Dogs are our best friends, there’s no doubt about it. We love them and they love us back just as much. They all come in different shapes and sizes and all have individual characters. There are, however, some of the strangest dog breeds that will have you doing a double take!
So if you’re looking for a dog that’s a little unusual in their appearance then maybe one of these breeds will be just the dog you’re looking for. Of course, looks aren't the only thing you should base your adoption criteria on. You'll need to be sure you choose a breed that fits your lifestyle too.
Everyone knows what a Labrador looks like, and we've all seen a Great Dane. If you adopt one of the breeds on this list, it's likely that your family and friends will know nothing about your new fur baby. You'll probably here a lot of people say, “That's the one of the strangest dog breeds I've ever seen!”
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Well, this dog has a name that’s even weirder than its appearance. Just how on earth do you pronounce that? There is another name for this breed of dog and that’s the Mexican hairless. Obviously, that’s because this dog just hasn’t got any hair.
These dogs have a long history with Mexico and at one time they were said to be sacred. XOLOITZCUINTLI are so unique thanks to the fact that they are hairless, but they also have a long neck, gorgeous almond eyes and their body is super sleek.
This breed of dog is covered in dread locks, but not the dread locks that come in the form of cords. This breed of dog has dread locks that are known as felts. There are three different types of coat on the Bergamasco, and it really is very thick. It can also very easily mat.
The mats begin at the spine and work their way down to the flanks. This is certainly one of the strangest dog breeds, but they aren’t born with these mats. They are born with smooth fur which is short, but eventually the mats appear. This is why this breed of dog looks so unique.
The Affenpinscher is a gorgeous looking dog and has the nickname Monkey. It’s not hard to see why they’re known as Monkey. They really do look like one, both in appearance and also personality. These are cheeky little dogs. The body of this breed is like a terrier and has shaggy fur. The face is just so cute and looks like it’s squashed in.
The Affenpinscher's unique appearance is what makes it one of the strangest dog breeds. This dog also resembles a little lion, as the fur is thicker around the chest than it is around the rest of the body, making it look like a lion’s mane. This breed of dog comes in many colors including gray, black, tan, beige, red and silver.
The Puli is another breed of dog that has dread locks, and out of all the strangest dog breeds this is probably the best known. The dread locks on the Puli are known as cords, and these cords will start to appear on the dog when he is around 9 months old.
This breed will need regular grooming to keep the coat the way it should be, and the cords will need to be separated to prevent them from getting tangled up and matted. You may think, when looking at a Puli, that the coat is heavy, but it’s not. It really is lightweight. These dogs are quite the athletes too. They are very agile and are also light in weight.
This dog is quite often called the “little lion dog.” They are just so amazing! Lowchens really do look like little lions and can measure between seven and thirteen inches in height. This breed of dog doesn’t have an undercoat, and the hair should never be allowed to curl.
Lowchens are very intelligent dogs and are also very friendly. They would make a great family pet. The lowchen is the rarest dog in the world. Not only is the Lowchen one of the strangest dog breeds, it's the most expensive breed too. So if you have the money, and you can actually find one, a Lowchen would make a lovable little pet.
6. Cambodian Razorback Dog
Well this dog may not look like one of the strangest dog breeds, but it has a very large razor of hair right down its back. They are tropical dogs and their coats are long, which isn’t usually the case for a dog living in a tropical climate. Dogs that live in warm locations usually have short coats.
This breed of dog can be found all over Cambodia, and they don’t seem to be affected by their long coats. They don’t overheat, which is quite unusual. These dogs are very territorial but they are quiet dogs and don’t bark unless there is a real need to. They are very friendly dogs and love their owners, but probably aren’t the best breed of dog if you’re a first time owner.
7. Lagotto Romagnolo
This dog is very unique, as it is said to be hypoallergenic and has thick hair that’s curly and woollen. They also have a double coat, which will need regular grooming and occasional trims. Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have a special talent at searching for truffles. Originally pigs used to search for truffles, but this breed of dog is gradually taking over the role.
This is a great breed of dog and would make an awesome pet for anybody. They are generally healthy, enjoy walks and playing their with their owners. Lagotta Romagnolo dogs are also very intelligent, making them easy to train. These dogs really are adorable little companions, despite being one of the strangest dog breeds.
8. Bedlington Terrier
At first glance you may think that you are actually looking at a little lamb, but in reality this is in fact a dog. Bedlington Terriers are so sweet, and they make great family pets. They have a head that resembles a pear, their ears are triangular and their coat is curly.
These dogs are so docile it’s hard to imagine that they were first bred to be fighters. The breed has long fur on the head and also the legs but shorter fur on the rest of the body. There is a reason for this, and it’s because they were used to hunt vermin. The shorter the fur, the better, but it definitely makes them one of the strangest breeds on the planet.
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9. Chinese Crested
Some people think this breed of dog is ugly, but they really are adorable little dogs. They are totally hairless except for the top of their head and also the tail and paws. Chinese Crested dogs have a very unique appearance, which is what earns them a spot on our list of the strangest dog breeds. They hardly have any fur, which means they are sensitive to the sun. Sunscreen will need to be used.
They also need regular baths, and you will need to apply moisturizing cream to their skin to prevent infections and dry skin conditions. If you don't mind snuggling with this hairless wonder, a Chinese Crested makes a great companion. They are playful and affectionate. This breed would make a great companion animal.
10. Neapolitan Mastiff
This is one strange looking dog and the reason for this is the loose skin that folds over the face. They have wrinkles all over but more so around the head and face. You will need to spend time cleaning between the folds to prevent any skin issues from developing. For a dog with a short coat, a Neapolitan Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.
The Neapolitan Mastiff has had a starring role in Harry Potter (yes, a Neapolitan Mastiff was Fang). There size is another quality that makes them one of the strangest dog breeds. They're HUGE! If you want to adopt this breed you better have a lot of room for him to roam.
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