Little Known Dog Breeds and My Opinion on Mixed Breeds

Little Known Dog Breeds

We are familiar with such dog breeds as the poodle and Labrador retriever. There are other breeds less known, especially in this country. Below, I have given a short description of several of these less-known dog breeds.


Little Known Dog Breeds
Affenpinscher, Image by Gareth Roberts, Flickr

This is the smallest dog in the breed which also presented us the schnauzers. The affenpinscher is thought to be the most suitable for a family pet as it is very intelligent, easy to train of a good demeanor. They have a dark fur and have always shown affection to human beings.







Anatolian Shepherd

Little Known Dog Breeds
Anatolian Shepherd, Image by Jennifer Natali, Flickr

This dog breed is of a medium size and has proved to be very courageous. This breed is very powerful and loyal and it is used for military and hunting purposes.





The basenji

Little Known Dog Breeds
Basenji, Image by Matthew Clemente, Flickr

These are medium sized muscular dogs and are also named the African Barkless Dogs. These dogs are able to bark, they just choose not to.  Their biggest skill is hunting.








The Bouvier des Flandres

Little Known Dog Breeds
Bouvier des Flandres , Image by Jan Rifkinson, Flickr

This dog is similar to the terrier one . Their fur is generally dark and they have proven to be very calm.  At the beginning they were bred as herders in France but nowadays they are used for police and military purposes, as well as guidance for blind persons.





The Polish Owczarek Nizinny

Little Known Dog Breeds
“Polski Owczarek Nizinny, by Pleple2000, Flickr

This dog is of medium size and has long fur which covers its eyes. These are devilish dogs that are known for creating chaos when left alone.







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Whatever name you care to give them, these breeds are by far the most popular.  Why?  Some people believe mixed breeds are just smarter than purebreds, but that’s debatable, I suppose.

As far as health concerns in the mixed breeds compared to purebreds, studies have shown that mixed breeds on average are both healthier and longer-lived than their purebred relations. This is because current accepted breeding practices within the pedigreed community results in a reduction in genetic diversity, and can result in physical characteristics that lead to health issues.

Cross-bred dogs are thought to be superior mothers compared to purebred mothers, producing more milk and giving better care. These advantages led to a decreased mortality in the offspring of cross-bred dogs.

Not all dog owners appreciate mixed-breed dogs. Some owners value a dog’s pedigree as a status symbol and, therefore, have no use for mixed-breed dogs; others appreciate or have an emotional attachment to the physical or behavioral traits of certain breeds; still others mistakenly believe that a pedigree means a dog will have superior personality traits and health.

People who enjoy mixed-breeds often value their one-of-a-kind appearance and characteristics.

Local animal shelters adopt out dogs of both purebred and mixed ancestry, emphasizing each dog’s personality and suitability as a companion for each potential owner’s lifestyle.  If looking for a dog for you and your family, I urge you to adopt.  There are so many animals out there that need you.

 Little Known Dog Breeds and My Opinion on Mixed Breeds

Little Known Dog Breeds
In Memory of Star ~ my adopted German Shepherd

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8 thoughts on “Little Known Dog Breeds and My Opinion on Mixed Breeds”

  1. After losing my rescue (pedigreed) dog 2 weeks ago during surgery, I was devastated. Two days later I went to SAFE, a no kill rescue center in St. Augustine, Fl, and rescued a dear little chiweenie. He is adorable, loving and helped to heal my sadness. He is great with people, dogs and pretty much okay with little kids if they don’t put their faces next to his, which no one should do with any dog unless the dog is comfortable with the person. Thanks for your blog.

    • Hi Nuala. Thanks for visiting my blog toady and for leaving a comment. I’m glad you found a little chiweenie to get you through your grief and help you move on. I love happy stories. Take care. I hope you’ll come visit us again.

  2. I was fortunate enough to know a Nizinny while growing up. He was amazing…very bright and got bored easily but a sweeter natured dog you would never find, and with the sweetest smile. He was a Pets as Therapy dog – used to love having people make a fuss of him!

  3. I had a Golden Retriever who died of a rare kind of lymphoma. He broke my heart. Goldens are known for their cancers, and I would guess the Golden Doodles are not.

    We rescued a wild dog from Tennessee. She survived on bugs and rodents. To this day, she and I can be strolling along, and suddenly she stops and digs up a mole. Now that is an adventure in dog rescue!!

  4. Very interesting, Jeanne. I love dogs and always enjoy learning about different breeds. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.


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