animals 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare  

Joseph Welkie
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These rare dog and cat breeds won't be found in any pet store near you. They are some of the rarest dogs and cats in the world - whether because of deforestation, loss of habitat, or lack of eligible mates to breed with, you'll be hard-pressed to find these canines and felines around the world. If you have found them, you are either a scientific researcher or a very wealthy person.

Think you've seen all the cats and dogs in the world? You are mistaken. Sure, 47% of Americans have a dog in their house and 37% have a cat, but that doesn't mean that they are experts in the field. There are some creatures out there that you didn't even realize existed.

If you are curious about what is causing the dwindling populations of these dogs and cats, where you might find them, and what their eating habits are, you've come to the right place. We've got the 411 on these rare dogs and cats that you could spend a lifetime searching for.

Norwegian Forest Cat


Norwegian Forest Cat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
Photo: Jodie C/flickr/CC-BY-ND 2.0
Obviously, these cats call Norway their home, and they are one of the only breeds that are able to brave the Norwegian cold.

Margay


Margay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
Photo: David Ellis/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
Loss of habitat is what made this cat's population dwindle. They can be found in Central and South America, if you look hard enough. see more on Margay

Pampas Cat


Pampas Cat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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Pampas cats are so rare that very little is known about them, including their eating habits, habitat, and exactly how many of them are left in the world. see more on Pampas Cat

Darwin's Fox


Darwin's Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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It is estimated that there are only about 300 of these canines left in the world and the last of them can be found in Chile. see more on Darwin's Fox

Palla's Cat


Palla's Cat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
Photo: Mark Dumont/flickr/CC-BY-NC 2.0
Found mostly in Eastern Europe, this species of cat is believe to be one of the oldest in the world.

Black-Footed Cat


Black-footed Cat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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These are the smallest breed of cat in Africa. They are mostly nocturnal, which would explain why they are so hard to find and study. see more on Black-footed Cat

Kodkod


Kodkod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 of these cats in the world. They call the rainforests of Chile and Argentina home, but not for long, if deforestation continues. see more on Kodkod

Island Fox


Island Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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Found on the Channel Islands of California, there are several different species of these small foxes, but their population dwindles because of loss of habitat. see more on Island Fox