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9 Wrinkly dog breeds that will melt your heart

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9 adorable wrinkled dog breeds.

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Wrinkles are a sign that time is catching up with us humans. That's probably why many people will do almost anything to avoid getting them. But this rule goes right out the window when it comes to our pups. And that's because wrinkled dog breeds are some of the cutest and most popular pooches of all. 

By Ashley Murphy

Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

There are around 12 wrinkled dog breeds. They include some of the biggest dogs on the block, like the Neopolitan Mastiff, and cheeky little lap dogs like the adorable Pug, Bulldogs, Bloodhounds, and the imposing Dogue de Bordeaux are also part of the wrinkly dog gang.

Wrinkled dog breeds aren't scared to let their wrinkles shine and who blames them, they are adorable! Whether these dogs have wrinkles on their face or have a little extra skin, their skin will need extra care. If you are fascinated by these wrinkly dog breeds, find out more about 9 beautiful dog breeds.

9 wonderfully wrinkly dog breeds

Do these folds and rolls make you want to squish these dogs faces and give them a big smooch? Yes of course! Now with that being said, let's find out more about 9 wonderful wrinkled dogs.

Chinese Shar-Pei

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A truly unique breed of dog, Shar Peis become less wrinkly as they age. That's because a Shar-Pei puppy grows into the excess skin as they get bigger.


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Cute, cheeky, and with an adorable wrinkly expression, there's no wonder Pugs are one of the most lovable dogs in the world.

English Mastiff

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For hundreds of years, English Mastiffs earned their dinner as guard dogs for the British nobility. They're still natural protectors. And in the hands of an experienced owner, these dogs make wonderful pets

Neapolitan Mastiff

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The Neopolitan Mastiff is another giant wrinkly dog. These big softies love cuddling with their favourite humans. But be warned, they're also big droolers!

Dogue de Bordeaux

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Also known as the French Mastiff, the Dogue de Bordeaux became famous after appearing in the 1989 comedy Turner and Hooch with Tom Hanks. The Hollywood legend played Turner, while a French Mastiff called Beasley put in an excellent performance as the slobbering, lovable, and loyal Hooch.

English Bulldog

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The English Bulldog has an energetic spirit trapped inside a physique that could be politely described as less than athletic! And while their wrinkly face and drooping jowls give the Bulldog a grumpy appearance, these guys are little barrels of love. A perfect choice if you're looking for a new best friend.

French Bulldog 

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The French Bulldog is another cutie with a wrinkly face. More athletic than his English cousin, the Frenchie is a lively pup that is always on the look-out for mischief. Great fun to have around.


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Bloodhounds were bred to track game through the countryside. So even though they look like lazy dogs, Bloodhounds have demanding exercise requirements. Best matched with owners who have lots of free time and a love for country walks.

Fila Brasileiro

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The Fila Brasileiro is a large working breed with a short coat that's easy to maintain. But these dogs are a bad choice for first-time owners. The Fila Brasileiro is loyal and intelligent, but they can also be stubborn, demanding, and domineering.

Why are some dogs wrinkly?

Wrinkled dogs have a genetic condition called mucinosis. Discovered by scientists in 2008, mucinosis is a gene mutation that produces excess hyaluronic acid - a chemical that plays an impart role in maintaining the skin. The excess hyaluronic acid affects the skin's natural tightness, causing it to sag. This then creates skin folds and deep wrinkles on the head, neck, and body.

What dog breeds have wrinkled foreheads?

Mucinosis affects different breeds in different ways. This explains why dogs like the Pug and Bulldog have wrinkled foreheads, while other pups (including the cuddly Shar-Pei) have deep skin folds all over.

What dog breeds have loose skin around neck?

Basset hounds, Bulldogs, and Shar Peis dogs are born with loose skin around the neck. But no canine pulls off this unique look quite like the Neapolitan Mastiff. The large sagging folds of skin around the neck, known as 'dewlaps' by breeders, are a defining feature of this gentle giant. In fact, dewlaps are essential for any Neopolitian show dog that wants to enter competitions.

What causes saggy neck skin?

For some pooches, a saggy neck is part of their natural look. It's down to genetics, which may have been selected by early breeders. For example, some canine experts think the saggy skin around a Bloodhound's face helps them trap scents.

What does loose skin on a dog mean?

Loose skin on the neck can also be a sign of underlying health issues, especially in dogs who are not genetically predisposed to ' wrinkles.' It may relate to problems with the saliva gland, lymph nodes, or a neck trauma - like a bee sting or insect bite. It could also be a side effect of facial paralysis caused by an undiagnosed minor stroke. In all of these cases, your dog will need veterinary attention ASAP.

Wrinkly Dog Care

Wrinkly dogs require a little more pampering than the average pup. You should focus your extra efforts on keeping the skin in between their wrinkles clean and dry. Without regular cleaning,  crevices between the wrinkles will soon become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to irritation, infection, and long-term skin problems. 

A bath every two to four weeks should be enough, although this isn't as easy as it sounds for giant breed owners. Instead, use baby wipes and cotton wool for a quick-fire clean between bath times. Speak to your vet before using any wipes, including those advertised as alcohol-free or hypoallergenic. Alternatively, you can buy special doggy wipes from pet supply retailers.

Wrinkly dogs come in all shapes and sizes. But there are a few things they have in common - they're adorable, loving, and, make excellent pets in the right hands. Some of them are a little high-maintenance.  But when you love something this much, an extra bathtime or grooming session is just another excuse to spend some more time with your best buddy.

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