Top 10 Ugliest Dogs

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Ugly is a subjective term, but it’s pretty accurate in the cases listed below. And, whilst all dogs have a special canine appeal that makes them adorable, there are some cases where that special appeal is not aesthetic. Apologies if your ugly dog or ugly dog breed is on the list. We are are only having some fun.

Or to be more kind, these dogs are so ugly they are actual cute.

10. Chihuahuas

Let’s start by picking on the little guy.  Bulging eyes, a breed standard height that shouldn’t exceed 10 inches, and notoriety through Ren and Stimpy, put this little chap’s paws firmly in the list of ugliest dogs.

9. French Bulldog

Without trying to be insulting (because you don’t have to try with this ugly little mutt) the French Bulldog looks like a Chihuahua on steroids and a carb-hi diet.  A lovely dog that’s rich on personality but far from photogenic.

8. Japanese Chin

This dog’s eyes are so far apart it could possibly guard the front door and the back door at the same time.  At a breed standard height of up to 11 inches, it’s not far enough out of the ground to be healthy.

7. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont, named after a farmer in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Guy Mannering, is another small dog.  In most regards the breed’s appearance is quite pleasing and a far cry from being described as ugly: except for the Dandie Dinmont’s characteristic topknot of hair.  Bad dog or bad hair day?

6. Whippet

Facially, whippets are one of the most attractive breeds of dog.  However, when you see the whole body, the concept of “ugliness” can never be far from anyone’s thoughts.  Whippets are thinner than an anorexic supermodel who’s just undergone liposuction.  It’s not a good look.

5. Chinese Shar Pei

Well, we’ve criticized bulging eyes and baldness, so now we’ve got to take into account wrinkles.  Originally developed as a Chinese farm dog the Chinese Shar Pei could well be the mascot for unsuccessful anti-wrinkle creams.  Adorable: yes.  Sweet natured: naturally.  Ugly: no doubt about it.

4. Standard Schnauzer

It’s not that the Schnauzer is ugly – it’s just that this breed of dog never looks happy.  With a bearded appearance that’s reminiscent of a gruff and disapproving uncle, and an angular head that looks like it’s been crudely carved from a block of wood, the Standard Schnauzer is never going to be described as a canine pretty boy.

3. Shih Tzu

Whilst it may appear inconsistent after criticizing bald dogs, the Shih Tzu takes hirsuteness to an unnecessary extreme.  Also, having the name Shih Tzu – this dog deserves to have the number three position on this list of ugly dogs

2. Pug

The  phrase “plug-ugly” came about through an etymology that relates back to street gangs in the 1850s.  However, over the century and half since this reference originated, the term has neologistically mutated into pug-ugly.  One look at the number two dog in this list is sufficient explanation as to where that reference originated.  Noted for its sunny disposition and winning personality, it is one of those dogs that comes close to having its nostrils point the wrong way and runs the danger of drowning if it goes out in the rain.

1. Chinese Crested

No one condones picking on the bald – but it’s not natural in a dog.  Dogs are supposed to have hair, moult, and need grooming.  They shouldn’t need polishing.

Written by Ashley Lister

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As an added treat here is a video of some very cute, yet ugly dogs. Some are from this list, but you’ll find many more too.


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49 Comments

  1. I agree the number one dog is the ugliest otherwise I think the others are cute. A dog that I find ugly would be the chow chow and they aren't listed.

  2. Whoever wrote this list didn't try very hard. It looks like the author just had a stack of photos of his friends' dogs and picked the ten least attractive. A friend of mine has a Bichon Freeze, and I always thought it was ugly. But I've gone to a website of these dogs and they are actually rather attractive, so my friend's dog is just dentally challenged, in that he seems to have an underbite (only his lower teeth show) and he drools a lot. I guess this list is very subjective!

  3. I love pugs! I have one and she is so cute! I love dogs with the little squashed in faces and bulgy eyes. Chinese crested are pretty ugly though.

    • You must be some1 i know because that some1 had quit a few pugs and whenever 1 got old he’d just get another puggly puppy… I LOVE PUGS 2!!!!

  4. Just because u come across a picture of a poorly bred dog doesn't make the breed as a whole ugly. If you look you can find beautiful Chinese cresteds!! Mine is absolutely beautiful and everyone says so.

  5. Just because you found one picture of a badly bred (and very old) crested does not mean the entire breed is that way. I have a Chinese Crested and he gets complimented on his cuteness (and similarities to a small werewolf) all the time. I also bet you didn't know there is a hairy version of the crested as well, known as the powderpuff.

    Some peoples' kids are ugly, does that mean we should say children as a whole are ugly too?

  6. hey! shih tzus areent ugly they are really cute! you justgot an ugly picture shih tzus doesnt deserve top 3 grrrrrrrr……….

  7. My black standard schnauzer is very hansome and we always have people stop to admire how good looking he is. He is so cheeky and is always smiling as if he is laughing. So i do not agree the Schnauzer should be in there.

  8. THIA LIST IS SO UNFAIR! especially fa numba 1. that dog breed has 2 kinds ONE OF THE TWO HAS HAIR! the picture fa dat one is a retarded dog. the actual bald dog don't look like that they're plenty ugly but that pic is just not justice. most of the dogs here are famous! chihuahuas are cute 2 a lot of people n pugs 2! n a shar pei is a cute one 2 WHO MADE THIS????

  9. i love dogs. and i dont care how good looking or ugly they can be. as long as they make a good pet.

  10. You're completely wrong on the whippet. A side view of the whippet shows an incredibly attractive dog. It IS a good look. And watching one make it's way through lure coursing is a beautiful sight.

  11. Of course there are not ugly dogs, this list is just a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the stranger looking canines of the world. Everyone should simmer down now and take this list for what it is – a light-hearted look at man's strange looking best friends.

  12. Thanks, Josh for the sage advice. This is true, all dogs are cute in their own way and to their owners. Maybe I should have titled this list strangest looking dogs rather than ugliest dogs? But then I look at the Chinese Crested dog and think, "Man, that is one butt-ugly dog." 😉

  13. LAURA AND IM MAD on

    YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY FOR GOODNESS SAKE HOW WOULD U FEEL IF I SAID YOU WHERE THE UGLIEST PERSON ON EARTH

    10 IS ADORABLE 9 IT JUST THE GLASSES 8 IS SOOOOOOOO CUTE 7 IT ADDDDDDDDDDORABLE 6 IT A REALLY FAST RUNNER 5 IS JUST WRINKLY LIKE YOUR GRANNY 4 IS SOOOO CUTE 3 IS A SHOW DOG 2 IS SOOOOOO CUTE AND 1 IS JUST BEEN TREATED BADLY LIKE ALL OF YOU WOULD TREAT THEM

  14. I cannot believe this list! I do agree the #1 dog is the ugliest, the rest nothing less. They are all gifts from God, and how dare a person make such a list. Chihuahuas arent ugly, shihtzus arent ugly either, none of them are.

    The Chinese Crested may be ugly to me, but is beautiful to my cousin. The shihtzu may be ugly to the one who made this list, but MY shihtzu, is rather cute and beautiful to my eyes.

    'Beauty is in the hands of the beholder, not the one that made this list'

    Shame shame shame on you.

  15. i agree with laura except four 4 they r pretty cute. and plus that isnt a chinese crested you just got that to make them look really ugly. i do agrree that #8 is pretty ugly

  16. one of the dogs on the video scared me and made me scream. My mother was even scared of it!!!!!!!!!

  17. me to the dogs are just missed treated and most of the dogs are the most adorable and those "are" a gift from god anyone who was involved with this video should be shamed. and they are just awful for doing this anyway

  18. This is just opinion I find pugs very cute,I find other breeds like poodles ugly,It depends on who you are

  19. I wonder if the person who made this list knew that Shih Tzu is the english bastardization of the chinese word for "lion"? They named the dog that because, small as they are, they're meant to guard houses and take bites out of potential thieves, etc.

    Isn't it amazing that the Poodle didn't make it on there? I mean, you've got one for a topknot. I think the bizarre afro-puffs are just a tad bit worse than that. The whippet? Really? Have you seen a saluki? They're thinner, taller, and more "freakish". What about Afghan hounds for those long faces? Droopy Saint Bernards and bassets?

    Failwut?

  20. Shih Tzus can be very cute and i dont see whats ugly about a chiwawa, the ugly dog is the poodle i mena wtf is that.

  21. I think this list is very unfair as everyone has their own opinion about what dogs are pretty and what dogs are not. Every dog on your list was bred for a specific task. For example, whippets are bred to hunt small game. If you ever saw a whippet in action on the lure-coursing field, you'd feel differently.

    And just to prove you wrong I'll show you a beautiful dog from each breed you've chosen:

    Chihuahua:
    http://longcoat-chihuahuas.com/img/lita-two.jpg

    French Bulldog:
    http://bp2.blogger.com/_4vn24YA-Rc4/RyXnoBxfHVI/A

    Japanese Chin:
    http://www.roseheaven.dk/images/San%20Thoo%20hann

    Dandie Dinmont:
    http://www.directoryofdogs.com/dandie_dinmont_ter

    Whippet:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybrook100/210023

    Shar Pei:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/javo-/381996668/

    Schnauzer:
    http://www.argenta.nu/Foton/Dorthea.jpg

    Shih Tzu:
    http://puppydogweb.com/gallery/shihtzus/shihtzu_b

    Pug:
    http://www.pugs.nl/images/pug0607.jpg

    Chinese Crested:
    http://www.fordogtrainers.com/ProductImages/dog-b

  22. I have a whippet and she is not one bit ugly.

    They're skinny because they're sighthounds and aren't supposed to have any fat on them.

    And, the Chinese Crested Is actually a very good looking dog.

    You just happened to have a picture of a mutated one.

  23. NO CHINESE CRESTED LOOKS LIKE THAT AND REAL NON PHOTOSHOPED CHINESE CRESTEDES R REALLY CUTE. SO THERE NOT UGLY!!!!! AND SO WHAT THEY DNT HAVE HAIR! THEY DNT NEED HAIR TO B CUTE!

    SO CHINESE CRESTEDS ROCK!

  24. PUG is the cutest dog in the world!you are crazy!!!!!no dog is ugly but the english and french bulldog are less cute than pug for sure!!!

  25. There are no ugly dogs – just humans like the one who wrote this!

    Dogs don't judge, they're very loving even if you're the ugliest or stinkiest person in the world. They're creatures who will love you more than they love themselves!

  26. I knew it! chihuahuas are ugly!

    and my friend says theyre cute

    creepy little things

    besides they bark and growl at everything and theyre noisy and hump everything

  27. I am going to look up chiniese crested dogs because these comments above seem really angry about that picture I will leave annother comment when I am done researching and I agree with Josh everybody needs to calm down everybody has their own opinion:)

  28. #1 doesn't just look ugly…it looks terrifying. I don't know if its just the picture or what, but it's eyes are creepy. It reminds me of those zombie-dogs in Resident Evil.

  29. note to readers: the list title indicates ugliest dogs, not dog breeds. Besides, most of the people protesting this list own the dogs included in the (would be) breeds in question and are therefore biased. Not that you shouldn't be but you should consider that there are a lot of other people out there that think that all chinese crested ,for example, are hideous (with or without hair). Congratulations your skewed idea of beauty puts you in the minority. Your unique, shut up and be happy about it.

  30. You know what, #1 shih tzus are not ugly! I have one and my uncle has one. They are good smart dogs with good attuides. #2 No chinese crested looks like that! That is some weird mixed twisted breed! And schnazuars, dandie diamont terriers and whippets are not ugly.

  31. this is totally wrong that pugs and shi tzu are ugly.pug is so cute so cute like maltese and pomeranian breeds.so this all rubish.

  32. Whoever made this list just shows their predjudice. First they put the ugliest pictures of each breed they can find (lots of ugly Labs and Golden Retrievers out there too!). As for specific breeds Pugs, Whippets, and Pugs are all very attractive dogs. List written by a snob.

  33. You included shih tzus and schnauzers in your list? You are kidding right? Or are you just mentally challenged? Shih tzus are considered the most beautiful dogs in the world. Especially if they are kept in fullcoat like I keep mine. I really wonder what breed of dog you own that you have this huge inferiority complex. The name shih tzu means “little lion” in chinese (where the shih tzus were only owned by Chinese royalty for hundreds of years).. perhaps you should check your facts (if you have any at all), before you compare breed names to crude slang.

  34. oh, come on! the Chinese Crested it’s not like that! that´s the picture of the world’s ugliest dog that made it to the Guinness =s

    And Chinese Shar Pei as well as Schnauzers are not ugly=s that´s a totally personal opinion with no bases what so ever.

    There are features that make a doganimal ugly to the human eye, it´s related to our bond with human babies. Big heads, big eyes close to each other, small noses, etc…in sum with our love for fear and cleanliness comes our sense of “cutiness”.

    There are other breads far from these aspects that we like, and i don´t see them here=s

  35. TorachiKatashi on

    There are a lot of things I could say about how unfair, inaccurate, and insulting this list is, but I think most of them have been said already.

    I WILL say, however, as the fan (and future owner) of hairless breeds, that to say that "dogs are supposed to have hair" as though you have some kind of authority and to therein insult all hairless dog owners, is no different than saying, "humans are supposed to be white."

    Did you grow up in a house with a father who often yelled at the TV about, "them kinds of people," by any chance?

  36. I am closing comments on this list. We humans are too sensitive.

    This list isn't meant to be taken seriously. I have a Jack Russel Terrier and he is the cutest dog ever. Okay, to me he is. Not to everyone, but most people. 😉 But, on to my point, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so is ugly. And it is your right to feel a dog is ugly, cute, or whatever. In truth, I have never met a truly ugly dog. By their very nature even a dog classified as "ugly" is really just another kind of cute, right? Although the Chinese Crested dog really pushes the envelope.

    So, everyone take a breath and know that your dog is cute. All dogs are cute, even the Chinese Crested. This list was not meant to be mean or hurt your dog's feelings (don't show him this page, for God's sake), so please settle down and just have fun looking at some strange looking dogs.

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