10 Dogs Uglier Than Peanut (The Proclaimed Ugliest Dog)

In 2014, Time Magazine named “Peanut,” the winner of that year’s ugliest dog contest, showcasing how beauty is truly subjective. The contest, which originated in 1970, was initially conceived as a creative fundraiser for the Old Adobe Association in Petaluma, California.

Peanut, a 2-year-old Chihuahua-Shih Tzu mix, endured several deformities due to abuse, lacking eyelids and lips from a fire-related injury. Rescued by Holly Chandler of Greenville, N.C., Peanut found a caring home, with the $1,500 prize money aiding in covering veterinary expenses.

While Peanut’s story highlights the impact of abuse, discussions about dog breeds often touch upon notions of beauty. While all breeds possess unique charms, some may be considered less conventionally attractive.

1. The Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested dogs, known for their hairlessness or minimal hair, often rank among the less conventionally attractive breeds. Originally employed for rat hunting on Chinese ships, this petite breed stands between 11 and 13 inches tall at the shoulder.

Renowned American Burlesque star “Gypsy Rose Lee” contributed to the breed’s popularity in the United States through her ownership and breeding of Chinese Cresteds.

2. Affenpinscher

Another breed that may be deemed less conventionally attractive than Peanut is the Affenpinscher. Affectionately referred to as “monkey terriers,” these dogs are known for their affectionate and loving nature. They typically get along well with other pets and children.

Despite their fuzzy appearance, Affenpinschers shed quite a bit, but regular brushing can help manage this. By brushing them frequently, you can remove loose hairs and keep these fuzzy little dogs soft to the touch.

3. Xoloitzcuintli 

Another contender for dog breeds that may not fit conventional standards of beauty compared to Peanut is the Xoloitzcuintli, often referred to as the Xolo for short. Pronounced show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee, these dogs were revered by the Aztecs as the “dog of the gods.”

The Xoloitzcuintli is a hairless breed with a serious expression that belies its playful and affectionate nature. Despite their serious appearance, they are high-energy animals that enjoy being active. They are not prone to barking frequently and prefer to be on the move rather than lounging around. Consistency and firmness are essential during their training.

4. Borzoi

Ranked fourth on our list of dog breeds that might not conform to conventional beauty standards compared to “Peanut” is the Borzoi. With an average lifespan exceeding ten years, Borzois can grow up to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh as much as 105 pounds.

Originating from Russia, Borzois are known for their stunning long and silky coats. While training Borzois is relatively straightforward, maintaining their lengthy coats requires consistent weekly brushing. While they are typically calm and affectionate with family members, they can display a reserved and aloof demeanor around strangers.

5. Komondor

Earning the fifth spot on our list of dog breeds that might not be considered conventionally attractive compared to “Peanut” is the Komondor. With its distinctive natural dreadlocks resembling an unruly mop, this Hungarian breed is known for its fierce protective instincts.

During World War II, Komondors demonstrated their loyalty and protective nature when soldiers attempting to invade homes with these dogs were met with formidable resistance, often resulting in the unfortunate demise of the intruders. Primarily used as livestock or herd dogs, Komondors excel in their roles and form strong bonds with other animals under their care.

Potential owners should be prepared for the substantial size of this breed, as male Komondors can weigh close to 130 pounds when fully matured. Despite their imposing appearance, these dogs are known for their loyalty, dedication, and serious approach to their responsibilities.

6. Hairless Khala

Ranking sixth among the dog breeds that might be considered less conventionally attractive than “Peanut” is the Hairless Khala, also known as the Bolivian Hairless Dog or Khala hairless. What sets this breed apart is its unique variations in leg length, with some individuals having shorter legs while others have longer ones.

Hairless Khalas are known for their docile nature and ability to socialize well with humans and other animals. However, they have a tendency to develop a pack mentality if given the opportunity, so owners must establish firm discipline to maintain control and harmony within the household.

7. Jonangi

Ranking seventh among the dog breeds potentially considered less conventionally attractive than “Peanut” is the Jonangi. Also known by various other names such as Jonangi Jagilam or Kolleti Jagilam, this breed is particularly renowned for its skill in herding ducks. Originating from India, Jonangi dogs are valued for their prowess as hunting and guard dogs.

Jonangi dogs exhibit a variety of colors and color combinations. Their vigilant and active nature makes them well-suited for protecting their flocks. However, due to their high energy levels, they require owners who can provide firm training, consistency, and diligence in enforcing rules.

8. American Hairless Terrier

Ranking eighth on our list of dog breeds that some may consider less conventionally attractive than “Peanut” is the American Hairless Terrier. Despite their appearance, it’s essential to note that beauty is subjective, and these dogs can be cherished companions.

The American Hairless Terrier typically weighs around 28 pounds and stands between 10 and 16 inches at the shoulder. What makes them popular as pets is their low-maintenance grooming needs and their affectionate nature. They tend to get along well with other animals and children, making them suitable for family households. With a lifespan of 14 to 16 years, they become cherished long-term members of the family.

9. Abyssinian Sand Terrier

Ranked ninth on the list of dog breeds that some might perceive as less traditionally attractive compared to “Peanut” is the Abyssinian Sand Terrier. Originating from Africa, they are also known as African Hairless Dogs. Despite their unique appearance and the inability to bark naturally, they can make wonderful family pets.

One peculiar aspect of this breed is their silence until taught how to bark, which is achieved by exposing them to other barking dogs. Despite this, they are known for their loyalty and make excellent guardians, protecting both their homes and their human families. Additionally, they are well-suited for families with children, showcasing their gentle and devoted nature.

10. Shar-Pei

The tenth entry on the list of dog breeds that some might consider less conventionally attractive than “Peanut” is the wrinkled Shar-Pei. Originating from China, the Chinese Shar-Pei is renowned for its distinctive wrinkles, which give it a unique appearance that some find endearing.

These wrinkles, while unconventional in appearance, served a practical purpose in the breed’s history. They provided protection as the Shar-Pei stood guard over their owners, making it difficult for other animals to inflict serious harm during attacks.

In addition to their wrinkles, another notable feature of the Shar-Pei is their blue-black tongue, unlike the pink tongues of most other canines. Despite being short-haired, Shar-Peis can shed a significant amount of fur, requiring regular grooming to manage shedding effectively.

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