25 Cutest Dog Breeds to Keep as Pets

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you might agree that these are some of the cutest pups around. Dogs are adorable—and arguably, all dogs are cute—but if you’re looking for a stunning pup to have as your pet, we have you covered. Here are 25 of the cutest dog breeds with looks that are sure to make you smile.

There’s a look for everyone to love, from big shaggy dogs to dogs with wrinkled faces to tiny pups with perky expressions. The breeds run the gamut from mini to huge, fluffy to short hair, colors, and personalities. Dogs that keep their puppy looks into adulthood tend to be among the cutest canines.

1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

According to Welsh legend, corgis are associated with cute, little fairies that loved Pembroke Welsh corgis. Stories of corgis pulling fairy coaches, herding fairy cattle, and carrying fairy warriors abound in Wales. Corgis are playful, intelligent, and affectionate dogs. They need lots of exercise and attention.

2. Beagle

Beagles are one of those breeds that maintain their puppy looks. Beagles are excellent hunting dogs, but did you know their ears can improve the performance of their noses? Beagles’ long flappy ears push smells toward their noses, so they can better process scent information. These dogs need an active household and are often great for families with children.

3. Pomeranian

Pomeranian faces look like they’re constantly smiling. Pomeranians today have gained somewhat of a stuffy reputation for being lapdogs, but they were initially herding dogs that pulled massive sleds over rough terrain. Poms used to weigh about 30 pounds and were packed with muscle. Modern Poms are affectionate but need consistent training to keep their stubborn nature in check.

4. French Bulldog

French bulldogs were bred to be little warming blankets for artisans working in chilly shops. The Frenchies would sit in their laps, keeping them cozy. These dogs still love laps today. These big-eared, scrunchy-faced pups are very affectionate and loyal dogs that often get along well with children and other animals.

5. Yorkshire Terrier

Puppy-faced Yorkshire terriers have a lap dog reputation these days. But in their heyday, these petite pups worked hard to keep workspaces pest-free. Their small stature enabled them to squeeze into tight spaces to chase after rodents, and their big-dog attitudes made them fearless when it came to the hunt.

6. Old English Sheepdog

Despite their name, Old English sheepdogs are only a few hundred years old. They were developed to drive livestock, among other farm work. Nowadays, they’re primarily adorable pets who are alert, intelligent, and very playful. To keep them looking their best, they typically need a daily brushing and regular bathing.

7. American Staffordshire Terrier

You can’t get much cuter than a pit bull puppy. “Pit bull” isn’t a breed but rather a category for several breeds, including American Staffordshire terriers. These dogs tend to be affectionate, friendly, and playful. But they do need vigorous daily walks and play sessions to channel their high energy.

8. Labrador Retriever

From their sweet personalities to their happy smiles, there’s a lot to love about Labrador retrievers. According to American Kennel Club, Labs have been the No. 1 dog in the U.S. for more than two decades. These dogs are good-natured, sociable, and highly trainable. But they do prefer an active household.

9. Boston Terrier

Boston terriers look similar to Frenchies sporting the same giant ears. They are a fun-loving, affectionate breed that is full of enthusiasm for life. They’ve been nicknamed the “American gentleman” due to their tuxedo-like markings, which help make them even more lovable. These dogs can make great family pets and tend to respond well to training. They prefer a household in which they can have company for most of the day.

10. Maltese

The Maltese is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds. It has been depicted in artwork and literature from many ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Today’s Maltese is an adorable, affectionate, and friendly companion that loves to hang out in its favorite person’s lap. This breed gets by with daily walks and playtime to satisfy its exercise needs.

11. Samoyed

The Samoyed’s perpetual smiley face instantly makes anyone with a sweet spot for dogs say, “Aww.” This super-fluffy dog may be a dog allergy sufferer’s nightmare, but for others, this happy canine is the greatest buddy ever.

12. Bernese Mountain Dog

Big and fluffy and weighing between 80 and 110 pounds (females are on the lighter end), Bernies (or Berners) are steady-tempered and easygoing. Their sweet puppy eyes make this very big dog feel like an instant friend. This thick-coated dog is not a fan of hot weather but can pull a snow sled with kids any day of a winter week.

13. American Eskimo

Eskies love attention. They formerly entertained crowds with their spectacular tricks as circus dogs in the 19th century and early 20th century. Their sweet, puppy-like faces with panting that looked like doggy smiles melts hearts instantly.

14. Australian Shepherd

Aussies have pretty faces, often blue-eyed (sometimes one blue and one brown, aka heterochromia). They’re smart, playful, and a giant ball of energy. They love learning tricks and pleasing their human companions.

15. Cocker Spaniel

The Disney classic “Lady and the Tramp” launched cocker spaniels into the spotlight in the 1950s. Their cute puppy face stays with them throughout their life with long pendulous ears and expressive eyes. These dogs are full of energy, loving walks, hanging out with their human family, and playing with the kids.

16. Dalmatian

A Dalmatian is an energetic, playful polka-dotted canine pal that wants to be at your side. It will run with you, fetch, play a game of hide and seek, and nap at your feet, always with a happy look on its face and smile to go along with it.

17. Dachshund

Dachshunds are the hot dogs of the bunch. Their squat legs and long bodies make them so unique-looking that they’re adorable. In addition to their stand-out appearance, Doxies are the best alarm system you could ever have in your home. Their barks will alert you to anyone within 50 feet of your home. This smart, energetic needs outdoor exercise and mental stimulation to keep it happy.

18. Pug

Pugs likely date back to 400 B.C. in China, where they were called fu dogs or lo-chiang-sze. For thousands of years, this scrunchy-faced pup has endured as a favorite cutie. The word “pug” meant “little cutie” in English in the 1500s. By the 1600s, it took on the meaning of “monkey,” “sprite,” or “imp.” It wasn’t until the mid-1700s that the word “pug” meant “a dwarf type of dog.” Pugs are affectionate and love to clown around.

19. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers have a personality that matches their face—gentle, loving, and sweet. It’s no wonder they are one of the top breeds in the U.S. year after year. As puppies, they melt your heart; as adults, the trend continues.

20. Cairn Terrier

If you remember how cute Toto from the “Wizard of Oz” was, well, that’s a Cairn terrier. These inquisitive little dogs have a cheery disposition and make you fall in love with them with a cock-of-the-head look, a quick lick to the face, and a tongue-hanging smile.

21. Papillon

A papillon is a lot of dog in a dainty frame. Its fluffy, distinctive butterfly ears look like they can lift the dog in flight. The dog’s beautiful, feathery coat completes its refined toy pooch appearance.

22. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The dog with looks to melt is the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. It’s all in the eyes. With their mouths closed, it looks like this dog is wearing a frown, but no matter. The eyes have it. Their expression-filled eyes make you know that your dog understands how you feel. These playful pups enjoy a romp as much as a cuddle in your lap.

23. Siberian Husky

The distinctive wolf-like look of huskies makes some swoon for all things wild and furry. This giant ball of fur relishes the cooler temps and bounding through the snow. It’s another dog with an expressive face for days and interesting vocalizations that some swear is “talking.”

24. Shetland Sheepdog

Shetlands looks a lot like collies only smaller. Collies have endeared people for decades since the famous collie “Lassie.” Shelties look like even smaller, cuter rough collies. They have a lion’s mane surrounding their heads and fluffy, puffball bodies for ultimate cuddles.

25. Havanese

Bred in Cuba to be companion dogs, these happy little dogs love their people. As loyal companions, they do not like to leave the side of their adopted family members. These adorable pups can get separation anxiety if you leave them alone for too long.

Breeds to Avoid

There are so many cuties that, really, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them. However, you can foul up big time if you get a dog that does not match your energy level. Fancy yourself a runner and want a running companion? Steer clear of bulldogs, pugs, and most toy breeds. Bulldogs and pugs have short muzzles and flat faces that are not built for running for long; they are prone to overheating. Toy breeds have shorter legs, and some have less stamina. Although beagles are small, these hunting hound dogs can run for days.

Published On: May 25th, 2023Categories: Dog News