I have a rare breed of dog staying with me this week. Inka is a Lagotto Romagnolo, a breed that is recognized by the AKC's Foundation Stock Service. This breed was first seen in the Mediterranean area of Europe around 1600, and was used to hunt truffles in the 1800s. She has a curly coat like a poodle. Inka is small, only about 25 pounds, and not much bigger than my sheltie.
She reminds me a little of a Bedlington terrier with her coat, color and shape. She is the sweetest, most gentle and quiet dog. When she does decide to bark, it is pretty sharp and shrill, so I'm glad she doesn't use her voice much. A single sharp bark once or twice is all I've heard in a week.
Another unusual breed that has stayed with me is the Spinone Italiano, a hunting dog breed. Luke was really big and active. Like many young active breeds, Luke was a chewer and took a corner off my couch cushion. He made a lasting impression here.
The last, and most unusual, is the Thai Ridgeback, also an FSS breed with the AKC. This dog, Rhino, was a pet sitting client's dog. He did not come to my house. He was very wary of me, and I could never get near him (hence, no photo). They are another hunting breed, but are members of the hound group. They have a ridge similar to the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Like most hounds, they are extremely independent.
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