With their multiple skin folds and cute pudgy faces, wrinkled dog breeds are a sight to behold! From cute and jolly pugs with creased foreheads to giant bloodhounds with long, droopy eyes, wrinkled dogs generally enjoy a lot of attention. The peculiar wrinkled skin on their face and body provokes in most people, the desire to hug and squeeze them and there is no doubt that they are becoming more popular due to their unique features and playful characteristics.
However, if you’re in the market for the most wrinkly dog breeds, be aware that special care should be taking when concerning cleanliness to prevent skin irritation and ulcers forming from their skin folds. Nevertheless, here are some cute and cuddly wrinkled pups to consider.
When one thinks of wrinkled dogs, the Shar-Pei immediately comes to mind. This is possibly the most crumpled dog breed par excellence. Also known as the Chinese Shar-Pei, this breed of dogs has been around for hundreds of years and originates in ancient China. The name itself means “sand skin” in Chinese which indicates its rich and enticing color. In the past, they were originally used as farm, hunting, or combat dogs, however, in modern times, the Shar-Pei has now been perfectly adapted as a medium-sized companion dog that is both loyal, peaceful, stable, and independent.
Historically, the Shar-Pei first appeared in 206 BC; being the symbol of the Han dynasty, it enjoyed great status amongst the wealthy elite. Sadly, however, during the communist regime in China, the Shar-Pei almost became extinct – as pets were mostly symbols of the privileged, dogs were not seen of any value for the common citizen. Luckily, modern times have marked its come back and the Shar-Pei is now one of the most sought after wrinkled dog breeds.
As for personality, this cute dog breed is characterized by a constantly sad expression as well as a stubborn but intelligent nature. Despite this cold personality at first glance, they remain very calm, playful, and affectionate with humans. And although they tend to be reluctant to strangers at first, they can be extremely affectionate family dogs.
Other special features of the Shar-Pei include a large head, a blue-black tongue, a straight and protruding fur as well as many wrinkles on the head, withers, and tail. The puppies of this breed are, no doubt, extremely cute and have even more wrinkles than the adult Shar-Pei. It’s also worth noting that in the case of Shar Pei, their wrinkled skin is to be formed a hereditary disease – the so-called cutaneous mucinosis. Regardless of this fact, we can guarantee is that your heart will be stolen as soon as you see one.
Contrary to what happens in humans, the wrinkles of dogs are not a symbol of old age but are given by genetic conditions. In fact, it is a defect of the breed caused by an excess in the production of hyaluronic acid that when accumulated in the skin, produces these characteristic folds which are beautiful and expressive. This is undoubtedly the case with our next favorite wrinkled cutie from China – the ‘Pug.’ This small Molosser dog has in comparison to its body, a big head, straight legs, flat nose, and a curly tail. In color, it can be described as tawny, silver or apricot with a black face and its dainty and cute stature turned it one of the most luxury dog breeds – it was almost always the most favorite companion dog chosen by the aristocrats such as Marie Antoinette and the Dukes of Windsor.
Although most dogs are lovable and cute by nature, the pug truly beats them all – it is probably both its tiny stature and wrinkled skin that gives it that certain something. In character, it is a fun, and bubbly addition to the family – both a playful temperament and an open-minded nature mark the personality of the pug. They are also very affectionate, intelligent, vivacious, which also makes them the ideal pets for families with small children. However, while the pug is mostly a noble dog breed, they are not usually the most obedient. So as in almost all cases, a female is often a better option if you are interested in improving that expectation.
Despite its playful and friendly nature, don’t be fooled into thinking this little munchkin can’t defend you. They are an attentive observer of the events of the house, and like most dogs, they remain somewhat suspicious of strangers – although not a watchdog, it is at least aware of dangers. However, if you are after a small dog that can also act as a guardian, the pug is not an option. Although the pug is an excellent family dog and has very exceptional characteristics among dogs of its size, their low level of reactivity and aggressiveness make them more of a chilled and fun addition to the family. What’s more, they are ideal for small apartments because they need little physical work.
One a side note – owners of pugs have to be very careful with their bulging eyes which are at risk of bumping into household items. And similar to other wrinkled dogs, their creases need to be regularly looked after as they collect secretions and moisture, causing a risk of infections and bad odor.
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Grim, courageous, determined, and full of dignity – that’s the essence of the English Bulldog.
Also simply known as a Bulldog, this is yet another friendly wrinkled dog on the list. Born and bred in England, this loyal dog breed is an iconic symbol for the true English lads. Mostly used for combat in the 17th century, they have now become a national UK treasure, being the sixth most popular household pet in the UK and the fourth most popular in the US. What’s even more interesting is that they have also been used in the breeding of other dogs such as the Boxer, Bull Mastiff, and Bull Terrier.
In terms of physique, this is a heavy, muscular dog with a chubby appearance, a boxy body, a wrinkled face, wrinkles around the neck, and a short, flattened nose. Its strong stature can often weigh up to 22 kg and can seem a little intimidating for some dog owners with children. Fear not – despite the proud, contemptuous physique, this dog is extremely gentle and protective, especially to smaller family members. They also tend to be very sociable with both family members and strangers alike which transforms them into very good companion dogs. However, the only downsides are that they tend to show aggressiveness with their peers and are usually dominant with their owners – above all, they are not characterized by their response in terms of obedience. This is much more noticeable in the male dogs; so if you decide to adopt a bulldog and want to decrease the likelihood of having problems in the above-mentioned aspects, it will be convenient to lean on a female.
When concerning adaptability, the British Bulldog is certainly more suitable for keeping in small apartments and urban life is its best friend. They adapt well in cramped spaces and are especially great for pet parents without children who want to enjoy the peace of the home in the company of a four-legged friend. However, note that you have to be careful where you place your Bulldog during the summer months as this breed is highly susceptible to heat stroke and can also suffer from Brachycephalic Syndrome; which usually makes breathing difficult. And although they do not need much exercise, considering their stubborn and extremely lazy nature, it’s best to keep tabs on their eating habits as they are known to gain weight quite quickly. Find out more about dog food for weight loss here.
The first specimens of the Bullmastiff date back to the 19th century when they were used for catching poachers because of their powerful jaws. They were derived from the intersection of Mastiffs and Bulldogs, which explains its wrinkled appearance. Unlike the intimidating stature of the Mastiff that has enormous size and loose-hanging skin, the Bullmastiff is characterized by a big head, deep-set eyes and an unleashed, far-reaching gait. And if your one who loves a dog that drools, the Bullmastiff is right up your street. This dog tends to drool a lot, especially in hot summer months and after drinking water.
They are very tall, with a box-shaped head, dark eyes, and yellowish-reddish fur and make great watchdogs as they active, resilient, do not bark much, and are very controlled. Such firm personalities are also coupled with their fearless, obedient, and docile nature with a loyal love for their family. They are protective, family-oriented, courageous, and friendly but often tend to remain reserved and alert in the presence of strangers. Although defensive, they are usually fairly obedient dogs that are sociable, educated, and above all make a very good companion.
Another well-known characteristic of Bullmastiffs is their tolerance and affection with children. However, due to their size and the need for regular exercise, they are not really recommended for new dog owners or families with small children.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the most rustic dog breeds that exist today. More than two thousand years ago, the ancient Romans used them as race dogs; nowadays, dogs of the Neapolitan Mastiff breed continue to fulfill their function for the protection of property and family. In any case, they have undergone great changes since their origins – they are still strong but come with a balanced and serene character – very sure of itself but at the same time territorial and possessive. Generally, they are quiet animal and although they do not bark much, they are quite alert. With family members, they are usually very affectionate but can easily switch up when strangers are around, especially when defending the property.
One of the peculiarities of the behavior of the Neapolitan mastiff race is their great physical power – which they do not often use when the circumstances do not merit aggression. They generally use more intimidation than violence. And with regards to dominance, females are as always the most recommended for those who have difficulty exercising authority. On the other hand, males are usually a better choice in situations where a guardian function is a priority.
In short, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a powerful dog that is balanced, calm, and affectionate with the family as well as being a strong protector. They act more by persuasion than by action’ although given their size and potential aggressiveness, they require extremely responsible management by those whom they coexist with – since an uncontrolled Neapolitan mastiff would be a very dangerous dog.
How to Care For Dogs With Wrinkles
Dogs with wrinkles on their face or body have somewhat thicker skin than usual, due to their own genetics that provides extra hyaluronic acid – which is responsible for the thickness of the skin and the formation of wrinkles. Especially in the warm months, where the heat can accelerate skin irritation, extra care should be taken on their skin.
One of the most common tricks to avoid these irritations is to apply a moisturizer in the folds, rubbing it until it is completely absorbed by the skin to avoid excess moisture. What’s more, performing a weekly wrinkle folds review is totally mandatory in these breeds, to try to locate possible skin irritations. It is also highly recommended to use a specific soap for dogs with skin problems in their bathrooms, which should be at least every three weeks. If the application of moisturizer and daily hygiene is not enough to avoid irritation, a visit to the vet is essential for a stronger treatment to protect your skin.
Surely, you may have already seen one of the above-wrinkled dogs walking in the street; some have wrinkles on their face, whilst others have many wrinkles all over the body. This peculiar characteristic gives them a special charm that makes them extremely beautiful and attractive.
No doubt, every dog is beautiful and different in its own way; just as there are some that are wrinkled, there are also furry ones; some have short legs, others with extremely long ones. Regardless of their differences, in most dogs, you can find a good company, love, and friendship.