Weird Nature 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.

Pampas Cat


Pampas Cat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
Photo: Freebase/GNU Free Documentation License
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.

Darwin's Fox


Darwin's Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 28 Dog and Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
Photo: Freebase/Public domain
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.