The American Kennel Club currently recognizes 190 breeds. Surprisingly enough, the ten most popular breeds make up over half of all registrations each year! That means that if they registered a million dogs each year, 500,000 of them would be divided among 180 breeds! The AKC breeds that rank as the 50 least popular make up only 1.2 percent of all dogs registered in the United States! So, out of 1,000 dogs, only 12 would be of any of the FIFTY breeds!
Every year, the battle to save dog breeds that are going extinct rages on. As more people learn about the breeds that are dying off, new hope is brought that the battle may yet be won. That’s why we’ve found the Top Ten Rare Breeds for you!
1. The gorgeous Red and White Irish Setter who is known for being reliable, playful, and affectionate!
2. The loud-mouthed American Foxhound who is the descendant of the dogs George Washington bred!
3. The stunning Sealyham Terrier who, despite his small stature, was originally created to hunt otters, foxes, and badgers!
4. The brave and loyal Plott Hound, the only Coonhound breed not descended from Foxhounds
5. The regal-looking Irish Terrier, one of the Oldest Terrier breeds
6. The fearless Briard, with the best hair of any dog on this list
7. The Affectionate Dandie Dinmont Terrier who is one of the rarest breeds in the world
8. The majestic Kerry Blue Terrier, one of the most loyal companions out there
9. The energetic Norwegian Buhund, who descends from the noble dogs of the Vikings
10. The brilliant and friendly Curly-Coated Retriever, known for being sweet and loving.
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