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Dogs, who doesn’t love dogs? They’re man’s best friend they say, they’re the most loyal and the most common pet—only in the USA, there were 75.8 million dogs registered in 2012! 

But the fact that dogs are one of the most common animals to be kept as pets doesn’t mean all their breeds are equally common. In fact, there are enough rare breeds that all have their little something that makes them special. Keep reading to find out about five rare and great dog breeds, I guarantee you’re going to love them.

5. New Guinea Singing Dog
Originally a wild animal, the New Guinea Singing Dog has become now a treasured pet for people around the world. At the beginning of their domestication, they were usually kept as hunters and companions for their children. Their most significant trait is their way of vocalizing—it sounds like singing, which is also what ended up giving them their name.

4. Tibetan mastiff
The biggest dog ever, noble, solemn but kind, and with an impressive double coat. You can’t tell me you see this dog and don’t want to cuddle it all day every day. They make great guardians, they’re watchful and aloof, and even if they’re a little reluctant to participate in organized activities like obedience, they make a very good companion dog, too.

3. Norwegian Lundehund
Coming from remote Norwegian islands, this dog was bred to wrestle and hunt puffin birds from steep, vertical cliffs. This is the reason for some of the unique traits that evolved in the Norwegian Lundehund: Six toes on each foot and the ability to bend their heads backwards and touch their spine, for example. They’re energetic and loyal, not very outgoing to strangers and a bit stubborn.

2. Bergamasco Shepherd
They look like a mop and are one of the best shepherding dogs. Highly intelligent, they know how to think through problems and solve them on their own, which makes for a good companion if you look not only for company but also for self-sufficiency. They’re supposed to have originated in Persia (nowadays Iran), and almost became extinct after World War II. Luckily, an Italian breeder and scientist was able to save the breed before it got to that point.

1. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Also known as the Peruvian Hairless Dog, this breed is a real sight. Elegant and slim, their appearance says speed and strength without appearing coarse. Their distinctive characteristic is the lack of hair, which supposes an intensive skin care during their first year. Good hunters, they’re affectionate and loving with their family, well-mannered, and a bit reserved when it comes to strangers.

So, have you decided for your new pet yet? Maybe, maybe not, but at least you know more about dogs than you did before you read this article. And if your curiosity about dogs isn’t sated yet, then I can only recommend you to tune in to Cesar To the Rescue for more amazing dog stories and facts, premiering in April on NatGeo!