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Have You Heard About These Dog Breeds

Updated on November 18, 2016

Many of you probably have never heard of these dog breeds. The are not known world wide but they are popular in their native countries. They are used as working dogs and family pets.

Volpino Italiano Dog

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Many centuries ago the Volpino Italiano dog was developed in Italy. It is believed they are decedents of the European Spitz dog. The Volpino Italiano dog was loved by royalty and the common people. They were great watchdogs on Tuscan farms. The Volpino Italiano dog had the job was watchdogs to let the big dogs know when poachers and wolves were near. The famous painter, Michelangelo had a Volpino Italiano dog that was with him all of the time.

The Volpino Italiano is a small dog that usually weighs 9 to 11 pounds and is 10 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder. Their body is covered with a rough fluffy coat. Their coat can be white, red, tan or black. They have a feathered tail that will curl over their back.

They like to work or relax on the couch. They are lively, friendly and full of fun. They can be protective, and they will bark if they sense a threat. The Volpino Italiano is not a lap dog, but they do love attention.

The Volpino Italiano dog will need to be brushed to keep their hair from matting, and they will shed.

The Volpino Italiano dog will need to be socialized and trained when they are young.

Vizsala Dog from Hungary

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The Vizsla dog will weigh 48 to 68 pounds and are 21 to 25 inches tall. They are gentle and have a lot of energy. They will become very fond of their owners. They will sometimes follow their family around the house. They adapt well and are great with children.

They are very attached to their family, but they are usually friendly with other people and pets. They are very alert to sounds, but they are not usually good watchdogs.

If you own a Vizsla dog, there will never be a dull moment. They like to jump in your lap. The Vizsla dog will also dig holes in the yard. They are known for chewing so never leave your shoes lying around.

They must be socialized and trained when they are young. They love attention. Some of them are too active for apartment living as they sometimes do not like small places. They need to be walked daily. They should also be allowed off leash to run and play. The Vizsla dog will love to go jogging with you.

The Vizsla was used as a hunting dog in Hungary hundreds of years ago. They were perfect hunting dogs. The Vizsla of today was developed by crossing the old breed with the German Short-haired Pointer and the Weimaraner.

The Vizsla is a medium-sized dog that has short hair. They are usually a golden-brown in color. Their ears hang down, and their tails are usually docked.

Polski Owczarek Nizinny Dog from Poland

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The Polski Owczarek Nizinny dog is believed to be descended from the Hungarian Puli and other herding dogs. They were probably crossed with some of the European mountain dogs. The Polski Owczarek Nizinny dog was first found in Poland. They were famous for herding flocks of sheep. They were also used to guard property.

The Polski Owczarek Nizinny dog is medium sized. They are usually white or gray with black patches. They can also be found in many other colors. They have long hair and are very shaggy.

They love to roam and explore. They must have daily walks on a leash. They love their family and are protective and loyal.

The Polski Owczarek Nizinny dog must be socialized and trained when they are young.

Pharaoh Hound Dog from Egypt

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The Pharaoh Hound dog is considered one of the oldest domesticated dog breeds. It is believed they were around in 3000BC. Their native home is Egypt. The traders are believed to have brought the Pharaoh Hounds to Malta in the Mediterranean. They hunted rabbits and small game for thousands of years.

They are a medium sized dog. The males weigh 50 to 55 pounds, and the females weigh 45 to 50 pounds. The males are 23 to 25 inches tall, and the females are 21 to 24 inches tall. They have a coat that is red to tan. When happy their noses and ears will turn red.

They are fabulous watchdogs but are not good guard dogs. They are intelligent and make great companions.

They are very active and sociable dogs. They do just fine living in apartments, but they will need long walks every day. They do not like to b left alone. They love attention and company.

If they have proper care and exercise, they will live 15 years. They do not shed very much. They should receive weekly brushing.

They love their family. They are affectionate and get along with children. They are leery of strangers.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Dog from Peru

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The Peruvian Inca Orchid dog was found in the Peruvian villages in the 1st century AD. They can be hairless or have hair. They were introduced to Europe in the 16th century by the Spanish explorers.

They are a medium sized dog. They weigh 26 to 50 pounds and are 20 to 26 inches tall. If they have hair, it is short and coarse.

They are very protective of their family and home. They can be leery of strangers. They are goodwatchdogs.

They make good apartment dogs. They will need daily walks. You should not leave them in the yard very long by themselves.

When they are indoors, they are calm and friendly. They are well mannered and calm. They love their family. They like to play indoors and outdoors.

The Peruvian Inca Orchid Dog needs to be socialized and trained when they are young.

The Otterhound Dog

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The “otter dogs” have been running around England and France's riverbanks since the 13th century. The Otterhound dog of today came about in the 18th century. They were used to catch otters so the otters would not eat the fish. They are now very rare.

The Otterhound dog is a big and loveable dog. They will weigh 66 to 115 pounds and be 24 to 26 inches tall. They are quiet when they are indoors. They love to play, but they also like to take long naps. They are independent but do not like to be left alone. They are usually too active and rough for small children.

You will need the patience to train an Otterhound dog. They are slow in growing up. They need to be socialized and trained when they are young.

They may not do well living in an apartment. They are happiest when they can go outdoors to play and roam. They love to go swimming, exploring, hiking and hunting. They must be kept on a leash.


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    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 

      24 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Dog lover too!

      Even come across the Egyptian dog once or twice, not the Peruvian though.

    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Yes, being a dog lover, I have heard about all of them :-)

      It was nice reading this hub though.


      Suhail and my dog K2

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've heard of a couple of these breeds and liked learning about the rest. Thank you.

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      2 years ago from USA

      Now I sure hate to say any critter is ugly but let's just say some are prettier than others and it's good most of them stick close to their human families.

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks. It is a strange looking dog.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've heard of them all except that one from Peru! That is one weird-looking dog. :)


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