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15 Cutest Dog Breeds (with Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

July 22, 2021

From giant wrinkly dogs to toy breeds with perky expressions, you can agree that pups are downright adorable, making it impossible to pick favorites. While all of these pets are cute, there are a few unique dog breeds that are extraordinarily magnificent.

Check out 15 of the cutest dog breeds around, learn what makes people love these pups, discover a little about their dispositions, and find out which of these pretty dogs might be perfect for you.

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The 15 Cutest Dog Breeds

1. Siberian Husky

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Image Credit: Konstantin Zaykov, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Temperament: Intelligent, alert, outgoing, gentle
  • Color: White, black, black & white, grey, sable & white, black & tan, red & white, grey & white
  • Height: 20-23 inches
  • Weight: 35-60 pounds

Ah, the strikingly appealing Siberian Husky! No dog fancier can get enough of a Siberian Husky’s richly-colored beautiful dense coat. Their glacial blue or multi-colored eyes and striking wolf-like facial features only add to the breed’s appeal, whose roots are in Siberia.

Siberian Huskies have captured the imagination of the masses, from artists, writers, and film producers. Most have fallen in love with their wild nature, independence, pride, and affection-you would too!

Most importantly, they look so joyful and fluffy that you would want to cuddle, hug, and pet them every time! Just be prepared for their escapism and excessive energy levels, though.


2. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Temperament: Tenacious, protective, bold, outgoing, intelligent, playful
  • Color: Red, sable, fawn, black & tan, black & white
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: Up to 30 pounds (male) up to 28 pounds (female)

Welsh legends suggest that Pembroke Welsh Corgis were a favorite among fairies and would help pull their coaches and herd fairy cattle.

But you’d never guess by looking at them, but these dwarf dogs share a common ancestry with the adorable Siberian Huskies.

Corgis are identifiable by their short stature, pointed ears, foxy faces, and docked tails. However, some Corgi breeds do not have tails.

These pups are pretty, comical, charming, and intelligent; no wonder Queen Elizabeth 11 loves them. She’s had over thirty throughout her lifetime!


3. Beagle

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Image Credit: Przemek Iciak, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Temperament: Excitable, gentle, intelligent, active,
  • Color: Red & white, lemon & white, white & tan, tri-color, orange & white, chocolate tri
  • Height:13-15 inches
  • Weight: 18-30 pounds

Beagles are the all-time best-hunting dogs, and it’s no secret. This is because nothing makes these dogs happier than when tracking an interesting scent.

These pups are muscular, stocky, with a slightly domed skull. They have smooth, thick coats, broad noses, and squarish muzzles. Interestingly, a beagle’s long and floppy ears improve its nose’s performance by helping it to process scent information better.


4. Australian Shepherd

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Image Credit: JitkaP, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Temperament: Intelligent, protective, active, good-natured, instinctual
  • Color: Blue merle, red, red merle, black, tri-color
  • Height: 18-23 inches
  • Weight: 45-65 pounds

No, Australian Shepherds didn’t originate from Australia but in western America in the 1840s around the Gold Rush time.

They were herd livestock and remain working dogs at heart to date. The Aussie, as they are commonly known, are beautiful, intelligent, and wonderful family companions as long as you keep them busy.

Watching Aussies round up a flock of sheep is a sight to behold. They are also versatile, no-nonsense, with sure and athletic movements. Ensure you offer it plenty of exercises, though, or it might invent a task, like herding the kids in the home!


5. French Bulldog

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  • Lifespan: 11-14 years
  • Temperament: Relaxed, social, mischievous, humorous, gentle, trainable
  • Color: Fawn, brindle; any color except solid black
  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: Under 28 pounds

French Bulldogs have bat ears and a flat, wrinkly face, which may not sound very cute, but the reserved big-eared pups are the most irresistible roommate you could keep.

Frenchies are loving companions who enjoy relaxing on their favorite couch if they are not playing. These dogs are active, intelligent, and affectionate and wouldn’t mind sitting on your lap at any time. And, the muscular, substantial in build, and compact French Bulldogs get along with children well.


6. American Staffordshire Terrier

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Image Credit: Vladimirkarp, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Temperament: Loyal, tenacious, attentive, courageous
  • Color: Blue, black, brown, sable, fawn, brindle
  • Height: 17-19 inches
  • Weight: 40-70 pounds

Also known as Am Staffs, American Staffordshire Terriers are one of the pit bull categories. But don’t let stereotypes blind you.

These dogs are loving, loyal and, confident, good-natured, and would love to be a part of your household. American Staffordshire Terriers are quite muscular for their sizes and can be a handful during walks.

They are chewy when bored, thanks to their robust jaws, and require vigorous day-to-day walks to channel out their excess energy.


7. Pomeranian

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Image Credit: APIWICH PUDSUMRAN, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Temperament: Loyal, friendly, feisty, stubborn, adaptable, clever
  • Color: Orange, red, black, blue, sable, brown
  • Height: 6-7 inches
  • Weight: 3-7 pounds

These pups have luxuriant fluffy coats, backward-curved tails, and foxy faces that are hard to resist. Pomeranian dogs are of Nordic descent and the tiniest of the Spitz type.

While today’s Pomeranian dogs have a near-prissy reputation, they were initially herding animals and would support heavy sleds over harsh terrain.

Modern Poms are typically friendly, extremely loyal, lively, and can be a guard dog despite their diminutive stature.


8. Havanese

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  • Lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Temperament: Busy, affectionate, responsive, attentive, intelligent, gentle, outgoing, companionable
  • Color: All color combinations, including white, gold, black, blue, silver, champagne, chocolate, cream
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 7-13 pounds

Havanese’s long, silky hair and expressive big, brown eyes are enchanting. Their bodies are longer than they are tall, with the tails set high over their backs.

These pups have a distinct bouncy walk, and although they are energetic, they are not especially active. Havanese dogs would prefer sitting on your lap do all day long to doing anything else.

Their charm is unmatched; they are intelligent, eager to please, trainable, and naturally extroverted. Havanese dogs also make excellent therapy, emotional support animals, and watchdogs despite their small sizes.


9. Golden Retriever

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Image Credit: Olena Brodetska, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Temperament: Reliable, loyal, trustworthy, confident, intelligent
  • Color: Cream, golden, light golden, dark golden
  • Height: 21-24 inches
  • Weight: 55-75 pounds

Golden retrievers are people’s favorite for a reason. The pup’s friendly and tolerant temperaments make them great for just about any home or family.

Everything sets great with the Goldens: they are beautiful, highly intelligent, delightfully slow to mature, friendly, and loyal. These sporty dogs are sturdy, well-built, notable for their dense, lustrous golden coat that gives them their names.

A Golden Retriever’s hallmark is its friendly and bold eyes, short ears, straight muzzle, and a smooth and powerful gait. They are dedicated working dogs for the disabled, search and rescue missions, and hunting.


10. Yorkshire Terrier

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  • Lifespan: 10-15 years
  • Temperament: Bold, independent, courageous, confident, intelligent
  • Color: Black & gold, black, white & tan, black & tan, blue & tan, blue & gold
  • Height: 7-8 inches
  • Weight: 7 pounds

Yorkshire Terriers initially worked in Victorian factories to keep the places rodent-free. They would hunt for rats and rabbits in tight spaces, and their big-dog temperaments always made it easy for them. But is it any surprise that Yorkshire Terriers are reputable lap dogs these days?

Endearingly called Yorkies, these pups pack a lot of personality and beauty in their tiny bodies. They are compact, have dark, beautiful eyes that always appear teary, and a gorgeous, silky, and hypoallergenic coat, which is their crowning glory

These affectionate and adorable toy breeds also make wonderful apartment pets, and they don’t need many workouts!


11. Maltese

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  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Temperament: Affectionate, playful, easygoing, fearless, docile
  • Color: All-white
  • Height: 7-9 inches
  • Weight: 4-7 pounds

The Maltese dogs have cute floppy ears, sloping shoulders, compact bodies, and tufted tails curling over their tiny backs. These pups are well-proportioned with nicely rounded heads, black noses, cute little eyes, and floppy ears that are hard not to fall in love with.

These are also affectionate, social, and require lots of attention as they are prone to separation anxiety. The Maltese dogs are toy breeds covered in a long, straight, silky coat from head to paw. However, beneath their all-white cotton-balled coat lie tiny bodies that move with effortless gait.


12. Labrador Retriever

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Image Credit: Tina Rencelj, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Temperament: Agile, trusting, even-tempered, intelligent
  • Color: Black, chocolate, yellow
  • Height: 21-24 inches
  • Weight: 55-80 pounds

It’s impossible to get tired of these strongly-built, medium-sized hounds that possess collected, athletic, and well-endowed conformations. As they are commonly known, labs have repeatedly earned their place as America’s top dog breed for twenty-five years in a row!

Labs are sweet-faced, high-spirited, delightfully friendly, good-natured, and hardworking. They also make great emotional support animals and therapy dogs for those with disabilities.

Built for sports, these hounds would help local fishermen haul nets, retrieve fish that escaped the trap, and fetch ropes. However, they don’t mind being pampered and loved today, although they prefer to stay active.


13. Boston Terrier

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Image Credit: Aneta Jungerova, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 11-13 years
  • Temperament: Lively, affectionate, intelligent, loving, even-tempered
  • Color: Black, seal, brindle (all with a white muzzle)
  • Height: 15-17 inches
  • Weight: 10-25 pounds

If you think small dogs don’t thrill you, you haven’t met Boston Terriers. Boston Terriers are handsome, trustworthy, and packed with personalities. They tend to be full of life, intelligent, affectionate, and fun-loving.

These pups are compact, short-tailed, and so lovable. They’ve even been nicknamed the “little American gentleman” thanks to their sleek, stylish “tuxedo” coat that completes their outlook. Their carriage appears longer than their sizes, proud necklines, and bold, exquisite eyes that are widely-spaced to add on their already winning beauty.


14. Dalmatian

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  • Lifespan: 13-16 years
  • Temperament: Energetic, active, curious, alert, intelligent, sensitive
  • Color: Black & white, liver & white
  • Height: 19-24 inches
  • Weight: 48-55 pounds

Dalmatians are sleek, athletic medium-sized dog breed whose faces have featured in various films, including Disney! Dalmatians are as charming in life as they are in the film and can transition from gallant to goofy whenever they please.

They are people-oriented, have high-energy reserves, and require plenty of activities. Most dog enthusiasts fancy these hounds for their dashing good looks, including a regal carriage, unique spots, and poised composition.

Dals are muscular, have greater endurance thanks to robust hind limbs that are the force behind their smooth gait. These dogs are active athletes and trainable, although they may not respond well to rigorous training techniques.


15. Samoyed

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Image Credit: Nik Tsvetkov, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Temperament: Intelligent, strong-willed, friendly, devoted, dignified, agile
  • Color: Biscuit, white & biscuit, cream, white
  • Height: 19-23.5 inches
  • Weight: 50-60 pounds

Meet the happy, good-natured, intelligent, and dignified family dog that also counts among the world’s cutest dog breeds. Samoyed dog breeds have the most beautiful “Sammy smile” that appear slightly upturned at their mouths’ corners.

Another distinctive trait is the pup’s ultra-thick snowy white coat that can be so dense during winter you can barely see the skin. These smiling dogs are also powerful and were initially bred to work as sled dogs in the world’s coldest places-Siberia.

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Summary

Who wouldn’t love to pet a cute pup? While all dogs have a way of charming their way into people’s hearts, some are a cut above the rest.

These dogs have the extra thing that elicits an unmatched desire to cuddle. Which of these adorable pups gets your vote?


Featured Image: youngryand, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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