The Least Popular Dog Breeds in North America

It’s hard to imagine that there is actually a ‘least popular’ group of dog breeds out there, but there is and it was obviously written by cat lovers, (or an evil cat itself). Here is the list of the least popular breeds around so that you’ll know which to look for at your local shelter since these are the ones in need of rescue.

The English Foxhound

These medium-sized dogs were primarily bred to hunt foxes. They are a unique cross-breed taking the qualities of the Greyhounds, Fox Terriers, and Bulldogs. This dog is a fast and intelligent hunter. They are friendly, energetic, and considered to be gentle with pets and children. But they aren’t very popular in North America, perhaps because some people choose to stick with the traditional American foxhound. Or it could be that many people are against hunting these days. So, if you’re in the market for a good huntin’ dog, choose one of these friendly little guys as your faithful companion.

The Cesky Terrier

This breed is a mix of the Scottish Terrier with the Sealyham Terrier. The result is an oddball breed with a very unusual look with its long curly locks on his face and body. But on the plus side, the Cesky is a quiet and clam dog that would be ideal for families who need a calm pet, or an older couple in need of a dog that isn’t too hyperactive.

The Norwegian Lundehund

The Norwegian Lundehund is a unique animal. Their joints can twist and turn with great ease, making it easy for them to fit into a small crevice. They have a strange appearance of a small wolf or coyote and what makes things even weirder is the Lundehund has a sixth toe. For anyone who is into exotic creatures, this is the dog for you.

The American Foxhound

The American Foxhound is much smaller than the English Foxhound and has a great ability to sniff out prey. It can let loose a piercingly loud howl which is great if you are using this dog for hunting, not so great if you think it’ll make a good housedog. These dogs are very active and require a lot of exercise and stimulation in order to keep them happy. But they are otherwise fun and loyal pets., and amazing watchdogs as well. What type of burglar is going to stick around after hearing that long and drawn out howl?


The Harrier

Yes, you guessed it, another cross-breed. These adorable small-sized hound dog/terriers have a muscular appearance that causes them to often be mistaken for beagles. They can be trained to hunt if needed, or to simply guard the house. They are lovable dogs that need attention and a good place to run around and play.

The Dandie Dinmont Terriers

This Scottish bred terrier has a unique dachshund-like body and a fluffy pom-pom like head that makes it a very unusual looking pup. The Dandie Dinmont is known to dig up gardens and lawns, so they’re great companions if you need a hole dug, if not, you may want to consider making them a house pet instead.

The Komondor

There are many people who are simply turned off by the big shaggy appearance of this Hungarian dog, but the shaggy mop of a creature is a Hungarian national treasure, and a loyal and loving pet. They were breed to defend and herd livestock. The Komondor requires a large amount of space and stimulation, not to mention a patient owner who is willing to spend time maintaining their dog’s unique dreadlock fur.

The Otterhound

These small and energetic pups are bred to hunt otters, and they have webbed feet to make it easier for them to succeed in their hunts. Unfortunately, the otterhound is an endangered breed and recent reports suggest that less than 1,000 remain in their native UK.

The Sussex Spaniel

Native to England, the Sussex Spaniel were at one point an endangered breed, but they have since then gone on to flourish in the United States. They are a calm and relaxed dog and perfect for families, which makes you wonder why they were even on the list at all.

Skye Terriers

This small pup is a hunting dog that is so rarely bred that its in danger of extinction. Despite their diminutive frame, they enjoy walks in the park and regular exercise. But overstimulation as a pup can cause damage and pose long-term risks to their body abd bone development.

It turns out that many people who pass up these adorable terriers and reliable hound dogs at their local shelter are passing on a loyal and faithful pet. Even if you are not into hunting, you can still go with a breed that was used for the sport. These dogs have just as much love and faithfulness as any other dog breed out there, they just need to be given a second chance.