Here at 4Knines, we love dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds. Although it is quite common to encounter a Labrador retriever or golden retriever on the streets, you most likely have never seen a Schapendoes. Today we would like to discuss dog breeds you most likely have never heard of.  

Bergamasco

If you like dogs with corded coats, you will love this ragamuffin-looking breed, the Bergamasco. Featuring a truly unique coat, this dog has a combination of three different types of hair, which are called goat hair, dog hair and wool. This hair combination threads together to form mats that help protect the dog from bug bites, cold weather and the sun. Sometimes used as therapy dogs, these dogs are very smart and sweet.

Chinook

You don’t necessarily need wolf-like dogs to pull sleds. Believe it or not, these dogs are the official state dog of New Hampshire. In the early 1900s, they were bred for mushing and hiking. If you are an avid mountain man or woman, you may absolutely love this breed.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Back in the day when Spanish explorers landed in Peru, they were fascinated by these large, mostly hairless dogs hanging out in the natives’ homes. Since they don’t have much fur, their skin must be moisturized with lotion and they need to wear sweaters in cold weather. These delicate creatures are also emotionally sensitive, so treat these dogs with extra gentleness.

Pumi

Weighing about 22 to 29 pounds, these dogs are perfect for people who want a smaller dog that’s not too little. Featuring a curly, poodle-like coat, these guys are quite the lookers. Bred in Hungary as herding dogs, these canines love exercising and keeping livestock in line. These little guys may try to herd other dogs, ducks, cats and even your children (who need to be kept in line anyway).

American Leopard Hound

These loving, affectionate scent hounds can track down raccoons, bobcats, cougars, squirrels and other animals. Their coats can be brindle, standard or solid. These mellow dogs may be a bit standoffish at first, but once they warm up to you they will melt your heart. If you have children, they are very loving and protective of your little ones.

American Water Spaniel

Like their Spaniel cousins, the English Springer Spaniel, these dogs have a wavy, attractive coat. If you love a water dog, this canine is happiest fetching and swimming. These sweet dogs need consistent leadership and can be a bit on the stubborn side.

American Hairless Terrier

If you’re looking for a hairless dog who gets along well with other pets and with children, you may like the American Hairless Terrier. This breed developed due to a rat terrier genetic mutation and is fiercely loyal, playful and affectionate. Like other terriers, this breed has a fiery, energetic personality.

Swedish Lapphund

This beautiful, fluffy canine happens to be Sweden’s national dog. A true Jack-of-all-trades, this dog can be a guard dog, hunting dog and reindeer herder. Just because they are working dogs doesn't mean they need to be outdoors at all times. True people-loving dogs, these canines need to be around their humans.

Schapendoes

Also known as the “Dutch Sheep Poodles,” these medium-sized dogs adorably shaggy. Bred as Dutch farm dogs, these canines are known for their friendly, cheerful personalities. Like poodles, these dogs don’t shed that much, but their coats require grooming from time to time.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

With origins in the Appalachian and Ozark regions, these dogs are excellent hunters and have excellent treeing abilities. Not only are these dogs smart, they are loyal and brave. Their claim to fame lies in their ability to tree and hold prey for hours at a time if needed.

Plott

Although you may not be familiar with these canines, they are the state dogs of North Carolina. These hound dogs were bred to hunt large animals and are quite courageous.

Whether you have one of these rare dogs or an equally lovable mutt, you’ll want your canine friend to accompany you on a variety of different adventures. Make sure that you protect your car seats from dirt, dog hair, and scratches with one of our dog seat covers at 4Knines. Our dog seat covers ensure that you and Fido can spend as much time together embarking upon new adventures as possible.