Look at those soulful eyes… that cuddly fur… that precious face! Scrunchy-faced dog breeds will turn heads every time. Can we ever get enough of it? From the Pekingese to the lesser-known Dogue de Bordeaux, these breeds are generally big fanciers.
So if you’re curious about droopy-faced dog breeds, keep reading and we’ll explore the worlds of these irresistible dogs.
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This adorable dog has a blue-black tongue and shares this trait with the Chow Chow. While some people may say they have a face that only a mother could love, most dog lovers recognize the cuteness of this breed. And their wrinkles don’t stop at the face, they cover the whole body! They are people dogs rather than canine dogs and should be socialized with both from a young age.
ORIGIN: The Han Dynasty takes credit for bringing us this scrunchy-faced dog breed over 2,000 years ago — native to the southern provinces of China. The AKC recognized the breed in 1992.
DISPOSITION: Alert, calm, devoted, independent, intelligent, protective, quiet, confident, stubborn, affectionate
LIFESPAN: 8-12 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: Wrinkles all over the body generally only affect puppies, but some adults retain the unique feature throughout their lives.
They are the dogs with the tightly curled tails. Their wrinkled brows can be quite emotional and guardians of these cuties can’t say enough about how sweet they are. Socialized early, they make perfect companions for families with children and other dogs.
ORIGIN: Two thousand years ago, pugs were created as pets/lap dogs of the royal family by the emperors of China who preferred flat-faced toy dogs. You could only get your hands on them if you got a present.
DISPOSITION: Friendly, adaptable, playful, affectionate, serious
LIFESPAN: 13-15 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: Napoleon’s wife and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor kept pugs as pets.
A cross between a bulldog and a mastiff, these intelligent dogs can reach a weight of 120 lbs.
ORIGIN: In the mid to late 1800s, poachers became a problem for the wealthy living on estates and game reserves in England. Their solution was the bullmastiff, so… they were bred – 60% mastiff, 40% bulldog – to guard and attack.
DISPOSITION: Protective, devoted, gentle, intelligent, alert, territorial, loyal, possessive, affectionate
LIFESPAN: 7-10 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: The bullmastiff was long known as the “gamekeeper’s hunting dog” because of its sole original purpose.
If “scrunchy-faced” was in the dictionary, the bulldog image would be next to it. With their big jaws and down to earth expressions, they easily grab the hearts of the people they live with.
ORIGIN: They are thought to have been bred for the hideous “sport” of bull fighting in 13th century England.
DISPOSITION: Brave, tenacious, calm, kind, loyal, loving
LIFESPAN: 8-10 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: Because of his tenacity and grittiness, and possibly his determined facial expressions, former British statesman and Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was nicknamed “The British Bulldog” (especially during World War II).
Rocky the Bulldog is the symbol of the 3rd Infantry Division of the United States Army and was created in 1965 by Walt Disney himself. The bulldog also serves as a mascot for the US Marine Corp.
Mission Statement (US Air Force): With the tenacity of a bulldog, we will motivate, train and inspire with dignity and respect.
In addition to being the number one dog in terms of scent ability, this glorious breed has arguably the most droopy, wrinkly, scrunchiest face of them all. These innate family dogs are perfect for families with children.
ORIGIN: The bloodhound’s earliest origins are vague, but the trail was picked up in Western Europe about a thousand years ago. High-ranking members of the pre-Reformation Church perfected the breed.
DISPOSITION: Gentle, affectionate, gentle, patient, calm, protective, easygoing, curious, friendly, independent
LIFESPAN: 10-12 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: Evidence of bloodhound chasing people is admissible in court! (The Bloodhound has the highest number of scent receptors of all dogs, at between 250-300 million. Humans have 6 million. Slackers.)
These bundles of furry sprites can be a bit of a handful if not socialized and trained early, but oh the rewards! Their loyalty is off the charts and they will watch over their human family as if they were Dobermans.
ORIGIN: Made for the ruling classes of ancient China, they came to America in the late 1890s and were registered by the AKC in 1906.
DISPOSITION: Loyal, alert, independent, jealous, brave, affectionate, loving
LIFESPAN: 12-14 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: “…a Pekingese was one of only three dogs to survive the sinking of the Titanic.”
ORIGIN: Artifacts from the Chinese Han Dynasty show the existence of Chow Chows, making them one of the oldest breeds ever. Introduced to America in the 1890s, the AKC recognized them in 1903.
Because this breed can be a little moody at times, early socialization and training is a necessity for the animal to live its best life.
DISPOSITION: Loyal, serene, adaptable, bright, serious, protective, vocal, stubborn
LIFESPAN: 8-12 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: Elvis Presley was the guardian of a Chow Chow.
8. Dogue de Bordeaux
This dog is one big scrunchy face. While the breed is not as well known as many on this list, we are certainly lucky to have them around at all.
ORIGIN: Sometimes referred to as the “French Mastiff”, they are one of the oldest dog breeds in France. Not much is known about how and why they originated.
They were first shown at dog shows in Paris in 1863.
DISPOSITION: Gentle, Loyal, Affectionate, Protective, Quiet, Child Friendly, Affectionate, Territorial
LIFESPAN: 5-8 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: The movie “Turner & Hooch” (1989) gets credit for putting the breed on the map in the US
ORIGIN: The short-legged cousin of the bloodhound, this trailing dog breed originated in sixth-century France. They came second to the power of the bloodhound’s sense of smell and were created to drive small prey from dense terrain for hunters.
DISPOSITION: Gentle, sociable, loyal, child and dog friendly, gentle, affectionate, brave, obedient, patient, low-key
LIFESPAN: 12-13 years
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: The word “basset” is derived from the French word “bas”, which means “low thing” or “dwarf”.
What do scrunchy-faced dogs have in common?
Most of them will snore because of their physical facial features, including nasal features, and they especially need to be cared for as dirt can disappear between the skin folds and promote infection. They are very strong, sturdy varieties. “Stocky” and “Naughty” were descriptions that came up repeatedly for the entire list. “Solid” would be an accurate adjective for this group of cuties. One particularly slap-worthy trait is that they all have a high warm-and-fuzzy heart quotient — they’re extremely loving. So if you’re looking for a scrunchy-faced dog breed, keep this list handy. You are sure to find the coziest cheeks out there.
1. https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/chinese-shar-pei/ — American Kennel Club — “Chinese shar pei”
1. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/dog-breeds/chinese-shar-pei — VCA — “Chinese shar pei”
2. https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/dog-breeds/pug – Hills Pet – “Pug Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits”
3. https://www.petmd.com/dog/breeds/c_dg_bullmastiff — PetMD — “Bullmastiff”
4. https://www.thesprucepets.com/breed-profile-dogue-de-bordeaux-1117962 – The Spruce Pets – “Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff): Dog Breed Profile” by Jenna Stregowski – Updated Aug 2019
5. https://basset-bhca.org/ — Basset Hound Club of America