The Canaan Dog is the oldest breed of pariah dog still existing and is abundant across the Middle East. They are rugged, agile, and apparently tireless, making them a nice fit for hikers and runners.
Canaan dogs are clever, confident, and territorial. Canaan Dogs can be dog-aggressive. Some cannot live with a dog of the same sex, and some extend their aggression to any dog that they meet.
Rafeiro do Alentejo
Since the beginning of the breed's history, Rafeiros Alentejanos were used in packs as hunting dogs, though this function has gradually disappeared over time. More recently, the breed is a guard dog for property and livestock, watching sheep and cattle.
They also often work alone in prairies and will defend the herd against any intruders, making them less than ideal as family pets.
Kerry Blue Terrier
Loyal and loving, Kerry blue terriers are strong-willed and love to be given a task to keep them busy. They have a complex temperament, which means this is not a good breed for a first-time or casual owner.
Toward strangers, the Kerry Blue Terrier may be friendly or reserved, and even the friendly ones are sensibly protective. Some lines and individuals are warier, and some are overprotective.
White Swiss Shepherd Dog
Like the German Shepherd Dog, the Swiss Shepherd is alert, protective, and loves to be challenged with plenty of activity. This dog is more clingy towards the owner, with high energy levels, so plenty of space is needed to move around easily and explore.
That’s why a fenced-in yard is ideal — not a tiny apartment in the city. While they do well around children, if left alone for too long, separation anxiety will start to set in. This leads to destructive behavior, whether it’s chewing belongings or digging up the garden.
These fluffy white dogs always look like they're grinning — because they are! Apparently, their mouth’s upturned corners keep Sammies from drooling, which prevented icicles from forming on their face when they were bred as Arctic work dogs.
Besides being cheerful, Samoyeds are smart, social, and mischievous dogs. It takes an owner talented in training to bring out their best.