Dogs are amazing creatures, and a “dog is indeed a man’s best friend.” For centuries, humans have used dogs not only for companionship, but also for training, teaching, breeding, and support for people with disabilities.
Either breeding dogs for work or aesthetic purposes has produced a wide variety of dog breeds, each with their characteristics, traits, and personalities.
If you are considering a new dog or are interested in the breeding business, but don’t know which ones will be successful or are more popular, here are some options.
Below are listed the top 18 most beautiful dog breeds in the world in no specific order.
Table of Contents
- 18. The Shih Tzu
- 17. The Labrador Retriever
- 16. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- 15. The American Bulldog
- 14. The Tibetan Mastiff
- 13. The Chow Chow
- 12. The Catahoula Leopard Dog
- 11. Golden Retriever
- 10. The Doberman Pinscher
- 9. Saint Bernard
- 8. The Long Coated Chihuahua
- 7. The Siberian Husky
- 6. The Poodle
- 5. The Pomeranian
- 4. The Samoyed
- 3. The Akita Inu
- 2. The Keeshond
- 1. The Pug
- To Wrap It Up
18. The Shih Tzu
This pretty little ball of fur is the Shih Tzu, a favourite of past Chinese royalty. Another example of elegance and grace on the list, any Shih Tzu dog seems to float across the floor as it moves, an illusion produced by the long silky fur that trails on the ground behind them.
This breed is a favourite show dog, mainly because its fur can be styled in any way combed or brushed. They are also a fun house dog and small enough that they will not knock over small children.
Its name translates from Chinese mandarin to lion dog. Quite the irony, eh?
17. The Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are known to be one of the most friendly dogs, both with other dogs and humans. They will bond with the entire family, including children. But don\’t make the mistake of thinking that this beloved family dog has low energy, because Labs are very athletic and love to swim, fetch, and run.
Labrador Retrievers have a dense coat that can be yellow, black, or chocolate. Indeed, they\’re some of the most beautiful dogs in the world.
16. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are known to be bright, affectionate, and sensitive. They are famous for their waterproof coat, which is wavy and oily to the touch.
They\’re solid-coloured, being a chocolate brown, dead grass, or sedge, and have yellow-amber eyes or light blue eyes that complement their coat.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are much more emotional than a typical gundog. Although they can be trained, they have a mind of their own. They\’re protective of their humans but are also polite to strangers.
They are known to be excellent watchdogs and athletes. A Chesapeake Bay Retriever will be an excellent companion or hunting buddy.
15. The American Bulldog
The American bulldog is by far one of the most famous American breeding dogs and is also a popular household dog. The aesthetic of this breed is its essence of strength and character; it looks at you with confidence and compliance.
There are two different types of American Bulldogs, including the standard style as well as the bully type.
14. The Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff is a purebred guard dog originating in the Himalayan Mountains. Legend has it that this mountain dog is the result of multi-generational inbreeding with local wolves in Tibet, with the sole purpose of protecting traders and troops from potential aggressors while on long distances.
It is a protective, strong-willed, and loyal dog that is less inclined to participate in games and fun family activities. As an adult, it is instead a silent and introvert dog, with a strong bark, and inborn love for the great outdoors.
Get this dog if you’re after a watchful but a beautiful and fluffy four-legged companion with a strong personality.
13. The Chow Chow
The Chow Chow may not be a very outgoing dog breed, but with its fluffy thick coat, curly tail, droopy eyes, and lovely squashed face, it will turn heads around wherever it goes. Chow Chows are mainly known for their signature blue tongues which they develop by the time they are six months old.
This overly cute and majestic dog breed is not the only breed with a black/blue tongue. Another Asian breed, the Shar-Pei, has the same feature.
The Chow Chow originates in China, but it isn’t clear how it got into Europe and then the Americas. In Chinese, this breed is called “puffy-lion dog” (Songshi-Quan), which is a pretty accurate description.
12. The Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Catahoula Leopard is a loyal and hard-working dog. Bred initially in northern Louisiana, the Catahoula is a tough breed used to track and catch wild hogs, which explains its nickname, “The Hog Dog”.
At first glance, this dog gives a striking impression due to the pattern and colourisation of its fur.
But its appearance can vary quite considerably from individual to individual, making this dog a unique breed and why it is one of the prettiest.
11. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a larger size dog and is known for retrieving hunted and dead game unharmed, hence the name “Golden Retriever.” Golden Retrievers are very popular in dog shows because of being purebred, their smooth fur, and their golden colour.
While retrievers can come from many different nations and vary in looks, they all have the same characteristic: they are loyal to their owner. This is why retrievers are chosen for people with disabilities because they are known to stick it through with their owner, no matter the outcome.
Combined with their adoring personality and their golden glow, the Golden Retriever is a solid choice when looking for the world\’s most beautiful dogs.
10. The Doberman Pinscher
A sturdy looking breed of dog, it is praised for its loyalty and its compassion toward its family. Not only is the Doberman Pinscher beautiful and can come in a variety of colours, including black, brown, fawn, blue, and red, but it can also be intimidating at the same time.
No wonder this breed is commonly used as a personal guard dog — it can kill with its looks!
9. Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard is a great breed. Despite its size, Saint Bernard is an adorable and classic choice and an incredibly useful and hard-working dog.
It was initially bred for rescue relief in the Swiss Alps and Italy, of which it has become famous for, stereotypically depicted carrying a barrel of brandy around its neck (which has been found never to have happened).
A Saint Bernard is an excellent dog for cuddling, and it is very similar to hugging a big teddy bear.
8. The Long Coated Chihuahua
The long-haired chihuahua is the pretty version of its less appetising short-haired cousin. Except for the think coat, the two chihuahuas are identical: they’re loyal, smart, energetic, and affected by the small dog syndrome.
Paradoxically, even though they are the smallest dog breed in the world, chihuahuas are renowned for their unresolved anger management issues. This is especially true if their owners failed to socialise them as pups. So, it is best to think twice before getting a chi, especially if it’s a rescue.
Aggressiveness and stubbornness aside, long-coated chihuahuas make great one-person pets, can fit in a purse, and are incredibly loyal and devoted to their human. However, they come at a steep price: from $500 to $1,500 for a purebred.
7. The Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies were imported from Siberia to Alaska in the 1800s and were explicitly bred to pull sledges in the snowy terrain.
This made this breed extremely useful to humans who had no other form of mobility in these climates and were proven to be imperative for the exploration of the North Pole.
Siberians are known for their bright blue eyes, or sometimes even multi-coloured eyes. This breed has a gorgeous fur that can range anywhere from black to a copper-red.
The dog has a double coat that protects it from harsh winter weather but does reflect the summer heat.
6. The Poodle
The poodle is the very essence of fashion and has been a trendy pet for Europeans for the past seven centuries. These trendy dogs were initially bred in Germany and come in many forms: the standard, miniature, and toy types.
Historically, the poodle has always been a useful working dog, as well as a beautiful show dog due to the assortment of colours and styles that can be applied to its fur. The poodle is a true testament to the beauty that occurs in all dog breeds.
5. The Pomeranian
A toy dog that was first originated from the North Poland and East Germany regions of Europe, these dogs are adorable with their fluffy fur. Overall, this dog is a complete bundle of joy.
The tail of the Pomeranian is excessively plumed, giving this intelligent little pooch a high degree of character to its look.
Pomeranians are known for their beauty because of their fluffy fur and chirpy personality, and they make you want to hold them in your hands and look at you with their big, beady eyes.
4. The Samoyed
Samoyeds take their name after the Samoyedic people, a tribe native to the frigid regions of northern arctic Russia. This stunningly beautiful dog was bred to sledge heavy loads and as herding dogs.
Their fluffy, bright white double coat used to keep both them and their owners warm during the long, freezing Arctic nights. Samoyeds are independent but friendly dogs that make great companions for families and children.
They love people and dislike to be left alone, are relatively easy to keep (except for the grooming part), and they have a low tolerance for heat. The Samoyed is an optimistic and calm dog, that often puts on the so-called “Sammy smile,” instantly cheering everyone in its pack.
3. The Akita Inu
The Akita Inu is a strong, magnificent dog with a big heart and an unyielding fidelity to its owner.
This beautiful Japanese dog breed has caught the world’s imagination with the story of Hachi, a Japanese Akita dog who reportedly waited for its late master to return from work at the same train station every afternoon until its death, nine years later.
The Akita is a calm, loyal, self-reliant dog, who rarely barks. It has strong inborn guarding instincts, so it needs to be socialized as a pup to prevent it from becoming aggressive toward strangers later on.
Just like the Japanese people, it is hard to tell when this dog is mad, angry, or upset as the breed, in general, is very hard to read. So, an Akita may be furious about something and not show it until it suddenly snaps at another dog or person who did something to infuriate it.
2. The Keeshond
The Keeshond [KAYZ-hawnd] is great for families with children. They’re playful, energetic, and affectionate, and a joy to look at. Even though the Keeshond was initially bred as a watchdog, it has become a great apartment pet as long as you don’t leave him alone for one bit.
Its thick fluffy coat protects it against harsh winter temperatures but works against it in hot, humid climates. The Keeshond’s easy-going nature and nice personality had turned it into the Dutch’s favourite canine companion ever since the times when it used to offer companionship to Dutch sailors on their barges and boats.
The Keeshond used to be known as the Dutch Barge Dog, but the name doesn’t really do this dog any justice, as the Keeshond’s excessively friendly personality doesn’t make it one of the best watchdogs out there.
1. The Pug
With its stubby wrinkled face, huge eyes, curly Danish swirl tail, and characteristically stubby frame, the Pug definitely needs to be on the list.
Pugs were first imported from China to Europe during the 16th century. Not only are they beautiful, but they make excellent pets, thanks to their personality.
For instance, they are remarkably social and great around children for their endurance and relaxed attitude. The pug will forever be a favourite in the eyes of many.
To Wrap It Up
Our list of the most beautiful dogs on the world could go on forever, but the breeds here have caught our attention. What do you think? Is there another aesthetically pleasing dog bread that should have made it on the list? Leave your feedback below.