“I have a dream, that one day I will not be judged by my appearance, but by the content of my character”—The Anonymous Dog. According to each pet parent, their fur baby is undoubtedly the cutest, and of course they are right! In the opinion of most dog lovers, it’s never a question of the breed, but the love the animal shows. What makes a dog the most adorable creation on earth is its nature, and all of them are born lovers. It doesn’t matter if you have a Rottweiler or a Dachshund, they will always be your precious children forever. However, let’s admit it that this article is just another excuse to look at pictures of these amazingly enchanting dogs. I mean, who could ever resist those large, puppy eyes, the flapping ears, the chubby face, that wrinkled skin, that wagging tail, and the heartwarming smile? If your idea of heaven is a place full of these delightful furry pets—lap dogs and giants alike—then check out this list of the top 25 cutest dog breeds around the world.
1. Basset Hound
Only a heart made of steel wouldn’t melt at the sight of those large sad eyes! Yes, the short, stout Basset Hound has expressive eyes, long floppy ears and an affectionate, laid-back attitude that make them an adorable pet. What’s even more endearing is the fact that their large hearts welcome family and strangers alike.
Another tiny dog breed, Beagles are extremely beguiling little gems that make for one of the best companions for kids. Quite over-the-top with their carefree, fun-loving temperament, they might be sometimes hard to train. However, who cares about discipline when you have a cute dog for a canine baby?
3. Bichon Frisé
The Bichon Frisé is a loving, happy-go-lucky small breed dog that never looks old. Their black, beady eyes and white, fluffy coat lends it the appearance of a small ball. Give this fur baby loads of love, and be rest assured you’ll get it back ten folds.
4. Golden Retriever
The breed’s golden, long fur is enough to fall in love with this dog. To top that, the Golden Retriever is an energetic athlete that loves children and is extremely friendly towards strangers. An excellent companion, the ‘Pedigree’ dog is cuteness overload.
5. German Shepherd
One of the most popular dogs across the world, the German Shepherd is fiercely loyal and protective. This intelligent breed’s high maintenance coat is a mix of brown and black, giving it a regal appearance. The adults are gorgeous no doubt, but the pups, with their long, pointed ears that almost join together on top of their heads, take away the trophy for being cute.
6. Akita Inu
If you’ve watched the movie ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ and cried your heart out, I bet half those tears were for the Akita’s loyalty, and the other half was for its cuteness. This breed, historically associated with the royal families of Japan, is a stout, fluffy dog that would easily make you go “Awwww!”
Are you a fan of Boo, the Pomeranian, and just can’t get enough of those adorable pictures? Then, you’re right; this breed is one of the cutest dog breeds around the world. Their textured coat as well as the rabbit-like tail translates into those precious things you would rush to get your hands on.
8. Labrador Retriever
Labradors are natural retrievers, rescue dogs and showstoppers and of course amazing family friends. Available in three distinct colors, yellow, brown and black, this breed is a treat to have around, because of their funny antics and their delightful temperament. Want to wake up to some cuteness? Go ahead and adopt one.
9. Shar Pei
Characteristically, the Shar Pei stands out among the crowd, because of its short coat that covers the skin which falls into wrinkles around its whole body. This breed is nothing short of plump baby who you would want to cuddle all day.
10. Chow Chow
Attitude-wise, the Chow Chow is more like a cat, independent and not very expressive with love. Looks-wise however, this breed is so appealing that you just can’t keep your hands off him. Train him well, and he will undoubtedly reciprocate to all the kisses you shower on this little baby.
11. Yorkshire Terrier
Almost all toy dog breeds are absolutely irresistible, and the Yorkshire Terrier is no exception. The most endearing quality of this dog goes beyond its chocolate-box face; it is the dedication it shows towards you that makes the breed a darling.
12. Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is primarily a sheepdog, but he also makes a good family pet. This attractive long-coat breed is unquestionably winsome, with the ability to take your breath away.
13. Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute is strong and muscular, with high levels of energy. Their active personality makes them quite an endearing breed of dogs. What enhances their beauty is their white, black and grey coat, along with that dazzling smile.
14. St. Bernard
Ever heard of a giant that is an absolute sweetheart? Well, a St. Bernard fits the bill perfectly. This large breed canine not only has beautiful markings on his coat, and it’s also innocent-looking. In fact, what make them the cutest dog breed are the sloppy kisses they shower on you, and the perfectly gentle friendship they strike up with smaller animals.
15. Caucasian Shepherd
These molossers are one of the cutest mountain breeds of dogs ever. While some have shorter coats than usual, others have a heavier layer of fur. Irrespective of the fur or the markings, the Caucasian Shepherd is no doubt one of the most enthralling of its kind.
The Hovawart is not that well known, but one look at that innocent, happy face, and you are sure to find it beguiling. They usually come in colors such as blonde, black, or a combination of black and gold. They tend to openly express their love for their humans and are perfect as family as well as work dogs.
17. Newfoundland Dog
If you find a Labrador enticing, you could never say no to its forerunner, the Newfoundland. Originally bred as a working dog, this active breed also serves as a wonderful pet for the family. A plump, furry darling, the Newfoundland is no doubt one of the cutest dog breeds around the world.
18. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a captivating little lap dog that loves hopping about as much as it adores kisses and cuddles. They make excellent therapy dogs, because all they need to be happy is exercise and a nice, long belly rub.
19. Skye Terrier
Granted, there are already a few terriers on this list, but how could anyone leave out this bonny dog? The Skye Terrier’s loving eyes is hidden most of the time with their silky, long coat, but who cares when they gracefully walk away with the award for the best doggy style icon?
20. Border Collie
There was a stiff competition between a Rough Collie and this particular breed. However, Lassie’s already won millions of hearts, so it’s time for the Border Collie to get its share of adulation. This sheepdog is playful and energetic— a perfect furry friend for families with kids. To top that, no one can overlook the hypnotic gaze with which this Collie will steal your attention as well as your heart.
21. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
If I had a penny each time I drooled over a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, I would be a millionaire by now. That’s right; this stocky breed is a favorite, with its short legs, foxlike ears, twinkling eyes and a constant smile to make you go weak in your knees.
Have you ever wondered why Pugs have always been a hot favorite despite the health problems associated with the breed? It’s the cuteness, of course! Their loose, wrinkled skin would make you want to squeeze their backs the whole day. That stubby, curled tail that wags every time you come home from work would melt your heart; and those eloquent eyes will always remain matchless.
23. Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier was first bred in England, more than 200 years ago. Though this breed was initially meant for hunting foxes, the dog’s personality has evolved over the years. This terrier is now a more lively and cheerful friend, and absolutely adorable, hands down!
This tiny, fluffy lap dog has a soft, smooth and silky coat with a playful personality. Their curiosity at each and everything found in the surroundings is quite amusing, and the Havanese can keep you occupied all day with its charm.
25. Indian Pariah
This one’s for those who love adopting a homeless dog. This pie dog, native to India, but similar to African Basenji and the Australian Bingo, is more common on the streets even today, but in the recent past, their popularity as pets have increased. They are loyal, friendly, easy to train and low maintenance. In fact, whether or not you raise them at home, this “streetie” makes for a wonderful community dog.