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5 Highly Unusual Dog Breeds with Unique Traits

There are a plethora of dog breeds, from long-haired to hairless and wire-haired, toy dogs, sporting dogs, ornamental dogs, herding and flocking dogs and many more. This article enlightens five unusual dog breeds that are known for their unique traits. Possessing either a typical behavioural trait or physical oddity, they are indeed unusual dog breeds.

1.Chinese crested


It is a hairless dog breed with a typical crest (tuft of hair) on the head and the tufts of hair on feet and tail which are called ‘socks’ and ‘plume’ respectively. The hot-skinned body of this breed was applied as a kind of living ‘hot-water bottle’ as a cure for pains and aches. However, a haired version with silky, long double coat also exists.



It is a distinct dog breed originally used as a herding dog. Originated in the Italian Alps, the most distinctive feature of this breed is its unusual felted coat. These dogs are also considered as “a breed of dog without a face”. This medium size dog is well proportioned and harmonious and known for its rustic appearance.

3.Catahoula Leopard Dog


It is a dog with sixth sense. They have intriguing blue eyes and a strange coat. These dogs are capable of climbing trees. The name of this breed comes from its unique leopard-spot pattern that is overlaid on a background of almost any marking or colour.



This Turkish hunting breed of dogs has a very unusual distinctive trait of being Double Nose or Split Nose. In the home country of this breed, this unusual characteristic is not considered a genetic defect. These dogs were said to show superior scenting instincts. In addition to this, they are known for their swift movements. This breed of dogs is very talented in partridge hunting in difficult areas.

5.Irish Water Spaniel 


It is a peculiar-looking dog breed originated in Ireland. These dogs are bred for water retrieving and other hunting uses. This breed of dog is one of the oldest and the largest of spaniels. In addition to this, it is one of the rarest breed of dog and not everybody’s dog.


Shikha Sharma believes that Mother Earth is our mutual abode, where all creatures have an equal right to live with dignity. This belief is clearly reflected in her wonderful writing pieces that revolve around animals and their well-being. She is the blog editor of Pets World.

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