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Choosing a Puppy: Weird and Wonderful Dog Breeds

One of the most fascinating things about buying a puppy is the huge array of weird and wonderful breeds. Each seems to have their own distinctive personality traits.

Incredibly, it seems impossible to agree on exactly how many breeds there are in the world. The World Canine Organisation, better known by its French title Federation Cynologique Internationale, says there are 339 recognised dog breeds – but other bodies believe there are more!

Some breeds are far more popular than others, but it tends to be the rarer breeds that get the most attention, mostly due to their bizarre appearance. Here at Muddy Paws, we like to celebrate the most weird and wonderful aspects of dog ownership – so please enjoy our list of the strangest dog breeds on the planet when considering which breed of puppy to buy.

#1 Bedlington TerrierBedlington Terrier

On first glance it looks more like a baby lamb, or a sheepdog if you will, but it’s actually a plucky and highly active member of the terrier breed. Named after the North East mining town of Bedlington, with ears resembling curtain tassels and fur similar to sheep’s wool, it’s hard not to fall in love with the tiny terriers – although respected pet author Frank Barton once said they “can hardly be regarded as a handsome dog”. Image sourced from


#2 Komondor


It’s a dog that looks like a mop. The Komondor originates from Hungary and is actually regarded alongside legendary football hero Ferenc Puskas as one of the country’s national treasures. Most fully-grown komondores are more than a metre tall and are thought to possess the heaviest amount of fur in the canine world. Thankfully, most of them are calm-mannered canines. Image sourced from





#3 Chinese Crested DogChinese crested dog

The most famous variety of this breed of dog is hairless everywhere apart from on its head, feet and tail. The tiny dogs have soft human-like skin. It can therefore be susceptible to common human skin problems like acne or sunburn. They are generally adorable, although it’s fair to say the world’s most famous Chinese crested dog is far from cute.

The honour goes to Sam, who won the title of ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ three years in a row at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California, U.S.A between 2003 – 2005. Sam died in 2005 so was unable to defend his title by 2006. Image sourced from

Pekingese#4 Pekingese

These gorgeous Chinese dogs are characterised by their flat face and huge eyes. Their short muscular bodies are very low to the ground. They are nicknamed ‘lion dogs’ because of their resemblance to Chinese guardian lions. The breed is more than 2,000 years old and were thought to be proud companions of Chinese Buddhist Monks. They are also commonly owned by Chinese princes. Image sourced from




#5 Afghan HoundAfghan hound

The Afghan Hound is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence and are one of the most recognisable as well. They are tall with a thick, fine silky coat. Unfortunately, they have a reputation for being one of the most disobedient dog breeds. This is not because they are aggressive or hostile. It’s largely because they’re unintelligent. Image sourced from:

Of course, there are a number of breeds who could have made it into our list. In fact, each breed has something weird and wonderful about it. That’s what’s so great about man’s best friend.

Rupert Brown

Rupert owns and runs Muddy Paws with his wife Emma. Having set up the company when Oscar was a puppy 8 years ago (the famous chief tester here at Muddy Paws HQ), Rupert has lots of experience when it comes to looking after a canine companion. Visit Rupert's Google+ profile.

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