Dogs are man’s best friend. They serve as the ultimate companion, always happy to see you after a long day and offer endless amounts of unconditional love. While some Fido friends like golden retrievers and German shepherds are among the most popular dogs every year, others like the pharaoh hound continue to remain obscure.
An estimated 70 million to 80 million dogs in the United States are someone’s precious pet. That means approximately 37 to 47 percent of all households count a dog as a member of the family, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Having a dog can improve your health, as they’ve been known to boost the moods of their owners and lower stress levels. Owning a dog can also make you more active, as you’ll need to walk your four-legged friend multiple times per day.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, it’s important to conduct research to select the breed that best suits you. However, some breeds are more popular than others, regardless of any individual dog's temperament. PetBreeds, a Graphiq vertical search engine, created a list of the 10 least popular dogs based on American Kennel Club's 2015 popularity ranking (which keeps tabs on 184 different breeds). We've also noted the reasons why these dogs aren't as popular with the general public, based on certain living situations and lifestyles.