I don't think my city is the hotbed of dog lovers so we don't see a lot in the way of "rare" breeds. I don't really hang out where dogs congregate though - no shows or dog parks.
There have been a few where I've stopped and stared just because they're a breed I haven't seen in a while.
I've seen a couple Powderpuff Chinese Crested, but my memory's really crummy so that "couple" might be the same dog, different day. I held up the drive-through line at Timmies to chat with the lady walking it.
A purebred Irish Setter. I remember seeing them a lot when I was a kid (The Disney "Big Red" era) but not so much anymore.
Most times it's a given that the Greyhounds you see around here are retired racers, but I've seen a purebred show Greyhound. Really interesting to note the physical and mental differences between them.
Early 80s, I met one of the first Dogos to come to the US.
In the mid-late 90s:
-an Italian Spinone (totally blew the owner away when I knew what it was).
-2 Redbone Coonhounds (same reaction as above from the owners)
-PON (Polish Lowland Sheepdog)
-2 more PONs
-an Entlebucher Sennenhund
Oh, and my vet has German Wirehaired Pointers. I fell in love with his first one when I worked for him.
There was a Leonberger in our Novice class a few years ago, and I run into another woman with them occasionally. One of the trainers where we train has had Welsh Springers since 1992 that I know of. Someone else that came to the training center has Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Also had a PWD in our Rally class (she & Caleb adored each other).
More recently, I met the most adorable Pumi at Nosework a couple of weeks ago, and we have a German Pinscher who comes to Rally. The owner's friend has a Russian Toy Terrier. Also ran into a couple of Irish Red and White Setters at our last trial.
Yep! The one in June. I'd love to take classes with her, but it's a little far for a weekly thing. I was very excited when I saw the ad for the seminar. It's a subject I'm interested in, but I'm more excited just to talk Welshies and see if she has any breed-specific wisdom to share.
Small world! I'm on the east side of the river, a little north of I-84.
Like others have said, it's hard to me to know what is rare where, but of breeds mentioned here (not counting any I've "met" at confo shows which is cheating):
Koolies , Mudi, Kooikerhondje, Amer Water spaniel, Laekenois, Polish Lowland sheepdog, Pyr Sheps, Kelpie, Chinooks, Swedish Valhund, Peruvian Hairless, PWD, Irish Water spaniel. There's a Maremma LGD in the area but umm I make it a point not to "meet" him. English Shepherds aren't uncommon here but apparently are elsewhere. Beezer, Saluki, Irish terrier, Welsh Terrier (at a dog park, holy cuteness), etc.
Yep! The one in June. I'd love to take classes with her, but it's a little far for a weekly thing. I was very excited when I saw the ad for the seminar. It's a subject I'm interested in, but I'm more excited just to talk Welshies and see if she has any breed-specific wisdom to share...
I took the same workshop with Caleb a few years ago. You'll have a blast, but be prepared to WORK! I'm there for Rally run thrus every Thursday. If you're heading in the night before, feel free to stop over.I betLinda will have lots of Welshie wisdom to share. She has a wonderful understanding of the way many different breeds learn/work/think. I swear, she's just like a sponge, soaking up everything she can about them.