The agile and smart Pyrenean shepherd is a tiny herding breed from France's mountains. The AKC ranks them as the 10th rarest breed in the U.S. despite their warmth and family-friendliness.
The rare Czech Cesky terrier has a silky coat and quiet disposition. One of the rarest breeds, they are short-legged and stand at 13 inches at the shoulder. Only 600 live in the U.S.
The Sussex spaniel is considered a hybrid between a cocker spaniel and a torpedo, although you may have never seen one.
A medium-sized hound, the Harrier resembles a gym-joined beagle. Originally bred to hunt hare in medieval England, they are related to the English foxhound.
From ancient West African origins, the AKC just recognized the Azawakh in 2019.Lean and muscular, the Az-a-walk dogs have short fawn coats and are becoming more popular companion pets in the U.S.
One of four native Belgian dogs, the Laekenois (pronounced Lak-in-wah) is closely related. The American Belgian Laekenois Association, created in 1995 and recognized by the AKC in 2020, has 163 members.
Despite being associated with the founding fathers, American foxhounds are unpopular. As hunters and athletes, they need lots of care and exercise, which may explain their low numbers in modern houses.