Whenever you ask someone about small dog breeds, most people will recommend getting a bichon, a small terrier or a Pomeranian. Chihuahuas are not to be ignored either. But then, you might be surprised to find out that there are many other options out there. I have researched some of the rare small dog breeds and I have found dogs that I have never even heard about. So what should you get if you want a rare dog? The list below are compiled from the database from Shelly.
You do not see a Chinese crested dog everyday, so if you want attention, this is the right dog for you. People will stare at it without knowing what it is. On the other hand, this dog is so affectionate that it will love to please you. The hairless variety is very attractive and joyful, while the powderpuff variety is so ugly that it actually looks pretty. I have only seen one Chinese crested dog in my life and I just could not keep my eyes off it. This is the most emotionally needy breed out there, so get it if someone is going to be with it round the clock. The hairless variety is odorless.
The Affenpinscher might be popular when you search for dog breeds over the Internet, but it is not so popular on the streets though. It is fearless and loves protecting a home, despite its small size. It is often known to be the monkey dog because it can play on a 24/7 basis. However, most owners simply cannot resist its activity. The breed is quite rare and sometimes very hard to find.
The Italian Greyhound is rare because it is not appropriate for every climate or environment. I think I have seen one or two in my whole life. They are odorless because their hair is short. They are muscular, yet quite thin. Their skin is also very thin, so it is not your best option if you live in a cold climate. It is graceful and moves in a beautiful manner, so you will love playing around with it. Be gentle because its thin feet are prone to slipped kneecaps.