Many people believe that a dog loves its owner more than life itself. Dogs are playful, loyal, and their crazy antics keep us in stitches all day. Although dog lovers won’t argue about whether or not you should own a dog, there are certainly a number of opinions on which are the cutest breeds that will be best for your family, especially if you have children to think about. So, for those of you who aren’t familiar with all of the several hundred breeds available, here is a list of what we think are the ten cutest breeds of dog.
This breed gets its name from the northern part of Poland where it originated. Also known as the Pom Pom, the Pomeranian stays small and the biggest ones will only reach about 3.5 kilograms. That means they’re perfect for small living spaces and for taking anywhere with you since they can easily be carried and transported. One famous Pomeranian who makes his rounds all over Facebook showing off his cuteness is Boo. He stays so cute because of his monthly salon visits. In addition to being cute and little, Pomeranians are also smart and very trainable.
This little dog hails from China and its name translates to “the lion dog.” The Shih Tzu, however, is about as far away from a lion as you can get, though it does have some fabulous hair which needs regular grooming to keep it looking great. However, grooming is a great way to bond with your Shih Tzu, so it ends up being a bonus for both of you. The Shih Tzu is known for being loyal, outgoing, and very alert. They just need a little bit of training to be wonderfully obedient.
Also known as the Italian Mastiff because of where it originated, the Cane Corso is an athletically-build dog that can get up to 130 pounds. Because of its size and energy levels, it’s better suited for an active family that has some space for them to enjoy. Because Cane Corsos are among the smartest dog breeds, it’s also important that they get training early on so that they will get along well with other pets and kids as they grow to their full size.
This breed was founded in Spain in the 13th century, and it’s name means “curly lap dog.” As sailors began travelling with these dogs, they slowly became more popular throughout Europe until the 16th century when French royal courts fell in love with the breed and firmly established their popularity. Although their appearance is refined and distinct, the Bichon Frise is a cuddly and extremely playful dog which makes them great for children too.
This breed came from the United States, where it’s small compact body, upright ears, and short tail were originally meant for hunting rats that were hiding in factories. Because of their origins, they can be a big aggressive if not trained properly, and they may exhibit protective behavior toward their owners, but with a little bit of work, these cute dogs can be well-mannered, gentle, and loving companions that don’t take up a lot of time or space.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Originally bred in the United Kingdom, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also known as the “Cavie” or just “Cav.” According to the Kennel Club, it is a toy dog, and these loyal and patient dogs are sure to win over any heart with their tiny muzzles and big beautiful eyes. They’re great with kids and other animals alike, which makes them perfect for a family. Their long silky coats do require some grooming to keep it in great shape, but are otherwise easy going and make great pets.
This breed comes from France, and the name is actually French for butterfly, which comes from the shape made by the long hair hanging down from their big triangular ears. Papillons are not only absolutely adorable, but they are also confident, smart, and extremely friendly. Training from an early age is important so that they will continue to get along well with friends and strangers alike, and to avoid any aggressive behavior that they can sometimes develop towards strangers. Since they can live up to 17 years of age, it means you’ll have a great companion for many years to come.
Another cute dog that came from China is the Pug. Pugs have very short muzzles and plenty of wrinkles in their faces. No matter what’s going on, their little curled tails will stay right up against their hips and backs. Pugs are known for their spunky personalities that can get them into all kinds of trouble, but their cute faces usually help them escape punishment. Friendly with strangers and great with other pets, Pugs prefer the company of their owners as they are extremely loyal.
From Japan we get the Japanese Chin, an adorable little dog that loves to serve their owners in every possible way. They’re well-mannered, very loyal, and super affectionate. They’re also fairly active and known for being able to jump surprisingly high for their size, so be prepared to get more active if you decide to bring a Japanese Chin into your life. Because they can also be sensitive dogs, they do better with adults and if they are the only dog in the house.
Despite their somber appearances, Sussex Spaniels are actually very good-natured and friendly dogs that get along well with strange humans and dogs alike. They’re also very loyal and known for being great for kids. Because they were originally bred as a sporting and gun dog, they not only make great family pets, but they’re also great hunting companions and can help with a hunt with just a little bit of training.
So do you agree with us? What do you think is the cutest dog breed?