Looking for a breed that will stand out at the dog park? If you’re in search of a dog that’s a bit unusual, the following breeds are sure to ignite some questions the next time you and your pooch hit the park.

American Foxhound

One of the few breeds created in the U.S., the American Foxhound is one of the rarest. Developed from a line of hounds brought to the New World in 1650, they were bred for long days of hunting with little direction from people. Highly energetic and independent, American Foxhounds require vigorous daily exercise and extra socialization from an experienced trainer. Owning a noble and good-natured American Foxhound is a challenging but rewarding endeavor.

Cesky Terrier

Muscular, short-legged, and lovable, the Cesky Terrier is hard to come by, with less than 600 of these handsome hunters in the U.S. Standing just about a foot tall, these mellow terriers weigh around 20 pounds. Their unique curly coat is long, fine and slightly textured similar to that of a terrier. Willing to please, Cesky Terriers make clever and adventurous family dogs that enjoy a romp in the backyard or a walk around the block.


Named after the word for warm winter winds, this athletic breed is so rare that its population dipped to a mere 125 dogs in 1965. Bred to be a sled-pulling super dog, the Chinook exerts power and speed. Today, the people-oriented Chinook is a playful, adaptable, and eager-to-please family dog that is great with other dogs and children. Thriving on physical activity, the Chinook is best-suited for a family who loves to get up and move.


Amiable, energetic and even-tempered, this unique scent hound is rarer than the Giant Panda. Lighthearted with a great sense of humor, these slow-maturing hounds enjoy playing with children and other pets. An Otterhound will need a fenced yard because they are known to follow their inquisitive nose. Otherwise, the Otterhound is a low-maintenance companion that needs moderate exercise and weekly grooming of its rough, shaggy coat.

Norwegian Lundehund

Truly an unusual breed, the Norwegian Lundehund possesses a series of anatomical traits unlike any other. Hailing from Norway, this dog was bred to hunt puffins on the rocky coastline. With an extra sixth toe for support on the slippery cliffs and the ability to snap birds out of the air with a double-jointed neck, the Norwegian Lundehund is perfectly designed for his job. A sensitive and skeptical dog, the Norwegian Lundehund is wary of strangers and needs consistency to develop trust — but once his trust is earned, he proves to be a fun-loving and delightful friend.

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