8 Really Weird Dog Breeds

This is a guest post I did a while back for WM Pet Connection. Just thought I’d share it with you all here!

Bedlington Terrier

bedlington terrierMary had a little… Bedlington Terrier? This lamb-like pup is a highly active dog that needs lots of exercise to be kept happy but who wouldn’t want to play with this adorable piece of fluff? Sign me up for a game of fetch any day!



If you take one look at the Bergamasco it should be pretty obvious what the distinguishing feature of this breed is: its highly matted (or dreadlocked as I prefer to call it) coat. Instead of forming actual cords, as some other “dreadlocked” dog breeds’ coats do, this one forms felts – the circular clumps you see pictured above. The Bergamasco has 3 types of hair which form the mats easily.Cambodian Razorback Dog

cambodian razorback dogThe Cambodian Razorback resembles any other dog at first glance, but a harder stare reveals where its name comes from. The dog has a unique “razor” of hair that runs down the length of its spine. Found in Cambodia mostly, this tropical dog is also odd in that it sports long hair – something rare for a dog of warmer climates.



Virtually only found in Turkey, this breed is characterized by its “split nose” which was originally caused due to inbreeding. Turkish peoples valued the dog over its regular Pointer counterpart because they believed the split nose gave the dog superior tracking abilities.

Chinese Crested

chinese crested

This dog breed is slightly high maintenance since its exposed skin needs to be moisturized and bathed regularly to avoid dry skin and infections. Sunscreen is also required if the dog plans to spend significant time in the sun. Of course, you could always neglect these responsibilities and wind up with the second photo above. Held every year, the World’s Ugliest Dog competition usually claims a Chinese Crested as its winner. Archie here won the competition in 2007.

Fila Brasileiro

fila brasileiro
This breed evolved from a number of others including the Mastiff, Bulldog, and Bloodhound which is probably why it makes such a good guard dog. While the dog is extremely loyal to its family, it doesn’t take too well to strangers and is considered a “dangerous” dog in New Zealand.


The Pumi’s trademark is its ears, which make it appear always alert and very lively. The ears are high-set and the tip flops down. The ears are covered with longer hair than the rest of the body which gives it a goofy appearance.

Neapolitan Mastiff

neapolitan mastiff
One guess as to what role this dog typically plays. Did you guess guard dog? You’d be right! Just one look at this dog’s mug would make me run! Of course, it does look exceptionally cute with its drooping jowls; I just wouldn’t want them locked around my throat if you know what I mean. The breed is reported to have been used in the Roman Legions. They wore bladed and spiked leather harnesses tied to their backs and were trained to run under the bellies of enemy horses and disembowl them. Lovely.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16941846553980567347 Tricia

    Somehow I suspect that mastiff smells just FOUL. It’s gotta be tough to keep it clean in between all those nasty folds.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759624182219254862 Mars

    Can’t believe you did not include the Xoloitzcuintle! :)

  • Anonymous

    Fila Brasileiro is banned in about 6 countries it’s that dangerous, they’re excellent with their owners but most wont tolerate any strangers :/ Can’t be helped they were bred to guard and do that really well!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11517146402482565807 Mike Whittemore

    Lol funny post. I want the 6th one down!

  • Anonymous

    The Bergamasco Sheepdogs coat DOES form cords. The dog in the picture must have been shaved at one point, which destroyed its coat. The coat will now never form the cords again just the felt matting as seen in the picture.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05948823058729866344 Umair Aziz


    I read this post two times.

    I like it so much, please try to keep posting.

    Let me introduce other material that may be good for our community.
    How to Breed a Dog

  • Anonymous

    Where is the Norwegian Lundehund? They are pretty weird too. : )

  • Anonymous

    Cool post , love it !
    Never heard before about the Catalburun , you make me know about it !
    It make me thougth to the pachon navarro , who is a pointer too and have the same splited nose ! perhaps are they somehow related ?

  • Anonymous

    No matter how weird or cute these dogs may be, owners should always keep their personal safety in mind. It wouldn’t hurt to have the number of a dog bite attorney los angeles at all times.

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry Mike Archie died a couple of years ago!

  • Anonymous

    The Pumi looks like Albert Einstien and the Bergamasco looks like it has feathers!

  • Anonymous

    Weird , just weird

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    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Anyway, I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  • Anonymous

    Cool.. Thanks fir sharing that with us!! U never knew how many wEird dogs there were!! Keep it up!! By the way LOVE your post!! 😀

  • animadness

    you did not include the kelpie! it is the cutest dog EVER

  • Robin Jayne

    This is the most ignorant article I have ever read. You need to do your homework and revise what you said about Chinese Cresteds. The bottom photo is a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix and does not apply. It did not get it’s appearance from being neglected. That is how they look. That particular dog was the Ugliest Dog winner for years in a row, and has been pampered if anything. As a CC owner I am insulted by your comments, and I can’t trust that what you said about any of the other dogs is right either.

  • Robin Jayne

    PS: Chinese Cresteds do not require sunscreen, that is a personal preference by the owner. Some put Corn Husker’s oil on them or coconut oil, it makes the skin glossy. Some of the dogs have a light coating of hair that is barely visible. There are three varieties of this dog: True Hairless, Hairy Hairless, and Powderpuff. Yet you failed to mention any of them. You really should revise it.

  • anonymous

    You might want to revise this – your “ugliest dog”, Archie, looks *much* more like a Xoloitzcuintli. I knew a lady with several of the standard-sized Xolos, and the dog you pictured looks like a miniature or toy Xolo. I spent a few years looking at Chinese Crested at shows and breeders’ for a daughter, and I never, EVER saw a Crested with features or a forehead crest like Archie, but I have seen a Xolos that resemble him.

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