Whether you're looking to adopt a dog (opens in new tab) or are simply curious about the many different types of canines that exist, there's a whole variety of unusual dog breeds out there to discover.
From unique looks to quirky traits, these perfect pooches come with their own wonderful personalities if you can track them down.
This list of unusual dog breeds considers several factors, including rarity, personality quirks, and of course, appearance.
But don't judge on looks alone; it's important to consider how any new canine friend will fit into the family, which dog is best for kids (opens in new tab), how they will behave in their new environment, and how to train your dog (opens in new tab) so any new addition is happy and healthy, not just the star attraction at the local park.
Ready to meet your next unique companion? These unusual dog breeds could be your new best friend for life.
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PetsRadar’s most unusual dog breeds…
1. Bedlington Terrier
With its unique lamb-like appearance, the Bedlington Terrier might look a bit strange, but they're one of the most affectionate dog breeds (opens in new tab) around.
Playful and cuddly, this intelligent animal thrives on attention, and is truly loyal to their owner.
Originally bred to hunt, you'll likely find they're bursting with energy, eager to learn new things, and keen to get outside to explore the world around them.
2. Australian Labradoodle
Everybody knows a Labradoodle (opens in new tab) is crossed between a Labrador and a Poodle, but have you met the Australian Labradoodle?
This fabulous breed is actually a cross between a Labrador, a Poodle, and a Cocker Spaniel, but they can also be a blend of up to six different breeds making them rather unique.
Additionally, the Australian Labradoodle can have one of two coat types: fleece-textured or wool-textured, often giving them the appearance of a large teddy bear.
3. Hungarian Puli
Notable for their dreadlock hair, the Puli naturally have one of the most unique looks in the dog world.
The trademark curls of the Hungarian Puli are often black, but you can also find these pooches sporting a white, apricot or gray color.
Don't be fooled by their outwards appearance, however. These dogs may look slow, but they're actually fairly fast and agile, with an ability to change direction instantly.
4. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Native to Peru, these affectionate dogs are a type of sighthound, a breed of dog that hunts primarily by sight and speed rather than by scent and endurance. This makes these canine companions agile, swift and intelligent, ideal watch dogs.
A key characteristic of the Peruvian Inca Orchid is that for the most part they're hairless. If you haven't come across one in your local park, it's because they're incredibly rare. Due to their unusual appearance, Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs are not widely bred.
5. Brussels Griffon
With their adorably wide range of facial expressions, the Brussels Griffon is truly lovable.
Unfortunately, they're also very difficult dogs to breed, which might go some way in explaining why you haven't come across this unusual dog breed in your neighborhood.
The Brussels Griffon is cheerful, curious, and affectionate, but just because they're tiny, it doesn't mean they're not mighty.
These dogs are full of character, energetic for their small size, and need plenty of exercise and playtime.
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Ashleigh is Digital Editor on PetsRadar. With over 8 years of experience in print and digital media, she has acted as an editorial lead on a variety of projects, with animal themes a keen interest. As an avid animal lover, you can often find Ashleigh checking out the newest trends in animal care or looking at cute cat videos on TikTok.
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