Whether you love or do not love dogs – we have surely seen many of them – in various shapes and sizes. There is the street dog, the police dog, the guard dog, the ornamental dog and the ‘lap-dog’ and what not.

There are some dogs that go beyond our imagination. These unbelievable, weird breeds are not of the wild, but very much domesticated. In fact, almost all of these breeds are domestic and live with people in cities and towns.

Here are some of these peculiar dogs of the world. Tell us what comes to your mind when you see these –

#1 Tibetan Mastiff

What looks like a lion is just a dog! Native to the Himalayan region of Tibet and Nepal, Tibetan Mastiffs are one of the biggest dogs in the world. Due to their size and immense energy they also make be most dangerous guard dogs you would ever want to have.

However getting a Tibetan Mastiff is not so easy. Purebred of this breed are very rare and on top of that, this is the one of the costliest dog breeds in the world. In fact the costliest dog ever sold is a Tibetan Mastiff. In 2011, a purebred named Big Splash was sold for $1.5 million (Rs. 9,76,73,250).

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If you are still looking forward to buy a Tibetan Mastiff, make sure you get your dog plenty of space to run around and exercise. Also train it well when it is a still a pup otherwise you might have a little hard time when it is all grown up.

#2 Afghan Hound

This silken beauty is for real. The Afghan hound originally roamed in the mountains of the Himalayas that lie in Afghanistan. Also called the Balkh Hound, it became a favourite of the Afghan royal family and they gave away these dogs as gifts.

The Afghan hound has a fine coat of silky fur, it is a popular breed on TV shows and advertisements. But it is difficult to maintain this dog and it needs daily grooming and regular vet visits which makes it a high maintenance dog. You may get a pup for $1000 but it is estimated that its health care costs can go up to $2,900. The Afghan hound is commonly seen to be suffering from cataracts, hypothyroidism and even cancer.

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#3 Puli / Komondor

Yes, that ball of dreadlocks is again – a dog. A Puli and a Komondor are closely related and they look quite the same – like a mop – with their long dreadlocks. Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg famously has one of these at home.

Puli and Komndors are originally from Hungary. These dogs are usually solid coloured in black or white. These are obedient, agile and energetic dogs. These are amazingly good as farm dogs, police dogs or family dogs.

#4 Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli is pronounced as show-low-eats-queen-tlee  or in short call it a Xolo. It is a hairless breed of dogs. Although this breed looks wild and not-so-pleasing, it was the sacred dog of the Mayans and Aztecs.

Xolos are considered as one of the oldest breeds of dogs and also the rarest which makes these quite in demand. Mostly found in Mexico, Xolos hairless body gives off heat to maintain its body temperature. It is believed that this heat from the Xolo’s body can cure many ailments like rheumatism, asthma and toothaches.

Xolos are gentle and caring animals and make wonderful family dogs. Xolos have been immortalized in ancient Mayan culture as well as in modern paintings by artists like Frida Kahlo.

#5 Great Dane

Great Danes are well, just great! Meet Freddy the Great Dane – he is the biggest dog of the biggest dog species and he holds a Guinness World Records. He is 7 feet 6 inches tall when he stands on his hind legs.

Then there is the 7 feet tall Balthazar ‘who weighs the same as a baby elephant’ and also George and Zeus who are loved family dogs.

However, a Great Dane is a gentle giant. He is friendly, cuddly and almost like a family member to his owner.

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