Most Beautiful Dog Breeds
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There is no denying the fact that every single dog breed has its aesthetic charm from wrinkly shar peis to baby-faced bichon frises. However, there are some that are just undeniably more adorable than your every day dog breed whether it is natural beauty or through special grooming techniques like the teddy bear cut. These are the kinds you spend hours staring at on the internet when you should be working or sleeping. So which breeds exactly are we talking about?

In the sections below, we will dive deeper into 37 of the most beautiful dog breeds that are bound to melt your heart. These include the husky, pomeranian, and papillon. We will take a look not only at their aesthetic features but also their personalities that make them beautiful both inside and outside. 

37. Icelandic sheepdog

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The Icelandic sheepdog is a very beautiful spitz-type doggy that was used as a herding dog in by the Vikings. They are similar in aesthetic to a large number of breeds including shiba inus and the Alaskan Malamute despite not being directly related. The resemblance is due to the triangular face and fox-like features as well as their short, perky ears.

However, the Icelandic sheepdog is often stockier, with a thicker and fluffier coat and sharper facial and ear features.

36. Dachshund

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Doxies are the best known sausage dogs and easily the most beautiful in this regard. Their long torsos and disproportionately short legs are just a part of their unique charm that has captured the hearts of so many dog lovers. Their long, droopy ears are also incredibly cute especially when covered with feathery wisps of fur.

When it comes to personality, they are quite clever and therefore easy to train. However, they can be very mischievous and stubborn and therefore need obedience training from an early age.

35. Lhasa Apso

This little beauty was bred in Tibet for work as a watchdog in monasteries. The spirited little ball of fur is known for its thick, long coats which is often allowed to grow wild. However, they are still as adorable when groomed down to medium or short length coats due to their facial features.

These include their large, deep set eyes and prominent foreheads. One glance and you cannot help but fall in love.

34. Affenpinscher

Affies are black beauties in every sense of the word and are known for their pure, jet black coats. However, according to American Kennel Club standards an affenpinscher can have other coat colors including grey, silver, and red.

They are commonly referred to as monkey terriers due to their monkey-like faces. They are also known for having long, coarse fur that is particularly shaggy around the face giving the dog a sort of mane aesthetic.

33. West Highland White Terrier

The most striking features on a West highland white terrier are on the little, white pooch’s face. They have large, round, black eyes that contrast perfectly with the white fur giving the westie a stuffed animal look.

They are laid back dogs that mostly keep to themselves. However, they can get a little feisty when agitated which happens a lot when they come into contact with children or strangers who rough handle them.

32. Sheltie

Also known as the Shetland shepherd, these dogs are adored for their unique coat colors and markings. For the most part, a sheltie will have a single, double, or tricolor pattern. However, it is options like the merle coat type that have gained it such fame and popularity in pop culture.

The best part is that shelties are beauties with brains being considered the 6th most intelligent dog breed in existence according to Dr. Stanley Coren.

31. Border Collie

The border collie is another option on our list that is steadily rising in popularity due to merle and brindle coat characteristics. These go perfectly with the medium to long, smooth fur that a lot of these doggies have.

This, however, is not a fantastic starter breed. They are very energetic, confident, and prone to stubborn outbursts. You therefore have to start training early and be consistent with your handling to keep the doggy in check.

30. German Short-haired Pointer

This is one of those dogs whose beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. However, if you stare at it long enough or, better yet, get to spend time with the dog, their unique aesthetic will inevitably grow on you.

The German short-haired pointer has a large, proportional body and a unique coat with a combination of white and different shades of brown. The distribution of both colors vary from dog to dog contributing further to their unique charm.

29. Saluki

The saluki is unlike any other breed you will ever see with its lean, elegant form and unique head and facial features. The long, furry ears in particular stand out giving this breeds its iconic pigtail aesthetic.

When these doggies are not being devastatingly cute, you will find them begging for exercise and play time. This is because they are a naturally athletic breed that definitely needs a lot of physical engagement to avoid frustration.

28. Shih Tzu

The shih tzu is very often confused for a Lhasa apso and at first glance, it may be a little difficult to tell them apart. However, there are enough subtle differences to land the shih tzu its very own spot on our list.

The main difference is in the build. Shih’s are considerably stockier and have rounder, fuller faces. This definitely makes it more adorable especially when groomed to the teddy bear cut aesthetic.

27. Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese mountain dog is one of the oldest pure breeds on our list with roots as far back as 2000 years ago in Roman society. These large, fluffy beauties have a unique chest marking referred to as the Swiss cross which is definitely a conversation starter as the pet owner.

In addition to their rich history and cool features, the Bernese mountain dog is known for being laid back, good natured, and generally very social.

26. Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman is the very representation of elegance, strength, and confidence. This massive dog stands at 25 to 28 inches with a muscular, proportional body and silky, short fur. If you want a dog that just screams power from a mile away, this is the aesthetic for you.

Dobermans, however, require very special care as they have the potential to be very aggressive. So if it is your first time owning a dog, you may want to consider a different starter breed.

25. Cairn Terrier

The first thing that may come to mind when you see a cairn terrier is “aaaw”. They are just so adorable with their cute little bodies and adorable little faces. There is just nothing not to love about them.

This is why it comes as a surprise to many that cairn terriers were used in Scotland as hunting aids. Fortunately, they have settled into calmer and easier to manage personalities since that era making them a wonderful family dog breed to consider.

24. Chihuahua

When it comes to the chihuahua aesthetic, you either love them or you hate them. The fact is that most people love these little firecrackers with their apple-shaped heads and massive eyes. If you are not a fan of the short-haired variety, there are longer haired chis for you to ogle at including some with teddy bear cuts that instantly increase the cuteness factor.

However, you will have to deal with their less than cute personalities with all the yapping and feisty behavior.

23. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers have consistently appeared on the American Kennel Clubs 10 ten highest ranked dogs in terms of popularity. These dogs are truly beautiful inside and out. They are large and fluffy with different shades of gold and a few cream varieties of their long, luscious locks.

However, it is in terms of personality where these doggies shine the most. They are super friendly, nurturing, and very even-tempered. This makes them particularly awesome for families with kids.

22. Rottweiler

Rottweilers have a reputation for being fierce and often very scary. This has a lot to do with their large, foreboding forms and their history in aggressive positions in the military and police forces. However, there is so much more to a rottie than intimidating bad guys.

As with the Doberman, a rottweiler is a thing of beauty particularly for dog lovers who love the majesty of large, confident dogs. This is exactly what this breed brings to the table.

21. Beagle

The tricolor beagle is one of the most popular of the breed. The combination of black, white and tan on short, smooth fur gives these dogs the well put together appearance that they are so popular for.

Something important to note with these doggies is the fact that they have very obsessive personalities. Due to their bloodhound history, they tend to become fixated on items or ideas and will need early training to be controllable.

20. Pug

Pugs are easily the most adorable dogs. There is just something so irresistibly endearing about their large eyes and smooshed in faces. Their little, stocky bodies also contribute to this heart-melting effect.

Unfortunately, this adorable aesthetic comes at a high price which the doggy will end up having to pay for with their health. This is because of their brachycephalic facial structure that predisposes them to health issues like respiratory distress and eye injuries.

19. Dalmatians

A lot of us fell in love with these spotted beauties from their appearance in the hit Disney films 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians. However, if you have seen them in real life then you know that these animated adaptations do not even come close to doing these literal masterpieces justice.

They are also very intelligent and social dogs. However, they do not get along the best with children and other pets and therefore require early socialization.

18. Alaskan Malamute

If you like the whole wolf aesthetic in dogs then this is a breed that you will definitely love. It is often compared to its relative the Siberian husky but you will see shortly how different these two beauties are.

The breed is known for its thick, wooly coat that comes as different combinations of black and white. They also have a signature double arched facial marking which definitely contributes to their physical appeal.

17. Irish Setter

With their dark red coats, silky fur and feathery details, these dogs easily earned their spot on our list of most beautiful breeds. The feathery fur on their long ears and tails in particular give them their very unique and endearing look.

The Irish setter is also a very friendly dog and will get along very well with children, strangers, and even other pets. However, you will have to put up with their high maintenance demands especially when it comes to grooming and exercise.

16. Maltese

This is yet another breed also often confused for the shih tzu. However, malteses tend to have more compact, square-ish silhouettes. They also have larger eyes and less prominent eyebrows. Finally, the maltese has a single layer coat unlike the two in a shih tzu.

Speaking of coats, the maltese is a hypoallergenic breed due to its very minimal, if any, shedding. It is therefore ideal if you or someone in your home has allergies. This also makes them much easier to manage.

15. Chow Chow

You know a dog is stinking cute if their nickname is something like “the puffy lion dog” and that is exactly what the chow chow is. They are known for their large, stocky bodies and thick cover of fluff all over.

When it comes to the temperament, the chow chow can be a little aloof and generally very protective of their family members. To avoid any unpleasant events, it is best to start socialization when they are young.

14. Samoyed

This fluffy, marshmallow of a dog is often referred to as the white version of the Alaskan malamute. With its perky ears, long snout, and wolf-like resemblance, it is not so hard to see why this relation is made.

However, Samoyeds are gorgeous in their own right with their thick fluff and pure white fur. They also have beautiful personalities to match and have been known to be very friendly and playful with a few stubborn streaks now and then.

13. Australian Shepherd

Whether it is a merle pattern, bicolor, or even tricolor coat type aussie, these dogs never disappoint as far as aesthetics concerned. They are particularly known for their bright colored eyes which are associated with the merle gene mutation.

Taking care of an Australian shepherd requires a lot of energy and intentional effort. These dogs are highly energetic and require a lot of attention. They also love the outdoors so if you have an apartment setup, you might want to find a park to take them to on a regular basis.

12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This is the second breed on our list with “pigtail” ears. The long, droopy ears are covered in thick fur giving the dog a very endearing appearance. Whether they are black, red or even tan, these ears are easily the stars of the show as far as the cavalier spaniel is concerned.

They also have beautiful personalities and are known to get along really well with everyone including strangers. They are also very intelligent and eager to please making them very easy to train.

11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

There is a good reason why Queen Elizabeth II has had about 30 of these beauties. Their weird, sausage shaped bodies and docked tails take a little getting used to but it is an aesthetic that is sure to grow on you. In addition to this, their perky ears and intelligent expressions will undeniably tug at your heart strings.

These doggies tend to be very affectionate and playful with their families. They could be a little standoffish and are prone to aggression with strangers so early socialization is key.

10. German Shepherd

The German shepherd is in no way cute; but it is truly a beautiful creation. With its strong, muscular body, thick coat, and signature face markings, this dog definitely has its undeniable aesthetic charms.

The German shepherd is another breed that is not for the faint of heart. These dogs are very confident and are prone to aggression. If they sense any hesitation in their handling they will not think twice about taking on the alpha role in your home.

9. Shiba Inu

The shiba inu has a fox-like face with a long snout, small eyes, and short, perky ears. This is complemented perfectly by their nearly constant “smiling” appearance to make them among the most beautiful dogs there are. Whether white, black and tan, or even tan and white, these dogs always manage to impress.

Other than their looks, shiba inu doggies have fantastic personalities and are known for being keen, confident, and loyal almost to a fault.

8. Akita Inu

This is in many ways similar to the shiba inu but it has its own unique charms. Like the shiba, Akitas have a fox-like face. However, theirs is more of a bear-fox hybrid aesthetic with their long snouts, perky ears, and triangular faces covered by thick coats of fur.

Their personality is also different with Akita inus tending to be more reserved and even aloof towards strangers. They are also loud and prone to aggressive outbursts if they are emotionally or physically frustrated.

7. Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers have held the number one spot on American Kennel Club’s ranking of most popular dog breeds for several years now and they are showing no signs of letting up. One of the main reasons for their popularity is their aesthetic.

They’re medium to large doggies have thick bodies covered with short, smooth coats. They come in a variety of colors, mainly black and chocolate but they can also be tan and even yellow.

6. Yorkie Terrier

Yorkies are every toy breed enthusiast’s dream. The little spirited doggies arguably have the cutest faces of all dog breeds out there. The crazy manes around their faces and all over their bodies also contributes to their heart-melting cuteness.

When it comes to temperament, yorkies have a very stubborn and mischievous side. However, they tend to love their families deeply and get along with pretty much anyone who will show them some love and attention.

5. Bichon Frise

If you have ever seen a teddy bear groomed bichon frise then you know exactly why they are on our list. These little doggies literally look like actual clouds with eyes, noses and a mouth. And if you like cute dogs these are definitely going to scratch the itch for you.

Personality wise, you will be dealing with a feisty little darling that is prone to being aloof towards strangers. However, if they love you then yours will be a bond for the ages as these doggies are very loyal and affectionate.

4. Toy Poodle

Toy poodles took the internet by storm several years ago and to date remain the cutest of all toy breeds. Maybe it is the thick, curly coat that buries their cute little faces leaving only the beady eyes on display. It could be the long, fluffy ears drooping down to their jawline.

Whatever it is, we simply cannot get enough of these little lap doggies. The best part is that they are friendlier and more affectionate than standard poodles and are therefore perfect for families with children.

3. Pomeranian

They may not have been named after pom poms but they definitely look the part. They have a characteristic ring of thick fur around their neck which is one of the reasons why they are so beautiful.

Even when this ruff is groomed off, these doggies are still very adorable with their little faces and large, beady eyes.

The cherry on top here has to be their friendly personalities, high intelligence, and eagerness to please which is easily the main reason they are on this list in the first place.

2. Papillon

Papillon is French for butterfly. These doggies are named that for their butterfly-like ears. This effect is created by a combination of their long, perky ears and the feathery wisps of fur that hang from them giving them the appearance of spread out butterfly wings.

The little doggies tend to be shy and even aloof around strangers especially if they were not socialized as young puppies. Fortunately, they are generally very friendly and just need a little warming up time and they will get along with most people.

1. Siberian Husky

If you know and love huskies as much as most of the dog-lover community does then it comes as no surprise that they are top on our list of the most beautiful dog breeds. The best part is that their beauty is both internal and external with their combination of aesthetic appeal and awesome personalities.

The wolf-like doggies are especially popular for their high intellect and tendency to form very close bonds with their human families. 

Related Questions

What Breed Of Dog Is The Ugliest? The Mexican hairless dog is considered by many as one of the ugliest dog breeds in the world. This is attributed mainly to its hairless body with awkward patches of thin fur scattered all around the body. Their unusually small heads also give them a disproportionate look which further contributes to this poor rating. 

What Is The Most Expensive Dog? The is one of the most expensive dogs and can cost anywhere between $2000 and $4000 for a puppy. In fact the most expensive of these sold for almost $2 million. This high price is due to a combination of factors including its beautiful aesthetics and general rarity. The latter means that you may not any luck looking for it in a shelter for free

What Is The Least Popular Dog? According to the American Kennel Club, the English foxhound is one of the least popular dog breeds as of 2019. Despite being so adorable in terms of aesthetics and social when it comes to personality, they are considered quite a handful. They require a lot of exercise and attention which is something not many busy dog parents today can afford. 

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