Choosing a Breed

The 10 Most Unusual Dog Breeds

1. Affenpinscher

This sweet little dog has earned itself the nickname of Monkey Dog because it has a very primate like appearance and personality. It has a terrier body, shaggy fur and squashed in face give it a rather unique look. Even stranger is the fact that the hair is thicker and shaggier around the chest and shoulders than it is around the hind quarters, creating a look that resembles that of a mane. The most common color is black but silver, gray, red, tan and beige (mixture of red, black and white hairs) are other possible colors.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

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    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

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  2. Linda Trunell

    Apr 7, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Here is another rare and intriguing dog http://mypositivedogtrainingblog.com/2013/11/21/friday-fact-9/
    the Lundehund (or Norwegian Puffin Dog)with some very odd physical traits!

  3. Leslie

    Apr 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    What about the barkless Basenji? Beautiful, sleek and has cat like manners!!! Really cool dogs!!!

    • AKD

      Dec 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      I had one when I was little. She was such a sweet dog but would growl at strangers who came to close to me when I was a baby.

  4. Jill L Smith

    Apr 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I have a Pull/Bichon. He is
    adorable. I keep his fur short or else it really mats bad.

  5. Laurie Matson

    Feb 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    We have owned 2 Chinese Crested Hairless dogs and truly love the breed!! Our’s have since passed on but I miss them so much!!! In staying with the hairless theme I also would love to have a Xolo sometime in my life!! Currently now we have a Chihuahua, Dachshund and a Yorkie!!!

  6. Barbara Dial

    Nov 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I own five hairless dogs. They are half Chinese Crested and half Chihuahua. They have very amusing personalities and they love to live closely with their owners. Mine eat and sleep with my husband and I. They love riding around the lake in our golf cart. In fact they are more human than any other dog I have ever owned. In fact we refer to them as our kids. They know us as Nana and Papa and respond to us as the great companions that they are.

  7. Gene Larson

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    These dogs are interesting and to some they will make good pets or working dogs. But, when it comes to being hailed as a Best in Group/Show type situation, there should be some weighting given to both the popularity and the suitability of the breed to put them on par with more recognized breeds. When their popularity and/or usefulness is proven by the numbers, then they should be recognized as contestants in multi breed shows. For any given show year, allow participation from the top XX number of breeds in each group and the X number of fastest growing breeds in each group.

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