Top 10 Weirdest Dog Breeds In The World

Top 10 Weirdest Dog Breeds In The World

Dog ownership around the world is growing, but in the west, we’re used to seeing mostly the same breeds, the popular American dogs, everywhere. However, if you’re looking to adopt a dog that’s unique and a little unusual in their appearance, the below mentioned strangest dog breeds will have you and those around you doing a double take.

These breeds are not only strange and unique looking, but also extremely rare. They come from parts of the world that get the least attention in the western media, including news and films, and thus we see much less of them. For future adopters, that also means they’re much more expensive to buy, difficult to find and complicated to bring to the U.S.

Moreover, some of these strangest dogs have fascinating history. For example, the first on the list, Xoloitzcuintle dog may look like a rebellious punk-rock teenager of today rocking a two color Mohawk, but they’re actually an ancient breed whose name is derived from an Aztec language (and is actually spelled xōlōitzcuintli, meaning god Xolotl). So if you’re looking to adopt one of these dogs, read up on their history as well – it’s fascinating.

10 of the Strangest Dog Breeds on the Planet

Bedlington Terrier

At first glance you may think that you are actually looking at a little lamb, but in reality this is in fact a dog. Bedlington Terriers, one of the cutest dog breeds, are also sweet, and they make great family pets. They have a head that resembles a pear, their ears are triangular and their coat is curly.

These dogs are so docile it’s hard to imagine that they were first bred to be fighters. The breed has long fur on the head and also the legs but shorter fur on the rest of the body. There is a reason for this, and it’s because they were used to hunt vermin. The shorter the fur, the better, but it definitely makes them one of the strangest breeds on the planet.



The Puli is another breed of dog that has dread locks, and out of all the strangest dog breeds this is probably the best known. The dread locks on the Puli are known as cords, and these cords will start to appear on the dog when he is around 9 months old.

This breed will need regular grooming to keep the coat the way it should be, and the cords will need to be separated to prevent them from getting tangled up and matted. You may think, when looking at a Puli, that the coat is heavy, but it’s not. It really is lightweight. These dogs are quite the athletes too. They are very agile and are also light in weight.


Lagotto Romagnolo

This dog is very unique, as it is said to be hypoallergenic and has thick hair that’s curly and woollen. They also have a double coat, which will need regular grooming and occasional trims. Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have a special talent at searching for truffles. Originally pigs used to search for truffles, but this breed of dog is gradually taking over the role.

This is a great breed of dog and would make an awesome pet for anybody. They are generally healthy, enjoy walks and playing their with their owners. Lagotta Romagnolo dogs are also very intelligent, making them easy to train. These dogs really are adorable little companions, despite being one of the strangest dog breeds.


Cambodian Razorback Dog

An extremely rare breed, this dog may not look like one of the strangest dog breeds, but it has a very large razor of hair right down its back. They are tropical dogs and their coats are long, which isn’t usually the case for a dog living in a tropical climate. Dogs that live in warm locations usually have short coats.

This breed of dog can be found all over Cambodia, and they don’t seem to be affected by their long coats. They don’t overheat, which is quite unusual. These dogs are very territorial but they are quiet dogs and don’t bark unless there is a real need to. They are very friendly dogs and love their owners, but probably aren’t the best breed of dog if you’re a first time owner.

Lagotto Romagnolo

Chinese Crested

Some people think this breed of dog is ugly, but they really are adorable little dogs. They are totally hairless except for the top of their head and also the tail and paws. Chinese Crested dogs have a very unique appearance, which is what earns them a spot on our list of the strangest dog breeds. They hardly have any fur, which means they are sensitive to the sun. Sunscreen will need to be used.

They also need regular baths, and you will need to apply moisturizing cream to their skin to prevent infections and dry skin conditions. If you don’t mind snuggling with this hairless wonder, a Chinese Crested makes a great companion. They are playful and affectionate. This breed would make a great companion animal.

Neapolitan Mastiff


This breed of dog is covered in dread locks, but not the dread locks that come in the form of cords. This breed of dog has dread locks that are known as felts. There are three different types of coat on the Bergamasco, and it really is very thick. It can also very easily mat.

The mats begin at the spine and work their way down to the flanks. This is certainly one of the strangest dog breeds, but they aren’t born with these mats. They are born with smooth fur which is short, but eventually the mats appear. This is why this breed of dog looks so unique.

Chinese Crested


Neapolitan Mastiff

This is one strange looking dog and the reason for this is the loose skin that folds over the face. They have wrinkles all over but more so around the head and face. You will need to spend time cleaning between the folds to prevent any skin issues from developing. For a dog with a short coat, a Neapolitan Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.

The Neapolitan Mastiff has had a starring role in Harry Potter (yes, a Neapolitan Mastiff was Fang). There size is another quality that makes them one of the strangest dog breeds. They’re HUGE! If you want to adopt this breed you better have a lot of room for him to roam.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.