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Top 10 Crazy Cool Dog Breeds

Christine O'Brien
Oct. 15, 2015

These cool dog breeds will make you stop in your tracks to take a second (or third) look!

With so many awesome varieties of dogs out there, you're bound to run into some cool dog breeds while walking down the street or strolling in the park -- but what about those dogs that make you stop in your tracks and take a second (or third) look?

These crazy cute dogs have a different look to them than the average dog, and we're drawn to their unconventionality because of a "something special" quality that speaks to our inquisitive nature. Just looking at them, we want to know more about them (or, OK, maybe we just want to stare at them!).

It isn't easy to narrow down cool dog breeds to just 10, but these pups made the list because of their unique good looks:

  1. Bedlington Terrier

    Although this northern English breed is as gentle as the lamb it so closely resembles, it's a fast, powerful, high-energy dog, both on land and in water. It's sweet and fluffy, but it's a strong fighter when provoked. Legend has it that nomadic gypsies of long ago kept these terriers around to protect their belongings.
  2. Afghan Hound

    This sleek and silky breed is one of the oldest in the world and was brought from Afghanistan to England in the early 20th century. Although traditionally kept as a hunting dog, it now enjoys life indoors and is mild-mannered enough that it may just let you braid its hair.
  3. Mudi

    A hunting dog considered to be a national treasure in its native Hungary, this rare breed with a curly coat is so revered in its homeland that it even has its own postage stamp! This hard-working dog can still be found assisting shepherds in its land of origin, but you probably won't see it at your local dog park -- although that would be amazing!
  4. Lagotto Romagnolo

    You'll want to snuggle up the minute you catch sight of this curly-haired Italian cutie. A water retriever in ancient times, this dog is a great swimmer, and if you're in the mood for fine dining, it will help you find fresh ingredients -- it's the only certified truffle-hunting breed!
  5. Irish Wolfhound

    This Irish breed claims the title of tallest dog in the world (sorry, Great Dane), measuring heights of nearly three feet. Although their primary role was to guard against predators such as wolves, they are intelligent, caring and gentle creatures, especially toward humans. And they're giants, which is awesome.
  6. Puli

    Affectionately called the "mop dog," this intelligent, compact Eastern European herding breed stands out because of its dreadlock fur that is nearly waterproof. Despite its somewhat laid-back appearance, it is fiercely loyal and thinks of its human family as its "flock." Like the Mudi, the Puli also appears on a Hungarian postage stamp.
  7. Borzoi

    Formerly known as the Russian wolfhound, this large and elegant Russian breed can reach very high racing speeds. It's a hunting dog that also likes to chill out on the couch, so it's really the best of both worlds -- and who can resist snuggling up to that soft coat of fur?
  8. Bull Terrier

    This English cool dog breed, known for its uniquely shaped "egg head," originated as a fighter but now is happiest as a house pet with some room to run. It has also achieved Hollywood fame: famous bull terriers include Spuds MacKenzie in the old Bud Light campaign and Bullseye in the Target advertisements.
  9. Wirehaired Vizsla

    This lean Hungarian dog is a distinct breed from the common vizsla, although both breeds are kind, gentle and loyal (if a bit energetic). Its dense coat helps to protect it from harsh winter weather, and it stands out with its prominent facial hair -- its eyebrows and thick beard give it a somewhat human appearance!
  10. Tibetan Mastiff

    An ancient Asian breed, this dog commands a room with its large, noble stature and fluffy coat that withstands cold weather, and it takes its guard duty seriously (let's just say this guy doesn't get much sleep at night). It's also one of the most expensive dogs in the world, with some people paying millions of dollars for a purebred. Who can resist that glorious, lion-like mane?

And check out the Top 10 Rare Cat Breeds You Never Knew Existed.

Christine O'Brien is a writer, mother, and pet-mom. Follow her on Instagram.

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