Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as "rare" is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of jaguar and other big game. The Canadian Eskimo Dog has a long history working with the Inuit peoples. The Sloughi and the Azawakh are ancient North African sighthounds. For our purposes, these dog breeds are considered "rare" because they have not yet...
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|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Use today:||Herding, companion|
|Color:||Sable; bi-colored (black with red, tan or cream); black saddle with red, tan, gold, cream or silver markings; solid black and solid white.|
|Coat:||Two coat types: coarsehaired and longhaired|
|Size:||Large Dog Breed|
|Height:||at least 25 inches at the shoulder|
|Weight:||at least 80-100 pounds|
The King Shepherd is an ARBA-recognized breed that closely resembles the German Shepherd Dog. Several different breeds contributed to the King Shepherd, and although not everyone agrees, it’s generally believed that the American lines of German Shepherd Dogs were crossed with Malamutes and/or a flock guardian breed (e.g., the Great Pyrenees). The resulting dogs were then bred back to German Shepherd Dogs from European lines. The King Shepherd is long, robust and muscular with a solid structure. This working dog is strong, vigorous, agile and intelligent. Gentle and loving with family, friends, children and other animals, Kings are courageous protectors of the home, making natural companions, guard dogs and sheep herders. Natural exuberance must be tempered by obedience training.
Photo courtesy of Shelley Watts-Cross.