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Definitely the 10 Weirdest and Strangest Dog Breeds in the World!

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We all think our dogs are the most beautiful fur babies on the planet. But the truth is, there are some really weird dogs out there! For some people, dogs seem as foreign as possible—they just love the eccentricity of certain canines. So we researched the weirdest and weirdest dog breeds we could find. Of course, it's always a matter of personal preference, and there are plenty of people who simply don't think these guys look weird. So, in no particular order, let's take a look at the amazing diversity that the canine world has to offer!

1. Chinese crested head

The Chinese Crested has flowing fur on its head, ears, feet, and tail, but otherwise its skin is hairless and exposed flesh may be dark or pink. Their fur can come in a variety of colors, including black, white, slate, and blue. They don't shed, which makes them attractive to many owners. It is thought that they were originally bred in Africa and then imported into China. With their affectionate, lively and playful nature, these dogs make great family pets.

  • Size: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: 8-12 lbs
  • Lifespan: 13-18 years old
  • Exercise Needs: Low
  • Separation Anxiety : High
  • Special Note : You will need to protect its bare skin from the sun.
Chinese crested running on the beach
If you have a Chinese Crested, make sure to protect their skin.

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2. Komondor

The adorable Komondor is a big dog that's instantly recognizable – there's no other dog like them! The breed originated in Hungary, where they were originally bred to protect livestock. Their standout feature is their coat growing in cords that look like braids. These guys have big natures and personalities, so they need a firm hand, but they are also very loving family pets. Their distinctive coat is usually white, but they can have some shades of cream or buff.

  • Dimensions: up to 30 inches
  • Weight: 100+ lbs
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Separation Anxiety : Moderate
  • Special Note : You need fences, as they are great escape artists.
type of big dog
Komondor puppies have a white, soft, fluffy coat that changes between 12 and 24 months. Then the coat becomes matted.


3. Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli are one of the oldest dog breeds we have, with their ancestry dating back to the Aztec civilization. You'll also see these dogs known as the Mexican Hairless, also affectionately known as the Xolo (pronounced show-low). They have a very ancient connection to the spirit world, and their numbers once declined due to their pagan connections.

Most (but not all) of these dogs are hairless, with smooth bodies and large ears—their wrinkled foreheads give their faces expressiveness.

They are loyal protection dogs, but they need a lot of mental and social stimulation.

  • Dimensions: up to 23 inches
  • Weight: Up to 50 lbs
  • Lifespan: 13-18 years old
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Separation Anxiety : High
  • Special Note : You will need to protect its bare skin from the sun.
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Xoloitzcuintli standing on the dunes
Not only are Xoloitzcuintlis hairless, but they also lack molars.

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4. Brussels Griffin

Long before mixed breeds like the Cockerpoo were popular, the Brussels Griffon was born! It is actually a mix of Pug, English Toy Springer and Affenpinscher and was recognized as one breed in the late 1800's.

They are smaller dogs that can come in a variety of colors, including brown, blue, black, tan, and beige. You get a cute dog with a lot of personality, so watch out for bossy ones! They love being close to humans, but they can be very vocal if they want to communicate with you. If you remember the Star Wars franchise, these dogs might look a little familiar. That's because creator George Lucas used them as inspiration for Ewok's creatures in the film.

  • Size: 7-8 inches
  • Weight: 7-12 lbs
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Separation Anxiety : High
  • Special Note : Some dogs of this breed will bite when frightened.
brussels griffin
Brussels Griffons look like Ewoks.

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5. Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is a cute little dog with an oddly arched back and pear-shaped head. They originated in Bedlington, England, and were originally bred to kill rodents in industrial settings. They have an unusual curly coat that makes them look a bit like sheep – but they don't shed, which is a plus for many owners.

This breed is smarter, more loving and less rowdy than many other terrier breeds. However, they retain a stubborn hound personality that makes them difficult to train. The ideal home for a Bedlington Terrier would have a very active lifestyle as well as a large house and garden – their vocal nature may not lend itself to apartment living.

  • Size: 15-18 inches
  • Weight: 17-23 lbs
  • Lifespan: 11-16 years old
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Separation Anxiety : Moderate
  • Special Note : Their coats require daily grooming to keep them healthy.
Bedlington terrier with flowers in the background
Bedlington terriers rarely shed. They have a coat like a poodle. However, you need to give them good grooming often.


6. Russian Wolfhound

The Russian Wolfhound is one of those dogs that makes you look twice. At first glance, they look like a greyhound, but then you see all the fur! They were originally bred in Russia to hunt rabbits and foxes and they are very fast! However, when they're at home, they're very laid back and totally a couch potato. Most are gentle and no-nonsense dogs, but some can be the clowns of the family. However, they do not like to be alone, so they are not suitable for families that are out all day. Feeding them can be a challenge as they can be picky eaters.

  • Size: 26-32 inches
  • Weight: 55-105 lbs
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Separation Anxiety : High
  • Special note : They will chase anything, so you'll need a dog-proof fence to keep them inside.
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One of the tallest hunting dogs, the wolfhound has a distinctive wavy coat.

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7. Bulldog

The only odd thing about Bull Terriers is their heads. Their presence has divided dog lovers around the world. You either love their elongated faces and small, wide eyes, or you don't! Either way, you have to admit that the breed has had a rough time in the past due to their association with blood sports like pit bull and dogfighting. These days, they can make very cute family pets, but they do need to be cared for properly.

Bull Terriers are energetic and very intelligent, but their stubborn nature means you'll need patience and a gentle but consistent approach to training them. This breed makes excellent guard dogs, and their coat (which can be black, white, tan, or red) requires little grooming. However, they rarely get along well with other household pets (especially cats), and they won't be the best choice if you have young children.

  • Dimensions: up to 22 inches
  • Weight: Up to 65 lbs
  • Lifespan: 10 -14 years
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Separation Anxiety : Moderate
  • Special Note : These dogs can be aggressive if not properly socialized.
Bull terrier puppy standing on pavers
The egg-like shape of the bulldog's head is its most distinctive feature.

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8. Shar Pei

The cute Shar Pei is full of wrinkles! Originally from China, these medium-sized dogs were bred for fighting. Wrinkles are really for protection, not a fashion statement.

They are independent and no-nonsense puppies who can grow up to be wayward adults if not trained properly from an early age. They are also very wary of strangers, which is great for a guard dog but bad for a family pet, so early socialization is crucial for this breed. These dogs are best for families with older children or those with only adults. In the right family, they will be very loyal and loving companions.

When it comes to grooming, their skin folds require some special care to ensure they don't get infected.

  • Size: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 35-44 lbs
  • Lifespan: 9 -11 years
  • Exercise Needs: Low
  • Separation Anxiety : Moderate
  • Special Note : Use wipes to clean wrinkles before they develop sores or smell.
Chinese Shar Pei playing in the garden.
Shar Peis need to have their wrinkles wiped clean to prevent them from developing odour.

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9. Neapolitan Mastiff

This very striking breed is huge and incredibly wrinkly! The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the giant dog breeds in the world. They're not pugs, but like to think they are – which might lead to some being squashed! Adult males can weigh up to 200 pounds.

The breed has a long and proud history as the guard dogs of ancient Italy, and they still have strong protective instincts.

Because of their bulky size, they're not the best choice for people who live in apartments (unless it's a large one) or first-time dog owners. You don't have an option to pick them up and take them out of tricky situations! They prefer to have a yard to patrol, and they do need some exercise to keep them from getting fat.

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These guys also have some personal habits that some may not be too comfortable with. This includes breaking wind, grunting, snorting and drooling. If you are looking for a gentle dog, this is not the best breed for you.

  • Dimensions: up to 31 inches
  • Weight: Up to 200 lbs
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Exercise Needs: Low
  • Separation Anxiety : High
  • Special Note : Due to the potential for cardiomyopathy with this breed, consider a soy-free diet.
Neapolitan mastiff sitting outdoors
Neapolitan Mastiffs can weigh up to 200 pounds!

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10. Peruvian Inca Orchid

Our final choice was another hairless dog. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is also sometimes called the Peruvian Hairless Dog. This is another ancient breed that dates back to ancient times when it was bred as a sighthound to hunt small rodents. Like other sighthound breeds, it has a strong build and sleek outline.

When it comes to temperament, this breed can be quite complex and you never know what you're going to get. Some are feral and some are tame, but they are all very sensitive and hate being alone.

They do well in apartments and only need 30 minutes of exercise a day. However, beware of their amazing prey drive. If they spot a rabbit or a squirrel, they'll give chase and you won't be able to keep up with them!

  • Dimensions: up to 26 inches
  • Weight: Up to 55 lbs
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years old
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Separation Anxiety : High
  • Special Note : These dogs do not do well in cold weather, so you may need a coat to keep them warm.
Peruvian Inca orchid standing in grass
The breed has an average lifespan of 13 years.

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about the author

Sharon holds a Ph.D. in public health but have spent the past decade researching and writing about all things animal health and wellbeing. A lifelong animal lover, she now lives with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a feisty cocker spaniel, but has also been a mom to several guinea pigs and cats in the past! She is passionate about researching accurate and reliable information about pets and reviewing products that make life easier for pet owners. When she's not checking out new pet products, she's hiking the mountains and beaches of Wales with her dog – though if she's lucky, she sometimes takes her husband and three grown daughters along !

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