Top 10 Dog Breed Names You Can’t Pronounce

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
We dare you to say them 10-times fast – without getting tongue tied!

If you want to stump your friends with a pooch they’ve never heard of, have we got a top 10 list for you! Maybe you’ve heard of them before, maybe you just can’t get your tongue around all those syllables. Many of these breeds you’ve never seen, and some of them are frequent faces in your neighborhood dog park. Are you up for the challenge? If you answered “Yes,” take a crack at our list of Top 10 Dog Breed Names You Can’t Pronounce! (Photo credit: Ellende/

Schipperke (PronouncedSKIH-puhr-kee”): The Schipperke is a small spitz-type breed with a solid black coat and pointed ears. These dogs are known for their mischievous and headstrong temperament, though they do make good pets with proper training and socialization. Even with training, however, these dogs are likely to test their owners and they can get into trouble due to their intelligence and inquisitive natures. (Photo credit: f8grapher/

Xoloitzcuintli (Pronounced “show-low-eats-queen-tlee”): This miniature dog breed is a hairless breed native to Mexico. The Xoloitzcuintli is an ancient breed that is thought to have existed for more than 3,000 years. This breed has what is known as a “primitive” temperament that has not been modified by selective breeding – these dogs are highly intelligent, inquisitive, and high in energy. Because they are so intelligent and active they require a good deal of exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. (Photo credit: Lacroix/

Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Pronounced “ent-lay-boo-cur”): This medium-sized breed is the smallest of the Sennenhound breeds – the dogs that were developed by herders in the Swiss Alps. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was developed in Entlebuch, a municipality in Switzerland, where it was used for herding and guarding. Today, however, this breed is commonly kept as a companion pet, loved for its good-natured temperament and activeness. (Photo credit: Ivonnewierink/

Kooikerhondje (Pronounced “koy-ker-hond”): This spaniel-type breed is native to the Netherlands where it was developed as a tolling breed. The Kooikerhondje is now rapidly becoming popular in the United States and Canada, known for its cheerful temperament and good-natured heart. These dogs are very intelligent and they typically respond well to training. These dogs can be a little aloof around strangers, though they warm up quickly and form strong bonds with family. (Photo credit: Ellende/

Lagotto Romagnolo (Pronounced “la-got-oh roh-man-yol-oh”): A curly-coated breed native to the Romagna sub-region in Italy. This breed was developed as a gun dog and is known for its skills as a water retriever. The Lagotto Romagnolo is also often used to hunt truffles (a type of fungus, not the chocolate!). This breed is a working breed, so it is intelligent. These dogs are also incredibly loyal and they make excellent family pets. (Photo credit: cynoclub/

Weimaraner (Pronounced “vy-muh-RAH-nuhr “): This large-breed dog is known for its blue-grey coat and its large, floppy ears. The Weimaraner was developed in the 19th century in the city of Weimar as an all-purpose gun dog. This breed is highly energetic and playful – they require proper training to keep their energy under control. (Photo credit: alkir/

Dogue de Bordeaux (Pronounced “dohg-duu-bor-DOE”): The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large-breed dog that was developed in France during the 14th century. This dog was used as a working breed, pulling carts and guarding flocks. This breed is one of the most ancient French breeds, and one of the largest as well. (Photo credit: vitalytitov/

Kuvasz (Pronounced “KOO-vahz”): This large-breed dog is an ancient Hungarian breed developed for guarding livestock. The Kuvasz has a thick, double coat in solid white that may be straight or wavy in texture. This breed may be large, but it has a gentle heart and a high level of intelligence. These dogs can be a little bit independent by nature, so they require plenty of training and socialization. (Photo credit: Erdelyi kopo/Wikimedia)

Sloughi (Pronounced “SLOO-ghee”): This breed is known for its sleek body that is built for speed. These sighthounds are intelligent and affectionate with family, though they do have a strong prey drive and might not get along with cats and other household pets. The Sloughi is also clever, so make sure your backyard gate is secure to prevent him from escaping. (Photo credit: Photo Evenements 54/Flickr)

Spinone Italiano (Pronounced “spin-oh-nay-ih-tahl-YAH-no”): This Italian breed was developed as a gun dog though it is also known for being a loyal family pet. The Spinone Italiano have close, wiry coats that comes in varying shades of orange or brown, though some are solid white. These dogs are docile and affectionate with family, known to get along with children and other dogs. (Photo credit: quayside/

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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