Not only have dogs been rightly described as loyal companions, but research also shows that they can help you lead a longer, healthier life. Whether it’s lowering your blood pressure or providing a much-needed break during the workday, dogs can offer an incredible amount of joy, companionship, and—needless to say—sheer cuteness. Read on for our list of the 10 cutest dog breeds in the world. (Warning: Cuteness overload ahead.)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is one of the sweetest toy breeds in existence. This breed is characterized by having a soft, snuggly coat and is great with children and other pets.
The Shiba Inu, originally bred in Japan, is regal, agile, and equally at home in urban or rural areas. With an appearance resembling a fox, this is definitely one of the cutest dogs in the world.
You’ve probably seen pictures of Havanese dogs running, looking like the happiest creatures on earth. That’s because, in addition to being some of the cutest dogs in the world, they’re also some of the friendliest and most outgoing.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain dogs are playful, protective, easygoing, and some of the cutest dogs in the world. (Bonus: This type of dog might also be able to rescue you from an avalanche.)
The bichon frise is one of the most adorable dogs in the world, and one of the most enthusiastic. They’re great to play with and have an ultra-soft coat that will put your favorite chenille throw to shame.
Essentially a great big personality in a very small package, the Brussels griffon is smart, sensitive, and bears more than a passing resemblance to an Ewok.
If impossibly tiny dogs are your cup of tea, the Yorkshire terrier is just the ticket. These adorable dogs are often small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Despite their relatively small size, dachshunds are spirited, inquisitive, and surprisingly brave. These adorable dogs have a special knack for forming bonds with their owners.
Of course, it’s worth remembering that some of the cutest dogs in the world are mixed breeds. From oh-so-sweet Pomskies (Pomeranian and Husky mixes) to pups with an unknown lineage, each dog is special.
To discover your own adorable dog in need of a home, check out fantastic non-profit resource Adopt a Pet to find pups available for adoption near you.