Just as humans are instantly drawn to babies, I can’t help but be drawn to puppies. Their big eyes, fluffy fur, and playful demeanor are almost too much to handle. Some dog breeds are cuter than others (of course, individual preferences and tastes considered!) but, here are a few of my favorite breeds of dogs that make the cutest puppies, in no particular order.
1. Basset Hound
A short and stocky fellow, the basset hound rarely is taller than about 14 inches at the shoulder. This little dog is strong and has a big dog attitude and stamina. Although a great hunting companion, my friend here is also thrilled to sit in your lap for hours on end. As a puppy, those long, floppy ears are pretty irresistible. How could someone possibly say “no” to that face?!
2. Saint Bernard
Originally bred to help monks navigate the snowy mountain passes in Switzerland, the Saint Bernard dog is known for its massive size and thick, wooly coat. But, don’t let that big size intimidate you. This breed is a low energy puppy that grows into quite the couch potato as an adult. Would you be willing to snuggle with my 130-pound friend?
Originating from China, the Pug is a small dog who, honestly, can be pretty lazy. Their low energy can cause them to become overweight quickly if their diet isn’t closely monitored. This tiny breed of dog is best known for its curly tail and wrinkly face. Pugs come in silver, all black, or a variation of fawn with a mask.
The tried and true representative of firefighters everywhere, the Dalmatian has a beautifully spotted coat, unlike any other dog. This breed is a large dog that stands up to 23 inches tall at the shoulder. Although this dog can be aloof toward strangers, my Dalmatian friend makes an excellent pet and often prefers humans’ company to fellow dogs.
What is the saying about good things coming in small packages? The Pomeranian is a little, fluffy dog that has loads of energy. This small dog comes in many colors and is a bright, active, and loyal companion. The Pomeranian makes a good watchdog and does require regular exercise to keep it happy.
6. Boston Terrier
This little guy looks like he wore his best attire, dressed up in his tuxedo! The black and white coat of the Boston Terrier is unmistakable, quickly identifying this small and lively dog. The Boston Terrier rarely weighs more than 25 pounds and is happy to walk along with you for all your errands and adventures. People friendly and outgoing, this is a great ambassador for the city of Boston!
The Shih-Tzu has a long, luxurious coat and big brown eyes that are hard to resist. Although small, this breed of dog is surprisingly solid and sturdy. Affectionate and loyal, the Shih-Tzu is terrific with young children, quickly forming bonds with the entire family.
8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The wonderful thing about this stunning, small dog is its ability to turn into a complete chameleon. The little dog will mirror its owner’s personality, equally happy going on rigorous adventures or relaxing on the couch at home. The small dog comes in four distinct color patterns and has big, soulful eyes. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes an excellent and loyal family member.
9. Australian Shepherd
The robust and energetic Australian Shepherd is a working dog through and through. Able to herd livestock with endless energy, this little dog is the cowboy’s dog of choice! It is also beautiful to look at with its stunning blue eyes and patchwork colored coat. Be prepared for loads of energy with this little puppy coming to your home!
10. Miniature Pinscher
Affectionately called a “Min Pin,” this little dog defines a large dog trapped in a small dog body. This shorthaired dog comes in a range of colors and stands just about a foot tall at the shoulders. Although it has a big-dog personality, this little guy is happy getting a fair to moderate amount of exercise each day and is perfectly happy with a short walk in the afternoon.
11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Thrust into the spotlight through the Queen of England’s extensive collection and love of Corgis; this little guy certainly makes a cute puppy. With a stout body and short legs, the Corgi stands about a foot tall at the shoulders. But don’t let his small size fool you; the Corgi is an athletic and robust dog built for herding and help on the farm.
12. Great Dane
The Great Dane is a giant breed dog, standing tall and proud. The dog’s big size can certainly be a deterrent to strangers, but once you get to know this dog’s affectionate personality and tendency to laze around the house, there is no doubt you will instantly fall in love. The Great Dane comes in a variety of solid, brindle, or spotted colors.
This little dog is probably one of the most recognizable dogs due to its long slender body and short legs. The Dachshund comes in a long-haired and shorthaired variety and includes several colors including, white, brown, black, or sable. This breed of dog can have a bit of a stubborn streak but ultimately comes around becoming a loving and endearing member of your family.
14. Siberian Husky
As the patron dog of wild and snowy lands, the Siberian Husky is easily recognizable. This dog can be brown, black, or white and often has stunning blue eyes. The tail is curled back onto its back and can be wrapped around the Husky’s body to help him stay warm on long, winter nights. The Husky is a talkative fellow, and humans often love their wide range of vocalizations.
An adult boxer is an incredible sight with strong muscles and a proud stance, but I tend to prefer the floppy and adorable puppies myself. This breed of dog is bold and athletic but also incredibly loving, loyal, and protective. The Boxer does exceptionally well with young children.
16. German Shorthaired Pointer
A staple for any birder or hunter, the German Shorthaired pointer is a loyal and obedient dog. This dog is large and robust, and surprisingly elegant running through high weeds and bushes. Often abbreviated to GSP, this dog can also be a bit of a couch potato after enjoying a long day outdoors. Both loving and affectionate, this is a picture-perfect puppy that grows to be a beautiful and handsome adult.
The Mastiff is a giant breed dog full of muscle and power. This dog often tips the scales weighing in over 150 pounds, with some individuals approaching 200 pounds. This dog has an intimidating appearance but can be a big softy. This puppy is one adorable sight between the sweet disposition, big black eyes, and droopy skin around his face.
18. Yorkshire Terrier
Although this little dog gets a bad reputation as an ornamental “toy dog,” the Yorkshire Terrier has a strong and robust personality. Originally bred to hunt rats, this little dog can have a prey drive and tons of energy. Loving and loyal, the petite Yorkshire Terrier can make an excellent watchdog.
Affectionately dubbed a Rottie, this breed of dog is large and confident. The dog stands about 27 inches at the shoulder and has a trademark black and tan coloration. The Rottie is an ideal guard dog, acting aloof toward strangers. Although this dog can be loving and endearing, it does need to be socialized at a young age so that it is not overly aggressive as an adult.
20. Toy Poodle
Selectively bred to be smaller than the standard poodle, this little dog is loving, charismatic, and energetic. Although these dogs have a terrible reputation for being prim and proper, the toy poodle is athletic and insanely intelligent, making this a wonderful and clever family member.
The ultimate companion on a hunt, the Beagle, is a fun-loving and athletic dog. The Beagle is clever and loving making this an ideal companion. The dog comes in two size varieties ranging from 13 inches at the shoulder to 15 inches at the shoulder. These puppies also have amazingly long and floppy ears adding to their appeal.
22. French Bulldog
One of the most popular dogs in America, the French Bulldog is loving, adorable, and loyal. This stout little dog is defined by its wrinkled face and extremely short, pug-like nose. The French Bulldog does well in apartments and rarely barks – indeed a man of few words!
23. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a versatile, strong, and loving dog. This dog can quickly work in law enforcement settings or can be a loving family dog. This breed of dog is brilliant and obedient and particularly loves children.
24. Golden Retriever
A long-held standard in the United States, the Golden Retriever is a loving family dog. As a large dog, this breed can easily reach 70 or 80 pounds. Its long, golden coat is silky and smooth. The Golden Retriever has a fun-loving and adorable personality making it a perfect family member.
25. Labrador Retriever
Filled with energy, the Labrador Retriever is athletic and strong. This dog is happy-go-lucky and thrilled to be at your side, no matter what you’re doing. This dog does need a fair amount of exercise but is equally happy to curl up with you on the couch at the end of a long day.