The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: June 17, 2018
The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds

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Ironically, in the dog world it seems that wrinkles are a sign of tenderness and beauty. The more wrinkles there are, more adorable a dog looks. This is something that humans could learn to see and appreciate too.

Wrinkles in dogs do not occur in all breeds, and they are not due to old age. Wrinkles happen because of a genetic predisposition that produces a large amount of hyaluronic acid, resulting in heavy, meaty and thick skin. Dogs' wrinkles are not like those of us humans; they are like folds in the skin, which look adorable, but require specific care, as they can be very sensitive.

Do you love dogs with wrinkles? Then we invite you to read this AnimalWised article where you can discover the 5 most wrinkly dog breeds.

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The Shar Pei

There's no room for doubt: This dog breed takes the first place in our Top 5 of most wrinkly dogs. Not only do they have the most wrinkles, but they also carry them with pride. Shar Peis are small, dog-shaped bears.

Anyone who has seen a Shar Pei puppy without feeling softened by their tender and cuddly look doesn't have a heart. It is precisely as puppies that Shar Peis have more wrinkles; if you have one or are thinking about bringing one home, take all the photos you can while your dog is a baby.

These Chinese dogs are a very loyal, loving and serious breed. If you want to hold it in your arms constantly, you will have to train your Shar Pei from a young age, as they are dogs who appreciate and respect their personal space. Despite their docile and gentle appearance, Shar Peis are very protective and may take you by surprise.

They require specific care, as they have extremely delicate skin that is prone to bacteria due to moisture accumulation in the spaces between the wrinkles.

The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds - The Shar Pei

The English Bulldog

The English Bulldog has a reputation of being the brave and reckless dog from many cartoons, but this is far from the truth. These dogs are very quiet; they love being around children and playing with them, but they also enjoy moments on the sofa next to their human companion.

All puppies are beautiful dogs, but the English Bulldog are a class apart. Their most characteristic wrinkles are those in the face, which accompanied by their distinctive underbite give them the appearance of rough, gangster-like dog.

Here you can learn more about the different Bulldog breeds, including the English, French and American types.

The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds - The English Bulldog

The Pug

Pugs have wrinkles in the middle of their forehead, as if they were always worried about something. When a pug looks at us, we completely melt. It is impossible to be angry with them!

Actually, pugs are never very worried. They have lots of energy - maybe too much, and they are one of the more playful and happy breeds in the world, which make them extremely popular pets. In fact, pugs are among the 5 best dog breeds for beginners.

The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds - The Pug

The Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino, with wrinkles on its face, always looks like a hearty old man with a heart of gold. Even as puppies, these mastiffs look like tiny senior citizens.

Just like the Shar Pei, the Neapolitan Mastiff has wrinkles on most of its body. This only leads their human companions to cuddle up close to their velvety coat or snuggle up in their never ending curtains of skin.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are famous for drooling and for their quiet and relaxed attitude, which is perfect for accompanying large families with small children.

The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds - The Neapolitan Mastiff

The Bullmastiff

This breed of dog is also called a "gentle giant". As a general rule, the larger the dog breed, the more friendly and better temperament.

If a Bullmastiff is brought up in the right way, it will never be a threat to their human companion or family. In fact, it will become the best guard dog and best friend. You just need to be a bit careful, because they do not completely control their weight and strength and they could be a bit rough when playing.

Their wrinkles are mainly on their face and neck, which softens their strong and daunting presence.

The 5 Most Wrinkly Dog Breeds - The Bullmastiff

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