30 Cutest Dog Breeds, Ranked

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We all think our dogs are the best-looking, and that’s totally okay! Beauty is different for everyone, so each dog is special in its own way. Choosing the cutest dog breed is hard because everyone likes different things. Some people like big pups, some like small ones. Here’s a list of adorable dog breeds, ranked considering both looks and personality, but remember, the cutest dog is the one you love the most!

1. Labrador Retriever

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Originally from Newfoundland, Labradors are great at fetching waterfowl and helping fishermen. With their friendly eyes, cute faces, and nice personalities, they’re the most popular medium-to-large dog breed in America. Plus, they’re really good with both dogs and people, which makes them perfect for families. That’s why they’re often called the best family pets!

2. Maltipoo

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The Maltipoo is a mix of a Maltese and a toy poodle or miniature poodle. It’s really cute and playful, and it’ll become your best buddy in no time. It’s small enough to cuddle up in your lap, which is awesome if you want a lap dog. But here’s the thing: They might get anxious if they’re left alone too much, so make sure to spend plenty of time with them!

3. French Bulldog

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French bulldogs are small dogs that were bred to be friends with people. They look like tiny bulldogs and come in lots of different colors. They have short noses and bat-like ears that stand up. These little pups are so charming that they’re one of the most loved small breeds worldwide. They’re very friendly, funny, and clever—which is why lots of folks adore them!

4. Golden Retriever

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Golden retrievers are famous dogs in America. People love them for their beautiful, fluffy fur, long, feathery tails, and smart-looking eyes. They’re energetic and great at helping blind folks as guide dogs. They’re also helpful in finding lost people because they’re smart and have a fantastic sense of smell. As pets, they’re awesome because they stay playful even when they’re grown up, so they’ll keep you entertained for ages!

5. Samoyed

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The Samoyed is a medium-sized dog known for its beautiful white fur and cute smiling face. Originally, they were used as working dogs in the cold weather of Siberia, but they can live happily almost anywhere if they get enough exercise. Sammies can be stubborn and playful, but they’re gentle with people and love to play for hours.

6. Chow Chow

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The Chow Chow is a breed from China that’s been around since 206 B.C. They’re said to look like tiny bears or lions. They often bond closely with one person in the family. Just one look at their cute face, and you’ll be smitten. Well-socialized chows aren’t aggressive, but they’re always classy and dignified. They might be a bit reserved with people they don’t know—but they’re always loyal to their family.

7. Dalmatian

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Dalmatians are famous for their unique spotted coats. They’re classy and noble dogs often called the “coach dog” because they used to guard horses and carriages for important people. Dals are strong and athletic—perfect for active folks. They’re excellent watchdogs and can keep going and going, thanks to their amazing energy! Also, that white and black print makes them look very cute.

8. Shetland Sheepdog

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Shetland sheepdogs are small and clever dogs originally bred to herd sheep. They look like tiny versions of Lassie! Their fluffy coats come in different colors like black, sable, white, and blue merle. What’s neat about shelties is how fast they learn new things and how well they listen during training. They might be shy around strangers—but they’re good at sensing how their owner feels. 

9. Shiba Inu

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The Shiba Inu is a small—to medium-sized dog breed from Japan. They were originally trained for hunting, but now they’re popular as pets in Japan. People love their gorgeous, fox-like looks and friendly nature. They’re also pretty independent and can handle being by themselves, which makes them great pets for folks who are new to having dogs.

10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small type of spaniel in the toy group. It comes from the U.K. and has become very popular in the past 20 years, ranking as the 19th most wanted purebred in the U.S. These pups have a royal and elegant look, like true aristocrats. They’re affectionate, and their expressive eyes will win your heart instantly. It’s no surprise they’ve become such beloved family pets!

11. Pug

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Pugs were originally bred in China to be companions for Chinese emperors. Now they’re loved worldwide and are getting more popular every year. People adore their wrinkly foreheads, short noses, and floppy ears. They’re also very famous for their cute head tilts, funny behavior, and expressions that look like they’re almost human! Pugs are cheerful pets who love getting lots of love and playing around. 

12. Beagle

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Beagles were first bred to follow scents, and they look like tiny, cute versions of foxhounds. Sometimes, they can be a bit naughty and stubborn—and they might chew things up when bored or upset. But if you’re patient and use fun ways to teach them, they’ll become lovely companions. Their kind and loving nature makes them perfect for any family.

13. Siberian Husky

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Siberian Huskies were originally bred to pull sleds, and they look imposing with their striking masks and almond-shaped eyes that can be brown, blue, or even one of each! But what’s cool about them is that they’re naturally clean and don’t have much of that typical dog smell. Huskies are strong pups that need lots of exercise, so they’re perfect for families that like to stay active. 

14. Dachshund

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The Dachshund, also known as the “Weiner Dog,” is just too cute with its long body and friendly nature. Originally bred to track scents, these pups are brave and have a surprisingly loud bark. That’s why they’re great at alerting you to anything unusual—they make awesome watchdogs! Even though they can be a bit stubborn sometimes, nobody can resist their playful personality.

15. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Corgis are famous for being herding dogs and adorable with tiny faces and big ears. They’re friendly and can fit in well almost anywhere, which makes them great pets. Plus, they’re quick learners and easy to teach new things. Even though they have short legs, they’re surprisingly fast and agile. Corgis love playing outside and are very affectionate—especially with families who have little kids. 

16. Pomeranian

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Pomeranians are those little fluffy dogs you often see with famous people and even kings and queens. They’re cute with their thick fur and faces that look like foxes. These tiny pups have lots of energy and like playing and going for short walks. They can live in the city or the suburbs—but they might not be the best for apartments because they bark a lot. 

17. Papillon

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The papillon, sometimes called a continental toy spaniel, looks like a pretty butterfly because of its ears, which look like wings. Even though they seem delicate, these little pups are actually very energetic and can move around a lot. They love playing with their owners and don’t enjoy being alone too much. Papillons are friendly and happy—and their positive energy rubs off on everyone around them.

18. Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzus are a small Asian breed originally from Tibet. They were meant to sit in their owner’s lap and be cute. Even though their name means “lion,” they’re not fierce at all. Besides being great lap dogs, they’re also good at doing tricks and competing in agility contests. Shih Tzus have dark eyes, a short nose, and floppy ears. When groomed nicely, their long, silky fur looks gorgeous. 

19. Cairn Terrier

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Cairn Terriers were originally bred in the Scottish Highlands to work. They’re small but confident dogs with a cheerful attitude. What really makes them special are their smart, thoughtful eyes, which just melt your heart. Like many terriers, they’re clever and can pick up tricks very easily. They love being around people and need lots of love and attention from their families. 

20. Yorkshire Terrier

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The Yorkie is a cute little dog with a shiny, long, stunning coat. It’s often considered the top dog breed in American cities, and for good reason! Even though it’s small, it has tons of confidence and energy. It’s also really loyal and loving, making it awesome as a pet and great at keeping an eye on things as a watchdog.

21. Boston Terrier

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Boston terriers are like little gentlemen in tuxedos, which is why they’re called “The American Gentleman.” Even though they were first bred for fighting, they’re actually very affectionate and love being around people, especially small children. Folks who love Boston terriers enjoy their funny personalities, but it’s really their big, kind eyes that steal everyone’s hearts. 

22. Maltese

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The Maltese is a really old breed of dog—dating back to ancient times. They’ve been featured in art and stories from civilizations like the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Nowadays, Maltese dogs are cute, loving, and friendly. They love nothing more than snuggling up in their favorite person’s lap. To stay healthy, they just need daily walks and playtime to get enough exercise.

23. Bichon Frise

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The bichon frise is a small dog that looks like a fluffy white teddy bear—with dark eyes and a tiny black nose. Their soft coats make them really cuddly. They like being with their owners a lot and might get up to some mischief if they feel ignored. But mostly, they’re cheerful and love keeping their owners entertained.

24. Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from the Swiss Alps and was bred to help with herding and dairy work. They have a stunning coat with black, white, and rust colors that make them look very noble. Folks love them because they’re loyal and friendly—they’re one of the nicest dogs you’ll ever come across! Their chill attitude is a big plus for anyone wanting a friendly pet to hang out with.

25. Boxer

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Boxers are popular in America. They were first bred in Germany to be guard dogs, so they’re strong and muscular. But don’t let that fool you—they’re actually big softies at heart! They’ve got a playful sense of humor and love goofing around with people. If you want a watchdog that’s also a loving member of the family, this pup is the perfect pick.

26. Brussels Griffon

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The Brussels Griffon is a small toy dog with a huge personality. What makes them cute are their big, human-like eyes, beards, and long mustaches. They look a bit like stuffy professors because of all the hair—but they’re really friendly. Even though they can be a bit full of themselves, they learn fast and listen well. Since these pups love being around folks, they’ll probably stick close to you all day long. 

27. Old English Sheepdog

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Despite their name, Old English Sheepdogs are actually quite young, only a few hundred years old. They were originally bred to help with herding livestock on farms. But now they’re mostly just very cute pets! They’re very smart, playful, and always on the lookout. To keep these pups looking fluffy and nice—they need to be brushed every day and have regular baths.

28. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred in the 19th century for fighting, but they’re really more like big sweethearts than fighters. When a “Staffy” looks at its owner with those big, loving eyes, it’s hard to resist them. They need to learn how to be around other dogs when they’re young, and training them will be something you’ll keep doing—but owning one is totally worth it. 

29. Cocker Spaniel

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Imagine having a furry friend from the sporting group like the cocker spaniel! They’re energetic and love being active, but they’re also super trainable and can adapt to any environment. With their gorgeous coats—they’ll need a bit of grooming to stay looking their best, but it’s totally worth it for those cuddles with these sweet, cheerful pups. They’re just the perfect choice for a lively and loving addition to your family.

30. American Staffordshire Terrier

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Pitbull puppies are just about as adorable as it gets! “Pitbull” is more of a group name for a few different breeds—like American Staffordshire Terriers. These dogs are usually really loving, friendly, and love to play. But they’re also full of energy, so they must go on long walks and have lots of playtime daily to keep themselves happy and healthy!