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The Most Unusual Dog Breeds

Many of these unusual breeds of dog have nearly died out or grown less popular through time.

With the decline of reindeer herding and puffin hunting over the past century, some dog breeds are struggling to find their purpose in the world.

The American Kennel Club recognizes 190 dog breeds, with the family-friendly Labrador retriever ever-present at the top of their most-popular list, along with German Shepherd dogs and golden retrievers. But though humans have been breeding dogs for thousands of years, usually for precise purposes, many breeds have nearly become extinct or grown significantly less popular through time.

Though everyone loves a Lab, we like to root for the underdog, too. Here are some of the least common dog breeds, according to the AKC's ranking.

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