These unpopular breed have outstanding qualities.
Unpopular pets that deserve your consideration
Labrador retrievers and German shepherds remain among the most popular dog breeds year after year, but some underrated breeds like the Bedlington terrier and the Tibetian spaniel, despite lower ranks in popularity, have outstanding qualities making them the perfect Fido friends.
Data analysts at PetBreeds acquired data from the American Kennel Club’s 2015 dog breed rankings, developed an index and compiled a list of the most underrated dogs. The PetBreeds Index combines seven different breed criteria including: intelligence, longevity, health, lifetime costs, general maintenance, adaptability and protective/guard skills.
Of the 184 pups recognized by the AKC, the breeds showing the largest positive improvements between the PetBreeds Index and the AKC’s ranking were considered the most underrated. In the case of ties, the breeds were listed alphabetically. Some dogs on this list, like the Greyhound are well-known, while others are more obscure. Find out which underestimated canine companion tops the charts.
#10. American foxhound
PetBreeds Index: 74
AKC Rank: 181
If you love hound dogs, then give the American foxhound a chance. The large purebred is known to be multitalented, participating in hunting, man trailing and tracking, while also having a sweet, loving and loyal personality.
#9. Tibetan spaniel
PetBreeds Index: 6
AKC Rank: 115
The Tibetan spaniel is a small purebred, only weighing between nine and 15 pounds; but despite its small stature, this underrated canine makes a great watchdog. Along with easy training and moderate maintenance, this dog has a cheerful and independent temperament and is playful around children.
#8. Skye terrier
PetBreeds Index: 62
AKC Rank: 175
The Skye terrier showcases great watchdog abilities and is extremely loyal to its family by barking when intruders lurk nearby. This breed's maximum life expectancy reaches 14 years.
#7. Curly-coated retriever
PetBreeds Index: 37
AKC Rank: 151
Originating from the United Kingdom, this sporting dog can weigh between 60 and 70 pounds. Take one look at the curly-coated retriever's sweet face, and you may wonder why it is not more popular.
#6. Bedlington terrier
PetBreeds Index: 25
AKC Rank: 146
The Bedlington terrier's attention-grabbing looks, easy training, and minimal shedding combined with its relatively low popularity make this Fido friend extremely underrated.
#5. Irish water spaniel
PetBreeds Index: 19
AKC Rank: 144
The Irish water spaniel, also known as a "bog dog," has a thick and water-repellent coat much like a poodle. The breed is easy to train and is great with children.
PetBreeds Index: 18
AKC Rank: 147
The Greyhound tops the AKC's 2015 popularity ranking at No. 147. However, this breed is highly intelligent, quiet and loving, making it a wonderful underrated companion.
#3. Scottish deerhound
PetBreeds Index: 20
AKC Rank: 152
Don't be fooled by the massive size of the Scottish deerhound. Despite standing from 30 to 32 inches, this giant purebred has a sweet and affectionate temperament and is good with children.
#2. Manchester terrier
PetBreeds Index: 1
AKC Rank: 137
If you hate dealing with dog hair, the Manchester terrier should not be overlooked. This breed experiences minimal shedding and requires infrequent grooming to maintain a healthy coat.
#1. Glen of Imaal terrier
PetBreeds Index: 3
AKC Rank: 168
This medium purebred originates from Ireland and is known for its loyal and courageous behavior. The Glen of Imaal terrier's redeeming qualities include: easy training, its quiet nature, and its great temperament with kids.