3 Interesting, Rare Dog Breeds

Thai Ridgeback

            Thai Ridgebacks are unique because of their fur. Usually, a dog’s fur goes in one direction, but the Thai Ridgeback dogs have a line of fur that goes the opposite direction. There are 8 different patterns that a Thai Ridgeback could get. They are not always born with these designs; it would later develop. There is no reason or special use for why these dogs have this line of hair. It could be simply for looks. Thai Ridgeback are a rare breed that are from Thailand. It is believed that these dogs might be the first true purebred dog breeds. Originally, these dogs were bred to hunt and protect. This could affect their personality because they were raised to be independent dogs. If they are not trained well, then they could become aggressive. It is suggested that beginners don’t go with Thai Ridgebacks because of their personality.




Peruvian Inca Orchid

            The Peruvian Inca Orchids are said to be one of the first breeds. They are mostly hairless dogs, from Peru. They only have hair on their feet, tail, and head. There is not a whole lot of information on where these dogs came from. The information we do have comes from the paintings on pottery. The Incas, Chancy, and Chimu, all based in Peru, were known to portray these dogs, on the pottery. The people treated these dogs like royalty. This is because it was believed that these dogs had special, mystical powers. The dogs would be drawn with jewelry and buried with their owners. They would treat the dogs like how the Egyptians treated cats. At one point, Peruvian Inca Orchids almost went extinct. When the Spanish took over Peru, they started to breed the Peruvian Inca Orchids with their own dogs. The breeding almost wiped out the original Peruvian Inca Orchids. One of the effects of this breeding, is that the dogs became different sizes. In present times, the government made the Peruvian Inca Orchids a National Patrimony. This protected the dogs from harm. Since this was put into place, Peruvian Inca Orchids are seen all over Peru.




Tibetan Mastiff

            There is no exact time on where this dog came from. But it is believed that the dog has been around since 1100 BC, in China. It is said that the ancestors of the Mastiff breeds traveled with different armies of Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans. While the different Mastiff breeds where traveling, the Tibetan Mastiff stayed in the Himalayas Mountains. The Tibetan Mastiffs would travel with the Tibetan sheepherders and traders. The dogs would protect their master’s tents from wolves or snow leopards. The masters would also chain them to gates and rooftops. This was so the dog could protect their home. Before the 1800’s, few people were allowed to travel to Tibet. But the few travelers that were able to travel into Tibet never talked about the dogs. In 1800, Captain Samuel Turner talked about big dogs in his writings. But he never described the dogs. 1847 was when Lord Hardinge sent the first Tibetan Masttiff to Queen Victoria. Later on, a few more Tibetan Mastiff was brought to England. But in the 1950’s, the first Tibetan Mastiff was brought to the U.S., for the president. In present time, it is hard to find a pure Tibetan Mastiff in Tibet, Nepal, and other Himalayan regions. For a long time, Tibetan Mastiffs have had a close relationship with man. This made the Tibetan Mastiff strong, fearless, loyal, patient, and gentle. 

Resources: https://www.tibetanmastiff.org/brief-history.html