While some dog breeds look fairly similar, such as golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers, others have quite distinctive features. They might sport a rare coat color or pattern, an uncommon shape to their ears or tail, or even wrinkles across their skin. Several dog breeds are notorious for the rolls their skin makes. These breeds come in many shapes and sizes. Some are very active dogs while others are happier to lounge around the house. And some tend to be friendlier than others, especially around strangers.
Most of these breeds have a shortened muzzle and head, which is termed brachycepahlic. Brachycephalic breeds come with several significant health concerns that may require management, surgery, or other special care, which should be guided by your veterinarian. Brachycephalic airway syndrome includes anatomical defects which can occlude the airway: elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, narrowed trachea, and everted laryngeal saccules. These can contribute to snoring and difficulty breathing, as well as making dogs prone to heat stroke.
Here are 10 adorable dog breeds with wrinkles.
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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 help them stand out among other breeds. Puppies tend to have more loose skin that tightens as they mature. However, some shar-pei puppies require surgery to tack excess skin away from their eyes. Shar-peis are prone to entropion (rolling in of the eyelids).
While cute, these dogs require an experienced and confident owner, as they are a challenging breed to own, due to their tendency to be dominant, protective, aloof, and sometimes aggressive with other dogs.
Height: 18 to 20 inches
Weight: 45 to 60 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Compact, medium-size 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, Neapolitan mastiffs were historically bred to be intimidating gladiators in battle. While intruders are right to be afraid of the protective Neapolitan mastiff with that giant head and massive frame, these dogs tend to be loyal to their family. This breed is typically a gentle giant around those they love, exhibiting a calm temperament, but they're very strong and may be more challenging with visitors or unfamiliar people and potentially aggressive with unfamiliar dogs, due to its historical breeding for a guardian role. The voluminous folds around their head and loose skin over their body just add to the breed's charm. And their long jowls tend to drip a fair amount of drool.
Height: 24 to 31 inches
Weight: 110 to 150 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Large, powerful body; large, droopy lips and wrinkled head; lionlike 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 is a popular companion for many types of owners and living situations. Pugs are small and typically very friendly and comedic. Plus, their wrinkled faces and large, expressive eyes make them look perpetually curious. And their curled tails always seem to be wagging. However, pugs are prone to numerous health conditions, especially related to their face shape and respiratory system anatomy, as well as allergies, skin related conditions, dental health and eye problems, due to prominent eyeballs. With a prepared owner, these make excellent pets.
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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Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French mastiff, was bred for their strength and protective nature. Many people love this breed for their intimidating looks in combination with an affectionate personality and fierce loyalty. The large, muscular build has made this breed a favorite among soldiers, hunters, and farmers. And that wrinkled face with short ears and soulful eyes make the Dogue extra endearing.
Like other mastiffs, the Dogue de Bordeaux has been bred for decades to be protective, which may require a confident, experienced handler, extensive puppy socialization, and preparation with guests and unfamiliar people and dogs to help them be successful in their environment to be a companion pet.
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 10 below.
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Bulldogs originated in England in the 13th century to bait bulls. They are tough, muscular dogs that also have a friendly, sweet, and calm side. They eventually became companion dogs rather than fighters after the outlaw of blood sports. These dogs are easily recognized by the heavy wrinkles around their face and the loose skin that hangs around their mouth. They also have loose skin across their body.
While adorable and lovable, bulldogs are prone to numerous health issues, many of which can be chronic, and related to their breathing, eyes, ears, skin, and teeth. Owners should be prepared for medical expenses greater than the average dog owner.
Height: 14 to 15 inches
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Smooth, short coat; large head; short, stocky body; wrinkled face with loose jowls; colors vary greatly
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Most people have seen bloodhounds in cartoons and movies, famous for their tracking abilities and often spotted searching for a missing person or helping on a hunt. Bloodhounds are known for their excellent noses, along with their huge ears and droopy skin. Their skin hangs in especially deep folds around their head and neck. With proper puppy socialization, these dogs tend to be easy-going and tolerant, but they're easily distracted by their nose.
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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The French bulldog is short in stature with a compact, muscular body and petite, rabbit-like ears. They sport fairly small wrinkles around their foreheads and mouths. 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, and they may be more dominant with other dogs.
French bulldogs have similar and numerous potential health concerns as pugs and English bulldogs, including respiratory conditions (some of which may require surgery), dental issues (also often surgical), patellar luxation (sometimes surgical), and skin and allergy conditions.
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. They're built low to the ground with long, drooping ears and very loose skin across their whole body. Even their legs tend to have wrinkles. These dogs were bred to be scent hounds. 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. While adorable, these long floppy ears also make them prone to ear infections.
Height: 15 inches and under
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Short, strong legs and large paws; long, droopy ears; loose skin; wrinkled brow; short, smooth coat; coat color includes combinations of black, white, brown, tan, lemon, mahogany, and redContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Because their name is quite a mouthful, Xoloitzcuintli dogs are often called Xolos ("zo-lows") for short. They also go by the name Mexican hairless dog due to their country of origin and general lack of a full coat. Xolos are loyal watchdogs and loving companions, and tend to be protective, barking at intruders. Their foreheads tend to wrinkle, especially when the dog is attentive or pondering something. But they generally do not have loose skin across their bodies.
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 hairless with black skin or coated with short, flat fur; thoughtful expression; forehead is often wrinkled; long muzzle; long, sleek, strong body
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The compact and dignified Pekingese has deep wrinkles on the face, which accentuate their short muzzle. This dog is said to have a lionlike appearance due to the long mane around the neck and their overall furriness. The Peke also has a large, expressive eyes and a loyal, confident, and fairly independent demeanor. They are prone to respiratory, dental, eye, and skin health issues, similar to pugs, as well as patellar luxation.
Height: 6 to 9 inches
Weight: Up to 14 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Long, thick double coat; typically variations of gold, red, or sable; stocky build; short, wrinkled muzzle
Paul Pion DVM, Spadafori G. Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome in Flat-Faced Dogs. Veterinary partner. VIN.com.