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Hunting Dog Breeds You May Not Have Heard Of [PICS]

Most of these hunting dog breeds are rare outside of their homeland and some you may have never heard of before.

Pharaoh Hound

There are many different types of dog breeds all around the world that are bred for different reasons. Some breeds are born to hunt.

Many people know of common breeds that make great hunting companions such as Labradors and golden retrievers, but there are many more hunting dog breeds out there. They come from all over the world ad they all make for a great hunting partner.

View the slideshow to see these rare hunting dog breeds that you never knew existed.




The Mudi is a Hungarian herding breed of dog. It was and is still being bred for work and for show and is a relative to the Puli and Pumi. Although it is a herding dog, the Mudi is a great hunter as well.

They usually live a long and healthy life and are active in nature. They are agile, intelligent and have a great temperament that makes for a great family pet. They excel at games such as fetch; hunting is a natural game to them.



The Otterhound is an old British breed. The precise origins of the breed are not known. As the name suggests, this dog was originally bred to hunt otters.

They can weigh anywhere between 80 and 120 pounds and have webbed feet that let them excel when hunting in water. They require daily exercise to stay fit and can make for a great family dog. This breed is considered endangered because there are only 1,000 known to exist. Specialists are working on building their numbers.

Boykin spaniel


Although the Boykin Spaniel is a hunting dog breed you may have never heard of, it is actually the state dog of South Carolina. It was originally bred to hunt turkey around the Wateree River Swamp area.

The breed is highly recognized for its stamina and endurance in hot humid conditions and is favored by hunters who hunt by canoe for doves and pheasants. The Boykin Spaniel is eager to please its owner and is stable around kids and other pets making it a great family pet as well.



The Kishu is a hunting dog breed that is extremely rare to be seen out of its homeland of Japan. It is a medium-sized dog and it was bred to hunt deer and boar. It has a very quiet manner when hunting and has the ability to quietly stalk its prey knowing not to bark.

Although the Kishu has a tough demeanor, it is very friendly and highly loyal to its family.



The Pumi is a terrier-type sheep dog native to Hungary. Primarily a herding dog, the breed is also used to hunt rodents. Because they love to run, be active, and are easy to train, they make for great hunting dogs. They are also great at being a family pet.

Griffon Nivernais


The Griffon Nivernais originated from France and is a great hunter as its ancestors were bred to hunt wolves and boar. They are now bred to hunt small and large game and hunt well by themselves or as members of a hunting pack. They are not exactly known for their speed, but rather for their endurance.

The Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz has a fox-like appearance and a fluffy coat. It was initially bred in Finland to hunt small game such as grouse. It has also been deemed effective for hunting large game as well, like moose.

Males grow to be at the most 30 pounds and females less than 22 pounds. They love being active and playing outside. They can also be great watchdogs as their nickname is “King of the Barkers.”

Catahoula Leopard Dog

This hunting dog breed is also known as the Catahoula Cur and is named for Louisiana’s Catahoula Parish. This breed is believed to be the first to be bred in North America and stems from Native America dogs crossed with Greyhounds.

Breeders care more about the breed’s ability rather than its appearance. With that in mind, the Catahoula leopard dog is bred to hunt with traits of prowess, intelligence, and endurance. They were originally bred to hunt feral pigs and have adapted to hunt other animals such as deer, black bear, and even mountain lions.

Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh hound is a Mediterranean hound that is believed to be derived from an Egyptian hunting dog. This breed is a great hunting companion because of its native athleticism, and sleek, lean, and muscular build.

The Pharaoh hound was bred to think for itself so they can show sides of independence and stubbornness. Although the breed is very active and needs daily exercise, they also like to lounge around as a family pet.

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