All dogs are special to us dog lovers, but here are some dog breeds that you don't usually see around and are special in their own way.

1. Azawakh

It may look a lot like a greyhound, but you can notice a difference in their beautiful curly tails. They show such an elegant attitude with their long necks and cute ears. This West African sighthound makes a fiercely protective companion and guardian, and an extremely intelligent lure courser.

2. The Chinese Crested Powderpuff

The Powderpuff is hypa-alleregenic, great with kids, has a very easy going temperament, not typically small dog barky, and they love to snuggle.  Many are known as singers, and most love to smile when confronted. Their fur is like the softest long haired cat, soft & silky, with no shedding.  They have been discribed by many as having, "the dispositon of a saint and the looks of a supermodel."

3. New Guinea Singing Dog

The New Guinea Singing Dog gets its name from its unique vocalization, but the once-wild breed gets its reputation as an excellent companion from its intelligence and physical ability. And look how adorable he is with that puppy face look stamped on his face.

4. Catahoula Leopard Dog

The often multi-colored or spotted Catahoula Leopard Dog is believed to be the first dog bred in the United States. It was named after Catahoula Parish in Louisiana and was traditionally used to hunt wild boar.

5. Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is huge in size and noble in bearing, known for a “solemn but kind expression” and an impressive double coat. Its aloof, watchful, and independent nature makes the Tibetan Mastiff an excellent guardian breed but a reluctant participant in organized activities like obedience.