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.
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.
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.
Found mostly in Central Asia, the Pallas's cat is considered "near threatened" by the IUCN.
The fishing cat calls South Asia home, but they are listed as vulnerable by the ICUN due to loss of habitat. They camp alongside lakes waiting to find their next fishy meal.
Hailing from Papua New Guinea, these dogs have a very distinctive howl that makes it sound like they are singing. There is a domesticated version of these dogs, but wild New Guinea singing dogs are exceptionally rare.
You can find these cats in Indonesia and Malaysia; their population is endangered due to loss of habitat.