7 of the World's Weirdest Looking Dog Breeds

Updated on January 31, 2017

Previously, I wrote about some of the weirdest-looking breeds of cats. Now, it is time to write about some of the weirdest dog breeds you can find. Each of these breeds have a funny feature which makes them quite strange.

1. Bedlington Terrier

What a cute lamb!! Oh wait!! It is not a lamb, it is a dog. Yes, the Bedlington Terrier is one of the strangest-looking dog breeds due to its lamb-like appearance. It has a pear shaped head, triangular ears, and curly sheep-like fur. But, do not be deceived by its innocent sheep-like looks. In early days, these dogs were trained for fighting. It is a sweet dog, but if challenged, it can hold its own.

2. Puli

This looks like a walking, barking mop. The tight dread locks give this breed the look of a mop. These dreads are known as “cords," which start forming when the puppy is 9 months old. The corded coat is what makes this dog attractive. Owners need to carefully maintain the separation of cords; else these cords can form very large mats. The Puli usually has black coat. Bathing the dog and grooming its coat is a long process. These dogs are very intelligent and despite their bulky appearance, they are quite fast and agile. They are very loving and loyal to their owners. The breed has absolutely no shedding.

3. Chinese Crested

If Puli is a breed with long hair and dread locks, the Chinese crested is quite the opposite. These dogs have hair only on their paws, tails (plume), and the head (crest). This dog must be brought up with the utmost care. One must use sunscreen to protect its skin from burns. The dog must be given regular baths to prevent skin issues and acne. Another feature of the breed is the lack of premolar teeth.

4. Shar Pei

The Shar Pei is undoubtedly one of the weirdest dog breeds you can find. You can never confuse this dog breed with any other breed. It is heavily wrinkled and has an unusual muzzle like that of a “hippopotamus”. It wouldn’t be a surprise if your dog may seem confused towards this breed. When they are puppies, the wrinkles are everywhere, and as they grow, these wrinkles are less prominent because they spread out. A normal healthy Shar Pei has bluish-black tongue.

5. Norwegian Lundehund

What makes this breed special is the presence of six toes on each foot. It also has shoulder and neck joints that are unique. These joints help the dog stretch its leg out straight in both directions as well as reach its forehead up to its back. The dog also has the ability to close its ear canal at will, in order to prevent water and dirt getting in. These features make the breed an amazing avian hunter. The dog is an agile swimmer. It can easily climb near-vertical cliffs as well as steep crevices.

6. Neapolitan Mastiff

Harry Potter fans will love this dog. This is the pet of Harry Potter’s friend, Hagrid. This is quite an ancient breed, reared for guarding and defending family and property due to its fearsome appearance. These dogs are known to be extremely intelligent while having the ability of thinking independently. They learn very quickly and need extensive socialization in order to accept strangers. Without proper socialization, they can be quite aggressive towards strangers and other dogs. These dogs are not very active as their energy level is short-lived.

7. Affenpinscher

Affen, in German, means monkey. This breed of dog gets its name due to its primate-like appearance and personality. Its shaggy fur, terrier body and squashed face give it a very unique look. It has longer hair on its face than the rest of its body. The dog has a personality similar to that of a terrier. They get along with other pets and dogs if raised with them. They also like being mischievous and playful like monkeys. The dog is sharp-witted, courageous and confident. They are also stubborn, bold and inquisitive, and can easily become authoritarian if not given proper rules and boundaries by the owner.

Some other weird dog breeds you can find are the Peruvian Inca Orchid, the Xoloitzcuintli, and the LowChen. Feel free to add some more weird looking dogs to this list.


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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      Eiddwen: thank you for commenting :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so muh again for another brilliant hub.


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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      thanks Shiny. I didn't know you had written an article in YgoY on this topic. Nice article :)

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      Shiny 5 years ago

      Hey Kashyap,

      Check out a similar article tat I had written.. http://ygoy.com/2011/08/06/top-12-strange-looking-... However strange they are I just love dogs... I was a proud owner of a Pomeranian dog.. Love them however they look... :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      haha.. I haven't watched all the Star Wars episodes, so can't really say :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      JayeWisdom: that's true. Maintenance is the biggest reason I don't want to own a dog though I love dogs :)

      Scarletohara and Nettlemere: Thank you for the suggestions. I will definitely add it to my list :)

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Lots of bedlingtons round where I live, but they tend to be of the scruffier just been out hunting rabbits variety. I think the miniature short haired dachshund would be a good addition to the list with its short legs and sausagey body. Never knew the lundehunde had an extra digit on each foot - interesting.

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      scarletohara 5 years ago

      Love this hub I love dogs even weird ones and I am a proud owner of a pekingese I think this breed can be listed here too

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I think the Bedlington Terrier and Norwegian Lundehund are beautiful dogs. The other breeds you showcased are "cute" in their individual ways, and I'm sure the humans who bond with these dogs love them in spite of (or perhaps, because of) their unusual looks.

      There seem to be challenges in caring for them--protecting the Chinese Crested's skin and--oh, goodness!--spending hours keeping the Puli's dreadlocks separated and giving him a bath! The pet parent with one of these dogs must have time and resources to care for them properly.

      Enjoyed your article. Voted Up and Interesting.