8 Dog Breeds You Won't Recognize as Puppies

When it comes to some dog breeds, like Labradors and Poodles, puppies tend to look like adorable, miniature versions of the adults. But that's not true of all breeds! We found eight dog breeds with puppies that — cute as they invariably are—look very little like their adult counterparts.

Can You Recognize These Dog Breeds as Puppies?

Bearded Collie with puppies

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Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie is known for his long and luxurious coat, which requires weekly brushing and regular bathing for adults. Bearded Collie puppies, on the other hand, look more like little balls of fur, which makes it hard for the untrained eye to tell just what breed they might be! While a Bearded Collie puppy (as well as many others on this list) might not need the same level of grooming as an adult until his mature coat grows, it's still important to get him used to the grooming process early, so that it's a breeze as he grows.

Split of Briard Puppy and Adult Dog

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She's called a heart wrapped in fur by her fans, and when you look at an adult Briard's coat, it's easy to see why. (Although, you might wonder just how easy it is for her to see with all that fur.) An adult doesn't just have a big, shaggy coat (which requires one to two hours per week of grooming), but also has a beard and a cascade of hair over her face, which you won't find on a young Briard pup.

Split of Tibetan Terrier as puppy and adult dog

Alice van Kempen, Animal Photography

Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier (who's not actually a terrier, by the way) is another dog with a stunning fall of hair over his eyes. But don't worry — he can see just fine, thanks to some long, supermodel-worthy eyelashes. His profuse and protective double coat parts down the middle of his back as an adult, but, as a puppy, it's fully on the fluffy side. 

Bergamasco dog breed with puppies in a field

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This large, Italian sheepdog has a flop of hair over her face and a corded, or matted, coat as an adult, but, as we've seen with the previous breeds, that's not the case with the Bergamasco's coat as a pup. In fact, it takes a full five or six years for her coat, which is actually made up of three different types of hair, to reach the ground.

Split of Saluki puppy and adult dog

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The adult Saluki has quite a distinctive appearance with his long, thin legs, elegant body and feathered ears, tail and feet, but he starts out as a fun-loving, slightly goofy puppy. Just don't remind him of that fact as he matures! As he grows, everything seems to get a bit longer, from his ears to his legs to his sleek, refined face.

Old English Sheepdog with puppy

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is a highly recognizable breed, thanks to her shaggy coat, which, can require around an hour of grooming a week. When she's a puppy, though, her fur just has a slight curl. Still, it's imperative that you start the grooming process early to make it more manageable once that glorious coat grows in.

Otterhound dog breed with a puppy

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The Otterhound is a large, shaggy scenthound with a slightly long snout and a rough double coat that can be two to six inches long as an adult. He also sports eyebrows and a beard, which you won't find on him as a puppy. As a youngster, he's all legs and short fur, although, if you look closely at his face, you can see a hint of what he'll become!

Puli Dog Breed

Eva Maria Kramer, Animal Photography


Another breed with a corded coat, the Hungarian Puli isn't all that large as an adult — just 25 to 35 pounds — but you'll still notice a big change in her appearance as she gets older. Her coat, you should know, requires daily grooming (and still sheds), starts to grow out (and clump easily) when she's around 9 months old and takes four to five years to grow out completely. If you're not planning to show her, you may choose to keep that head-turning coat clipped.

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