The miscellaneous dog class isn’t the most well known, nor the most popular, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve all the love in the world. I mean, just look at their faces! From fluffy, to curly, from sleek to couch potatoes, they come in all shapes and sizes. So, what dogs fall into this category?
Misc. Class Dog Personalities
These dogs don’t fit into any group, so they’re all as diverse as they come! Because it’s such a small group, let’s go over a few of the breeds individually.
Portuguese Podengos are lively, agile, playful, alert, highly intelligent. Unfortunately, that means they’re a bit more independent and harder to train. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Work with them and use their strengths to make a fun training routine, because these dogs love to have fun.
The breed has two sizes, both with two different jobs. The larger one was bred to hunt deer and boar. They’re extremely agile and love nose work. The smaller breed? They’re a bit more laid back, but still energetic!
Dutch Shepherds are lively, athletic, alert and intelligent as well. They’re herders, but don’t fall under the herding class because they tend to have a mind of their own. They may have been bred to herd, but if they want to laze around in the sun, they’ll do that instead!
Although it is not a widely known breed, the Dutch Shepherd is a loyal companion and is very obedient. They’re bred for physical activity too, so be sure to play with them often!
The Mudi is a Hungarian farm dog. They are extremely intelligent, alert, agile, and courageous. They’re a loyal protector of their family and property, so if you’re looking for a guard dog, the Mudi may be perfect for you. Bonus point: they’re not overly aggressive, even when acting as a guard! They just know how to act the part.
The Mudi is a rare breed. There are no more than a few thousand in the world! So if you want a non-typical dog, be sure to check out this loyal companion.
How to Choose the Right Misc. Class Dog
Research, research, research. Each misc. class dog is so unique that it’s impossible for us to tell you how to find the right one. You have to take the matter into your own hands and figure out what is important for you and what will be important to have for the next 10-20 years.
Is it protection? Family? Fun? The choice is yours!
For example, the Mudi is very vocal and eager to protect and please. They’re extremely adaptable and love to be trained. But they’re also a rare breed and may not be quick to warm up to you. They’re bred to be a guard, so they’re suspicious of new people at first! You have to earn their love, so if you want a pup that will love you the moment it sees you, a Mudi may not be for you.
Make sure you’re not deceived by looks either. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is an exotic and sleek breed with looks you can’t deny. That doesn’t mean they’re beauty pageant material, though. They’re actually hard dogs to train.
Peruvian Inca Orchids require a great deal of socialization and should be kept in the house as much as possible. They don’t like outside! They’re also primitive, meaning their temperaments can range from sweet and docile to more feral. So if you have kids in the house and aren’t an experienced handler, this breed may not be for you.
Grooming is all over the place for the miscellaneous dog group. Some, like the Peruvian Inca Orchid , are hairless and require sunscreen, while others, like the Mudi, are easy to groom. They just require the occasional bath and brushing for their fur to remain shiny and soft.
So do a lot of research on the breed of your choice before you commit to it. Make sure you can handle all of their unique needs! Which brings us to…
Common Health Problems
These dogs don’t come with a range of breed-specific health problems. Most of them will live long and happy lives with a good diet and plenty of exercise.
Take the Mudi, for example. They’re an overall healthy breed, and responsible breeders will screen them for various health conditions, such as:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Ophthalmologist Exam
All of the dogs in this breed are typically very energetic, intelligent, and eager to please. This means they can get a little overzealous at times and injure their legs. A dog ACL brace should help support their legs and prevent common injuries. Depending on the breed, it may be harder to train them to wear the brace comfortably, but remember to play to their strengths. If your dog is play-motivated, make it a game for them. If your dog loves treats, then use that to your advantage.