portugal’s coast. They’ve gained popularity in recent years due to being the dog of choice of President Obama’s family. The Portuguese Water Dog is also known for its loving and friendly nature as well as their non-shedding fur.
Currently listed as a vulnerable breed by the Kennel Club in England (300 or fewer registered dogs), the Lancashire Heeler is a small dog once used as a herder of cattle. Their smooth coats keep them dry in all weather and they’re friendly and make a good companion. It’s believed they were the offspring of the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier.
Also known as a Swedish cow dog, the Swedish Vallhund was a cow herder over 1,000 years ago. They are believed to be related to the Welsh Corgi, since they share physical similarities. Although short in height, their bodies are long and muscular and they still have strong herding instincts.
The Chow Chow originated in China and is considered one of the ancient dog breeds. It’s known for its fur in its neck area that resembles a lion’s mane as well as its blue-black/purple tongue. Due to their hunting instincts, they can be overly protective and aggressive.