7 Adorable Wrinkly Dog Breeds

Written by Chanel Coetzee
Updated: December 9, 2022
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When it comes to adorable breeds, wrinkly dogs are hard to beat. Some have rolls all over their bodies, while others only have wrinkles on their faces, but either way, this feature makes them undeniably precious. But unfortunately, with wrinkles come folds that accumulate dirt and debris. So, these breeds come with different grooming needs, like frequently cleaning the folds to avoid infection.

There are several dog breeds with rolls, but they all differ in size and personality. So, if your dream is to own a wrinkled pup, keep scrolling to learn about which of these 7 adorable wrinkly dog breeds is the one for you.

1. Shar-Pei

The shar-pei is the most notorious wrinkly dog breed in the world because their entire bodies are covered in rolls. These dogs are also known as the Chinese shar-pei and their second most noticeable feature is their thick, wide snout. Additionally, shar-peis have short, coarse hair, which is why their name translates to “sandpaper skin.”

Shar-peis were bred as guard dogs and pit fighters, so they can be aggressive. Furthermore, they are a dominant and independent breed, making it tough to train them. However, this feisty breed needs training and socialization as soon as possible because they do not get along with other dogs and are very wary of strangers. If these dogs are left to their own devices, they may act out with unpredictable behavior, which can be dangerous. So, shar-peis are not a recommended breed for first-time dog owners.

Breeding Statistics

  • Height – 16-12 inches
  • Weight – 44-60 pounds
  • Lifespan – 8-12 years
  • Temperament – Independent, loyal, and calm
Chinese Shar-Pei puppy playing outside in the garden.
Chinese shar-pei puppy playing outside in the garden.

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2. Pekingese

The Pekingese is considered a Toy breed because of their tiny stature, only reaching six to nine inches in height. These adorable wrinkly dogs have a long mane covering most of their bodies. However, they only have rolls on their faces

Pekingese act regal and sophisticated, genuinely believing they are the king or queen of the castle. While they are playful, they don’t enjoy rough play, so this breed is not a good choice if you have small children. Instead, they thrive in single-caregiver homes where they are the only pet.

Breed Statistics

  • Height: six to nine inches
  • Weight: seven to 14 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
  • Temperament: loving, aloof, and intelligent
Happy Pekingese dog standing on white background
The Pekingese originated in ancient China, where they were kept as companions by the Chinese Imperial family.


3. English Bulldog

The English bulldog is by far the most famous wrinkly dog breed, with rolls all over their bodies and loose skin, which adds to the effect. Many people confuse the French bulldog with this robust breed, but the English bulldog has smaller, floppy ears, whereas Frenchies have large erect ears. Additionally, they are much bigger than the latter. Another distinguishable feature is their teeth and jaws; they have an underbite, which causes their bottom teeth to protrude over their upper jaw.

English bulldogs are gentle, playful, and caring. Furthermore, they love human attention, and even though they can weigh up to 55 pounds, they insist on being lap dogs. These adorable wrinkly dogs don’t require a lot of exercise. Therefore, walking around the block once a day will keep them physically stimulated. But, owners need to keep them out of scorching temperatures, as they can overheat quickly due to their short snouts, making breathing difficult.

Breed Statistics

  • Height: 11-16 inches
  • Weight: 40-55 pounds
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Temperament: Lazy, quiet, and dependable
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Three English bulldog puppies sitting on the grass.


4. Pug

While small, the pug has a surprisingly muscular build with a wrinkly, squished snout. Additionally, this breed has very distinctive curly tails. They are playful dogs that can get up to lots of mischief if left alone for too long but typically aims to please their loved ones. Pugs are highly adaptable and thrive in any home as long as they get the proper care. Furthermore, they are a great breed to introduce to other pets.

However, pugs are prone to weight gain, and owners must ensure they stay on a strict diet. Like the English bulldog, these small dogs only need moderate exercise, as they are brachycephalic and have difficulty breathing when they over-exert themselves.

Breed Statistics

  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-18 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Temperament: Playful, charming, and affectionate
pug in a blanket
Pugs are fantastic dogs for families because of their gentle and affectionate nature.

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5. Dogue de Bordeaux

The dogue de Bordeaux also called the Mastiff of France, is a large, intimidating dog that easily wards off threats to protect its family. While they don’t have droopy skin on their faces, there are wrinkles around their short snouts. In addition, these magnificent dogs have a solid muscular build and medium-sized floppy ears. The dogue de Bordeaux has a tough time obeying orders because of their stubborn personalities, so they need a disciplined and patient hand when training.

Breed Statistics

  • Height: 23-27 inches
  • Weight: 99-110 pounds
  • Lifespan: 5-6 years
  • Temperament: Sweet, docile, and stubborn
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One of the biggest dog breeds, dogue de Bordeaux, shown here on the beach, is an excellent companion that is deeply devoted to his family.


6. Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan mastiffs are the epitome of cuteness with their droopy lips and wrinkly faces. These gigantic dogs are notorious for warding off strangers with their muscular build and frightening appearance. However, when it comes to their families, they are loving and gentle, making them great pets for older children. Unfortunately, Neapolitan mastiffs need lots of space to roam and exercise because of their massive size. So, they are definitely not suited for apartment living.

Breed Statistics

  • Height: 26-30 inches
  • Weight: 110-150 pounds
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Temperament: Gentle, quiet, and protective
Gray Dog Breeds
The Neapolitan mastiff is an ancient Italian dog breed known for its huge size and profoundly wrinkled fur. 


7. French Bulldog

The French bulldog is a wrinkly breed known for its stubborn nature and screechy yap. Their snouts and foreheads are adorned with adorable rolls, but the rest of their stout bodies are covered in a smooth, one-layered coat. Frenchies have wide-set shoulders, similar to the English bulldog, but they are less wrinkly, and their bat-like ears are more prominent.

Like their larger cousin, these adorable wrinkly dogs don’t need a lot of exercise, making them excellent apartment dogs. Frenchies are pretty playful and do well in family settings. But sadly, they are notorious for having health problems like breathing issues and ear infections, which can rack up vet bills.

Breed Statistics

  • Height: 11-12 inches
  • Weight: 20-28 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10-14 years
  • Temperament: Friendly, gentle, and outgoing
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French bulldogs will wiggle their whole bodies to compensate for not having tails.


Caring for Wrinkly Dog Breeds

Looking after a wrinkly dog breed requires daily cleaning and care because the folds between their rolls can get infected. However, this does not mean you need to bathe them every day. Instead, you can use wrinkle wipes and paste to disinfect the area. You can also use these wipes to remove the tear stains running down their face. Additionally, the alcohol-free wipes are excellent for allergy-prone or sensitive breeds, like the French bulldog.

The wrinkle paste prevents infection by creating a water-repellent barrier, blocking the collection of fungus, bacteria, and moisture. Some of these pastes are hypoallergenic, so if your pup has sensitive skin, it provides comfort and protection with its cleansing barrier.

Also note that when you have a wrinkled face dog, you need to keep a towel handy when you are out to wipe your pooch down if they get wet. For example, if it rains and your pup encounters a puddle, you need to clean its folds as soon as possible. This is due to bacteria and yeast thriving in humid climates, i.e., moist folds.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What are those wrinkly dogs called?

The Shar-Pei is the most notorious wrinkly dog breed in the world because their entire bodies are covered in rolls. These dogs are also known as the Chinese Shar-Pei and their second most noticeable feature is their thick, wide snout.

Is a Shar Pei a good family dog?

If these dogs are left to their own devices, they may act out with unpredictable behavior, which can be dangerous. So, Shar-Peis are not a recommended breed for first-time dog owners or families with children.

What dog has a scrunchy face?

There are several dog breeds with scrunchy faces, namely the Pug, English bulldog, French bulldog, Dogue de Bordeaux, and Pekingese.

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