From petite and pretty to large and long-haired, these six dog breeds are the cutest things you wish you knew of sooner.
All puppies are cute, but when you think of the cutest, what breeds come to mind? Probably the same popular dog breeds you see at the dog park and pictured on dog food bags—Golden Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, Dachshunds. They’re all cute, but they’re not the only dog breeds known for using their furry little faces to win over the hearts of humans.
There are a lot of cute dog breeds you’ve probably never even seen, and if you have, you didn’t know what they were. Whether you’re looking for a new best friend or just love looking at pictures of adorable dogs (which, come on, who doesn’t?), check out these cute dog breeds you’ve probably never heard of.
The Finnish Lapphund
These fluffy purebreds were made for hard work in below-zero temperatures. They’re easily recognized as Nordic dogs with long-haired tails that curve gracefully over their backs. They’re considered to be medium-sized dogs, but don’t let their less-than-impressive stature fool you. Finnish Lapphunds are powerful animals that are both fast and strong.
They come in multiple colors including black, cream, and wolf sable, and if you ever see one as a puppy, you’ll be overwhelmed by its fuzzy cuteness.
The Norwegian Buhund
The Norwegian Buhund is another cute dog breed that hails from Scandinavia. They’re energetic working dogs bred to herd livestock and protect their homesteads. Today, they excel as both working service dogs and agility competitors.
Norwegian Buhunds are happiest when they’re by their owner’s side or performing a job, and training is necessary to keep them out of trouble. Norwegian Buhunds are either black or wheaten, but they’re all adorable.
Leonbergers may be lion-sized dogs, but they’re as cute as kittens. This large breed is known for having a calm, loving personality as well as a balanced and well-muscled build.
They have sweet dark eyes that will melt your heart, and they also make great tracking, herding, and water rescue dogs. All a Leonberger wants to do is please his owner, and with his big, cute face, it’s not hard to do.
The Gordon Setter
Gordon Setters have beautiful shiny coats worthy of doggy shampoo commercials. They’re usually black, tan, and red, and with their long floppy ears and big dark eyes, they practically demand to be scooped up and cuddled.
They’re large purebreds that are known for being both loyal and protective. Gordon Setters behave well around children, and most catch on quickly to training.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
These medium-sized retrievers are as fun and lovable as they are adorable. They’re full of energy and love nothing more than splashing through a lake with their best friends. Bred as hunting dogs, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are always alert and ready for a challenge.
When this adorable fluffy face comes up to you with a ball in his mouth asking to play, you have no choice but to comply. Their red-brown fur and happy-go-lucky smiles are impossible to resist.
A Keeshund is a another medium-sized dog that is typically black, grey, silver, and white. They sport soft, fluffy coats with thick manes of fur resembling a lion’s ruff and perfectly plumed tails.
The Keeshond is known for having a foxlike expression and a personality that says, “I’m ready for anything.” They’re quick on their feet and eager to learn, making them stand out in both agility competitions and obedience training.
These six dog breeds may not be winning any popularity competitions—most fall between the 95th and 120th most popular according to the AKC—but they’re definitely some of the cutest. They have fluff, flair, and fun personalities—what more could you ask for in (wo)man’s best friend?