top ten unusual dog breeds

Dogs are amazing. They are our companions, working partners, therapy assistants, hunters, and professional cuddlers. They come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, from super tall to super tiny. Some dogs are majestic, beautiful, others goofy and at times almost ridiculous. We love all of them. Sometimes, one might come across and interesting or unusual dog breed who has features that are so different from the other canines, that they really stand out from the crowd.

Here is a list of 10 interesting and unusual dog breeds


This dog has a very special coat as he has natural dreadlocks. Some even say that this dog’s coat looks like a mop. This dog breed was brought to Hungary by nomadic people in the 12th-13th century. His original purpose was that of a livestock guardian.


Often appearing in medieval and ancient art work, this dog is known for its beautiful features grace and symmetry. The Guinness Book of Records listed a Saluki as being the fastest dog, capable of reaching a speed of 68.8 km/h (42.8 mph).


Known for his many wrinkles and blue black tongue, The Shar-Pei was named in 1978 as one of the world’s rarest dog breeds by TIME magazine and Guinness World Records. The Shar-Pei’s loose skin is what makes him difficult for any opponent to grab and hold on to.

Basset Hound

This dog’s adorable goofy appearance gives him all his charm. A long body sitting on very short feet, a big head adorned with long ears that sometimes drag on the ground. As surprising as it may sound, the basset hound was bred to hunt small game thanks to his a keen nose and short stature, he is well suited to accompany a hunter searching for small game on foot.

Brussels griffon

This dog’s unusual facial features give him all his charm. Some even say that they look just like an Ewok from the star wars movies. This is a toy breed, and a devoted loving family member who only asks to be loved and cuddle.


This dog breed has the most hilarious facial expressions. They were used in the sport of bull baiting hence where the name “bull” comes from. They generally make quite hilarious and loving companions and definitely get a lot of attention from the public with their unusual features.


This dog’s blue/black tongue is it’s most distinguishable feature. They were originally bred as guard dogs in China 2,000 years ago and still continue to fulfill the “protector” duty today instinctually, as they naturally protect their families and are weary of strangers.

Irish Wolfhound

This dog’s is concidered to be the tallest dog breed of all dogs. Their height make them a truly impressive animal to walk alongside of. The Irish Woldhound is a historic dog breed that originated in Ireland. They have appeared in literature poetry and mythology.


The Pekinese is a toy breed that originated in China. There was once a time in history when only members of the Chinese Imperial Palace were able to own this breed. They are fierecely loyal to their favorite person in the household.

Hairless Chinese Crested dog

There is some debate as to the origins of this breed, but what we can be sure of is that this dog’s appearance and fur layout make him quite unique among dogs. The fur almost looks like the mane and tail of a horse, while the rest of his body is bare.They can be very sensitive to getting sunburned for this reason.


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