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Top 30 Most Beautiful Dog Breeds: Did Your Favorite Breed Make The List?

No dog is more beautiful than the one that stole your heart, but this most beautiful list will show you which breeds others find most attractive.

Of course, no dog will ever be as beautiful as the one who stole your heart. However, this list of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world will show you which breeds other people think are most attractive. 

Appearance doesn’t always tell the whole story. If you’re considering selecting a puppy, consider its temperament too. Don’t just choose a puppy because he/she is cute! Research is important because you want to buy something that works best for you. If you do decide to buy a dog, make sure you’ve researched enough to ensure you don’t regret it later.

Check out our list of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world.

30 Is the Japanese Chin descended from the Gods?

Japanese Chin
Photo by GoranH

This is the poster child for lap dogs. They’re so adorable and the puppies are so cute! They’re also perfect for practically any family. They look precious and seem to be just a bit smarter than the average dog. Historically, the Japanese believe the Japanese Chin is an ascended being and superior to other dog breeds.

29 Doberman Pinscher is a sleek, and shiny breed famous for its bravery and loyalty.

Doberman Pinscher
Photo by YamaBSM

They’re not just beautiful; they’re also intelligent. Bred for the ability to perform tasks, these working dogs are sleek, muscular, and powerfully built. Doberman’s are known for their elegance and athleticism.

These dogs excel at obedience, tracking, and agility. They require a lot of physical activity, exercise, and daily free time. They’re suitable for guarding and making friends. They’re very social and easy to train, but they aren’t always friendly towards strangers.

28 The Saluki was bred to hunt for kings.

Saluki standing
Photo by elisabettabellomi

Saluki’s are slender with very long legs, making them perfectly balanced. They come in many different colors and patterns. They are incredibly athletic and stand quite tall, with males significantly taller than female dogs. They’re very independent and shy with strangers, so they may be challenging to work with for some owners.

27 Beagles are popular worldwide for their friendly personalities and fun energy.

Beagle is one of the most popular breeds of dogs
Photo by Gasanov Igor

One of the cuties dogs, Beagles love to howl and bark. Originally bred to hunt for the fur trade in South America. The name comes from the Spanish word beagal, meaning “little bear”. It is one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world and has been exported worldwide since the early 20th century. In the United States alone there are over 1 million registered purebreds.

26 The Alaskan Malamute is known for its beautiful coat and striking wolf-like appearance.

Alaskan Malamute
Photo by MOHANN

These dogs look similar in appearance to a Siberian husky, but they’re much larger. They are large dogs who can weigh up to 85 lbs. With their dense, waterproof coat, they adapt well to colder and wet climates. However, prolonged exposure to high heat is not recommended. They’re a bit stubborn and not easy to train, just like the Siberian Husky.

However, they make excellent pets. Alaskan Malamutes are very friendly. They are gentle with kids while remaining playful. They’re not very good guard dogs, but they make wonderful companions.

25 The Azawakh is one of the few African breeds sold in the United States and Canada.

The Azawakhs are often considered among the most beautiful breeds of dogs. A breed of dog from West Africa, these sleek dogs are almost barkless. Their behavior is mild and calm. They’re known to be highly affectionate and loyal.

24 Poodles are typically considered to be the ultimate pretty dog.

two beautiful white standard poodles
photo from Pinterest Jillian Reish

Most Poodle owners give their pets a simple sports clip, but many are known for their strange haircuts. These dogs come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard.

Poodles are extremely athletic and very intelligent. They’re not a good fit for most owners but they can be great companions for people who have the time to devote to them.

23 Irish Setters have very traditional looks and are easily distinguishable from other dog breeds.

Irish setter in forest
Photo by dannaragrim

The Irish Setter is easy to spot among dogs because of their luxurious coats and rich colors. These sporting dogs need lots of exercise. Despite their regal appearances, these dogs love to perform tasks for their masters. They are easy to train and are well-behaved. They enjoy making friends, are good with children, are quite outgoing, and also make good companion dogs.

22 Briards are just adorable With their rugged brown fur.

Briard
Photo by LRuss

They’re not as distinct as other dog types, but they have a prevalent kind of beauty. These dogs are big, standing between 22 and 27 inches tall at the shoulders.

While for herding, these dogs don’t tend to try and herd everything that moves. They are wary of strangers and a bit protective, especially with children.

21 The popular Yorkshire Terrier is often called “yappy” because they tend to bark at everything.

brown and black yorkshire terrier puppy
Photo by Katie Bernotsky

The Yorkshire Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United Kingdom. The Yorkshire Terrier is a courageous and confident dog who loves exploring new things. but doesn’t enjoy things too noisy and rowdy.  They are playful and affectionate, but they can also be sensitive and are not best suited to homes with younger children. However, Yorkies make great family pets for households and are happiest with older children who aren’t as rambunctious.

20 The Weimaraner with its recognizable grey coat is a graceful and very stunning dog.

Gray Dog in Blurred Background
Photo by Gabe

The Weimaraners are a striking breed of dogs. They’re called silver ghosts because they look like gray ghosts.

They’re also excellent family pets. They are gentle with kids and attached to their families It doesn’t take much effort to groom them, and they’re easy to train. If you keep them physically and emotionally engaged, they can be wonderful dogs.

19 A Pomeranian dog is the ultimate fur ball.

Pomeranian
Photo by ignartonosbg

A Pomeranian is a tiny dog with long hair. Originally bred for use as a hunting and guard dog. The breed standard describes it as “a lively, active, intelligent, and alert dog that will protect his master or mistress.” Pom puppies are alert and inquisitive and make good watchdogs. They won’t back down from a fight. They’re fluffy and cuddly, but they’re not easy to house train.

18 German Shepherd is beautiful, brilliant, and can be fiercely protective.

brown German shepherd on roadway beside trees
Photo by tiim

German Shepherds are friendly and playful but also calm and reserved when needed.

These dogs athletic-built dogs have a no-nonsense attitude. They’re not suitable for everyone and require a lot of training and socialization. But, if you’re willing to devote some time to these puppies, they could be good family pets.

17 The snow-white Kuvasz is a companion of kings and majestic guardian of flocks.

Kuvasz
Photo by Susanna Cesareo / Getty Images

Kuvasz dogs are naturally athletic and fit. These dogs are lovely and well known for their guarding ability and protection of home and families. They are gentle and protective if raised with children and other pets. Kuvasz needs a peaceful, quiet environment. It would be best if your dog were the only animal in the household.

16 The Shiba Inu is beautiful but not the friendliest of breeds.

The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed of dog originating in Japan
Photo by kazzzsat

The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed of dog originating in Japan. It was originally bred for hunting and herding purposes, but today it is primarily kept as a companion animal. The name “shiba” means “white wolf”, which refers to the coloration of the coat.

They’re certainly one of the most beautiful dogs, but they’re not one of the friendly breeds. They’re cute and dainty, and clean themselves like a cat! However, Shiba Inu is known for their aggressiveness towards people and other animals.

15 The Belgian Malinois served in both World Wars and is a member of US Navy Seal Team Six.

Belgian Malinois train them to perform tasks, learn tricks, and be good guard dogs

It was bred to be used as a guard and hunting dog. Despite their beauty, the Belgian Malinois doesn’t usually get along well with children and prefers to be in a calm, quiet environment. They aren’t very friendly towards people, however, they are extremely intelligent and easy to train. If you have children who are adults or almost and no other pets at your house, don’t exclude the Belgian Malinois from consideration. It can be an excellent family pet. You can train them to perform tasks, learn tricks, and be good guard animals.

14 The massive Newfoundland is famous for water rescue and being a wonderful companion.

newfoundland dog
Photo by Angel Luciano

The Newfoundland is a large working dog. They can be black, brown, grey, or white. The Newfoundland is a breed of dog originating in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundlands are known for their giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm disposition, loyalty, and love of children. They excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed paws, and swimming abilities. The sweet-tempered Newfie is a famously good companion and has earned a reputation as a patient and watchful ‘nanny dog’ for kids.

13 Bolognese are awesome for allergy sufferers because they don’t shed much.

Bolognese

The Bolognesi is a good choice for people who suffer from allergies because they don’t shed much. They’re good-natured pups, calm and friendly to everyone they meet. Bolognese dogs are great with kids and other pets. This smart dog learns quickly and easily. It becomes quiet indoors and rambunctious outdoors – just how it should be!

12 Shetland Sheepdog is an extremely intelligent, quick, and obedient companion.

The Shetland Sheepdog si also known as the Shetland or Sheltie
Photo by JACLOU-DL

The Shetland Sheepdog (also known as the Shetland or Sheltie) is a breed of dog originating in Scotland. It has been used for herding, guarding livestock, and companion purposes. It is one of the smallest breeds of dogs, weighing between 10-15 pounds. This makes it ideal for small homes. They’re smart, but they’re not always easy to train. These dogs bark less than most and are not typically a chewer. They’re an excellent choice for any family.

11 Chow Chow is easily recognizable with its beautiful fur coat, huge wrinkles on its face, and a distinctive lion’s mane.

Chow Chow
Photo by Marius-Kristensen

Chows are intelligent animals who don’t need a lot of attention. They’re powerful and compactly built. They’re independent and self-willing.

Because these puppies are so active, they’re hard to house train. They may be demanding and require a lot of time and effort. However, these dogs have one unique characteristic: they’re immaculately clean. They bathe themselves like cats and have very little doggy odor.

10 Havanese have a silky, no-shed coat.

Havanese have a beautiful no-shed, silky coat
Photo by office174

The Havanese is a breed of dog originating on the island of Cuba. It was developed from the Spanish Poodle and the English Bulldog to create a small, agile, energetic, and intelligent dog with an excellent sense of smell. The name “Havanese” comes from the town of Havana where it originated. They’re playful, curious, and fun. They have a beautiful no-shed, silky coat. These small dogs are easy to care for, perfect for apartment dwellers who live alone, and seniors looking for a small pet.

9 Dalmatians are significantly distinct with their eye-catching spots.

 Dalmatians are among the most beautiful dog breeds
Photo by cocoparisienne

These are ancient breeds of dogs that were bred for their independence and intelligence. The graceful and slim Dalmatians are among the most beautiful dog breeds because of their distinctive spots. They fit well into households with active people who enjoy outdoor activities. They are very loyal and friendly with their family, but these dogs can be aloof with strangers.

8 Maltese are wonderful for owners who want to treat their dogs better than their children.

Maltese are tiny dogs with long, silky coats
Photo by Pezibear

Maltese are tiny dogs. They’re known for having long, silky coats which give them an aristocratic appearance. These white and fluffy dogs are a truly needy breed. They’re loving and affectionate, but also enjoy being pampered and spoilt. They are hardy and adaptable pets who need a little exercise. They’re good in both rural and urban environments. 

7 A Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make great therapy dogs because they get along with everyone.

A Close-Up Shot of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog
Photo by Lauren Bate

One of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. is the golden retriever. It is characterized by a striking golden coat. They were bred for hunting and to retrieve birds undamaged. This led to the creation of a softer mouth, meaning that the dog doesn’t clamp down too hard when he bites. The golden retriever is intelligent, even-tempered, and affectionate. Golden retrievers are playful, yet gentle with children, and they tend to get along well with other pets and strangers. Despite its working-class origins, because of its’ exceptional nature, it is commonly kept as a pet.

6 Afghan Hounds are a uniquely beautiful, ancient breed.

adult long-coated yellow dog
Photo by Arve Kern

Afghan Hounds are robust and agile dogs bred to work. As a result, they have quite a bit of energy and need some exercise daily. These dogs are loyal and intelligent but also very independent. They are not necessarily easy to train, so they aren’t usually the best dogs for first-time owners.

5 Siberian Husky With their large, expressive eyes make every list of the world’s most beautiful dogs.

siberian husky puppy with red and black collar
Photo by Wesley Sanchez

The Siberian husky is a large, powerful dog. It is one of the most popular working breeds in North America. Siberian Huskies often have stunning blue or brown eyes – sometimes with one or both. They are extremely affectionate and loyal, but they require lots of attention from their owners. Puppies are adorably fluffy and prefer cool temps. They’re entertaining, high energy, mischievous, and aren’t incredibly easy to train. However, they are friendly family dogs that can make great companions.

4 The Bichon Frise looks almost like a child’s toy.

medium-coated white dog on brown brick ground
Photo by Elisei Abiculesei

One of the most gorgeous dogs, with its black eyes and fluffy white coat. It’s a cheerful, small dog with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give. They’re friendly, inquisitive, and easygoing. The Bichon Frise is a small, long-haired dog breed of the toy group and developed in France. The name “bichon” means “little lapdog”, while “frise” means “to tease”. 

3 Australian Shepherd stand out with their bright blue eyes and multi-colored coat.

The Australian Shepherd is one of most beautiful dogs
Photo by Indi Friday

The Australian Shepherd is often considered to be one of the most beautiful dogs because of its unique, multi-colored patterns and luxurious coat. Australians are friendly, great with children and other animals, and are always up for a good time. But even though these pups are gorgeous, don’t assume you should immediately go out and get one. They have an innate instinct to herd anything and everything – even kids, other pets, and vehicles. This desire often makes them hard to handle at times. They’re very energetic dogs and can be too much for sedentary pet owners.

2 Golden Retrievers every year are at the top of the most popular breed list.

Golden Retriever
Photo by Shayna Douglas

One of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. is the golden retriever. It is characterized by a striking golden coat. They were bred for hunting and to retrieve birds undamaged. This led to the creation of a softer mouth, meaning that the dog doesn’t clamp down too hard when he bites. The golden retriever is intelligent, even-tempered, and affectionate. Golden retrievers are playful, yet gentle with children, and they tend to get along well with other pets and strangers. Despite its working-class origins, because of its’ exceptional nature, it is commonly kept as a pet.

1 The Samoyed is unbelievably beautiful, very social, and can be mischievous.

A Portrait of a Samoyed in a Bowtie
Photo by Chilmars

Samoyeds are not only gorgeous but they were bred for their functionality. They’re strong animals that were bred to haul heavy loads in some of the most extreme climates. Their thick coats protect them from the elements.

They are very sociable and playful but can become mischievous if kept too long without company. The Samoyeds can be difficult to train.

Did your favorite beautiful dog breed make the list? Do you think we nailed it? What breed did we miss? How would you rank them? Feel free to put your rankings of the most beautiful dog breeds in the comments below.

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