Little Known Dog Breeds That Make Good Pets

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

By Freedombulls (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Freedombulls (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is always ready to play or work. They are a serious bulldog. They are very active and they need exercise.

They will usually weigh 50 to 100 pounds and are 20 to 26 inches. They will not need a lot of baths and brushing. They are easy to train because they are intelligent and want to please. They love children.

You must let them know at an early age you are the boss. They are great dogs for guarding and protecting. They must be trained or their guarding tendencies will get out of hand.

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog originated from the English bulldogs that came to America in the 18th century from England. In the beginning the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog was a plantation dog used for guarding.

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a rare breed.

They resemble the American Bulldog. They are found in merle blue, merle brown, and merle red. They have brown or white trimming. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog can also have brown or black markings on white. They have dropped ears that are usually not cropped. Their tails are long and their hair is short.


Polish Tatra Shepherd

By Marita Grasshoff (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Marita Grasshoff (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Most people have never heard of the Polish Tatra Shepherd Dog. This is no surprise because they are a rare breed. Most of them are found n Poland, but they have become very popular in the Netherlands and their numbers are increasing there.

The average size male is 26 to 28 inches tall, and the females are 24 to 26 inches tall. They will weigh 80 to 130 pounds.

The Polish Tatra Shepherd will trace their heritage back to the white guardian dogs. The Polish Tatra Shepherd has been used to guard sheep and goats in the mountains for 100s of years.

It is believed that the present day Polish Tatra Shepherd came from the Mastiff Breed. During World War II, these dogs almost became extinct.

Their instinct is to herd and guard so they will adopt a family as their flock. They are extremely intelligent. They are not attack dogs. They were used to guard factories and property. They are also used by police departments.

They can be very territorial. They are protective and loyal to their owners. They make good watchdogs and family dogs.



Bearded Collie

 Photo by sannse at the City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show, 30th August 2003 G
Photo by sannse at the City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show, 30th August 2003 G | Source

The Bearded Collie is a dog that likes to have fun. The can be shy with strangers.

The Bearded Collie will weigh 40 to 55 pounds and be 20 to 22 inches tall. They have a long straight shaggy coat. They will be brown, black, blue or fawn and sometimes they will have white patches.


By UniqueAndreas (Own work (own camera)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By UniqueAndreas (Own work (own camera)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Bearded Collie was found in Scotland hundreds of years ago. They were used as herding dogs. Many people think the Bearded Collie goes back to when the Romans ruled Britain. They may have originated from the Komondor dogs of Central Europe.

The Bearded Collie will make a loving companion for children. They are too friendly to make a good watch dog.

They are very intelligent dogs. They need to be socialized and trained. They are not good apartment dogs. They do best if they have a big yard to run in. They need a lot of attention. They have a lot of energy and need daily exercise.



Catahoula Leopard Dog

By Bugaflee [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Bugaflee [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Catahoula Leopard dog is a combination of a hard working dog and a loving family dog. They are happy walking through swamps and rivers or play in the house with the children They make great family dogs and hunting dogs.

The Catahoula Leopard dog will usually weigh 45 to 95 pounds and be 20 to 26 inches tall. They come in many colors including yellow, brindle, chocolate and Merle. They will have blue and white or marbled blue eyes.

The Catahoula Leopard dog comes from northern Louisiana. It is believed by many that they are a cross between the native American Indian dogs and Mastiffs, Bloodhounds and Greyhounds. These dogs came over in the 16th century with the Spanish settlers. There were many wild cattle and wild hogs in the woods and swamps and the Catahoula Leopard dog herded them. In 1979 they were named the state dog of Louisiana.

The Catahoula Leopard dog is very independent and full of energy. They need to be socialized and trained when they are young. They will make good apartment dogs if they are exercised regularly.

They are a very loyal and protective dog. They are not friendly to strangers. They make great watch dogs. They are great dogs for living in the country. They do best when they have wide open spaces to run and explore in.


Dutch Shepherd

By MustelaVison (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
By MustelaVison (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Dutch shepherd dog is a working dog, but they are also friendly, loyal, affectionate and great companions. They want attention and loving more than anything. If the Dutch Shepherd is left alone for a long time, they will get bored and destructive.

They will weigh 65 to 67 pounds and be 22 to 25 inches tall. The Dutch Shepherd dog comes in short, long or wire haired. The long and wire haired are very rare. Their color can be brindle shades of gray, silver, gold, red, blue and solid blue.

The Dutch Shepherd was developed in Holland in the 19th century as a working dog. They were used as a herding dog, farm dog, security dog, guard dog, and police dogs. They are a very popular dog in Holland but are rare in other countries.

The Dutch Shepherd is very protective of their territory and family. They make good watch dogs. They are protective and good with children. The Dutch Shepherd is easy to train because they want to please.

They will need to be brushed every week. They rarely need to have a bath.



More by this Author


Comments 10 comments

phoenix2327 profile image

phoenix2327 8 weeks ago from United Kingdom

These dogs are beautiful; the bearded collie especially. I've not heard of most of these breeds so I enjoyed reading about the lesser known ones.


Jackie Lynnley profile image

Jackie Lynnley 8 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

I liked the Leopard dog and the Collie but I would just have to cut him some bangs if he were mine!

Sharing.


norlawrence profile image

norlawrence 8 weeks ago from California Author

They are beautiful dogs. Many of the people in this country have never heard of them. Thanks Phoenix2317


norlawrence profile image

norlawrence 8 weeks ago from California Author

They are beautiful dogs. Many of the people in this country have never heard of them. My son had a Leopard dog and I had a regular collie when I was young. Thanks Jackie


FlourishAnyway profile image

FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA

I would love to adopt a Shepherd as I've always been partial to them. I didn't know they come in a Dutch variety.


Suhail and my dog profile image

Suhail and my dog 7 weeks ago from Mississauga, ON

Hi Norma,

A great article on less known breeds!

Bearded collie was quite popular back in the day before the recent fashion of keeping goldens and Labradors set in.

Polish Tatra is a livestock guardian dog (LGD) that belongs to the same family of dogs as Great Pyrenees, Anatolian shepherds, Hungarian Kuvasz (my dog), Italian Maremma, Turkish Akbash, Caucasian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovcharka, so on and so forth.

Come to think of it, bearded collies were also used as LGDs centuries ago.

The only problem of keeping them is their large size and shedding :-)


BlossomSB profile image

BlossomSB 7 weeks ago from Victoria, Australia

I love dogs and love this article. I knew a couple of these breeds, but it was interesting to read about them and the others, as well.


norlawrence profile image

norlawrence 7 weeks ago from California Author

Thank you Suhail. There are many great dog breeds out there that people have never heard of.


norlawrence profile image

norlawrence 7 weeks ago from California Author

Thank you BlossomSB. I get few comments so everyone is precious to me. I love dogs myself.


norlawrence profile image

norlawrence 7 weeks ago from California Author

Thanks for comment. There are several different kinds of Shepherds. There are 4 Belgian shepherds. One looks like a German Shepard. Really the other 3 resemble the German Shepherd. I am going to write an article about all 4 of them soon.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working