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14 Wild Dog And Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare  

Joseph Welkie
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You probably won't see these rare dog and cat species in your local woods. 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're probably 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 they're 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.

Margay
Margay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Wild Dog And Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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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.

Darwin's Fox
Darwin's Fox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Wild Dog And Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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It is estimated that there are fewer than 3,000 Darwin's foxes left in the world and the last of them can be found in Chile.

Pallas's Cat
Pallas's Cat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Wild Dog And Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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Found mostly in Central Asia, the Pallas's cat is considered "near threatened" by the IUCN.

Black-Footed Cat
Black-footed Cat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Wild Dog And Cat Species That Are Amazingly Rare
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Black-footed cats are the smallest breed of cat in Africa. They are mostly nocturnal, which might explain why they are difficult to find and study. It's estimated that there are fewer than 10,000 of these cats left in the wild.