Dogs are like humans – they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The beautiful ones are usually sought after and the less attractive ones tend to get looked over. While Labradors, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are the most common breeds owned across the world, there are hundreds of other kinds of dogs on the planet who are constantly looking for a loving home. While some dogs are popular because of their physical appearance, often these breeds are characterized by less than favourable temperaments that don’t match the way the animal looks.
The 101 Dalmatians film was met with widespread success in the nineties and sparked a Dalmatian obsession across the world. Little did most people know at the time, but the breed was aggressive and unpleasant for the most part – not ideal to become a family dog. Bulldogs and pugs are incredibly popular today, but the breeds are plagued with respiratory problems and reproductive problems. They may look cute, but they’ll cost their owner a fortune in medical bills.
We’ve rounded up a list of ten of the ugliest breeds of dogs in the world below. While these dogs may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, many of them are known for their incredible demeanors. In fact, it almost seems like what they lack in attractiveness, they’ve make up for in being smart, gentle and affectionate. Many of the breeds mentioned below are even used as obedience, herding or guide dogs due to their dispositions and intelligence. Besides, we’d much rather own an unconventional-looking dog than one who looks like the rest of the pack. No pun intended.
10. English Bull Terrier
Widely known for being the Target mascot, the English Bull Terrier is a distinctively ugly breed that’s hard to forget. Characterized by its egg-shaped head, this dog usually weighs about 40 pounds and stands at 22 inches tall. They live for 13 years on average and cost a whopping $1,200 per puppy. They’re known for being aggressive and protective, making them an ideal breed to participate in agility and obedience training. Due to the angle that their ears sit at, English Bull Terriers experience many hearing problems and often go deaf later in life.
9. Hungarian Puli
The Hungarian Puli is widely recognized for its resemblance to your everyday household mop. The breed’s fur grows naturally into a dreadlocked shape, making the dog almost impossible to bathe or groom unless you’re interested in having a wet animal run around your home for days. A puppy costs about $800 and this breed can weigh up to 35 pounds, living until fourteen years old. They’re known for being alert and intelligent and are often used as guard or herd dogs. Make sure you factor in a budget for yearly grooming sessions – unless you want to attempt it yourself.
8. Bedlington Terrier
The Bedlington Terrier may be unattractive to some, but mostly it’s just so strange-looking that we had to include it on this list. Its body is completely bent at an angle and its fur grows in a very interesting pattern. Weighing in at about 23 pounds on average and living for 12-13 years, this breed does not come cheap. A puppy will cost you about $1,500, not to mention the onslaught of optometric health problems that the Bedlington Terriers face. They’re one of the rarest breeds around, and also one of the most unique.
7. Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is a rare breed that looks like an ugly cross between a Shih-Tzu and a furry Pug. They’ve got a strange, bug-eyed and almost deformed face offset by a silky long coat. This breed weighs about 10 pounds and stands at 11 inches tall, living for about fourteen years on average. A puppy will set you back $700 and will keep you busy – Brussels Griffons are known for being alert and very playful. They have an excellent bill of health with no known recurring problems.
6. American Staghound
The American Staghound is reminiscent of the hyenas made popular by the Lion King movie. Long, hunch-backed and scraggly, this breed looks more like a wild animal than a dog you’d want to domesticate. They’re particularly ugly due to the erratic way their fur grows and their wolf-like face. The American Staghound usually weighs about 80 pounds, stands 30 inches tall and lives for about 13 years. Despite its aggressive looks, it’s known for being quite affectionate, making an awesome and very unorthodox-looking pet.
The Affenpinscher looks like it stuck its paw into an electrical socket and has been dealing with the aftermath ever since. This breed is a small dog that usually weighs just 9 pounds and stands at about 12 inches tall. If you were a fan of the Star Wars movie franchise, you’ll love the Affenpinscher – it looks just like an ewok. The average price for a puppy is $400 and they are expected to live about 13 years. Despite its grumpy face, the breed is known for being extremely affectionate.
4. Peruvian Inca Orchid
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of those dogs that is so ugly, it’s cute. It’s got a hairless, often spotted body then a tuft of white or grey hair on top of its head – making it look like a funny old man. This breed is often 20 inches in height, weighs about 20 pounds and lives upwards of 10 years. They are quite affordable at a cost of $500 for a puppy and are known to be affectionate and gentle. This is a breed that is more intelligent than most and is often used as an obedience, hunting or sighting dog.
Commonly referred to as the Mexican Hairless, the Xoloitzcuintli is easily one of the ugliest dogs on this list – looking like an overgrown naked Chihuahua. While the breed is mostly bald, sometimes hair sprouts on its face – lending even more to its unattractiveness. Its average life expectancy is 17 years and it weighs about 35 pounds on average. Although they may not look so nice, Mexican Hairless dogs are known for being affectionate, social and friendly. This breed is prone to skin issues due to its lack of a coat.
2. Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a massive dog that can weigh up to 130 pounds – the size of a full grown adult. They’re about 27 inches in height and can live up to nine years old. While they may look intimidating, the breed is known for being loyal, gentle and loving and serves as a great tracking dog. Puppies cost about $1,200, although the Mastiff’s hip dysplasia problems later on in life can run their owners quite a bit of money. This breed constantly looks depressed and intimidating, but is a great family dog.
1. Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested breed is probably the most widely known ugly breed around the world. These dogs have starred in films and commercials for their unpleasant looks and have long been the running joke of the dog world. Weighing in at just ten pounds on average, a Crested puppy will run you about $850 and can live up to 14 years. They’ve got no major health concerns and are a gentle, playful breed. We’d definitely spend the money just to be able to look at our weird, partly hairy and mostly bald dog on a daily basis.