Most people are familiar with the most popular dog breeds in the nation, including golden retrievers, labs, bulldogs, beagles and poodles.
But what about the lesser-known breeds of the whopping 190 recognized by the American Kennel Club?
These dogs from around the world were developed for specialized purposes, giving them unique names, traits and appearances that differ from more recognizable breeds.
Many of these breeds have small but loyal followings by owners who treasure their special companions.
Whether you're in the market for an uncommon pup or are fascinated by the wide range of dogs that exist today, read on to learn about some of the most extraordinary breeds you've never heard of.