Weird dog breeds have extreme features that provoke a rather shocked response.
But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t lovely.
Or dogs just like any others.
Many of them can make adorable pets.
But you do need to approach buying a weird dog with caution.
Because occasionally, what makes them so unique is actually a result of a condition that could make them unwell, or hard to care for.
Or because they have been bred to such an extreme that their basic health has been compromised.
However many unusual breeds just look that way because they have a curious coat.
Or lack thereof!
Although even these weird dog breeds aren't always problem free.
That's why it's really important to do your research before you buy any puppy.
Weird Dog Breeds
Here are some really unique dog breeds.
Click on the image below to find out more about what makes them special.
What Makes Them Different?
These dogs are all unique in a variety of ways.
Whether it’s due to their size, skin, shape, crazy coat or lack thereof!
Although there are miniaturised teacup breeds of dog, these pups come in ultra small as standard!
They are incredibly popular pets due to their ultimate portability, and fun temperaments.
But they do have some health issues as a result of their size, specifically relating to the teeth, gums, trachea and knees.
These little dogs are however long lived, and can make fun companions.
The Chinese Crested is a real head turner due to their distinctive hair style.
Just the head, ankles and tail are hairy.
The rest is completely bald!
And unfortunately their lack of hair is linked with some nasty health problems like cysts, acne and other skin diseases.
The Powderpuff Chinese Crested doesn’t have such a weird look, but they should be less likely to have these issues.
They are intelligent little dogs, and respond well to positive reinforcement training.
You can spot a Dalmatian a mile away. Pun intended!
Their coat is about as striking as they come, with floods of dots in black or brown.
The neat and exacting pattern of their spots is what makes them so distinct.
The main health problem distinct to the breed involves urinary tract problems.
They are however generally healthy dogs as long as they come from tested parents.
And if well socialized, they make friendly and fun pets.
These gentle giants are absolutely massive, but still seem to retain a sleek and graceful demeanor.
Their big heads and even temperament make them incredibly appealing as pets.
Although as very tall dogs you need to be aware that they will suffer from joint problems as they age.
And won’t have very long lifespans either.
But they are very nice characters, and despite their size good companions at home too.
The Mexican Hairless is as the name suggests, entirely hairless dogs.
Given the sad and unfair accolade of the world’s ugliest dog, this adorable dog has plenty of personality to make up for his lack of hair.
Sadly, the gene that causes their hairlessness has some other effects too.
They are often lacking teeth and can suffer from nasty skin conditions too.
Although fairly long lived, this unusually weird dog breed is probably best avoided due to their health issues.
The beautiful butterfly dog, the Papillon, was named after their amazing ears.
That spread up and outward like the wings of a butterfly.
Small in stature but with model-like looks, this beautiful dog’s ears are seriously weird. In a good way!
It’s also one of the healthier weird dog breeds you can buy!
They can live well into their teens, and provided the parents are health tested can provide happy healthy pets.
Although they are common and we are used to their looks, Pugs are a really weird breed.
Their flattened faces give them almost human expressions, which many people find real appealing.
Sadly like so many weird dog breeds, this cute pupster is plagued with problems.
Their lack of snout makes it hard to breathe, to the extent that they are often found sleeping sitting up and are prolific snorers.
They also find it really hard to regulate their body temperature, and can dangerously overheat in warm weather.
However, some breeders are now trying to get longer muzzles established back into the breed for a healthier future.
The Hungarian Puli’s coat makes them a surefire member of the weird dog breeds clan.
Often maintained in long mats of fur around their entire body, this dog is not for the pristine among us.
They need a lot of coat maintenance, and frequent baths to keep them fresh and muck free.
Enjoying as much as any dog, the delights of rolling around in poop and other yucky things at the dog park!
But with a coat that is likely to retain the stinkiest of substances.
However, if you keep their coat clipped short you’ll avoid these issues. But also some of the weirdness too!
They are intelligent, driven dogs that thrive in a working environment or active home.
And provided they come from health tested stock and are well socialized can make good companions.
Once you’ve seen a photo of a Saluki you will always recognise one in the flesh.
Similar in build to the Greyhound, but with gorgeous long fur on their tails and ears, they really are a step apart from any other dog.
The Saluki is also probably the most reserved of the weird dog breeds.
A member of the sighthound group, they are tall and very slender, with a gentle temperament.
Although there are several health issues to be aware of, including various cancers.
So it’s a good idea to buy from parents without a family history of cancer, and where the father is more advanced in years.
They are furious sprinters for short periods, but happily spend the rest of the day snuggled up on the couch with you afterwards.
They give an incredible expression that a lot of people find very appealing.
But wrinkled skin is not good for the dogs themselves unfortunately.
Wrinkles trap dirt and create an environment that bacteria love and they are prone to skin infections.
They also overheat easily and can suffer from a horrible condition called Shar Pei fever.
There is a variety of Shar Pei that has fewer wrinkles however, and is healthier as a result.
The Thai Ridgeback has a furrowed brow, heavy set head and distinctive ridge of fur down their back.
Best known with a striking grey coat, they do come in other colors as well.
And that ridge that they are named after sadly doesn’t come without it’s problems!
Unluckily the gene which causes the fur mutation can also cause spinal issues too.
This rare breed makes a very interesting pet, but do a lot of research before you decide whether it will be the right fit for your family.
The far side of the pack from the Chihuahua, the Irish Wolfhound is a massive dog.
Tall and shaggy furred, this weird dog breed is truly stunning.
And a wonderful companion, with a sweet loyal nature.
But the downside of being a gigantic dog is that you don’t tend to live terribly long.
A depressing 6 to 8 years being the average.
However, they are even tempered, calm and fun companions.
Weird Dog Breeds As Pets
Getting a weird dog breed as a pet can be very appealing.
Being unique and distinctive comes with plenty of perks in terms of attention and just feeling special.
But it’s important to remember that many of these dogs are different for a reason.
Because the things that make them unique come with a lot of problems.
If you are looking for a weird dog breed to join your family, make sure that you do a lot of research before you commit to your puppy.
Check that their temperament and size fits your lifestyle, and that you feel happy to handle any health problems that might come along with them.