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Welcome to Uncommon Paws, where every pet is celebrated for their unique personality and style. Handcrafted in Maine, our designer collars, leashes, and harnesses are not just accessories, but a testament to the individuality of your four-legged family member.

Our customers often describe us as the most adorable mom-and-pop pet store in the area, filled with cute and fun things to explore. We take pride in our handmade collars and beds, and the genuine, sweet interaction between our team is something that our customers appreciate. Whether you’re shopping for bandanas or beds, you’ll find our products to be of high quality and our service to be top-notch.

We understand the struggle of finding the perfect harness for your puppy, and we’re delighted to have been able to help many pet owners find the right fit. Our customers appreciate the opportunity to purchase directly from the woman who makes the harnesses, and they find our staff to be super helpful and loving.

Even if you’re not local to Portland, our online store ensures you can still enjoy our wonderful products and customer service. Our customers who have moved away from Portland continue to appreciate our unique designs and commend us for our care towards our products and customers.

Visitors from all over, like Tampa, Florida, have found our store to be a wonderful place with handmade items and local artist prints. We offer unique and practical items for both dogs and cats, and our owners are known to be personable, friendly, and inviting.

We have plenty of things for our feline friends as well! Stop by for things for all your furry friends!

We first made our mark years ago in a pet boutique in Boothbay Harbor, and since then, we’ve been creating cherished memories for our customers and their pets. Whether it’s helping with online inquiries or including personal notes with packages, we strive to provide top-notch service that turns first-time buyers into lifetime customers.

Visit our store at 21 Exchange St. in Portland, Maine, or shop online to start celebrating your pet’s uniqueness with Uncommon Paws today! 


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Wonderful shop with very friendly staff. I was in one day when the owner was there and he was showing me all the new cat toys and technology he found at a recent convention, it was a great and memorable experience. Really unique and special items and it means a lot as a cat parent to have such a wide variety of cat specific options too!
Cute and welcoming pet boutique! Both locally made items and brand name. We got the cutest winter hat (on sale!) for our pup. The workers were very nice and gave her some good treats and pets. Totally recommend this store!
Super cute shop, the folks working there were very helpful. They had a great selection of items, and the bandanas were both very fun and very well-made.
Our favorite store in the old port!!! We try to visit a few times a month to restock on treats, toys, and supplies. Their collars are handmade and the best quality, even after 2 years they still look brand new. The owners are great people and truly love meeting all the pets that come into their store, always giving pets and treats to our dog when we visit.
I visited this shop back in July when visiting Maine on vaction. The staff was all so friendly and informative! They have some great products but what really caught my heart was their lobster toys for pets, I bought one "cat" lobster filled with catnip and one "dog" lobster toy that squeaks because my cats like both types of toys and it was the perfect lobster to bring back home for my girls! The cats and I absolutely love these sweet souvenirs! I'd reccomended this place to any other visitors and if I live closer I'd absolutely shop there more.
Great place for dogs but not much for cats. I Google searched “Best cat store in Portland ME” I was misled. They did have some pretty cool stuff but mostly toys, collars and chews. Not much food or cat supplies and definitely no pets for sale fyi. Would have given 5 stars if I was looking for a good dog toy store
Lovely family owned business. A lot of their products are made in-house and are great quality! Highly recommend (I dare you to resist a bandana for your pup).
Just have to say the workers here are the nicest people! Every one of them greeted us and were happy to share any info about the items/where they came from. Everyone was literally so friendly! Great selection of items, and lots of cute kitschy dog things like bandanas and HATS! I always put my dog in hats and they aren’t very common in pet stores but they had quite a few here and that made me so happy! I can’t wait to get back home to NC and see my boy in his new shark hat!
We always make a stop here when we are in Portland. Lando always loves the all natural treats here. We bought a collar for him here 3 years ago and he still wears it in perfect condition. Great quality!
We first learned of Uncommon Paws years ago, while visiting a pet boutique in Boothbay Harbor. We purchased our nautically-named rescue komondor a collar and have cherished it ever since. Fast forward - we adopted another "nauti" kom and went for collar #2. Gudrun helped us personally with our online inquiry/purchase, and even included a personal note with the package. Top notch service!! Gained [what I can only presume] another lifetime customer!!
We visited from Tampa, Fl - and Dexter, my dog, noticed a stuffed dog outside and immediately wanted to go inside. This is a wonderful store with hand made items as well as local artist prints. They have unique and practical items for both dogs and cats. The owners are personable, friendly and inviting. Love this place !AJ, Rodney, and Dexter
Just received the dog collars I ordered online. Perfect, as usual! The best designs, and wonderful customer service I miss not living in Portland anymore, but was so happy to see can be found on their website. Uncommon Paws cares about their product, and their customers.
Amazing! Finally found a harness for my puppy he doesn’t hate and got to purchase directly from the woman who makes them. She was such a delight to meet in the store and the staff were super helpful and loving of my boy. Thank you!!
THE most ADORABLE mom and pop pet store in the area! I wish I took pictures of the store itself because there were so many cute and fun things to look at. We ended up buying three bandanas for our puppy. The wife makes all the collars and beds and the interaction between the couple was so genuine and sweet. I highly recommend stopping by this pet store!

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  • Monday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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  • Saturday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM