Karthik is a writer with a special interest in animals, especially the unique qualities of various cat and dog breeds.
What Are the Strangest-Looking Dogs?
Here are some of the weirdest dog breeds you can find. All seven of these dog breeds have funny features which make them look quite strange!
7 Weird Dog Breeds
- Bedlington Terrier
- Chinese Crested
- Norwegian Lundehund
- Neapolitan Mastiff
1. Bedlington Terrier
What cute lambs! Oh, wait—those aren't lambs, those are dogs! Yes, the Bedlington Terrier is one of the strangest-looking dog breeds because of its lamblike appearance. Bedlingtons have pear-shaped heads, triangular ears, and curly, sheeplike fur. But don't be deceived by those innocent looks: Historically, this breed was trained to fight! Bedlington Terriers are sweet dogs, but if they're challenged, they can hold their own.
Tight dreadlocks give this breed the look of a walking, barking mop! These dreads are known as “cords," which start forming when a Puli puppy is nine months old. This corded, usually black coat is what makes this breed unusual. Luckily, a Puli does not shed at all, but bathing and grooming this dog is a long, complicated process. Owners need to carefully maintain their Puli's coat and make sure the cords stay separated, or else these cords can form very large mats. On the plus side, these dogs are very intelligent, and despite their bulky appearance, they are quite fast and agile. They are also very loving and loyal to their owners.
3. Chinese Crested
The Puli is a breed with a lot of long hair, but the Chinese Crested is quite the opposite! This dog has hair only on its paws, tail (plume) and head (crest). Because its skin is so exposed and unprotected, the Chinese Crested must be brought up with the utmost care. Owners should use sunscreen to protect their dog's skin from sunburns, and they should also give their Chinese Crested regular baths to prevent acne and other skin issues. Another unusual feature of this breed is its lack of premolar teeth!
The Shar-Pei is undoubtedly one of the weirdest and most unique dog breeds you can find: You'll never confuse this dog with any other breed! It is heavily wrinkled and has an unusual muzzle—like a hippopotamus. When Shar-Peis are puppies, they're covered in wrinkles, but as they grow up, their wrinkles spread out and become less prominent. And if that wasn't strange enough: A normal, healthy Shar-Pei has bluish-black tongue!
5. Norwegian Lundehund
What makes this breed special? Well, the Norwegian Lundehund has six toes on each foot! This breed also has unique shoulder and neck joints, which help the dog stretch its legs out straight in both directions as well as reach its forehead up to its back. This dog even has the ability to close its ear canal at will (in order to prevent water and dirt from getting in). All of these features make this breed an amazing avian hunter, an agile swimmer and an impressive climber: A Norwegian Lundehund can easily climb steep crevices and near-vertical cliffs!
6. Neapolitan Mastiff
Harry Potter fans will love this dog: This is the pet of Harry Potter’s friend, Hagrid. The Neapolitan Mastiff is quite an ancient breed, and due to its fearsome, intimidating appearance, it was reared for guarding and defending family and property. These dogs need extensive socialization or else they can be quite aggressive towards strangers and other dogs, but they do learn very quickly and are known to be extremely intelligent, independent thinkers. Also, as you might guess from their size, these dogs are not very active—their energy levels are short-lived!
"Affen" in German means "monkey", and this breed gets its name from its primate-like appearance and personality. It often has longer hair on its face than the rest of its body, and the combination of shaggy fur, squashed face and terrier body gives it a very unique look! The Affenpinscher also likes being mischievous and playful like a monkey, but essentially, this dog has a personality similar to other terriers. This breed is sharp-witted, courageous and confident. Affenpinschers can get along with other pets and dogs—if they're raised with them. These dogs can be quite stubborn, bold and inquisitive, and they can easily become authoritarian if they're not given proper rules and boundaries by their owners.
Other Strange-Looking Dogs
Some other weird dog breeds include:
- Peruvian Inca Orchid
Feel free to suggest some more weird-looking dogs to add to this list!
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on October 24, 2012:
Eiddwen: thank you for commenting :)
Eiddwen from Wales on October 24, 2012:
Thank you so muh again for another brilliant hub.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 24, 2012:
thanks Shiny. I didn't know you had written an article in YgoY on this topic. Nice article :)
Shiny on September 24, 2012:
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... :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on July 11, 2012:
haha.. I haven't watched all the Star Wars episodes, so can't really say :)
VibrantViews on July 11, 2012:
Wow, doesn't #7's face look like one of those little bears on Star Wars??
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on July 10, 2012:
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 :)
Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 10, 2012:
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.
scarletohara on July 10, 2012:
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
Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 10, 2012:
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.