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18 Short-Snouted Dog Breeds (With Pictures)

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dogster Team

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18 Short-Snouted Dog Breeds (With Pictures)

A prominent feature you may notice when admiring a dog is the shape of their nose. Many dogs have short snouts, and this feature in dogs has grown to be very popular among dog lovers—simply because it’s so cute!

Although cute and full of personality, flat-nosed dogs have their own set of physical challenges brought about by their anatomy. Nevertheless, these dogs bring joy to their families while also living happy and healthy lives!

In this article, we discuss what it means for dogs to have a short snout, including important health considerations, along with a list of 18 short-snouted dog breeds!


Brachycephalic Dog Breeds

Dog breeds with short snouts are considered brachycephalic. They can be identified by their flattened faces, resulting in narrower and smaller airways, which is a result of selective breeding. Although incredibly popular and physically appealing, there are still many things to consider with brachycephalic dog breeds, including health issues.

Health Considerations

Short-snouted dogs are at risk of a specific combination of complications brought about by their anatomy. For instance, breathing is less efficient for brachycephalic dogs—a condition known as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. This also makes it difficult for brachycephalic breeds to regulate temperature, requiring them more effort to cool down and putting them at risk of overheating.

While this may seem scary, that does not mean dogs with flat faces are condemned! With proper care, grooming, and routine visits to the vet, your short-snouted dog can still live a long and happy life!


The 18 Short-Snouted Dog Breeds

Below, we list 18 dog breeds that are well known for their adorably characteristic short-snouted mugs.

1. English Bulldog

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Arguably the most famous short-snouted dog, the English Bulldog is known for its menacing and stocky appearance. Although they can appear intimidating, they are lovable little monsters that are known for the distinct sounds they make when they breathe and snore.

2. French Bulldog

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A classic favorite among snub-nosed dogs, the French Bulldog is a small, muscular dog with giant ears, a small face, and a wrinkled snout. Frenchies are adorable, strong, and incredibly affectionate!

3. Bullmastiff

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Like the English Bulldog, the Bullmastiff can appear intimidating due to its size and appearance. Bullmastiffs are gentle giants with box-shaped heads and snubby noses. They may have an athletic build, but the excessive effort they need to breathe can make it difficult for them to catch their breath. As such, lounging with their owners indoors is enough to keep them content!

4. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon
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A toy dog with a small furry face and almost human-like eyes, the Brussels Griffon has a ton of personality squeezed into a tiny body. They have a short, black muzzle covered in a fringe of hair, making it appear as if this already-hairy dog has an endearing beard and mustache!

5. Chow Chow

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At first glance, the Chow Chow may not look like it has a short snout. That’s because the coat of fur on its face is so thick that the only thing you can see sticking out is its nose! Chow Chows are strong, powerful dogs from ancient China with a dignified personality. They have a majestic lion’s mane and a snobbish facial expression to go along with their adorable short snout.

6. Pekingese

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Another dog with roots from ancient China, the Pekingese is a small regal dog with beautiful long hair. Peeking out of their long hair is a small face and snout. Despite the small size of their body (and their nose), Pekes carry themselves in the same way they did all the way back in ancient China—with the confidence of royalty!

7. Pug

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Another dog breed from ancient China, the Pug is a favorite companion of Chinese emperors. This small and mischievous dog is known for its large round head with a small, wrinkled face and big eyes! They have large personalities and are both energetic and expressive. No wonder why the emperors enjoyed their company!

8. Boxer

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Boxers are loyal and athletic dogs who enjoy spending time with their family. They are good with children and can learn to socialize with other animals and strangers. Boxers are active dogs, but because of their short and wrinkly snout, they have to be properly monitored for any breathing issues brought about by their anatomy.

9. Dogue de Bordeaux

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Massive and domineering, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a Mastiff-type dog breed that is loyal, affectionate, and extremely affectionate. With their brawny structure and wrinkly face, Dogue de Bordeauxs are powerful and intimidating. Despite their imposing appearance, these guardian dogs are sensitive and loving towards their families.

10. Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiffs
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Another Mastiff-type dog, these guardian dogs are also incredibly powerful and menacing. They have massive build and a face full of wrinkles. They are sweet and steady toward their loved ones, but their guardian-dog behavior and imposing appearance will easily deter and intimidate any perceived threats.

11. Boston Terrier

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Often mistaken for the Pug, the Boston Terrier is a lively companion with a dapper look. It shares similar facial characteristics to a Pug but is slightly larger, well-mannered, and sports a black and white tuxedo look—giving it a classy and gentleman-like appearance.

12. Lhasa Apso

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Originating from Tibet, the Lhasa Apso is a small and sturdy dog breed with a beautiful, long, thick coat. It has a distinctive shaggy mane that covers its head and shoulders, while its long hair also covers its cute and tiny face! The Lhasa Apso is known for being affectionate and playful but also independent and stubborn.

13. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
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Another dog breed from Tibet, Shih Tzu is known for their long coat, large eyes, and, of course, short snouts! They have floppy ears and a stout posture, which gives them an elegant aura. They are friendly and good with children, with an easy-going temperament and low grooming needs.

14. Shar Pei

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The Chinese Shar Pei is a medium-sized dog breed from Southern China. They were traditionally used as property guardians before transitioning into companion dogs. Shar Peis are most notably recognized for the deep wrinkles all over their face!

15. Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin
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The Japanese Chin, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a charming companion in the toy dog breed known for their long silky hair and graceful appearance. With an aristocratic heritage, the Japanese Chin is an indoor lap dog that is generally quiet but enjoys all the attention it can get!

16. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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This British toy dog breed is small and friendly with a silky, flowing coat. They have a moderate energy level and a playful disposition, making them good with children and other pets. They are gentle, affectionate, and have a small face filled with joy and cheer!

17. English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel
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The English Toy Spaniel is often mistaken for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel but is slightly smaller and sports a more rounded head and flatter face. The English Toy Spaniel was bred to be the companion of kings. These toy dogs possess a loving and willing-to-please personality!

18. Affenpinscher

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A rare breed of dog with a flat nose and a notable mustache on its furry face, Affenpinschers share similar characteristics to Terriers including its origins. These dogs are amusing with a great sense of humor and will surely keep you entertained with their adorable antics!



Known for their characteristically short snouts, Brachycephalic dogs come in all shapes and sizes—each with their own quirky and unique personalities!

As dog owners, it’s important to know the respiratory complications that these dogs are susceptible to while also understanding they are fully capable of living a happy, healthy life—and doing our best to ensure that they do!

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