Before we go any further, let me tell you that I’m the last person who’s ever going to make fun of your dog. I’ve been ridiculed from time to time for my choice of breed, with people telling me that Boxers are such odd-looking dogs. Among the kindest comments I’ve heard is, “They’re so ugly, they’re beautiful!”
I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean. So ugly they’re beautiful? No, they’re just beautiful.
That said, though, I have to say that there are some dogs that make me grin when I look at them. Some dogs just look goofy. I can’t put it any other way. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and one person’s beloved dog is another’s cause for laughter. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the goofiest dog breeds. I’ve narrowed it down to 10. If you think that there are other dogs that should be classified amongst the goofiest dog breeds, though, I’d encourage you to leave a comment.
The Goofiest Dog Breeds
We’re always told that it’s what matters on the inside, not the outside. So let me say that each and every breed I’m going to talk about here has a wonderful personality. They might not be all that pretty, though, unless you’re an aficionado of the breed, and you’re like me; don’t call my Boxers ugly!
This is just meant to be fun, so don’t come down on me for including your breed of choice on this list, and I won’t get mad at you if you want to take a shot at the Boxers.
1. Bull Terrier
Donald Trump would probably tweet something like “Malformed head. Bad color. Sad.”
Bull Terriers do have really funny-looking heads. They’re kind of egg-shaped. Bull Terriers were bred for blood sport centuries ago (when people didn’t know any better) and also for rodent control. Still, these distinctive-looking dogs have a huge following. They’re loving and loyal, and good with kids.
2. Cirneco Dell Etna
I actually think this dog looks pretty regal. They originated in Sicily, and they’re built to live under harsh conditions, going for hours without water or food. What makes them weird? Their faces look human. Take a look here.
This isn’t a rare dog by any means, but it definitely qualifies for the goofiest dog breeds list. People sometimes compare the Affenpinscher to an Ewok (and screw you, George Lucas!), but one that walks on all fours.
Here’s another working breed. The Komondor is actually a bit of a night owl, preferring to stay up to make sure that his family is safe. This breed was created to guard livestock and is amazingly loyal. They kind of look like dust mops, but they’re so pretty!
Honestly, they make me laugh. When I said “dust mops,” I was kind of dialing it back a notch. Really, they look like a dust mop after you shake it out!
5. Bedlington Terrier
Truthfully, I hadn’t even heard of this breed until someone told me to Google “dogs that look like lambs.” The description was so accurate! I’ve never seen anything that looked more like a lamb that wasn’t, well, a lamb!
Bedlington Terriers have a very short coat, a pointed nose like a lamb, and an overall appearance that is, well, lamb-like.
Bedlingtons were originally bred to hunt vermin in the Northeast England mines. Today, they’re house pets, good with kids and other pets. And they’re lamby!
6. Brussels Griffon
These cute little guys originated post-WWII. There were Brussels Griffons pre-war, but during the conflict, they kind of ended up under the radar. Then, post-war, breeders came into the fore and the breed enjoyed a resurgence.
These dogs have an underslung jaw and honestly, look pretty weird. They’re very affectionate, though, and if you don’t mind having something that looks really strange cuddling up to you, it could be the right dog for you.
7. Bouvier de Flanders
I have to tell you at the outset that I don’t really consider this to be among the goofiest-looking dog breeds. Often, though, people look at the Bouvier and say, “Pretty funny-looking guard dog.” And yes, that’s true. If you’re looking for a guard dog, the Bouvier might not be your first choice.
Bouviers are big and fluffy. They’re not like Rottweilers or Dobermans or any of the other dogs that you might think of as guard animals. But if you have bad intentions, and you’re going into a house with a Bouvier de Flanders, and thinking that he won’t protect his family, you could be in for a very nasty surprise. These are very protective dogs, and they’re big. Tread carefully.
He’s regal, and he’s absolutely devoted to his job, which is looking after you. The Borzoi is a descendent of Russian dogs that were brought over form Central Asia.
The Borzoi is descended from the Russian Wolf Hound. He looks funny, but he’s very fast and he has a very even temperament.
9. Bergamasco Shepherd
This is a very pretty sheepdog whose main characteristic is his thick coat. He’s so pretty, and he has a very lovely undercoat that’s dense and oily, and not at all prone to shedding. He’s a funny-looking dog but very handsome and not overly funny-looking at all.
10. Chinese Crested
Okay, I’m leaving this for the last, because it doesn’t matter how you try to dice it, the Chinese Crested is really, really, among the goofiest dog breeds. These guys don’t have a lot of fur. They’re pretty much fur-less. Often, the Chinese Cresteds win those “World’s Ugliest Dog” contests.
Do you have an ugly dog?
I hope that if you do, you love him or her. Does your dog’s appearance really matter? Or do you just feel the love? It’s all that should matter.