The Most Unique Dog Breeds in America

Who’s top dog? And who’s…not? The American Kennel Club has just released their list of the most popular dog breeds in America, according to the 2015 AKC registration stats. The top 10 is full of the usual, lovable suspects, from the Labrador retriever to the bulldog. In fact, the Labrador retriever took the most popular spot—for the 25th year in a row! You probably haven’t heard of the bottom 10, however. These least popular breeds are:
  • Skye Terriers
  • Pyrenean Shepherds
  • Chinooks
  • Finnish Spitz
  • Cesky Terriers
  • Otterhounds
  • American Foxhounds
  • Norwegian Lundehunds
  • Harriers
  • English Foxhounds

It’s always fun to see the winners, from the classics to the trending. But why should they be the only ones getting the attention? The breeds at the bottom deserve a little love, too, so let’s take a look at some of these little-known breeds.

Finnish Spitz


Flickr/Visit Lakeland

This red-gold hunting breed is the national dog of Finland, where it can trace its roots back thousands of years. Energetic, fearless, and friendly, these medium-sized dogs need plenty of exercise and a fenced yard.

Cesky terrier



Otherwise known as the Bohemian terrier, the Cesky is spirited and smart, and known for being more trainable than your average terrier. And if you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “chess-kee,” which means Czech. (We don’t need to tell you their country of origin!)

Skye terrier

2013 Royal Melbourne Show

Flickr/Chris Phutully

Bred by farmers to hunt foxes, otters, and badgers, these good-natured terriers have a long history as show dogs, too. The Skye terrier was famous in the 19th century—Queen Victoria was a fan!—but he’s pretty rare nowadays.


Love, The PetsWell Team

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