The Mexican hairless dog breed Xoloitzcuintli looks a little bit like a mix between a Chihuahua and a zebra. The very rare breed has brown and white stripes all over its body, looking a little bit like someone got creative with a white paintbrush. Perhaps because of its fantastic appearance, the breed was considered sacred by the ancient Aztecs, Toltecs and Mayans.
4. Ranchu Goldfish
Leave it to the Japanese to develop a goldfish that looks like a normal goldfish covered with bubbles. Dubbed the “king of goldfish” by the Japanese, these fish vary widely in color and appearance. They’re distinguished from a standard goldfish primarily by the headgrowths, which develop within the first year. Hopefully, no one brings home a baby Ranchu by mistake, because otherwise, it could be alarming to watch their heads expand into what looks like a mass of bubbles.
3. Sphynx Cat
While it’s considered a hairless breed, don’t look for a Sphynx cat to solve your allergy problems. Surprisingly, with cats it’s not the fur so much as the protein in their skin oil and saliva that produces allergies. But if you’re just looking for a strikingly original pet to share your home, the Sphynx — with its wedge-shaped head, sturdy body, and patterned skin (which has the same pattern their fur would be) — could be a great choice. They need weekly baths (see these care guidelines), but tend to be generally healthy. Make sure you invest in cat toys, though, since these cats are known for being energetic and curious. Perhaps it comes from not being weighed down with a lot of fur.
A dog breed with tight curls that help protect it from the elements, the Hungarian herder breed Puli resembles a mop with a face. The American Kennel Club calls the breed intelligent, protective, and possessing an excellent sense of humor. If you own a Puli, especially if you’re nearsighted, it’s recommended that you look carefully every time you mop the floor, to be sure you’re not using your canine friend.
1. Elephant Nose Fish
The African fish commonly known as Elephant Nose takes its name from its distinctive proboscis. It uses its “trunk” to hunt for small food organisms. In the wild, it prefers muddy, slow-moving rivers and pools, which explain its earthtone coloring. In an aquarium, it likes heavily planted environments with low lighting. In addition to having a unique appearance, it also generates weak electrical impulses which you can listen to by placing electrodes in the tank connected to earphones or an amplifier. Groovy.