Top 10 Ugliest Dog Breeds, Ranked

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January 17, 2018

All dogs are cute. At least in their own, strange way. But no one can deny that some dogs are more...ugly than others. Obviously, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but check out this list of some of the ugliest dog breeds.

10. Borzoi

Borzoi dogs are large and elegant. They look like a fairly traditional greyhound. What earns them a spot on this list, though, is the hair. Most greyhounds are extremely sleek with short hair, but Borzois have longer hair that flies behind them when they run. Their narrow, expressive faces just add to their personalities.

9. Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhounds are massive. A male will weigh around 130 pounds. They are notoriously graceful, but their fur looks a little mangy. With plenty of grooming, they can be extremely elegant, but their wiry coats aren’t naturally perfect.

8. English Bull Terrier

These guys make the list because of their unique snouts. They have huge arched foreheads. They’re very athletic and need plenty of exercise to stay busy.

7. Brussels Griffon

Yes, they might look like creatures out of everyone’s favorite sci-fi series, but most people aren’t looking for a companion that looks like an alien. Brussels Griffons have extremely expressive faces and are very affectionate.

6. Hungarian Puli

Pulis are just strange-looking dogs. They have a wavy coat that naturally forms into cords that look like dreadlocks. While they can look pretty cool when they’re well-groomed, they can also look very messy.

5. American Staghound

Staghounds are another shaggy-looking hound, but these ones are especially strange because...well...they just look a little mangy. The look like large dogs that can’t quite decide which breed they are, which is what earns them their high spot on this list.

4. Bedlington Terrier

Bedlingtons earn their spot on this list because I’m not entirely convinced they’re actually dogs. If you let their hair grow, they just look like sheep. If you cut them to the breed standard, however, they look like aliens.

3. Xoloitzcuintli

Xolos are one of the most ancient dogs—and also one of the rarest. They don’t have very much hair, so they were historically used as healing dogs to help people with ailments like rheumatism, asthma, and insomnia.

2. Peruvian Inca Orchid

The ideal Inca Orchid is completely hairless. That just proves why they belong so close to the top of this list. This is another ancient breed. They were kept as pets in Incan, and pre-Inca cultures.

1. Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested dogs are a classic. It’s hard to make a list of beautiful dogs without them! They are mostly hairless, but usually have a few tufts on the top of their head. They’re just on an entirely different level of beauty than other dogs!

These dogs definitely aren't the most beautiful—but they're all unique. But you never know, maybe one of these would have just the right personality to match what you need!

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