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The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. April 29, 2021
The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World

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We know that any list of the most beautiful dogs in the world is missing one major exception: your dog. To us, the dog with whom we share our lives and have a strong emotional bond are the most beautiful animals to have walked the earth. They are not only beautiful to our eyes, but their sweetness and companionship mean they are special in our hearts.

In saying all this, if we were to be objective about it (which is impossible), we can say there are some dog breeds which have a slight advantage in the looks department when it comes to cuteness. For this reason, AnimalWised brings you our list of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world, in the full knowledge there is going to be disagreement among dog lovers.

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  1. All dogs are beautiful
  2. Pomeranian
  3. Samoyed
  4. Labrador Retriever
  5. Siberian Husky
  6. Chow Chow
  7. Newfoundland
  8. Pug
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Greyhound
  11. Rough Collie
  12. English Bulldog
  13. Shiba Inu
  14. Dalmatian
  15. Cocker Spaniel
  16. Beagle
  17. Staffordshire Terrier
  18. Poodle
  19. Irish Setter
  20. German Shepherd
  21. Irish Wolfhound
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All dogs are beautiful

Before we share our list of the most beautiful dogs in the world, we need to make another small caveat. Not only are our own dogs particularly beautiful to us, but all dogs are beautiful. They are innocent creatures who bring us incredible joy and have benefitted the human race in ways we are still yet to fully understand. Even if they were not domestic animals, they would still be an incredibly beautiful part of nature.

Moreover, mixed-breed dogs are just as beautiful as purebred animals. While even purebred dogs are individuals, mixed-breed dogs will have a look and sensibility we cannot predict. This means getting to know them is amazing fun. They are also known to have overall better health and a longer life expectancy than most purebred dogs. Take a look at our article on the advantages of mixed-breed dogs to know more.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - All dogs are beautiful

1. Pomeranian

This breed of dog is a walking furball. On a winter day, you can easily confuse a white-coated Pomeranian with a miniature walking snowman. Brown, tan and fawn colored Pomeranians are one of the breeds which most resemble a lion.

The Pomeranian stands out for being an extremely affectionate dog that you will love to take everywhere. Amazing companions for life, they are one of the most adorable dog breeds you will ever encounter.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 1. Pomeranian

2. Samoyed

The Samoyed is a true snow dog. They originate in Russia and were first used as sled dogs, as well as keeping their human families warm due to abundant fur.

They have an extraordinarily white coat and their character is very playful. Even in adulthood the Samoyed remains a puppy. Their sweet character and beautiful appearance make them very suitable for families with children.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 2. Samoyed

3. Labrador Retriever

It is no coincidence that the Labrador is both one of the most beautiful dogs in the world and one of the most popular. Solidifying their fame as the mascot of a famous toilet paper brand, they are the epitome of a family dog.

The Labrador Retriever not only inspires tenderness, but they are the image of loyalty personified. It is, without doubt, beautiful both inside and out.

Take a look at our article on the types of Labrador Retrievers to know more.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 3. Labrador Retriever

4. Siberian Husky

The Siberian husky is another of the most beautiful dogs in the world and not simply because of its resemblance to the wolf. Their beautiful eyes, silky coat and kind sensibility melts hearts like summer melts the Arctic ice.

An attribute that nature has afforded this breed is the genetically possibility of heterochromia, which is the possibility of having an eye of two different colors. This is usually blue and brown, through green, yellow and copper tones are possible. They are noble and calm dogs.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 4. Siberian Husky

5. Chow Chow

Originating as guard dogs for monasteries in Northern China. They are a walking Pom Pom which bear a resemblance to the Pomeranian, but are much bigger and have some key defining characteristics. Perhaps the most noticeable is their blue tongue.

They are a somewhat shy dog, but very faithful to their family. Although they have low exercise needs, they have a high need for education. They can develop behavioral issues if neglected, so education is vital in this beautiful breed.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 5. Chow Chow

6. Newfoundland

As beautiful as it is large and quiet. The Newfoundland is normally black, although there are also brown or white specimens with black patches.

They are very affectionate and protective of their pack, being especially patient and kind with children. The Newfoundland dog, in addition to being very beautiful, is an excellent rescue dog. Due to their excellence at swimming and withstanding cold temperatures, they have saved countless lives in their role as water rescue dogs.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 6. Newfoundland

7. Pug

Despite their tiny size, the Pug is a very calm and affectionate dog. They develop strong bonds to their family, but this requires them to have guardians who can pay them enough attention.

In addition to their sweet face and tender eyes, the Pug is a great dog breed for apartment living. It is impossible that a pug does not make you fall in love.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 7. Pug

8. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is another Chinese dog breed on our list, known for their cute and tender appearance. Only the coldest hearts won't melt when meeting a Shih Tzu.

They have a long and silky coat which can be put into various styles, making them not only visually beautiful, but versatile. Take our article on haircuts for Shih Tzus to the groomer if you want to give your pup a new look.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 8. Shih Tzu

9. Greyhound

It is impossible not to put the Greyhound on our list of the most beautiful dog breeds. Some may dismiss the Greyhound's distinct look as being a little odd, but those who get to share their lives with them know how beautiful they are.

Greyhounds have a sleek body with very little fat, a pointed snout and expressive eyes. Their temperament is shy, but kind, loving and loyal. Too many Greyhounds have suffered abuse in their role as sporting dogs, so adopting one can help repay them for their greatness to us.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 9. Greyhound

10. Rough Collie

One of the most famous breeds in history thanks to Lassie, a rough Collie dog who starred in several television series, movies and books. Their spectacular hair and elongated muzzle make long-haired collie dogs unmistakably beautiful.

They are calm and very faithful to its owners. In addition, it is very intelligent, so it will learn commands more quickly than other dogs.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 10. Rough Collie

11. English Bulldog

Some of you reading this might think an English Bulldog shouldn't be on our list of beautiful dogs. It is true, they have a stumpy frame, large slobbering mouth and a, sometime, stubborn demeanor.In our opinion, all of these add to our view they are absolutely beautiful.

They are one of the easiest dogs to love, for many reasons. They are a brachycephalic dog breed, so we need to be careful of exercise, but they can have a long life if well cared-for.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 11. English Bulldog

12. Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is one of the sweetest Japanese dogs that exist, whether due to their cute look, small size or eternal playful nature .

Somewhat shy with strangers, the Shiba Inu is a beautiful and very affectionate dog that will surprise you with their agility and surprising behaviors.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 12. Shiba Inu

13. Dalmatian

Made popular by the movie franchises of 101 Dalmatians, the Dalmatian breed is one of the most recognizable thanks to their spots. What made them desirable to Cruella de Vil, their coat is their trademark, but not the only reason why they are considered beautiful. They are also loyal and active dogs which create very strong bonds with their human family.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 13. Dalmatian

14. Cocker Spaniel

There are different types of Spaniel Breeds which can all be considered beautiful. However, the Cocker Spaniel makes our list thanks to their beautiful semi-long fur. This fur can be of various colors, but a golden red tone is particularly lovely. It extends over their ears which fall down over the sides of their face in a most charming manner.

Cocker Spaniels are very active and need a lot of exercise. They are ideal for the country, but not suitable to any family with sedentary habits.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 14. Cocker Spaniel

15. Beagle

A sometimes stubborn and greedy dog, the Beagle makes our list precisely because they make these traits charming. They can be prone to obesity, so we need to be careful with their diet, but they are far from lazy.

Beagles have a rural charm and a very expressive face. They bond with their human family strongly and respond incredibly well to training. However, they are far from sycophantic. If you don't appreciate these beautiful dogs, they'll let you know about it.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 15. Beagle

16. Staffordshire Terrier

Also known as the Staffy, these dogs are considered potentially dangerous in some areas. However, in any dog breed, aggression is due to poor education and abuse, it is no intrinsic to the animal. Those who share their lives with this beautiful Pitbull-type breed know just how loving and kind they can be.

Staffies are also beautiful to look at. Their eyes are almost human-like and their coat can be of almost any color, although grey/blue coloring is particularly delightful.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 16. Staffordshire Terrier


There are also different Poodle breeds, but all of them are beautiful animals. Some people may think this simply because they are easy to style and their burly coat can be groomed to various different Poodle hairstyles. However, the Poodle is not simply a good-looking dog, but also one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Underestimate them at your peril!

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 17.Poodle

18. Irish Setter

This is another beautiful breed with a sleek body and gorgeous coat. Also known as the Red Setter, the Irish Setter has a beautiful red coat which has long areas of fur under their legs, ears and tail. These red locks flow in the wind as they run through dales and bring smiles to anyone who witnesses them.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 18. Irish Setter

19. German Shepherd

Although they are prone to some mobility issues due to poor-breednig practices, the German Shepherd will always remain a beautiful breed. They are intelligent and loyal, being used often in assistance roles for both security services and civilian families.

If you agree about the GSD's beauty, take a look at our article on why adopt a German Shepherd? for some more practical considerations.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 19. German Shepherd

20. Irish Wolfhound

With shaggy hair and a long gait, the Irish Wolfhound is incredibly beautiful, even if it is in a ‘shabby-chic’ kind of way. They are docile and affectionate, but require high levels of physical activity. Unfortunately, they are a dog breed with one of the shortest estimated life expectancies, but this means any time we get to spend with them is even more beautiful.

The Most Beautiful Dog Breeds in the World - 20. Irish Wolfhound

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