Here at Dog School, we know that every dog is beautiful in their own way – but some do look a little more extraordinary than others! Continuing our look at the more curious-looking canines, we bring you a further three odd (but still adorable) breeds of dog.
There are two varieties of the Chinese crested dog; the powder puff and the hairless. However, it’s the hairless variety that looks really unusual. They’re generally not entirely hairless, with a variable amount of fur on their head, tail and paws, and sometimes also on the muzzle. Unless it’s a “true” hairless, owners often trim or shave the body to achieve a neat look. The lack of hair doesn’t make them particularly low maintenance though – they can require moisturising cream or sunscreen to protect their skin.
Bred in the mining town of Bedlington, Northumberland, this odd little pup’s task was originally to hunt vermin in the mines. Their distinctive fur means that they can almost be mistaken for lambs, and their topknot gives their heads an unusual shape. However, that linty fur is also high maintenance, requiring regular grooming which can be a difficult job even for professionals. They’re active and excitable dogs, and very quick on their feet as befits their original purpose.
With its short-muzzled face, big eyes and curled tail, the pug is officially an odd looking breed – but one that’s soared in popularity lately, making their way onto the top ten breeds list for the first time in 2011. They were also hugely popular in the 18th century, appearing in many portraits alongside their aristocratic owners. However, their unusual features do make them prone to a range of health conditions, which should be carefully researched by anybody considering them as a new addition to the family.
Whatever breed of dog you choose as your companion, it’s important to make sure that they get the right amount of exercise. If you need some assistance on this front, whether long-term or temporarily, we offer reliable dog walking in Croydon and the surrounding area so that you can be sure your dog is getting the right exercise. For more information, get in touch with us on 07734 447 812 today.