There are so many unique dog breeds in existence, it’s mind blowing. They range tremendously in appearance—from miniatures the size of tea cups to large breeds as big, or bigger than, humans of all ages. Fur colors, musculature, ear shapes, all vary. Their skin type varies, too, some being smooth and others wrinkled.
Keep in mind that each skin type comes with its pros and cons. Wrinkled skin often needs extra cleaning and maintenance efforts to stay healthy.
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The Shar Pei is originally from China, where the breed was believed to have been a peasant’s dog thousands of years ago. Farmers used Shar-Peis as hunters, herders, and guard dogs because of their intelligence and brute strength. Their notable wrinkled skin and regal appearance helps them stand out among other breeds.
Height: 18 to 20 inches
Weight: 45 to 60 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Compact, medium-sized body; short coat with loose skin; small ears; wrinkles on head and back; curled tail; small, sunken eyes
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Dating back centuries, Mastiffs were historically bred to be intimidating gladiators in battle. They’ve also made appearances in several movies and TV shows throughout history, depicting the big, scary canine who wards off intruders with his appearance alone. While intruders are right to be afraid of the Neapolitan Mastiff, who is wary of strangers, family members need not worry. The Neapolitan Mastiff is a rather gentle giant around those they love, exhibiting a sweet, calm temperament.
Height: 24 to 31 inches
Weight: 110 to 150 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Large, powerful body; large, droopy lips and wrinkled head; lion-like stance; short coat; colors include solid gray, black, mahogany and tawny; may have brindle coat pattern
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If you haven’t played with a Pug, you’re missing out. This Chinese breed has become an uber popular companion pet for owners of all ages and personalities. They are small, relatively low maintenance, and friendly. Plus, their adorably wrinkled faces make them look perpetually curious. What’s not to love?
Height: 10 to 13 inches
Weight: 14 to 18 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Small but muscular body; short legs; typically fawn-colored with black faces; curled tail; short coat; rounded head; wrinkled face
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If you’re looking for a protective family dog, consider the Dogue de Bordeaux. Owners love this breed for its intimidating looks in combination with its affectionate personality and fierce loyalty. The Dogue de Bordeaux is the most ancient French dog breed. The breed is so ancient that historians can’t quite pinpoint its origins though some believe the breed was first introduced to France in the first century b.c. Their large, muscular build has made them favorites among soldiers, hunters, and farmers ever since.
Height: 23 to 26 inches
Weight: 99 pounds and above
Physical Characteristics: Short, fawn-colored coat, large head; furrowed brow; short, stocky, muscular body; deep chest; wrinkled faceContinue to 5 of 9 below.
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Bulldogs were created in England in the 13th century to bait bulls. Their tough attitude and strong muscles made them great competitors in the so-called sport that involved a bull fighting a pack of dogs. At last, England banned blood sports involving animals in 1835, but that posed a threat to the Bulldog. Breeders began to breed them to be companions rather than fighters, and the modern English Bulldog was born. These wrinkled pups are cute and friendly yet extremely courageous, making them excellent family pets and protectors.
Height: 14 to 15 inches
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Medium sized; smooth, short coat; large head; short, stocky body; wrinkled face with loose jowls; colors vary greatly
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You have likely seen Bloodhounds in cartoon shows and movies, famous for their tracking abilities and often seen searching for a missing person or helping his owner hunt birds. All of that is true. Bloodhounds have an excellent nose. They are famous for accurately tracking people (and things) over long distances. But the Bloodhound’s strong nose can get them into trouble, too, and owners should always use a strong leash on walks.
Height: 23 to 27 inches
Weight: 80 to 110 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Long, droopy ears; loose skin; wrinkled face with loose, flapping lips; standard color combinations include black and tan, liver and tan, and solid red; tall, alert stature
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Similar in appearance to the English Bulldog, the French Bulldog is short in stature with a compact and oh-so muscular body. The biggest difference among the two breeds is size, with the French Bulldog being consistently smaller than their English counterparts. The French Bulldog has become one of the world’s most popular pets, largely because of their adorable faces—most notably, their big, rabbit-like ears. Affectionately known as Frenchies, these dogs are friendly, funny, and alert. They make wonderful watch dogs and are known to bark at anything that might threaten their favorite humans.
Height: 11 to 13 inches
Weight: 28 pounds and under
Physical Characteristics: Large, perked ears; compact, muscular body; smooth coat; wrinkled forehead and face; colors vary greatly but can include cream, fawn, and white as well as brindle and other combinations; large, square head with a short nose
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Basset Hounds are perhaps one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world. They’re extremely short dogs—”basset” means “low” in French—and they have long, droopy ears and very loose skin. The Basset Hound was bred to be a scent hound, like the Bloodhound but much lower to the ground. They are curious sniffers, able to accurately follow a scent for miles. They make great companions for hunters and families alike thanks to their top-notch tracking ability and calm temperament.
Height: 15 inches and under
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Short legs; long, droopy ears; loose skin; large paws and powerful legs; wrinkled brow; short, smooth coat; coat color includes combinations of black, white, brown, tan, lemon, mahogany, and redContinue to 9 of 9 below.
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Because their name is quite a mouthful, Xoloitzcuintli dogs are often called Xolos for short. The often hairless breed is prized in Mexico and they date back centuries to the Ancient Aztecs who gave them their unique name. Xolos are loyal watchdogs and loving companions. Their foreheads wrinkle when in thought, which is fairly often because this breed is highly intelligent.
Height: 10 to 14 inches (toy); 14 to 18 inches (miniature); 18 to 23 inches (standard)
Weight: 10 to 15 pounds (toy); 15 to 30 pounds (miniature; 30 to 55 pounds (standard)
Physical Characteristics: Can be airless with black skin or coated with a short, flat coat; thoughtful expression; forehead is often wrinkled; long muzzle; long, sleek, and strong body