Have you ever wondered why tiny, fuzzy, little dogs are enough to make even the grumpiest among us stop and gush? What is it about cute dogs that we all love so much? It turns out, there’s actually a science behind “cuteness.” According to evolutionary scientists, young things (babies, kittens, puppies) trigger a protective mechanism deep in our brains. The big eyes and often too-big heads of cute dogs trigger the same protective part of our brain that human babies do.
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The Affenpinscher’s most distinctive feature is their face, and as such, they are occasionally referred to as the “monkey dog”. Their adorable face, complete with a mustache and slight underbite will warm the heart of just about any owner. Acting larger than they really are, these small dogs would not frighten away another challenging dog, but they certainly could create a conversation amongst observers. These small, compact, and sometimes humorous dogs are certainly one for the record books.
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The exotic, graceful Afghan Hound turns heads wherever it goes. This breed is tall and lean and they sport a long, silken coat. Their narrow muzzle is the only part of the Afghan hound not covered by their distinctive coat, revealing a long muzzle and soulful eyes. Affectionately known as “Affies” by breeders and owners, these hounds are as elegant in manner as they are in appearance. They are typically polite and affable, but with those close to them, they can be quite clownish.
American Eskimo dogs come in three sizes: Toy, miniature and standard. Whether an Eskie stands 9 inches tall or 19 inches tall, their wedge-shaped heads, perked ears and fluffy white coat attract attention. Get a little closer, and you’ll notice that American Eskimo dogs have white eyelashes and toenails, as well. Eskies always seem to be smiling, which draws people to them in an instant and their happy disposition tends to keep people close long after they stop to say hello.
A happy dog is a cute dog, and American Foxhounds attack life with a zeal that is contagious to anyone around them. Like all their hound cousins, this breed has a very expressive face and soulful eyes that are difficult to resist. Their friendly and genial disposition won’t put them in the running for guard dog positions, but they are great at making friends whenever they are out in public. Most passersby can’t resist the wagging tail and prance of a Foxhound.
This tiny breed has the classic look of a terrier with its compact body, long head and sparkling eyes. The rough coat of the Australian Terrier breed gives them a “shaggy” appearance that people want to reach out and touch. At just 10-15 pounds, this tiny breed is the smallest of all of the working breeds. They pack a lot of personality into that tiny body and their alert, self-confident, plucky personality brings smiles to the faces of anyone who comes in contact with an Aussie.
Whenever you take a Basset Hound out in public, their droopy faces and long bodies will attract attention. The breed gets its name from the French adjective bas, which means “low thing,” “short” or “dwarf,” and it’s easy to see why. Their unique stature gives the appearance of a full-sized hound dog that has been squished to the ground. Their loose-hanging skin, long ears and sad eyes are nearly impossible for anyone to resist reaching out and petting. Even the Basset Hound’s walk is cute, as their feet are almost too large for their bodies, giving them a somewhat awkward but always adorable gait.
Beagles are a breed that retains the appearance of a puppy well into adulthood. It is not uncommon for strangers to mistake an old Beagle with a graying muzzle for a much younger dog, given their tiny stature, happy disposition, boundless energy, and perpetually wagging tails. Standing a mere 15 inches high, max, Beagles are more compact than their hound cousins, but they have a “classic” hound face with loose skin, broad ears and expressive eyes that always seem to be saying, “Hey, watch me!”
Who says cute dogs can’t come in large packages? Bernese Mountain Dogs, with their dark eyes, flowing tri-color coat, and desire to play make them just as adorable as dogs more than half their size. They have a large broad head with a furrow down the middle, with pendant ears that are often alert. Their distinctive appearance coupled with their, friendly nature comes together to create an extremely huggable companion, and Berners are more than happy to oblige.
The tiny body and fluffy coat of the Bichon gives these cute dogs the appearance of a happy, round, walking powderpuff. They are white from head to toe, and their thick fur puffs outward in loose-set curls that are usually clipped short for ease of home grooming. They use their dark and expressive eyes to make friends and get what they want, like a treat or a belly rub. Bichons are smart dogs that are quick to learn tricks to delight the people they love.
The long, striking coat of the American Cocker Spaniel is a head-turner, but short-clipped Cockers have a puppy-like appearance. This breed has a distinctive, dome-shaped skull and long, silky ears that beg to be stroked. Their dark eyes are expressive and almost hypnotic when a Cocker makes eye contact. Whether they are curled up for a nap or are out playing in the yard, this beautiful breed with its friendly and congenial nature invites attention from anyone close by.
It’s hard to miss a Pug when it waddles by. Their small and compact bodies provides a unique contrast to their large, round heads. They have a squished face with a short snout and large eyes that they use to attract attention and affection from people wherever they go. They are plucky, vocal dogs that are perpetually happy. When they curl up with a human friend after a long day of play, it’s easy to see why people adore Pugs.
Pumis are jolly dogs with faces that always seem to be smiling. Their high-set ears and curly, wiry coat softens hearts and attracts rubs, scratches and affection wherever they go. Pumis are always alert and ready to play, and their energetic nature makes them seem quite young, even in their adult years. Their equal love for play, activity and cuddling makes them loving companions to people of all ages.
Saint Bernards are large dogs, but they are hardly imposing and it’s difficult to resist the urge to say hello when one walks by. Their thick coats, droopy jowls and expressive eyes invite hugs from people of all ages, and a Saint Bernard is more than willing to accept those hugs. Originally bred to save lives in the Swiss Alps, they retain nurturing tendencies to this day, adding to their appeal. When you’re having a bad day, a smile and snuggle from a Saint Bernard will turn your frown upside down.
Scottish Terriers are sturdy little dogs with an unmistakable “terrier” build. They sport a shaggy coat with a large muzzle covered by a long beard and ending in a cute, button nose. They trot confidently when they walk, keeping their heads held high. True to terrier form, these fearless dogs are quick with a bark to say, “hello,” “good-bye,” “throw me that ball,” “come sit with me,” and anything in between. Scottish terriers are prone to breaking out in mischief without warning, which only adds to their appeal.
Shiba Inus closely resemble Akitas, only in a much tinier package. Their expressive eyes are triangular, a unique feature of the breed. Their orange or sesame-colored coat is also unique, giving them an almost foxlike appearance that is hard to miss. Unlike other small breeds, Shibas rarely bark. Instead, they sometimes howl in a voice that is truly distinctive. Add to that a spunky personality, and it’s easy to see what makes Shibas such adorable dogs.
The Silky Terrier was designed by crossing Yorkshire Terriers with Australian Terriers, it’s easy to see which characteristics they retain from both sides of their family tree. They are compact little dogs with long faces, big eyes, and a silken coat. These dogs love to play and make mischief, will do whatever it takes to get a smile and affection from their owners. Bred strictly as companion dogs, Silkies prefer the company of their favorite people.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a shaggy appearance that invites people to reach out for a rub and a scratch. Their coat is just the tip of the adorable iceberg with this breed. They have wide faces, perky ears and almond-shaped eyes that always seem to be saying, “I’m ready to play now!” Their zest for life and puppylike gives the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier the appearance of a younger dog well into their mature, adult years.
Toy Fox Terriers are small, energetic and athletic, and they can be mistaken for puppies throughout their entire lives. They have a compact, muscular build that creates an adorable contrast with their long sleek face and big ears. Their tri-color markings are difficult to miss as a Toy Fox Terrier Speeds by, chasing other dogs, children, a ball, or even their shadow. Though they love to play, they also love curling up with their favorite people for a nap.
Vizslas are striking dogs with a sleek and muscular appearance. They have alert, pendant ears and extremely expressive eyes that are nearly impossible to resist. The rust-colored coat is a distinctive feature of the Vizsla breed. Though they are hunting dogs, they are affectionate companions with a friendly and sweet nature. The fact that they are highly attached to the people they love enhances the appeal of the breed.
The all-white coat of the Westie contrasts sharply with their button nose and deep-set eyes to create one of the cutest terriers around. Their coat is strikingly white and fluffy, and is often clipped to give the dog an appearance of a mane. Westies often use their cuteness to their advantage, cocking their head to the side and looking quizzically at someone who might be scolding them or asking them to come indoors. These fearless dogs have big personalities, but aren’t as vocal as other terrier breeds, which adds to their charm.
The first time someone sees a Wirehaired Vizsla, they are sure to look twice at the dog’s shaggy beard and bushy eyebrows. These unique facial features of the Wirehaired Vizsla give the dog an expression of being constantly amused. They share the same rust-colored coat as other Vizslas and they are muscular in build. They are energetic hunting dogs, but they instantly transform into calm, snuggling companions when they are hanging out around the house.
As the quintessential “purse dog,” the Yorkie’s cuteness simply cannot be denied. Yorkies have silken hair that is striking when long, and creates a scrappy, puppy-like appearance when clipped short. They have a button nose and expressive eyes that they aren’t afraid to use to their advantage. Yorkshire Terriers are spunky, happy dogs that are hard to miss when they trot down the street, despite their tiny size. One look at a Yorkie and it’s easy to see why they are one of the most popular breeds around.
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