Get ready for inquisitive looks if you plan on waltzing around the local shops with any of these rare dog breeds. Though they may be uncommon, these canines are terrific for families – especially those with children – and add extra affection (and fur) to any household. From running wild with your little ones to enjoying an evening cuddle, these unusual dogs will quickly become an irreplaceable member of your pack.
Not surprisingly, these pups are from Norway, and are energetic, cheerful, and extra affectionate with kiddos. Just make sure you take the time to train them, since they’re incredibly bright and love having a job to do.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
How can you resist a dog with a moniker like that? Even better, Dandie Dinmont terriers are loving, intelligent and enamoured with children. Perfect for keeping everyone safe as a watchdog (have you heard that baritone bark?) these dogs can be a little stubborn and benefit from training.
The adaptable Australian terrier is smart, and super sociable, so you’ll definitely find a friend in this pup. That furry little face may look innocent, but be sure to exercise them regularly as bored terriers can become destructive. If you’re in need of a loving dog sitter to give them plenty of exercise and cuddles, look no further than Rover.com!
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Originally from Switzerland, this herding dog has a complicated name but a sweet disposition. They love spending time with kids, and like other herding-type dogs, tend to consider children part of their pack, which can lead to possessive behaviour. Address this in training, and make sure puppies are taught to play gently (since their size can be overwhelming). This may not be a great breed for families with very young children.
Patient and obedient, the Chinook is a devoted family dog that always strives to please. Originally bred in the United States, these dogs are perfect for kid-filled households because they stay calm and sweet, even in chaos.
With the adorable looks of a little red fox, the Finnish Spitz is good-natured, smart, and protective – they make quite the watchdog! They’re super active and will love playing with your little humans. Just make sure to keep them in an enclosed garden or on a lead because they tend to wander off.
American Water Spaniel
Though this breed is generally used for hunting, American Water Spaniels also are a fun additional to any family, particularly those with rambunctious children. Boasting wavy fur and sweet dispositions, these dogs just require exercise and attention – making them a great match for the other little critters in your household.
An ideal cuddling companion with big floppy ears, Otterhounds are an affectionate and intelligent breed. Great at entertaining themselves, these dogs won’t need constant attention, but they love feeling like part of the family. Their deep bark also makes them an exceptional watchdog!
If you’re looking for loyalty, the Pharaoh Hound is your kind of dog. This exotic-looking hound is one of the oldest domesticated dogs in recorded history and was known for being a loving family dog. This breed is always looking to please you, so you won’t find a sweeter addition to any family unit.
Intelligent and curious, this reddish-gold breed is receptive to training—in fact, they thrive on it. Perfect for the active family that’ll provide them with daily exercise, these dogs are affectionate with their “pack”, and especially gentle with children. Though originally bred in Europe as a hunting dog, Vizslas have recently gained some well-deserved attention as a family pet.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Keep these dogs busy with daily walks, and they’ll be the happiest little additions to your family. These retrievers thrive in loving – yet disciplined – households, and are known to be patient with children.
The epitome of a gentle giant, these dogs are hopelessly devoted to their family, especially to children. They live for affection, so if you don’t have a lot of time to offer, this may not be the breed for you. Obedience training is a must for little Leonbergers because the puppies can be “mouthy,” and really energetic. But, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more loyal companion.