You’ll never meet a cuter puppy than one with wrinkles. Wrinkles are considered less attractive traits for humans, but in canines, they are where the beauty lies. When it comes to the world of dog breeds, there are some breeds that just can’t help but be extra-cute. One such example is Shar-Pei dogs and Bulldogs who happen to get their signature wrinkles as puppies.
Wrinkles are uniquely lovable and serve a variety of purposes. They’re not always “natural” by any means. Researchers have found a gene that causes dogs to develop wrinkles. Breeders then accentuate this trait over time.
If you’re a dog lover, then it’s impossible not to fall for these wrinkly cuties. From their roly-poly legs, frowny forehead, and tummy rolls. They are just too cute for words.
Some people might think that Shar-Pei dogs are strange, but they’re actually an ancient breed that originated in China over 2 thousand years ago. Breeding has caused these wrinkles to become even more numerous and pronounced. The reason why Shar-Pei dogs are so full of wrinkles has to do with a genetic mutation. The excessive hyaluronic acid in their skin creates the appearance of deep furrows and creases that we call “wrinkles.”
Dogs can also have a condition called cutaneous asthenia, which creates excess loose skin. The researchers speculated that Shar-Peis were first developed as a breed when an animal breeder liked the look of their wrinkly puppies and decided to selectively breed them.
Some say that Shar-Peis are dogs with ancient origins. They could have been bred to be Guard Dogs, Fighting Dogs, or Hunting/Herding Pets in their native countries thousands of years ago – nobody knows for sure though.
The dog breed that’s known for its wrinkles is not just the shar-pei. English bulldogs can also get very wrinkly, especially around their face and when they’re babies. The American Kennel Club has set the “breed standard” for both of these dog breeds, requiring that a certain amount of wrinkles be present to be considered a good representative of the breed.
If you have a ‘wrinkles puppy’, it’s important to take good care of their skin. The first thing you should do if your puppy has wrinkles is to make sure they’re clean and dry. Wrinkles are prone to both itching as well as irritation, so keeping those on top of their game will help keep that from happening.
Bulldogs are prone to skin fold dermatitis, which can lead to infection. Keep an eye on your bulldog’s skin and clean them often for signs of infection before they get worse. You can clean your puppy’s wrinkles using a cloth, towel, or wipes. Baby wipes work well on dogs and there are also special wet wipes for them too. And of course, make sure that you give your dog regular baths. Itching is a common problem for dogs and if you notice some irritation, there are special wrinkle creams that you can apply to reduce itchiness and protect the skin.
Wrinkly puppies are eye-catching and impossible not to love, even if they don’t stay quiet as wrinkly as the older ones. Those who own one should take plenty of photos for us.
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