10 Ugly Dog Breeds You Need to See to Believe

Chinese Crested Dog

This ugly little mutt is always up for Ugliest Dog events and usually wins. This dog's most common and ugly form has no hair on its body except for hair on the top of its head, its ears, its feet, and its tail.

Neapolitan Mastiff

There was a contest in 2017 in California's Sonoma-Marin Fair for the World's Ugliest Dog. The winner was Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff. This was done for a good reason.


Due to its looks, the bulldog is one of the ugly dog breeds and has been linked to health issues. Its undershot jaw and squashed-in face make it hard for it to breathe properly, and its big head means that puppies are sometimes born by Caesarean section.


The pug's face is wrinkled, just like the bulldog's. There is always worry on its face, just like the Neapolitan mastiff's, even though the dog is calm, friendly, obedient, and happy. 

Scottish Deerhound

This large dog is 28–30 inches tall and dignified. Unfortunately, its small, pointed head on a big body and scruffy hair and beard make it unsightly. The desired fur color is an old stockpot's dull blue-gray.

Épagneul Pont-Audemer

Don't believe the fancy French name. This bow-wow is real. The rare Épagneul Pont-Audemer is a 17th-century French gun dog that flushes and retrieves game. 

Griffon Nivernai

One might believe the French name their ugliest dogs best. Unfortunately, no amount of grooming can clean this scruffy dog. It has a beard, mustaches, and a pathetic tail.

American Pit Bull Terrier

It's ugly, but that's expected. First bred in America to torment bulls and still fighting other pit bulls, it is largely a guard dog and companion who will die for its owners.


The sad affenpinscher always looks like it was defeated by a rodent it was trained to chase. It has pop eyes, a great mustache, a blunt nose, and messy fur. Its name means “monkey terrier” in German, and it looks like a monkey.

Dogue de Bordeaux

What dog bites worse than a pit bull? The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of several suitable dogs. One of our ugliest dogs, its 556 pounds per square inch bite force may scare a pit bull. 

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