The Xolo. Frankie says, No No!

I was feeling kind of discouraged by the lack of response to my  new “describe that unknown breed” contest so I thought I’d nudge things along with a few suggestions. First, I headed for the American Kennel Club, where I found a few unfamiliar breeds. Then I remembered the far more inclusive United Kennel Club, registering dogs from all 50 U.S. states and from 26 foreign countries.

Pay dirt!

Now I admit that some of the following are unfamiliar and therefore interesting because of  linguistic ignorance. In contrast, some make me laugh because I understand the names in the original language and they’re very goofy. For example, the Chien Francais Blanc et Noir means French Black and White Dog. Descriptive, yeah? Are we talking Dalmation or Havanese here? That definitely belongs in my newly created Ministry of Silly Dogs.

Anyway, even if you don’t enter my contest — and I hope you do — I thought you might enjoy this. And if you do enter: No political commentary, please. That is, I considered taking the Barak and the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier off the list, lest they prove controversial.  But I trust my readers to behave themselves. And I can always delete the comments if they don’t. It’s my blog.

And while I’m coming clean: I have heard of a couple of these dogs but left them in because I thought you might not have. That includes the Xoloitzcuintli, a Mexican hairless breed, pictured here. I want one, but Frankie vetoed the idea.

If you want to know what all these breeds — and many others — actually look like, see the complete UKC list with links here:

  • Aidi
  • Akbash Dog
  • Alaskan Klee Kai
  • Alentejo Mastiff
  • Alpine Drachsbracke
  • Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie
  • Ariegeois
  • Azawakh
  • Barak
  • Beagle Harrier
  • Beauceron
  • Bergamasco
  • Berger Des Pyrenees
  • Berger Picard

  • Billy
  • Black Forest Hound
  • Black Mouth Cur
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Braque D’Auvergne
  • Braque de Bourbonais
  • Braque de l’Ariege
  • Braque Francais, de Grande Taille
  • Braque Francais, de Petite Taille
  • Braque Saint Germain
  • Briquet Griffon Vendeen
  • Ca de Bestiar
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cao de Castro Laboreiro
  • Carolina Dog
  • Caucasian Ovcharka
  • Cesky Fousek
  • Cesky Terrier
  • Chart Polski
  • Chien d’Artois
  • Chien Francais Blanc et Noir
  • Chien Francais Tricolore
  • Cimarron Uruguayo
  • Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin
  • Ciobanesc Romanesc Mioritic
  • Cirneco dell’Etna
  • Coton De Tulear
  • Czechoslovakian Vlcak
  • Danish Broholmer
  • Deutsche Bracke
  • Deutscher Wachtelhund
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Drentse Patrijshond
  • Drever
  • Dunker
  • Dutch Smoushond
  • East Siberian Laika
  • Entlebucher
  • Epagneul Bleu de Picardie
  • Epagneul Breton
  • Epagneul Francais
  • Epagneul Picard
  • Epagneul Pont-Audemer
  • Estrela Mountain Dog
  • Eurasian
  • Francais Blanc et Orange
  • Fresian Water Dog
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Grand Bleu De Gascogne
  • Grand Gascon-Saintongeois
  • Grand Griffon Vendeen
  • Great Anglo-Francais Tricolor Hound
  • Great Anglo-Francais White and Black Hound
  • Great Anglo-Francais White and Orange Hound
  • Greenland Dog
  • Griffon Bleu de Gascogne
  • Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
  • Griffon Nivernais
  • Haldenstover (Halden Hound)
  • Hamiltonstovare
  • Hanoverian Hound
  • Hellenic Hound
  • Hokkaido
  • Hygen Hound
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
  • Istrian Short-Haired Hound
  • Jagdterrier
  • Jindo
  • Kai
  • Kangal Dog
  • Karelian Bear Dog
  • Kishu
  • Komondor
  • Kooikerhondje
  • Kromfohrlander
  • Kuvasz
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lapinporokoira (Lapponian Herder)
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Leonberger
  • Löwchen
  • Maremma Sheepdog
  • Mountain Cur
  • Mudi
  • Norrbottenspetz
  • Owczarek Podhalanski
  • Patterdale Terrier
  • Perdiguero de Burgos
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Petit Gascon-Saintongeois
  • Plott Hound
  • Podenco Canario
  • Podengo Portugueso
  • Poitevin
  • Polski Owczarek Nizinny
  • Porcelaine
  • Posavaz Hound
  • Pudelpointer
  • Pumi
  • Russkiy Toy
  • Saarloosewolfdog
  • Sarplaninac
  • Schapendoes
  • Schiller Hound
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Shikoku
  • Sloughi
  • Slovac Cuvac
  • Smaland Hound
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Sporting Lucas Terrier
  • Stabyhoun
  • Stephens’ Cur
  • Styrian Coarse Haired Hound
  • Swedish Vallhund
  • Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
  • Tosa Ken
  • Transylvanian Hound
  • Treeing Cur
  • Treeing Feist
  • Volpino Italiano
  • Westphalian Dachsbracke
  • West Siberian Laika
  • Xoloitzcuintli

6 thoughts on “Dogs I Never Heard Of”

  1. i love the xolo! i read about them recently and have a great pic of them too, which i was going to use on a wordless wednesday except i can no longer remember where i downloaded the pic from. *sigh*

    i’m not a cat fan, but the hairless ones are enormously cute too [in the strict dictionary definition way].

    hmmm. shall check out your contest. xox

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