21 Cutest Dog Breeds in the World

Here is a list of cutest dog breeds with facts & pictures. Some of them come from mixing breeds but they’re still cute, furry, loving, loyal…!  If you want to get to know about these cute dog breeds, just read on.

01. Affenpinscher

Affenpinschers are one of the world’s cutest dog breeds, they are also known as Monkey Terrier. They usually weigh around 6.5 to 13.2 pounds and stands 9 to 12 inches tall. It has a notable monkey-like face expression and shaggy coat in black, grey, silver, red, tan, and beige colors. However, black Affenpinschers are more preferred. They are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn dogs. They are also fun-loving and playful, lively, affectionate and protective towards family members. Affenpinschers are not recommended for homes with children due to their territorial behavior when it comes to their toys and food.

02. American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dogs are a breed of companion dog that come from Germany. Companion dogs usually do not work, providing only companionship as a pet. However, aside from being a watchdog and companion, they also become popular in the United States as a circus performer. In appearance, American Eskimo Dogs are small to medium in size with straight and long fur in white, or white with cream. They also have erect triangular ears, and black lips, nose, and eye rims. Additionally, they are affectionate, loving dogs that are easy to train and with high intelligence.

03. Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds or Aussies are medium­-sized dogs developed in the ranches of western United States. Their coat may be in black, red, blue and red merle (marbled red, white and buff). Merle refers to a pattern in a dog’s coat that shows patches of dark and light areas. They may also have copper or white fur on their face, chest, and legs. The Australian Shepherd’s eye color may be of any shade of brown or blue. They may also have two different colored eyes or “split eyes” (a half-brown, half-blue eye). Additionally, Australian Shepherds have a long tail and kind, loving, and loyal personality.

04. Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terriers are one of the cutest dog breeds out there! They are small dogs developed in Australia. They have short legs and long silky grey and white or blue and tan coat. Their coat also hangs straight and is parted along their back. To maintain the silkiness of their coat, they should be groomed and shampooed regularly. Australian Silky Terriers are rather longer than tall. They also have triangular head, small almond-shaped eyes and small but erect ears. Behavior wise, Australian Silky Terriers are alert and active. They also enjoy running, brisk walking and playing ball.

05. Bearded Collie

Bearded Collies or Beardies are dogs once used by Scottish shepherds in herding sheep. But these days, they are more popular as family companion. They are medium-sized dogs with long and lean body, large head and large square-shaped black nose. They also have medium-sized ears covered with hair that hang close to their head. Their tail also hangs down except when they are excited. They have a shaggy, waterproof, coat that hangs over their entire body including the chin that comes in light gray or cream colors with or without white markings. Bearded Collies are also regarded as cheerful, happy-go-lucky dogs that are affectionate, playful and are perfect companions for children.

06. Bolognese

Bolognese is a small type of dog that originates in Italy. They are considered as companion dogs that love attention, and are excellent house pets. They have a distinctive short, wooly white coat, square build, black lips and dark round eyes. They also have long hanging ears and a curved tail. When it comes to their personality, Bolognese dogs are playful, easygoing, intelligent and loyal. However, they are more reserved and not hyperactive.

07. Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terriers are one of the oldest terrier breeds. Terrier breeds are dogs that are small, wiry, active and fearless dogs. These small cute dog breeds have a weather- resistant shaggy coat that comes in black, cream, red, sandy, gray, or brindled (tiger-striped) colors. Their most notable characteristic, however, is the ability of brindled Cairns to frequently change color throughout their lifetime or become more black or silver as they age. They also have a fox-like expression, broad head, black nose and hazel- colored eyes and erect ears. Cairn Terriers are also alert, loyal, curious, cheerful, lovable and friendly. They love playing with children as well.

08. Chow Chow

Chow Chows or simple Chows are ancient dogs from northern China, where they are referred to as Songshi Quan, meaning “puffy-lion dog”. They have also been called the Tang Quan, “Dog of the Tang Empire.” They have a muscular body, broad skull, small, triangular ears, almond-shaped eyes, and straight hind legs. Additionally, they have a blue-black/purple tongue, blue lips, black or blue nose and curly tail. They also have a thick coat, especially in their neck area. Their coat may be in red, black, blue, cinnamon, or cream colors. It is also Chow Chows nature to be protective, quiet and well behaved, and resistant to training.

09. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are small domestic dogs. They have a stocky little body, large square head, black nose, and upper lips that hang down over their lower lips. They also have dark round eyes, upright bat-like ears, straight or corkscrew tail and skin that form wrinkles around their head and shoulders. French Bulldogs have short coat in different colors including: brindle (tiger-striped), brindle and white, cream, cream and white, fawn, fawn and white, white, white and fawn, black, black and fawn, black and white, etc. Usually, they have black markings on their face. When it comes to their behavior, French Bulldogs are pleasant, playful, alert, affectionate, enthusiastic and lively.

10. Havanese

Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. They are also referred to as “Havana Silk Dogs”, They are small in size with strong body and a tail which is carried over to their back. They also have dropped and folded ears and dark eyes. Their long and silky coat comes in all colors including: cream, gold, white, silver, blue and black. Havanese is an ideal family pet and a true companion dog because of their highly adaptable and social personality.

11. Japanese Chin

Japanese Chins, also known as Japanese Spaniels are known for Strabismus on their large protruding eyes. Strabismus is a condition where the eyes do not properly align with each other. It prevents them from directing both eyes simultaneously towards the same point. They also have small, V-shaped ears that hang down, wide, black nose, and strong legs. Their coat comes in white with colored patches which are often black, but can also be red, lemon, orange or sable. Japanese Chins may also be in black and white with tan points or brindle (tiger-striped). Obviously, they are charming dogs with lively, and happy personality. They are also pleasant, loving, intelligent, affectionate and extremely devoted to their master.

12. Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz is a small to medium dog which serves as a companion dog and pet. Their long coat is always pure white in color. Their tail is covered with long hair and is carried curled over their back. Their ears are also small, pointed and upright. They also have large oval and slightly slanted eyes in dark color, black nose and lips and legs with long hair. Japanese Spitz is typically high-spirited, intelligent and playful dog, which is alert and obedient. It is also good watchdog and will alert its owners when it feels it is necessary.

13. Keeshond

Keeshond is a medium-sized dog from Germany and is called the German Spitz, more specifically the Wolfspitz. They have a long, straight coat in silver and black, a curled tail carried over their back, dark eyes, and erect, triangular ears. They also have catlike rounded feet. Keeshond is also an excellent children’s companion that is active, intelligent, very keen and outgoing. It can also be trained to perform.

14. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are dogs from Tibet. They were bred to alert the monks in Buddhist Monasteries to any intruders who entered. Their name Lhasa Apso simply means “long-haired Lhasa (Tibetan) dog”. They are small dogs with small, dark brown eyes, thick-haired ears, straight front legs and round and catlike feet. Their thick coat is straight and long over their entire body, reaching to the floor. They coat also comes in any color, however, gold, cream and honey are the most popular. Owners often cut the dogs’ hair short to make them easier to care for. They also make a good pet due to their friendly, intelligent, lively and assertive manner.

15. Maltese

Maltese dogs are small dogs from the Central Mediterranean Area. They have a small body, slightly rounded skull, heavily feathered ears, large black eyes, and black nose. They also have a long and silky coat that is white or light ivory in color. A lot of owners choose to cut the coat short for easy- care. Maltese dogs are spirited, lively and playful. They are also gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to their master. Additionally, they are highly intelligent dogs that are good at learning tricks, bold and quick to sound the alarm in case of suspicious noises.

16. Norwich Terrie

Norwich Terriers are one of the cutest small dog breeds, they are from the United Kingdom. They were bred to hunt small vermin (pests) or rodents. They are also one of the smallest terriers that are relatively rare. Norwich Terriers are strong, little dogs that have a wide head, small and oval shaped dark eyes, medium sized upright ears and straight legs with round feet. They also have a wiry, straight coat (about 1 ½ to 2 inches long. Their coats come in many colors including: red, wheaten, tan, black and tan, or grizzle with or without dark points and white markings. Typically, they are friendly, active, courageous, and affectionate.

17. Papillon

Papillons are also called the Continental Toy Spaniel. They derived their name from the butterfly-like look of their long and fringed hair on the ears. They have a small head, dark, medium- sized, round eyes, large ears, and a long tail covered with fine hair. They also have extra hair on their chest, ears, back of the legs and the tail. Their coat color is white with patches of any color. A mask of a color other than white covers both ears and eyes from back to front. The temperament of a Papillon is a happy, friendly and adventurous. They are excellent family dogs but should be watched around little children.

18. Pekingese

Pekingese dogs are also known as the Lion Dog, Peking Lion Dog, Pelchie Dog, or Peke. They are ancient dogs from China where they are favored by the royalty of the Chinese Imperial court, Chinese Buddhist Monks and are owned by Chinese princes. Pekingese is a small, well-balanced, dog. It has a muscular body that is slightly longer than it is tall. Its head is large with flat front face, black nose, large, prominent, round eyes and heart-shaped feathered ears. It also has a short neck, short and thick legs, and long and coarse coat that come in all colors, sometimes with a black mask or black markings on the face. Pekingese is a very brave little dog, sensitive, independent and extremely affectionate with its master and can make wonderful companion. If overfed, the Pekingese will quickly become overweight.

19. Pomeranian

Pomeranians, also known as a Pom (or Pom Pom) are dogs that have been made popular by a number of royal owners since the 18th century. Queen Victoria owned a particularly small Pomeranian. Pomeranians are small, toy-sized dog. They have dark almond-shaped eyes, small, erect ears, feathered tail and a thick coat that is longer around the neck and chest area. They come in a variety of coat colors and patterns including red, orange, white, cream, blue, brown, black, black and tan, wolf sable, orange sable, brindle and parti-color, which is white with colored markings. Pomeranians are also a proud, lively little dog that are intelligent, eager to learn and very loyal to their handler and family. They are a wonderful companion and show dog.

20. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are also known as Chrysanthemum Dogs. Their exact origins are unknown. However, it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then have been developed in China. They are small dogs with a body that is slightly longer than it is tall. They also have a round head, broad nose, large and round eyes and large dropped ears. Their thick and long coat comes in all colors. The hair above their eyes is often tied in a topknot. They also have a beard and mustache. Shih Tzus are alert, lively, little dog. They are also gentle, loyal, make friends easily and respond well to consistent, patient training.

21. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most popular cutest dog breeds in the world, they are small dogs nicknamed Yokie and developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills. They have a small head, black nose, dark eyes, V-shaped ears and straight legs with round feet and black toenails. Their long and glossy coat is fine and silky and falls straight down on either side. Their coat also comes in gray and tan color. The body and tail are gray and the rest of the dog is tan. On the other hand, puppies are brown, black and tan. The hair on their head is also extra thick and long. Yorkshire Terriers are very eager for adventure, highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever.

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