7 Strange-Looking Dog Breeds You’ll Love To Pet!


Last Updated on February 7, 2021

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There are currently 360 officially-recognized dog breeds worldwide. Among these dog breeds, there are some really unusual-looking dogs that are still beautiful all the same!

The unique physical traits of these dogs have been the center of attention lately — featured in several dog magazines and blog articles, so you may or may not have seen these dogs before. Regardless, you’re in for a pleasant surprise as you’ll get to know a little bit more about these unique breeds, right here and now!

On a side note, these dogs are not only “different” in the way they look, but some of them are really rare and may even be on the brink of extinction. So, go ahead and learn more about them.

Click for more information about these dog breeds and also find out whether you’re already a parent of one of the ones mentioned here. Let’s show these adorable dogs some more love!

7. Bedlington Terrier

Wait, is that a dog or a sheep?!

Bedlington Terrier dog breed, originating from Bedlington, England, has a matted coat that resembles that of a lamb!

Interestingly enough, Bedlington Terrier was originally bred as a sheepdog. Bedlington weighs between ‎17 and 23 pounds and its life expectancy ranges from 12 to 14 years.

These dogs are fierce fighters, playful, friendly towards strangers, and loyal to a fault! Bedlingtons Terriers, however, can be a bit unfriendly towards cats or other pets thanks to their highly-territorial personalities.

6. Puli

Puli is another very interesting-looking dog breed that was originally bred in Hungary to herd livestock. Its life expectancy ranges from 12 to 16 years.

Puli weighs between 25 and 35 pounds, with a coat that looks like dreadlocks. The thick, long hair tends to fall over its eyes and face if not groomed, so make sure to give it a haircut if you have one!

Also, it might not look like it but this dog breed is very curious, intelligent, hardworking, and a naturally skilled guard. Puli’s self-confidence is even far more impressive than its physical appearance!

P.S., Puli loves attention, so make sure to shower it with care and lots of affection!

5. Komondor

The Komondor dog is basically Puli’s brother from another mother!

Komondors are similar-looking to Pulis but they’re just bigger dogs, weighing over 100 lbs. And most of that is probably due to their heavy, thick hair!

Komondors are also from Hungary and were bred as herding dogs and guardian dogs. What’s more, Komondor’s personality makes it even more lovable: it is gentle, affectionate, family-oriented, and extremely loyal.

The maximum lifespan of Komondor dogs ranges from 10 to 12 years, a few years less than their cousins, Puli dogs.

4. Affenpinscher

This breed was first bred in Germany to hunt rats, and, ironically, it somehow looks like an adorable mouse!

Affenpinscher dogs are curious, fearless, energetic, and so funny! They weigh between 7-10 pounds and their life expectancy stands between 12 and 15 years.

These dogs just don’t take themselves too seriously; they’re amusing to have around, friendly to everyone, and, of course, very loyal and affectionate towards their family.

If you’re looking for a dog to add to your family, this adorable and unique-looking pooch might be just the perfect choice!

3. Bergamasco Shepherd

What an elegant breed this one is!

Bergamasco Shepherd has distinct soft and long curls that become knotted as they grow. This breed was originally bred in Italy, it weighs between 70 and 84 pounds, and its life expectancy ranges from 13 to 15 years.

These dogs are smart, patient, full of life, super friendly, protective over their human family, and great with kids and other pets. A Bergamasco could be an awesome addition to your family, if you want to adopt and take care of a rare and unique dog!

Make sure to trim your Bergamasco Shepherd’s locks, though, for its own safety!

2. Bull Terrier

This dog breed actually looks like a mouse more than the Affenpinscher does, thanks to its long, standing ears, and long muzzle!

Originating from England, Bull Terrier is recognized mostly by hockey fans thanks to the Canadian hockey commentator, Don Cherry’s famous Bull Terrier dog!

Bull Terrier’s life expectancy is between 12 and 13 years and its weight ranges from 50 to 70 pounds, smaller compared to the aforementioned pooches.

This breed is extremely energetic and enjoys an agile physique, with a playful and eccentric personality.

1. Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian dog breed is quite a unique breed for you! The breed can either be hairless or coated, but its general appearance is slim, strong, and elegant!

Peruvians are native to Peru, and they have different sizes: Small, medium, and large.

Smaller Peruvians weigh between 8.5 and 17.5 pounds while bigger Peruvians weight from 26.5 to 55 pounds. Their life expectancy ranges between 12 and 14 years. This breed deserves more love, so if you’re looking for a pet, you might as well adopt this one!

Lastly, if you’re about to become a new dog parent to a unique dog thanks to this list, make sure to get high-quality dog food, plenty of dog toys or harmless dog toys for puppies, and get ready to help your pup exercise. Get your pet insurance ready, as well!