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Top 15 Ugliest Dog Breeds in the World

Dog is one of the most common pets around the world. In fact, dogs are called as “Man’s best friend” considering its companionship and loyalty that is prevailing through many centuries with humans. Now, dogs are not just a pet but more or like a family member to the master. Dogs are also playmate to the children and offers protection to the house. We have numerous dog breeds to select from for keeping as pets. Some dog breeds are famous for the ability to hunt or track smell or for their intelligence and skill sets. Most people opt for dogs either for their attractiveness or for playfulness and performances. As we have discussed earlier, “attractiveness” is something subjective. There are dog breeds that will create doubt in us that whether they are dogs or not. Here are some of the world’s ugliest dogs.

#15. Chihuahua!

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The Chihuahua is generally considered the smallest dog breed in the world. It comes in two main varieties: long-haired and short-haired. Both types have different colors, sizes, head shapes and coat lengths.

The height ranges between 7 and 10 inches. However, some can grow as tall as 15 inches. They generally weigh about 4 to 6 pounds. If allowed to become overweight, they can weigh up to 12 pounds. They have large, erect ears and big, round eyes set in a high, rounded skull.

Long-haired Chihuahuas have smooth, fine hair and a downy undercoat. The coats of short-haired Chihuahuas are velvet to the touch. Common coat colors are cream, brown, black, white, red, chocolate and fawn.

History

The Chihuahua’s history is interesting as there are many theories surrounding its origin. Both archaeological and folklore findings show that the breed originated in Mexico. One of the most interesting theories states that the Chihuahua is a descendant of the Techichi, a companion dog known to have existed during the Toltec civilization.

Ever since it was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904, the Chihuahua has continued to gain unparalleled popularity in the US and other parts of the world.

Temperament

Chihuahuas can easily become angry when provoked, making them unsuitable for homes with small children. They are very loyal to their guardians but do not get along easily with other dog breeds. They like resting under beds, blankets or bed covers where they feel safe and comfortable.

#14. Whippet!

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Also referred to as Snap Dog or English Whippet, the Whippet is a medium-sized dog with a long head. Its oval-shaped eyes are dark in color. The long tail is held low with a slight upward curve near the end.

The short, fine coat comes in a variety of colors such as red, fawn, slate blue, tiger white, brindle and black. The Whippet stands at a height of 18 to 23 inches and weighs between 25 and 45 pounds.

History

A group of British dog breeders crossed the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound and a type of terrier in order to create the Whippet during the late nineteenth century. Due to its extremely lean frame and athletic nature, the dog excels in races. It was brought to America in 1888.

Temperament

Whippets are known to be quite gentle and highly intelligent as compared to many other dog breeds. They are not prone to barking and are fond of spending much of their time resting. They like relaxing on furniture and are touch-sensitive, meaning that they tend to get scared or overreact when touched unexpectedly.

#13. Puli!

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The Puli is a medium-sized breed known for its long, corded coat. The numerous tight curls of the coat are similar to dreadlocks and hang down significantly, making the dog vulnerable to dirt. As the Puli continues to grow, its coat can become extraordinarily long, even reaching the ground.

The Puli’s almond-shaped eyes are dark brown in color, and its coat can be cream, grey or white. Female Puli have a height of 14 to 16 inches and weigh 14 to 16 pounds, while male Puli can grow to a height of 20 inches and weigh between 20 to 30 pounds.

History and Temperament

The Puli was imported into Hungary by the Magyars thousands of years ago. It was mainly used for herding sheep. During the Second World War, the Puli’s population was drastically reduced almost to the point of extinction.

A controlled breeding program managed by a team of dedicated breeders from different parts of the world ensured the survival of this unique dog breed. The Puli was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1939.

Apart from being cheerful and intelligent, the Puli is also very loyal to its owner. Despite its thick coat and bulky appearance, the dog is surprisingly fast and flexible.

#12. Komondor!

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The Komondor is like a bigger version of the Puli. It has a large head and almond-shaped eyes. The ears are long and triangular in shape and slightly rounded at the tip. The body is totally covered with an extremely corded and felted coat (the heaviest amount of fur of all dog breeds), which is about 9 to 12 inches long and generally white in color.

The Komondor is a large, strong, agile breed that can grow to a height of 27 inches and weigh up to 140 pounds.

History

The Komondor was imported into Hungry by the Cumans, a nomadic people from Turkey who settled in Hungary between the twelfth and thirteenth century. The breed spread to other parts of the world in the early 1920s when it started competing in dog shows. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937.

Temperament

The Komondor is steady and friendly when calm, but in case of trouble or provocation, it can react aggressively and fearlessly. It is loyal to its owner and gentle with little kids and family friends.

The Komondor is extremely vigilant; it spends a better part of the day resting while keeping an eye on surrounding areas, but during the night, it keeps moving, carefully patrolling its area to make sure that everything is okay. Needless to say, it’s a splendid watchdog.

#11. Affenpinscher!

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The Affenpinscher is relatively small in size and has a shaggy, wiry-type coat. What makes it an ugly dog is its shaggy appearance and monkey-like expression. The hairy ears are customarily erect and docked. The coat is usually dark grey or black, but can also be red or silver. The Affenpinscher can grow to a height of 10 to 15 inches and weigh 7 to 10 pounds.

History

The Affenpinscher is believed to have originated in Germany more than 400 years ago. It is a descendant of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Griffon Bruxellois. It was admitted to the American Kennel Club’s studbook in 1936.

Temperament

The Affenpinscher is courageous, playful, confident, inquisitive and stubborn. Although it is usually quiet, it can become excited if threatened or attacked in any way, and shows no fear towards any aggressor. It becomes bored easily, so it shouldn’t be left alone for long.

It is rather territorial when it comes to its food and toys, making it unsuitable for homes with very small children.

#10. Shih Tzu!

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The Shi Tzu is an absurdly hairy little beast with short legs and a relatively long body. It has a broad head and very wide eyes, a profuse beard and mustache and large, pendant ears covered with abundant hair. In fact, a long, dense double coat flows over the dog’s entire body. The Shih Tzu grows to 12 inches in height and weighs between 9 and 18 pounds. The coat can be of any color.

History

The Shih Tzu is said to have descended from crossing the Pekinese and the Tibetan Mountain Dog (or Lhasa Apso) in the early seventeenth century. It was a favorite of Chinese royals. At that time, it could not be sold or given way to visitors for any reason. It was first imported to England in the 1930s and later to the US in 1969.

Temperament

The Shih Tzu is alert, affectionate, loyal and outgoing. Due to its friendly nature, it tends to get along well with children, strangers and other dogs.

#09. Japanese Chin!

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The Japanese Chin, also referred to as the Japanese Spaniel, is a small breed of dog that has become popular as a pet. It has a height of about 8 to 12 inches and can weigh from 6 to 10 pounds. It has a large head, broad muzzle, ear feathering, big wide-set eyes and evenly patterned facial markings.

The Japanese Chin’s coat is long and smooth to the touch and can be red and white, black and white, mahogany and white or lemon and white in color.

History

The Japanese Chin originated in China where it has been prized as a good companion for hundreds of years. It was bred mainly for the purpose of warming up the laps of the Chinese aristocracy and accompanying ladies to the Chinese Imperial Court. It was kept by the nobility and frequently given to diplomats and influential government officials as gifts.

Temperament

This breed shares most of its traits with cats. It is alert, independent and intelligent. The Japanese Chin uses its paws to wash and wipe its face, and it likes resting on high surfaces such as tables, shelves and the backs of chairs. It is very loyal to its master and likes being around people.

#08. English Bull Terrier!

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The English Bull Terrier is a muscular brute with a well-rounded body, a large, egg-shaped head and small rectangular eyes. It has a long neck and robust shoulders. The tail is short and always carried horizontally. The coat, which is generally white, is short, dense and harsh to the touch.

In addition to white, English Bull Terriers may be red, fawn, black, brindle, black-brindle or tricolored with white markings. This breed can grow to about 20 to 24 inches in length and weigh up to 35 pounds.

History

The English Bull Terrier was created in the early 1800s to control vermin and participate in animal-based blood sports. The breed has been used as a herder, watchdog and ratter for years.

Temperament

English Bull Terriers are gentle, playful and courageous. They are loyal to their owners and enjoy being around people. In addition, they are very active and do not like being idle.

#07. Neapolitan Mastiff!

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The Neapolitan Mastiff is an extraordinarily powerful and ugly dog breed. It has a massive, rectangular body with wrinkles and folds hanging from the head. It stands at a height of 25 to 30 inches and weighs approximately 150 to 200 pounds. Its head is large, wide and flat as compared to the rest of its body. Its tail points upward and curves over the back. Its coat is short and black, gray, tawny, mahogany or blue in color.

History

The Neapolitan Mastiff, also referred to as the Italian Mastiff, is a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff, the oldest member of the canine species. After being famous for centuries, this breed nearly vanished during the Second World War. Soon after the war ended, an Italian painter known as Pierro Scanziani formed a breeding kennel and crossed the dogs to create a stronger breed.

Temperament

Neapolitan Mastiffs are very loyal to their masters and rarely become aggressive towards strangers or unfamiliar dogs. They are quick learners, meaning they are easy to train. They are renowned for drooling, especially when they get excited or after drinking or eating something.

#06. Pug!

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The pug is a short, muscular breed with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and short, curled tail. It stands at a height of about 12 to 14 inches and weighs approximately 18 to 25 pounds. It has a massive, round head with a square-shaped muzzle and large, dark eyes.

Its coat is soft and glossy and comes in a variety of colors such as white, silver, fawn, apricot, red and black.

History

The Pug is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds living today, having existed before 400 BC. It was imported into China by the Dutch East India Company during the early sixteenth century. They were used by the military to hunt and track animals and people. They were also used for security purposes. This breed arrived in the US during the late nineteenth century and became popular among families, security firms and organizers of dog shows.

Temperament

The pug is curious, animated and spirited. It is loyal to its master and affectionate with its family, making it suitable for families with little children. It is also highly intelligent and easy to train.

#05. French Bulldog!

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The French Bulldog is another strong, compact, muscular little breed, but unlike the Pug, it has a rounded forehead. Its muzzle is broad and has a well-defined tip. It measures approximately 12 to 15 inches and weighs about 22 to 25 pounds.

Its lower lip is large and hangs down in a weird manner, explaining why it is considered an ugly dog. Its chest is broad, making the front wider than the rear. Its skin is relatively loose, forming wrinkles around the shoulders and head. Its tail can either be corkscrew or straight.

Coat colors include fawn, fawn and white, black, black and fawn, brindle, brindle and white, gray, gray and white, cream and cream and white.

History

While numerous theories regarding the origin of the French Bulldog exist, the most popular one claims that this breed originated in nineteenth century Nottingham, England, when a group of lace makers decided to make a miniature, lap version of the English Bulldog that was known as the “Toy Bulldog”. When the lace makers went to France during the Industrial Revolution (1800s), they took their dogs with them in large numbers and crossed them with other breeds of dogs, leading to the creation of the French Bulldog.

Temperament

This breed is known to require close attention from its owner and other family members. It is alert, lively, curious, enthusiastic, affectionate and playful. It enjoys being around people and gets along with strangers. It also likes mixing and playing with other dogs.

#04. Chinese Shar Pei!

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The Shar Pei is known for its heavy wrinkles, short stature, blue-black tongue and broad, flat head. It has a wide, padded muzzle and a short, thick tail. Its eyes are small, sunken and almond-shaped. Its ears are small and slightly rounded at the tips. This breed is typically 18 to 20 inches tall and weighs about 40 to 50 pounds.

Its coat is fairly prickly and rough when brushed in the opposite direction. Coat colors include cream, sable, black, blue, fawn and fawn-red.

History

The Chinese Shar Pei is a unique breed of dog that has existed for many centuries in the southern provinces of China. Pictures on pottery suggest that the Chinese Shar Pei existed even during the Han Dynasty (circa 200 BC), when it was used for hunting and herding and as a family guard dog. It was also used in dog fighting events. In 1973, a famous Chinese businessman named Matgo Law appealed to Americans to save the breed from extinction through an American dog magazine. Currently the population of Shar Pei is quite high in America.

Temperament

The Chinese Shar Pei is stubborn, strong-willed, territorial and reserved, but it can also be very playful. It is also devoted and obedient to its master and amenable to accepting strangers. If poorly trained, it can become aggressive and hyper-territorial. It is a silent breed, barking only when worried or provoked (or when playing).

#03. Mexican Hairless!

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Also referred to as Xoloitzcuintili, the Mexican Hairless is found in two varieties: coated and hairless. Both varieties come in standard, miniature and toy sizes. The coated variety has a short, flat coat while the hairless variety is completely hairless, with many dogs exhibiting a few short, prickly hairs on the forehead, toes and the tip of the tail.

The Mexican Hairless can be red, gray, black, brindle or silver.

History

The Xolo originated in Mexico. Clay pottery and artefacts including this dog breed have been found in the tombs of Aztec, Mayan and Colima Indians. The early Indians brought the hairless dogs to Mexico more than 3,000 years ago. Apart from being kept as pets, the dogs were also used as food, bed warmers and sacrifices. This breed is very common in South America and quite rare in the United States.

Temperament

Even though Mexican Hairless puppies are extremely energetic, noisy and playful, adults are calm and affectionate companions. In addition, they are intelligent, alert, athletic and very loyal to their owners. They are naturally protective and suspicious of strangers.

#02. Peruvian Hairless!

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The Peruvian Hairless Dog has soft, pliable skin and may have short hair on top of its head. The lips are loose and wrinkled and the thick, leathery ears may have wisps of hair. The skin can have any solid or mixed color. The size and weight of the Peruvian Hairless Dog varies greatly.

An adult can stand between 10 to 28 inches high and weigh from 9 to 55 pounds.

History

The Peruvian Hairless Dog originated in ancient Peru. It was kept as a pet in pre-Incan cultures along the Peruvian coastal zone. The Spanish Conquest nearly killed all Peruvian hairless dogs. Some of the dogs managed to survive in rural areas, however, where the locals believed they had mystical powers. They were brought to the US quite recently.

Temperament

Peruvian Hairless Dogs are affectionate with their owners and members of the family but very wary of strangers and intruders. They are typically lively, alert, agile and fast.

#01. Chinese Crested!

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The Chinese Crested is available in two varieties: the powderpuff and the hairless. The hairless variety is a notoriously ugly breed with smooth, human-like skin and ungainly tufts of fur on the head, feet and tail.

On the other hand, the powderpuff variety is an attractive dog with a long, soft coat. The skin and coat can be of any color.

Both varieties measure 13 to 15 inches in height and weigh between 10 and 15 pounds.

History

The Chinese Crested is believed to have originated in Africa where it was called the “African Hairless Terrier”. Chinese sailors took the dog from Africa and brought it to China and changed its name to the Chinese Crested. Apart from being used for hunting vermin, the dog was also eaten or used as a bed warmer.

The Chinese Crested as a breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 and by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) in 1995.

Temperament

The Chinese Crested is agile, alert, and affectionate. It loves playing with children. In addition, it likes climbing on high surfaces and digging holes.

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