It's no secret that dogs are cute. We'll even take that a step further and say all dogs are cute. Which is why it was definitely a challenge to narrow them down to the absolute, no-doubt-about-it cutest dog breeds out there. These are the pups that tend to gather crowds of fans around them wherever they go and have thousands of followers on social media.
There are some dogs that stay teeny tiny and look like puppies forever. Others are so soft and fuzzy that you can't help but pet them for hours on end. And then there are the dogs who look like they're always smiling, whether they're playing or sound asleep. There are simply some canine traits that make them undeniably cute.
And, yet again, we're going to go on the record and say that all dogs are cute--whether they're old or young, small or large, mixed-breed or purebreds. But if you want a pup in your life who inspires you to smile every single time you look at their fluffy face, then this list of the 30 cutest dog breeds is for you.
1. Welsh Corgi
It's no wonder that this is the late Queen's breed of choice! As herding dogs, Welsh Corgis are low to the ground and have pint-sized legs, which only add to their charm. And those ears! Outgoing, playful, and brilliant, these clever canines can be anywhere from 22 to 31 pounds and are considered medium-sized dogs.
2. Siberian Husky
With piercing blue eyes and a near-constant, tongue-out grin, it's no wonder that everyone loves Siberian Huskies. Originally bred for chilly temperatures, these super-furry dogs can be between 35 to 60 pounds and have big personalities--they certainly aren't afraid to share their opinions and are known for their amusing howls.
If you called a Pomeranian a tiny, little fluff ball, you wouldn't be wrong! Famous for their soft, voluminous fur, "Poms," as they're often called, are much smaller than they look at four to seven pounds. They're equally known for their sass, and have lots of energy to run and play.
Hailing from Siberia, Samoyed pups are covered in snow-white, soft-to-the-touch fur. Very friendly and smart, they'll love going on adventures with you and meeting new people. And at 35 to 66 pounds, you can probably even have them sleep in bed with you.
These little German dogs are small but mighty! While "doxies" may only weigh 16 to 32 pounds, they more than make up for their downsized stature in personality, known for being fiercely independent but also lovingly devoted to their owners.
6. French Bulldog
If a "Frenchie" is walking down the street, you can bet that people will be following, asking to pet the pup or take pictures. These 16 to 28-pound dogs are practically celebrities, and command Instagram feeds with their sweet, smooshed faces and bright and lively personalities.
7. Chow Chow
This breed, which originated in China, are famed for their black tongues (which always makes passersby take a double-take!) and floofy fur. At 44 to 71 pounds, Chow Chows are protective of their family members and can be very affectionate.
As a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, Goldendoodles have become popular in recent years, and for good reason. How can you resist that cute, curly fur? They also make great family pets since they're so calm and gentle, and usually come in at about 40 to 51 pounds.
Marie Antoinette couldn't get enough of pugs, and many modern-day dog owners can't either! It's a mathematical fact: Teeny eyes + wrinkled faces + curly tails = almost too much cuteness to handle. Weighing 14 to 18 pounds, they have matching adorable personalities, too, known for being playful little charmers with everyone they meet.
10. Basset Hound
Could you walk away from those sagging wrinkles and droopy ears? The answer is no when it comes to a Basset Hound. These low-riders are surprisingly hefty at 44 to 75 pounds, but they think they're tiny lap dogs.
11. Golden Retriever
With their beautiful, golden fur and constant smile, Golden Retrievers tend to rate pretty high on the cuteness scale. They're smart, outgoing, and very teachable, and they typically weigh around 55 to 75 pounds.
12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Looking equal parts regal and absolutely adorable, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small pup at 13 to 18 pounds. They're nearly always sweet and affectionate, but can be energetic and playful as well.
It's no wonder that Papillon is French for butterfly--just look at those cute, wing-like ears! With their distinctive, endearing look, these seven to nine-pound dogs are alert, curious, and friendly.
14. Border Collie
Often considered to be the smartest dog breed around, a Border Collie continually needs challenges and to learn new things, but are loyal and cheerful as well. They frequently weigh between 26 to 44 pounds.
As the smallest of dog breeds at four to six pounds, the Chihuahua, originally bred in Mexico, has a larger-than-life personality with their feistiness and devotion to their people.
16. Australian Shepherd
Open, loving, and hard-working, the Australian Shepherd has beautiful eyes and markings that always turn heads. They usually weigh about 35 to 70 pounds.
17. Alaskan Malamute
While often thought of as sled dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, at 75 to 85 pounds, will gladly lay on your lap instead, since they're extremely friendly and affectionate.
18. Boston Terrier
What an adorable little face! Playful and sweet-natured, Boston Terriers, weighing between 10 and 25 pounds, are certainly crowd pleasers.
Dalmatians have moved from the firehouse to family homes where they can show off their delightful spots and play to their heart's content. They can be small, at 33 pounds, or fairly large, at 71 pounds.
20. English Bulldog
Even though their wrinkles may make them look permanently grumpy, English Bulldogs are anything but! Gentle and very friendly, their cute wrinkles cover their 40 to 51-pound bodies.
21. Labrador Retriever
Whether they're black, chocolate, or golden, all Labrador retrievers are too cute for words. At 55 to 79 pounds, these pups are good-natured and easy to train.
22. West Highland White Terrier
Decidedly petite at 13 to 22 pounds, the Scottish-bred West Highland White Terrier, or "Westie," has irresistibly soft white fur. They're also known for being lively, fun, and generally happy.
23. Toy Poodle
As a smaller sized cousin of the Standard Poodle, the Toy Poodle, which only weighs around six to nine pounds, is a puffball of love and super smarts.
Nope, there's no way we can resist those floppy ears. At 20 to 24 pounds, the Beagle is affectionate, gentle, and friendly with people.
25. Bernese Mountain Dog
While they may start out teeny-tiny, Bernese Mountain Dogs can eventually weigh 79 to 110 pounds. That simply means that there's just that much more to love, especially when they want to snuggle up with you.
26. Miniature Schnauzer
It's right there in the name! The Miniature Schnauzer comes in at only 12 to 20 pounds, but there's a lot in this little package--tons of friendliness and a huge desire to please their owners.
Found originally in China, Pekingese dogs are diminutive at 7 to 14 pounds but look plenty larger thanks to all that cute fur. While they tend to be a bit stubborn, they're also fun-loving and affectionate.
If you're looking for an extra-large, yet totally adorable, dog, you're in luck with the Newfoundland. Weighing a whopping 99 to 150 pounds, these dogs are pure love and are very sweet with every stranger they meet.
29. Shiba Inu
Those tiny ears and smiley faces are hallmarks of the Shiba Inu breed. Charming and faithful to their owners, these curly-tailed pups are sized at 15 to 24 pounds.
30. Yorkshire Terrier
Looking like a puppy forever, a Yorkshire Terrier promises to be your mini sidekick at only two to seven pounds. Energetic and sassy, they're sure to keep you entertained, too.
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