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15 dog breeds you've probably never heard of

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

These rare dog breeds are as adorable as they are interesting

People might not bat an eye to see you walking a Lab, Poodle or German Shepherd down the street, but what about a Jindo or a Bolognese? (And have you even heard of those breeds before?) 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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