We all know that dogs come in all shapes and sizes: big or small, bright or dull-colored, furry or scaly. But there is a certain kind of dog that stands out in a different sort of way: dogs so ugly they are actually adorable.
From a pug’s squashed and wrinkly face to a Chinese crested’s near-hairlessness, there is something about these less-than-conventionally attractive canine companions that draws us in with their endearing, comical, and infinitely lovable nature.
Just take a look at some of the ugliest (but endearingly cute) dog breeds out there and you’ll understand why these canines have a special kind of charm.
Ugly Dog Breeds
- Neapolitan Mastiff
With its droopy eyes and teddy bear-like face, this ancient Italian giant looks like it could have been sculpted out of clay. The Neapolitan mastiff is not only one of the ugliest dog breeds on the planet, but also one of the most intensely loyal and loving.
- French Bulldog
Don’t let its cute name fool you – this French pooch is anything but dainty. With its squashed face, wrinkly delicately folded skin, extraordinarily large ears, and compact firm body, this compact canine looks more like a walking potato than a pup.
Often described as the world’s most delightful ugliness, these little clown dogs flaunt their mouse-like faces with pride. Their insanely large and pointy ears, bulging eyes, and tiny stature make them incredibly huggable and irresistibly cute, no matter how much of a grumpy face they make.
- Chinese Crested
These hairless beauties look positively scruffy with their wrinkled leathery skin, long bug eyes, chicken legs, and giant ears. Their unique look only makes them all the more adorable, and with the right mindset and care, they can be the best (and most unique-looking) members of your family.
The cuteness of the pug lies in its curves and wrinkles. Rounded and huggable from head to tail, this bug-eyed “clown of dogs” is one of the most beloved pets in the world.
- Boston Terrier
This little tuxedo-clad killer isn’t afraid to show off its wild side – after all, it’s wearing an eye patch, for goodness sake! With its short snout, low-sloping forehead, and bulging eyes, this brindle-colored pup is as mischievous and unique as they come.
This smush-faced breed may be one of the most hardened breeds when it comes to physical beauty, but their gentle and loving nature should always be applauded. Bulldogs are notorious for their stubbornness, but they can still be the most loyal of companions if shown proper love and affection.
Why People Love Ugly Dogs
When it comes to beauty, ugly dog breeds often get overlooked – or worse, judged as lesser than their coat-laden counterparts. But it’s precisely these unique-looking dogs that attract people to them, giving them a second chance at a forever home.
Ugly dogs are often incredibly faithful and have a way of melting our hearts with their goofy, raw personalities and one-of-a-kind faces. They don’t have to strive for perfection and rarely experience suffering from comparison. Also, it’s impossible to ignore their smarts, even if their looks intimidate us a little bit.
People also choose ugly dogs because of their easy-care, low-maintenance appearances. Some of the ugliest dog breeds have minimal to no fur, which means less grooming and time spent cleaning up after them. This means that things like getting your pet groomed or having to invest in multiple clothing pieces due to the cold weather, aren’t necessary when you own an ugly dog.
Last but not least, ugly dogs cost less than the aesthetic breeds. Since they are not as popular or in demand, one may find them in pound shelters, or in local dog rescues. This means adopting an ugly dog can be much more cost-effective than buying one from a breeder with fancier genes. Additionally, many adoptive parents of ugly dogs swoon over the idea of being a hero and saving a life – a common trait among most animal lovers.
Adopting an Ugly Dog
We can all agree that ugly dogs are one of the cutest creatures around and deserve an exceptionally loving home. If you’re looking to adopt an ugly pup, here are a few important tips you should be aware of:
- Research different breed types
Not all ugly breeds have the same needs and personalities. To get a better understanding of the breed you have in mind, research different types of ugly dogs and pick the one that best fits with your lifestyle and personality.
- Visit an animal shelter
When it comes to finding the perfect pup for you, there’s no better place to start your search than at the local animal shelter. Here you’ll get to know the personalities of different breeds, talk to the staff and understand their needs better before taking one home.
- Don’t forget to brush up on their training
Depending on the breed, your ugly pup may need more training than other dogs. Brussel Griffons can be especially difficult to housebreak and Chihuahuas can be quite yappy – so it’s important to read up on their training techniques to give your pet the best chance at success.
- Get ready for lots of cuddles
Ugly dogs may not be as beautiful as their more conventional counterparts, but they make up for it in spades with sheer adorableness. So be prepared for lots of cuddles and snuggles with your newfound companion.
- Enjoy the journey
While it may take some extra patience and a little bit of extra love, you’re sure to find joy and companionship with your ugly pup. That being said, be sure to commit to the journey and enjoy the time spent with a loving and loyal partner.
Ugly Dogs are Still Special
Ugly dogs don’t get enough credit, but they are just as special and loving as any other breed of canine. Sure, their looks may be a bit off-putting at first, but it’s their unique and charming personalities that make them such loyal and faithful companions.
So the next time you see a pooch whose good looks are questionable – don’t overlook their inner beauty. Stop and take some time to appreciate the hilarity, the affection, and the lovable nature that makes these ugly furballs a part of our lives. After all, there is something truly special about the ugly dogs in this world.