Let’s state the obvious right at the beginning: dogs with short snouts are extremely cute.
It’s important to note that because dogs with short snouts are also prone to a wide range of health problems (it turns out that not having much of a nose impairs your ability to breathe). So, while these pups might be adorable, they’re also high-maintenance, which is something you should know before you adopt one.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular short-nosed dog breeds on the planet. Be careful, though, as the pictures may make you fall in love — and if you lean in real close to the screen, you may just be able to hear them wheezing.
1. English Bulldog
Perhaps the most prominent of the snub-nosed dogs, these chubby little monsters are prone to a whole host of health problems. In addition to the respiratory issues, English Bulldogs are also known to have hip dysplasia, heart problems, and spinal issues. Oh, and they often can’t give birth naturally. Seems like Mother Nature’s trying to tell us something.
2. French Bulldog
Although they’re related to English Bulldogs, you wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at them. Frenchies have giant ears, tiny little bodies, and yes, stubby little noses. You’ll be amazed at how loud such a tiny dog can snore.
Many people are surprised to find that Pekingese have short noses, simply because they never knew these dogs had faces. They’re all hair, but if you trim the fur back a little, you’ll see a tiny little nose and two big eyes staring back at you.
Pug. Even the name sounds sawed-off. These happy pups look like they ran face-first into a wall, and not just because they have smashed-in noses. They also have bug eyes that often look in different directions simultaneously, underbites, and tongues that hang out so far it’s a wonder they don’t trip over them.
5. Dogue de Bordeaux
It’s no wonder the Dogue de Bordeaux has such a short nose — if its head had any more mass, the dog would tip over. These wrinkly dogs are massive and imposing, but they’re more likely to drown you in drool than maul you to death.
Another gentle giant, these massive pups have stumpy noses set low on their massive, boxy heads. We suspect their inability to get enough oxygen could lead to a loss of balance, because it seems like the only place they want to be is leaning or sitting on you.
7. Brussels Griffon
We’d be willing to bet that George Lucas owned a Brussels Griffon at some point because half the creatures in Star Wars look just like this hairy little pooch. These tiny pups have long beards, beady eyes, and a nose that’s easy to miss.
8. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow doesn’t look like it has a short nose so much as it looks like its head is being swallowed by its fur. Their short little snouts are about all you can see peeking out from that fluff — well, that and their trademark purple tongue, of course.
9. Neapolitan Mastiff
This massive mutt is a lot like the Bullmastiff, except its wrinkly nose looks like it could telescope out if necessary. Then again, make fun of the Neapolitan Mastiff at your own risk — the suckers can weigh over 150 pounds.
“Boxer” is a good name for this dog because it looks like it’s taken quite a few shots to the schnozz. They love to clown around, but they’re not quite as active as other playful breeds, because they lack the oxygen capacity of, say, a Border Collie.
11. Boston Terrier
If you get the Boston Terrier confused with the Pug, you’re not alone. Bostons tend to be a bit more normal-looking, though, with regular eyes and functioning brains.
12. Japanese Chin
Although not a widely-known breed, the Japanese Chin has an odd and distinctive appearance (and we think “Japanese Forehead” might have been a more apt moniker for it). Their noses are tiny, but that makes sense, as the rest of them isn’t much bigger.
The Shar-Pei has a nose that’s short but formidable — and it has to be, as their snout may be the only thing that keeps the rest of their face from sliding off. These wrinkly pups may look adorable, but be careful, as they can be standoffish around new people.
14. English Toy Spaniel
To be fair, the English Toy Spaniel may have a much larger nose than it seems — it may just be pushed all the way into its skull. How else would you explain the giant forehead and bulging eyes?
15. Shih Tzu
While the Shih Tzu undoubtedly has a stubby sniffer, its nose may be the only body part it has. After all, at first glance, all you can see on these dogs is a tiny button nose with a whole lot of hair attached to it.
These tiny little German dogs look like a darker version of the Brussels Griffon (or maybe just a pile of dust bunnies someone swept up). The Affenpinscher doesn’t like to do any more work than it absolutely has to, but it can be aggressive towards other dogs (which seems like a bad idea, given its size).
Tiny Nose, Big Heart
Raising a dog with a stubby nose can create quite a few challenges, not the least of which is figuring out how to pay for its myriad health problems. If you’re willing to handle all the difficulties that accompany owning one of these pups, though, you’ll have a loyal and adorable pet that’s the envy of the entire neighborhood.
Plus, it’s a real boost to the ego knowing you can run farther than your dog.
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