Wonderfully Weird Dog Breeds 6 Dogs Youโ€™ll Love Just the Way They Are

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There are some dog breeds that you see almost every time you go to the park, but there are also some really weird dog breeds out there that can be quite rare. Meet some of the world's most peculiar pooches.

Every dog is unique, but some dogs are a little more unique than others. These peculiar pups have eye-catching appearances and uncommon characteristics, and owning one will mean lots of attention and double takes when youโ€™re out in the world together. If you like the idea of a pet who stands out in a crowd, take a look at these wonderfully weird dog breeds.

Affenpinscher

These small, excitable dogs have one very comical characteristic -- an adorable, furry face that looks something like a monkey or an Ewok from the Star Wars movies! Affenpinschers are smart and lively dogs, but they can also be stubborn. A pet parent who will take charge and socialize their pup early will be the best fit. Looking for another monkey-faced pal? Check out the snuggly Brussels Griffon.

Bedlington Terrier

This distinctive dog is a sight to behold. They have an oblong head, a thin, pointy tail, and a plushy, double-layered coat. Many owners of Bedlingtons also groom their dogs to have pom-poms hanging from the ends of their floppy ears. These unusual dogs are full of energy and make great pets to active pet parents and families.




Borzoi

Borzois are tall, lanky dogs best known for their narrow heads and long, silky coats. These dogs are sometimes said to be โ€œcat-likeโ€ and their free-thinking nature means that they arenโ€™t the easiest to train. However, they make wonderful companion dogs and do well with children.




Chinese Crested

You canโ€™t mistake a Chinese Crested. These dogs are available in two varieties: Powderpuff and Hairless. The Powderpuff is -- well -- soft like a powderpuff, while the Hairless is unique in that they have tufts of hair only on the head, legs, and tail. Both types have small, wiry bodies and spotted skin. These dogs are extremely friendly and loyal and enjoy the company of children.



Irish Wolfhound

The gigantic Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest breeds on earth -- many reach over seven feet tall when standing on their hind legs! However, donโ€™t be intimidated by their imposing size. Irish Wolfhounds are known to be incredibly kind, loving, and even-tempered. They need plenty of exercise and should live somewhere with lots of space to move around.




Komondor

The Komondor is an enormous dog, but thatโ€™s not their most prominent feature. These dogs are best known for their corded, dreadlock-type hair that gives them the appearance of a giant mop. Komondors are independent and territorial, so they tend to make better guard or working dogs than family dogs. However, some Komondors can be socialized to fit into family life, especially if you give them a job to do.

Is My Dog Weird? 5 Strange Dog Behaviors Explained

If youโ€™ve ever owned a dog, you know how quirky they can be. Some dogs eat poop, others chase their tails, and some greet guests with invasive crotch sniffing. Many pet parents end up thinking that their dog is just weird or eccentric, but in reality most strange dog behaviors can be easily explained. Here weโ€™ll look at some kooky canine habits and their causes.

1. Eating Poop

Eating poop -- or coprophagia -- is actually a very common behavior, especially in puppies. Your dog may chow down on their own feces in the yard, or try to consume other animalโ€™s poop while out on a walk. It sounds gross, but for many dogs itโ€™s a natural instinct.

  • Causes: While it is not completely clear what causes puppies to begin eating poop, many animal behaviorists believe that it may be explained by simple curiosity. It may also be a mimicking behavior that pups learn in the nest after seeing their mother stimulate pup defecation by licking their behinds, and in the process, ingesting feces. In other cases, coprophagia may be a sign that your dog is suffering from a nutrient deficiency as a result of an unbalanced diet or a medical condition that is affecting nutrient absorption. Eating poop may be an attempt to ingest those missing nutrients.

2. Tail Chasing

Have you ever watched your dog circle around and around and around trying to catch their tail? This behavior has become something of a dog cliche, but donโ€™t write it off just because of that. While tail chasing can sometimes be innocent, other times it may signal an underlying condition.

  • Causes: Tail chasing is not uncommon in puppies, and in most cases it is simply a playful game. Older dogs who do not grow out of the behavior may chase their tails as a way to get attention (even a reprimanding will do), release excess energy, or displace anxiety. A medical problem -- such as an injury, skin irritation (allergy or flea bite), or neurological condition (like epilepsy) -- can also cause a dog to chase their tail.

3. Crotch Sniffing

It can be mortifying to see your dog greet your guests with a nose to the crotch, but understanding the cause of the behavior will help you to realize that your dog doesnโ€™t mean to be rude.

  • Causes: Have you ever seen two dogs meet for the first time? If so, you know that their version of shaking hands is sniffing each otherโ€™s genital areas and rear ends. This is because those areas contain scent glands that provide information about the dog, including gender and health. Humans also have scent glands that offer clues about who they are, so a dog sniffing around down there is simply trying to get to know the person. While this behavior isnโ€™t harmful, it can be annoying, and the best way to train your dog to stop doing it is by rewarding them for sitting still when a guest arrives rather than going in for a whiff.

4. Butt Scooting

Your precious pup probably doesnโ€™t look so precious while dragging their butt across the carpet, grass, or ground. This behavior is somewhat common in dogs, but it shouldnโ€™t be ignored -- itโ€™s usually a sign of irritation.

  • Causes: Dogs donโ€™t scoot their butts because itโ€™s fun. There is almost always an underlying medical condition, the most common being a problem with the anal sac. The anal sac serves an important function -- it houses the smelly substance that dogs use to communicate with one another. In some cases, the anal sac may become inflamed, blocked, or abscessed, and a dog will scoot to try to relieve the discomfort. Other medical conditions that can cause irritation and scooting include tapeworms, feces matted around the rear end, a rectal prolapse, tumor, or injury. Take your dog to the vet if you see this behavior.

5. Funny Fears

Does the sight of the vacuum cleaner send a shiver down your dogโ€™s spine? Do they cower from cars, detest the dishwasher, or tremble before a slippy floor? You might say to your dog โ€œhey, snap out of it, itโ€™s just a ____!โ€ But for many dogs, ordinary objects can cause quite a fright.

  • Causes: Fear can be a complex thing. Some dogs develop fears after a bad experience (perhaps they once fell on a slippery floor), while other develop fears due to lack of exposure (a dog who has never seen a vacuum may be scared by its loud sounds and strange movements). Fears can also be made worse by a dogโ€™s owner. If a dog is afraid whenever the dishwasher starts and the owner either reprimands the dog or overly consoles them, the fear can be reinforced. Early socialization and exposure can help a dog to develop a confident personality and fewer fears. A fearful dog can often be successfully treated with behavior modification exercises.

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