Dogs have accompanied humans for so many centuries that we might not even stop to think about how many different dog breeds there are around the world, their origins, and their appearances. What we know and feel is that they are our faithful, happy, and loving companions and that is enough for us. But how about meeting some rare doggies and knowing a little bit about their characteristics? Do you want to join us? You will be amazed and have fun with the reading.
We start our list with the rarest and most expensive dog in the world: the Tibetan Mastiff. Did you know that the price of a puppy of this breed can reach more than two million dollars?
Some studies say that this was one of the first breeds to differentiate itself from wolves, over 50 thousand years ago. Therefore, in addition to being rare and expensive, it is also very old. The Tibetan Mastiff is a molosser-type dog, have you heard of it? It is a dog’s category of strong physical, large to giant, heavy, and robust.
It is difficult to precisely specify the origin of this breed justly because it is a very old dog, but it is believed that they were created in Tibet and helped in the herding, in addition to being from the monasteries. With calm, docile, and loyal behavior, we could call it a gentle giant, as it is one of the largest dogs that exist. An adult male can weigh around 140 pounds and measure around 30 inches in height. Their lifespan is 10 to 15 years.
Catahoula Leopard Dog
The catahoula cur, as it is also known, originated in Louisiana, in the United States of America, and is one of the local culture’s symbols, even being known as the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, or simply, Louisiana. In 1979 it was officially recognized as the state dog of Louisiana.
It is an excellent hunter, large in size, measuring approximately 23 inches in height, and weighing around 99 pounds. They live an average of 14 years. In addition to being a good hunter, it is an excellent guard dog, as it is very faithful and protective.
Saluki dogs are also known as Persian Greyhounds and are believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, so much so that they were part of Egyptian royalty. Fancy, don’t you think? Some experts say that its origin can be traced back to 7,000 years before Christ. They were the favorites to be pharaohs’ pets and it is even said that Alexander the Great had one. A fact: the bodies of Saluki dogs were often mummified in ancient Egypt.
Originating from the Middle East, Asia, and Egypt, they are agile and fast hunting dogs, perhaps because of their slender physique that helps them run and reach up to 37 mi/h! They are also famous for having excellent eyesight. Despite its graceful and elegant appearance, the Saluki dog was highly appraised for hunting and killing gazelles and other large animals. These are tall animals, their height can reach almost 32 inches, but they do not weigh so much, a maximum of 60 pounds. Their lifespan is 10 to 17 years.
Another on the list of different dog breeds in the world is this little exotic: the Chinese Crested. Its name reveals their origin, they come from China and it is believed that they were one of the first breeds to be officially registered.
The Chinese Crested is docile, playful, and sometimes a little stubborn, but you would love to have it around. The most characteristic physical aspect of this little dog is that it has almost no hair spread over the body, only on the head, paws, and tail. There is a variety of this breed that is hairy, the Powderpuff, which has long and fine hair and both can be born in the same litter. Curious, isn’t it?!
They live an average of 10 to 14 years, are small, weigh around 11 pounds, and reach a maximum height of 13 inches.
Another fact about this little one is that in ancient China they were considered to have magical healing powers.
This is one of the dogs that are most successful in canine beauty contests around the world and is very affectionate with humans, and looking at its photo we can understand why, right? The long straight hair, the slender body structure, and the large size but charming and elegant figure do not go unnoticed.
The Afghan Hound was created in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan countries and initially served as a companion in hunting. But little by little, due to its striking and exotic appearance, it came to be treated as a companion dog. They are large animals, but thin, their weight does not exceed 75 pounds. Tall, the males of the breed can reach 30 inches in height and live an average of 12 to 14 years.
This is another of the different dog breeds in the world, an exotic-looking and very old dog, and as with others, the older it is, the more difficult it is to accurately determine its origin. However, it is believed to have its origins in Asia and was introduced to Hungary through nomadic tribes, who used it to herd the cattle and sheep they raised.
The most striking aspect of this little dog’s appearance is certainly its coat, which forms cords as it grows and gives the impression that Puli wears dreadlocks. It is a rustic and rough coat and the cords that line its body can reach 12 inches in length, while those on the face are shorter around 4 to 5 inches. However, even though they are shorter, they completely cover the face, including its eyes and ears.
Their lifespan is 12 to 16 years, they weigh an average of 25 pounds and reach a maximum height of 18 inches.
Fact about Puli: there is a very famous one, you know? The “heir” of Facebook, Beast, a dog of the Puli breed and whose tutor is none other than Mark Zuckerberg.
Much like our friend above, the Komondor dog is another of the different dog breeds in the world. It has a coat type very similar to the Puli and is also a Hungarian and herding dog. As they cared for sheep, their abundant coat helped a lot when camouflaging themselves among the flock.
Unlike the Puli, the Komondor is a little bigger and heavier: it weighs an average of 110 to 133 pounds and measures up to 30 inches in height. They live from 10 to 12 years.
Nature never tires of surprising us. And no matter how simple we believe that some species are, there are still surprises to let us be amazed, like these different dog breeds in the world that we just met. And these are just a few, there are others.
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