Caucasian Ovcharka and 10 other dog breeds you’ve probably never heard of

These rare dog breeds are as adorable as they are interesting

People might not bat an eyelash at seeing you walking a Lab, poodle or German shepherd down the street, but what about a Jindo or a Bolognese? Beyond the common household pups that we’ve all grown to love, there are still several unusual and super-cute dog breeds that are full of surprises.

You can find these lesser-known breeds in the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service Breeds category, but we’ve put together our favorites for you in a handy list. Expect to see a few of these up-and-coming pooches at your local dog park.

1. Barbet

These rare dog breeds are as adorable as they are interesting
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The curly-coated barbet is a rare canine breed boasting a friendly, people-pleasing personality. Also called a French water dog, this fun-loving canine may just jump in your tub when it wants some water action. Barbet advocates are currently working hard on increasing the pup’s American population.

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