10. Chinese Crested Dog
One of the ugliest dogs around, this unlovely little mutt is always in the running for Ugliest Dog contests and often wins. The most familiar, and ugliest, form of this dog is hairless save some hair on the top of its head, its ears, its feet, and its tail.
9. Neapolitan Mastiff
One of the ugliest dog breeds, the bulldog’s ugliness has led to it being subject to health problems. Its squashed in face and undershot jaw makes it difficult to breathe properly.
Like the bulldog, the pug has a squashed in face. Like the Neapolitan mastiff, its face wears a look of perpetual worry even as the dog is laid-back, affectionate, obedient, and happy.
6. Scottish Deerhound
This big dog stands 28 to 30 inches high at the shoulder and has a stately bearing. Unfortunately, it is ugly due to its disproportionately small and pointed head on a huge body and a scruffy coat and beard.
5. Épagneul Pont-Audemer
Don’t let the fancy French name fool you. This bow-wow is a real bow-wow. Somewhat rare, the Épagneul Pont-Audemer is a gun dog developed in 17th century France to flush and retrieve game.
4. Griffon Nivernais
One can be forgiven for thinking that the French give their ugliest dogs the prettiest names. Alas, no amount of grooming can tidy the coat of this defiantly scruffy-looking pooch.
3. American Pit Bull Terrier
Yes, it is ugly, and it’s supposed to be ugly. First bred in America to torment bulls, still bred to fight other pit bulls, it is mostly a guard dog and a companion who will fight to the death for its humans.
The poor affenpinscher is a terrier that always looks like it was bested by one of the rodents it was trained to hunt. Its fur is in disarray, it has pop eyes, a spectacular mustache, and a blunt muzzle.
1. Dogue de Bordeaux
Can you think of a dog whose bite is worse than a pit bulls? Actually, there are a few dogs like this, and one of them is the Dogue de Bordeaux. One of our ugliest dogs, it has a bite force of 556 pounds per square inch, which might be enough to send a pit bull cowering.
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