Rare Dog Breeds: a Kooikerhondje

Rare Dog Breeds

8 December 2022

The world is filled with millions of amazing doggies - which we couldn’t be happier about. But with over 221 dog breeds recognised by the UK Kennel Club, we guess it is forgivable to not know about a few. It’s time to brush up. Here are a few rare breeds many of us didn’t know about.


This spaniel-esque breed was in vogue in the 17th and 18th century. In fact, they were even featured in Rembrandt paintings. Kookiers were originally bred in Holland as a duck decoy dog and they are described as being extremely friendly, well behaved and affectionate.

Nala, the Kooikerhondje

Kai Ken

An extremely rare Japanese breed, Kai Ken are known for being natural hunters and effortless climbers. While on a hunt, they have been seen climbing trees to catch their prey (beware squirrels). They are intelligent, agile, reserved with strangers but extremely loyal to their family. The Kai Ken are one of only six breeds that are protected by the Nihon ken Hozonkai, an association that preserves Japanese dog breeds.


In 1965, the Chinook was in the Guinness book of World records as the rarest breed in the world with only 120 left in existence. In 1981 the breed dwindled to only 11. Today, estimates suggest there are 1200 left in the world. Chinooks were originally bred in the United States for drafting and sled dog racing, and they also make excellent family dogs if well-socialised from a young age. Patient, intelligent, and willing to please, the Chinook is known for their affinity to children.

Czechoslovakian Vlcak

Born by crossing a Carpathian wolf and a German Shepherd with the idea of creating a dog for special military operations, the breed took a turn for the friendly. This wolf dog has the trainability and temperament of a German Shepard and the strength and endurance of the wolf. Their senses are stronger than your average dog which is why this is not a beginners dog. They are loyal, intelligent and need lots of exercise.

Tibetan Mastiff

This breed hold the record for most expensive dog ever sold, when a Red Tibetan Mastiff "Big Splash" was sold for over £1million. When fully grown, a Tibetan Mastiff can weigh over 20 stone. Although they tend to be quite calm and loving, they are also known to be stubborn and in need of plenty of exercise.

Ecko, the Tibetan Mastiff

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