People always want to know about the most popular things in the world. There are plenty of lists about the most popular dogs, cats, movies, cities, cars, and so on, but there are very few resources dedicated to the unpopular. It is worth noting that dog breeds that are not popular are not so due to being undesirable; their lack of popularity, usually, has to do with the fact that they are just not well known because there aren’t a lot of breeders, or do not have as much public exposure (through media) as other breeds such as the Golden Retriever and the Border Collie.
English Foxhound: The English Foxhound is a scent hound which is (obviously) used for hunting foxes. The breed can be tracked back to the late 16th century by mixing Greyhounds, Fox Terriers, and Bulldogs to make a formidable hunting dog.
Lowchen: The ‘Little Lion Dog’ is a German dog breed which can be traced back to Medieval times. The Lowchen is a non-shedding dog, so it is ideal for those who are worried about pet allergies. It is a highly intelligent dog with energy level to match.
Spanish Water Dog: The Spanish Water Dog is a herding dog, which also gets to be a hunting companion. It is a loyal and affectionate breed, with high intelligence, and very low shedding. The breed, in one form or another, has been around for several hundred years and were imported into the Iberian Peninsula from what is modern-day Turkey.
Finnish Lapphund: This medium-sized Spitz-type breed which was developed for herding reindeer. It is highly popular in its native Finland, but not known well at all outside of the country.
Pharaoh Hound: Despite the name, the Pharaoh Hound is the national dog of Malta, and has no historical or genetic tie to Egypt. It has a very fine and short coat, and athletic build, and is a formidable hunting companion.
Sussex Spaniel: An English dog breed the Sussex Spaniel, as the name suggests, was developed in Sussex. It is a sluggish and low energy breed. It has a liver-colored coat which is a unique feature of the Sussex Spaniel.
Harrier: Very similar to the English Foxhound (slightly smaller), the Harrier is another breed hailing from the United Kingdom. The Harrier is a mid-sized dog, and is a hunting dog mainly used for trailing hares.
Komondor: The Komondor was developed as a sheepdog. The breed, also known as the Hungarian Sheepdog, is a guardian of livestock and has one of the few corded coats. The breed was developed in the 12th century and traces back its ancestry to Tibet.
American Foxhound: A scent hound which is a close relative of the English Foxhound, it was developed for hunting foxes. Originally from Maryland and Virginia, the American Foxhound has been traced back to a group of hunting dogs brought to the US in 1650, which are the ancestors of several breeds of American hounds.
Cesky Terrier: Hailing from the Czech Republic, the Cesky Terrier is a small breed developed as a hunting dog suitable for being active in the forests of Bohemia. The Cesky is a very calm breed, and is less energetic than other terrier breeds.