You don’t see these guys at the dog park every day.
1. Appenzeller Sennenhunde
It’s basically a short-haired Bernese Mountain Dog, aka all the fun and half the work! They’re great with kids and livestock. And if you like jogging, GUESS WHAT: so do they! Say hi to your soulmate.
It’s like a greyhound, except do greyhounds have such artfully curly tails? Do they charm everyone around them with their perfectly floppy ears, elegant neck, and doe-like appearance? DIDN’T THINK SO.
3. Bergamasco Shepherd
THESE DOGS ARE MADE OF DREADS. They’re also really into helping organize livestock/perform any tasks you want, because they’re super smart and view themselves as your equal. They’re basically the dog version of your roommate in college with the Bob Marley poster and unwavering straight A’s.
4. Bracco Italiano
Were you ever torn between a bloodhound and a beagle? Say no more! These cuties are sporty, cuddly, and brainy — completely impossible not to love. Getting a Bracco Italiano would only vastly improve your life.
These “Split Nose Pointers” are virtually unknown outside of Turkey (except now, and you’re welcome). As you can see, they have distinctive, downright unforgettable noses as a possible result of inbreeding.
6. Caucasian Ovcharka
Unless you live in, say, the Caucasus Mountains (where this “Russian Bear Hunting Dog” originates from) and need protection from bears and wolves, this dog probably won’t fit your lifestyle. But they’re cute to look at/fantasize about being a shirtless forest warrior with.
7. Czechoslovakian Vlcak
It’s a wolf dog. A dog that looks like a wolf. It’s a pretty new breed, probably created by fantasy literature fans who knew that the world would one day demand dogs that look like Direwolves. They’re also similar to Direwolves in their behavior, as they’re crazy loyal and only temperamental if not trained properly.
8. Estrela Mountain Dog
These Portuguese sheep dogs were bred to protect herds from wolves, and just look at that face! Yeah, the breed can be aloof around new people, but, like, so was E.T., and he wasn’t this perfection of a pup.
9. Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
It’s like a schnauzer with basset hound legs/ears! And they’re really friendly and happy all the time. If this doesn’t satisfy you, literally nothing ever will.
This is essentially a golden retriever with Rottweiler coloring. It’s been around for a really long time and almost went extinct in the 13th century, so let’s all take a moment and appreciate this miracle of an animal.