11 of the Most Interesting Looking Dogs in the World

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Everyone knows that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One person's idea of jaw-dropping attractiveness might seem downright funny-looking to someone else.

There are lots of beautiful and unusual dog breeds in the world, with mixed breeds of course, being the most interesting of all. When it comes to appearance, here's a look at some of the more interesting canines in the world. Some are hairless, others sport some pretty impressive dreadlocks. We think they're all showstoppers. Take a look.

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Komondor

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According to the American Kennel Club, the Komondor is characterized by "imposing strength, dignity, courageous demeanor, and pleasing conformation."

This large, muscular breed — also known as the Hungarian sheepdog — is also noted for a corded coat that looks like he is covered in white dreadlocks. The unusual coat helps him blend in with the sheep this working dog helps protect. It also keeps him warm out in the elements and protects him from prey.

It takes a lot of work to keep the Komondor's corded coat in good shape. If not cared for regularly, the dog's white coat can look grimy and dull. The Komondor Club of America has this easier-said-than-done advice: "The best way to keep a Komondor clean is never to allow it to get dirty."

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Xoloitzcuintli

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The Xoloitzcuintli goes by just the Xolo or the Mexican hairless dog, even though it also comes in a less common variety with a coat. The hairless version of the Xolo is noted for the absence of all (or nearly all) hair. Sometimes the dog will have a stubbly face and what looks like a mohawk, but is sleekly bare everywhere else on his body.

The Xolo is one of the world's oldest and rarest breeds, according to the AKC, and is the first dog of the Americas. The breed comes in toy, miniature and standard sizes and comes in 10 different colors. With a temperament that can be calm, aloof and trainable, the Xolo is considered a national treasure in Mexico, says the AKC.

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Mudi

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Another herding breed from Hungary, the Mudi is said to have evolved from a mix between Puli and German spitz breeds, with maybe a few other herding breeds thrown in for good measure. According to the Mudi Club of America, one breed fancier compared the dogs to a cross between a German shepherd and a miniature poodle both in looks and temperament.

The Mudi's coat is distinctively curly and comes in a rainbow of colors, including the striking merle coat shown here. The breed is rare in the United States and is considered active, intelligent and immensely trainable.

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Bedlington terrier

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When groomed in a certain way, this terrier looks decidedly like a little lamb. But don't be fooled. The Bedlington can be sweet and quiet, but typically aggressive terrier instincts can kick in at any time with this inquisitive, affectionate breed, according to the Bedlington Terrier Club of America.

These dogs are known to be very trainable and versatile and are "frollicking, charming and full of fun," says the AKC. Just be prepared for second looks wherever you go. It's the almond-shaped eyes, the little tassels on the ends of the ears, and the curved, lithe body that just looks ready to gallop off at full tilt, ready to take off a canine (or ovine?) adventure.

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Chinese crested dog

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Best known for the distinctive hairless variety, the Chinese crested actually comes in a genetically recessive powderpuff version too, which has hair all over its body. The hairless, shown here, only has tufts of hair on its head, tail and feet.

Believed to have evolved from African hairless dogs, according to the AKC, the Chinese crested are considered very "cat-like" in personality. They enjoy sitting in high places and adjust easily to living in small places, even though they can be a very active breed.

Many of the winners in the annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest held as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, have been Chinese cresteds. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Puli

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This shaggy-coated Hungarian sheepdog is known for his long tassel-like cords of fur. The Puli's coat is solid black, solid white or black with a sprinkling of white hairs, giving the dog a silvery sheen.

Pulik (the plural of "Puli") are smart, sensitive dogs with a great sense of humor, according to the Puli Club of America. Like the similarly coiffed Bergamasco and Komondor, it can typically take about five years for the Puli's long cords to grow all the way to the ground.

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Catalburun

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The Catalburun is a Turkish pointer known for its distinct double nose. It was believed that this unusual nasal structure gave the breed an advantage in hunting because of an extra sensitivity to smells. But breeders have since realized that the divided nose is just a cosmetic feature and offers no real edge over a typical canine sniffer, says Craig Koshyk, author of "Pointing Dogs."

Because the characteristic can lead to a seriously cleft palate, some breeders are no longer finding the double nose a positive trait and have stopped breeding for the characteristic. The breed's name in Turkish is derived from "catal" meaning fork and "burun" meaning nose.

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Bull terrier

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Check out this snippet from the breed standard for the bull terrier from the AKC: The dog's head should be "egg-shaped." Their eyes should be sunken and dark, small and triangular, with a "piercing glint." And their ears should be small, thin and close together.

Good thing these dogs have a sense of humor. Temperament-wise, bull terriers are charming, playful and mischievous and are typically very friendly with a sweet disposition. They make great family pets and are loyal to their favorite people.

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Brussels griffon

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The tiny Brussels Griffon is a toy breed that comes in a smooth or rough coat, but trimmed a certain way, the mighty pup can resemble a small lion or sometimes a monkey.

The dog has a short muzzle with a nose that is usually higher set between his eyes, which are large and friendly. The AKC calls these spunky dogs "Velcro with four legs" because they love to cling to their owners at all times. That doesn't mean they don't have a lot of energy. They're friendly, easily trained and usually get along well with children and other dogs. They just don't tolerate being alone very well.

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Peruvian Inca Orchid

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Also called simply the Peruvian hairless dog, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is obviously hairless with hair on the head, tail and feet and a few stray hairs on the dog's body. There are also a small number of dogs that have coats, but they are the minority.

The exposed skin on these dogs can be solid colored or mottled and, according to international standards, the color of skin can be shades of black, gray, blue, brown and blond. White or pink spots shouldn't cover more than one-third of the body.

Personality-wise, the AKC says the dogs are lively, alert, well-mannered and playful. They're also charming, affectionate and loyal. Like all hairless dogs, they need sunscreen when they go outdoors in the sun.

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Bergamasco

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With origins in the Italian Alps, the Bergamasco was used primarily as a herding dog. The breed's unusual coat is actually made up of three types of hair, according to the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America. The dog's felted hair will form loose mats that continue to grow throughout the dog's life, eventually reaching the ground by the time the dog is about 5 years old.

The dreadlock-ish mats keep the breed warm in winter and cool in summer and protect the dog's skin from insect bites. Although it would seem that dirt and leaves and all sorts of things would end up tangled in those unusual locks, apparently all the dog needs to do is give a really good shake to get the debris off. Bergamascos don't need brushing and only need baths a couple of times a year, says the Bergamasco Club.