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10 rare and extraordinary dog breeds

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on May 8, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
Azawakh dog standing on a beach

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Azawakh

This lean and lanky breed originated in the Saharan desert of western Africa where it was originally used as a sighthound but also took up the job of guard dog.

According to the American Kennel Club, which only recently added the breed to its list of recognized breeds, "The azawakh is also known as the Tuareg sloughi. The breed has been the companion of nomads of the south-Sahara for hundreds of years."

While more popular in its place of origin, the breed is still considered rare and is recognized by the American Rare Breed Association. Because they're bred to thrive in a desert environment, they don't do as well in colder climates. They also love to chase anything that moves, which makes it tough to keep them as pets in low-key households. However, this leggy and regal looking dog is gaining popularity outside its desert home.