At present there are more than 200 breeds of dog in the world and dog breeders are developing new breeds by crossbreeding two different dog breeds. A large number of dog breeds are street dogs and almost equal numbers of dogs are kept as pets also. In this article, we will discuss about seven lesser-known dogs which can make good family dogs.
Pyrenean Shepherds by nature are quite enthusiastic, mischievous, and intelligent, and they are unrelenting herders descended from ancient sheepdogs of the Pyrenees Mountains. Pyrenean Shepherds are divided into two groups, ‘rough-faced’ and ‘smooth-faced’ based on the varieties of their coat ‘rough-faced’ and ‘smooth-faced’. These breeds of dogs are very strong, lean, and energetic. They were used as herders to protect the cattle and today in the countryside they are still used for herding cattle. They are famous for their dynamic and free-flowing movement, and they have got dark almond-shaped eyes conveying an alert and calculating expression.
The Lagotto Romagnolo (plural: Lagotti Romagnoli) originated in Italy. This breed of dog is also known as ‘truffle dog,’ as they sport a curly coat and extravagant facial furnishings. In spite of their plush-toy looks, they are robust workers of exceptional noses who root out truffles, a dainty and pricey delicacy. Italians call them ‘carino.’ which means ‘cute’ in English. In any language, Lagotti Romagnoli are completely charming. They have got woolly curls that cover their all body from head to tail. They have a lavish beard, eyebrows, and whiskers making them very attractive. It stands under 20 inches and weighs around 15 kilos. If you are looking for a cute but robust dog then Lagotto Romagnolo is a very good option.
The Hanoverian Scenthound is a calm and assured temperamental dog but at the same time penetrating with its handler, and fussy and shrewd with strangers. It belongs to the hound family of dogs and in earlier days they are used during hunting. It originated in Germany and is called Hannoverscher Schweihund in the German language. Their size varies from medium to large and their body is well proportioned and strong. It has got very sturdy limbs and because of this, they can tirelessly work. It has a broad, deep chest that provides sufficient room for the lungs which empowers them for long chases. Its forehead is slightly wrinkled with clear, dark eyes that provide the serious expression that’s archetypal of the Hanoverian Scenthound.
Harriers originally were bred to help hunters to hunt hares and foxes. At present, this dog breed isn’t particularly popular, but their brilliant sense of smell and the capacity to work tirelessly make them great companions for hunters. Nature wise these dogs are very active and playful, and they are not fit to live in an apartment setting. They require large space to run and burn off their high energy. Nevertheless, Harriers are very loving, particularly with kids and other dogs. They are a fairly healthy and easy-to-groom breed. For a lively family, it can be an excellent family dog.
Affenhuahua is a small-sized mixed-breed dog. It is a crossbreed between the Chihuahua and Affenpinscher dog breeds and the name Affenhuahua is a combination of its parents’ breed dogs. They are sometimes called Affen ChiIt also. It inherited good qualities from both of its parents and it belongs to the group of toy dogs because of its small size and cute looks. By nature, they are petite, sassy, and highly energetic and can be a good companion for you in case you are looking for a cute yet energetic dog.
Havapoo is a very cute looking small sized dog that will make you fall in love with it at the first sight. They are a crossbreed between the Havanese and Poodle breeds of dogs. It got good qualities from its parents and by nature, it’s very affectionate, intelligent, and gentle, and they are flexible enough to adjust to any kind of family, big or small does not matter. It falls under the category of ‘designer dogs’ and will add a lot to the beauty of your house. They are perfect apartment dogs because of their small size.
The Schnocker is a mixed breed dog between the Miniature Schnauzer and Cocker Spaniel dog breeds. Schnockers are quite an impulsive, friendly and sweet breed of dogs and, they inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents. Schnockers are also known as Miniature Schnockers and CockerShnauz. Schnocker is especially great with children of all ages and enjoys their company. Because their parent breeds were both bred to be acute, swift hunters, they can also be very excitable and energetic. While Schnockers require a good amount of exercise, they can adjust in apartments also because of their size.