This ranking also shows that smaller dog breeds are perceived as being cuter per se. But there are also a few exceptions.
1. Miniature Poodle
The Miniature Poodle originated in Germany. Internationally, these dogs now also occupy the 7th place among the most popular breeds.
Additionally, these animals have been voted the cutest dogs in the world by our readers. They are also considered to be very trusting and cuddly.
Compared to other dogs, they also shed very little, are easily trainable, and have only a weak hunting instinct. They are therefore ideal for first-time owners.
Fun Fact: These dogs are born athletes. Because with relatively little training, they can not only learn a backflip but also a flick.
2. Yorkshire Terriers
The Yorkshire Terrier reaches a weight of just 3 kg when fully grown. Not only do they make great lap dogs, but they are also suitable as guard dogs.
When it comes to food, on the other hand, they are very picky. On the other hand, they can be trained well and shed little. They also take second place among the cutest dog breeds in the world.
These four-legged friends also get along very well with children. Clumsy behavior by small children, on the other hand, could hurt them. They also bark a lot.
Fun Fact: These dogs tend to sneeze backward. Instead of blowing air out, they draw in a lot of it at once.
The Pomeranian originated in Germany. It is the smallest of a total of 5 subspecies of the “German Spitz”.
Internationally, these animals are among the 30 most popular breeds. In addition, they were also voted the third cutest dogs in the world by our readers.
Due to their trusting and extroverted nature, they also make excellent therapy dogs. In addition, they can be trained very well and have almost no hunting instinct.
Fun Fact: The neutral facial expression of these dogs resembles a permanent grin.
4. Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tuléar comes from Madagascar, or more specifically from the local town called “Tulear.” Outside of their homeland, however, these dogs are relatively rare.
This also explains why these four-legged friends are comparatively expensive. On the other hand, they shed very little and are among the cutest dogs in the world.
In addition, these animals are very people-related and require a lot of attention. Some of them are also up to 19 years old.
Fun Fact: Colloquially, this breed is also referred to as the “cotton dog.” Because his fur should be particularly soft.
5. Lhasa Apso
The Lhasa Apso has gained a reputation as a faithful companion in Tibet, particularly among monks. These dogs are also considered sacred by the locals.
This explains why they are primarily given away in Tibet and not sold. In addition, they can live up to 20 years and are ranked 5th among the cutest dogs in the world.
These four-legged friends are also very popular with celebrities. And this is despite the fact that they bark a lot, have a strong hunting instinct, and need a lot of exercise.
Fun Fact: “Apso” stands for a billy goat. However, it is unclear whether this is intended to be a nod to the stubborn nature of these dogs.
The Havanese come from Cuba and have a total of 7 official names. Due to their excellent trainability, they are often recommended for beginners.
These dwarf dogs are also ideal as house dogs for families with children. They were also voted 6th in the cutest dog breed.
In addition, the gentle four-legged friends are very playful and need a lot of attention. On the other hand, they bark and hair relatively little.
Fun fact: When these dogs get their first short haircut, their owners are amazed. Her body is covered in freckles from front to back.
7. Cao de Água Português
The Cão de Água Português is also known as the Portuguese Water Dog. Because in the past it was primarily used by fishermen to drive fish into the nets.
Water dogs owe their good swimming skills to the webbed feet between their toes. In addition, according to surveys, they are among the 10 cutest dogs in the world.
Compared to other breeds, however, they need significantly more mental and physical activity. Otherwise, they often start to gnaw.
Fun fact: These four-legged friends can bark in different octaves. A deep bark usually serves as a warning, while a higher-pitched sound is often a cry of joy.
8. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow comes from China. Originally, they served primarily as working and sled dogs. In some cases, however, they were also kept as cattle for slaughter.
Compared to other dogs, chow chows also have a very stiff gait. In addition, they were voted 8th in the list of cutest dog breeds in the world.
The tongues of these four-legged friends are also black and blue. They also have similarities with lions. This also explains why they are called “black-tongued lions”.
Fun fact: these dogs love to snuggle their master’s feet. In humans, one would speak of a foot fetish.
9. Shih Tzu
The Shih-Tzu originated in China and is one of the 20 most popular breeds in the world. They can also live up to 18 years and bark relatively little.
When fully grown, these four-legged friends only weigh around 6 kg. In addition, they only need relatively little exercise and are among the cutest dogs in the world.
These animals are not only very trusting of the family but also get along well with children. However, the hunting instinct is usually too strong for other pets.
Fun Fact: These dogs will eat anything. Oh yes, that often includes the droppings of other four-legged friends.
The Chihuahua comes from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. With a shoulder height of almost 10 cm, these dogs are the world’s smallest breed.
Despite their size, however, they are more likely to react aggressively toward other dogs. And yet they take the 10th place for cutest dog breeds.
In addition, they shed relatively little and live up to 20 years. They are also available with both short and long hair.
Fun Fact: These dogs are so small that they often trigger the prey drive of larger dogs. But they are also often on the menu of birds of prey.
The Pekingese comes from China and only weighs around 4 kg when fully grown. They were bred primarily as domestic dogs. But they also make great watchdogs.
Compared to other breeds, they are also considered to be very stubborn, stubborn, and aggressive. And yet they are among the cutest dogs in the world.
In addition, they require relatively little exercise, bark a lot, and are considered to be high-maintenance. All of these traits explain why this breed’s popularity is currently on the decline.
Fun Fact: Some of these cute little dogs get such long hair that they resemble a running mop.
12. West Highland White Terriers
The West Highland White Terrier was originally bred to keep vermin out of the home. But Scottish dogs also make great family dogs.
Internationally, they are also among the 50 most popular dogs. Additionally, they were voted 12th place for the cutest dog breed in the world by our readers.
Incidentally, they are also one of the longest-lived dogs at up to 17 years of age. In addition, they shed relatively little and are particularly happy and playful.
Fun Fact: “Curious” is an understatement with these dogs. Their urge to explore is so strong that they very often get stuck in grates, pipes, or other objects.
13. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer comes from Germany and was originally intended to keep rats away from the farm. The beard served as protection against bites.
According to statistics, the animals are also among the 13 most intelligent breeds in the world. They are also very people-oriented and are among the cutest dogs.
Compared to other breeds, they also have a strong hunting instinct, shed little, and are absolutely fearless. They also get along very well with children.
Fun Fact: These four-legged friends are often kept by barbers for training purposes. But they are also very popular with men with full beards.
14. Boston Terriers
The Boston Terrier comes from the USA and develops a particularly strong bond with its master. In a pinch, these dogs would also defend their families to death.
But they also have a very trusting, playful, and silly side. In addition, some of them can live up to 18 years and take 14th place in the cutest dog breed in the world.
Their size also makes them great for apartment living. On the other hand, they do not get along well with heat and cold. So they are easy to train.
Fun fact: According to statistics, these four-legged friends often have food intolerances. You’ll notice that at the latest when they let out a fart every minute after eating.
According to archaeologists, the Shiba Inu was already kept as a domestic dog 9,000 years ago. This makes it one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
And yet they are very difficult to train in comparison. They are therefore not recommended for beginners. And yet they are among the cutest dogs in the world.
In addition, they are considered to be particularly loyal, alert, and fearless. In the past, fox-like dogs were also more commonly used for hunting.
Fun Fact: “Stubborn” might be this breed’s middle name. Get ready for some tough hours at the dog school!
16. Australian Shepherds
The Australian Shepherd is particularly well known for being trainable. They also need a lot of work and exercise.
Despite their size, they were voted the 16th cutest dog breed by our readers. But they are also among the 20 most popular dogs internationally.
These animals also want to be close to their master at all times. On the other hand, they are usually somewhat reserved and skeptical towards strangers.
Fun Fact: As the name suggests, these dogs hail from… The United States. And no, that’s not a typo.
The Maltese are considered to be particularly sociable, playful, and charming. On the other hand, they get along very badly with loneliness and cold.
The little four-legged friends only weigh around 2 kg on average. In addition, they only give birth to 1-3 puppies per birth and are among the cutest dogs in the world.
Because of their white fur, they used to be considered sacred. In addition, they develop a close relationship with family, and especially with children.
Fun fact: With an inheritance of around 12 million, a New York Maltese was the richest dog in the world for several years.
18. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog was bred specifically to serve as an apartment family pet breed. They also bark very little and are considered very trusting.
Internationally, these four-legged friends take 4th place among the most popular dogs in the world. They are also in the top 20 for the cutest dog breeds worldwide.
These animals are also absolute clowns. They memorize anything that makes their family laugh and repeat it over and over again.
Fun Fact: The flexibility and endurance of these dogs are often not sufficient for natural reproduction. They are therefore usually artificially inseminated.
The Beagle hails from England and was originally bred to be a tracking dog. However, he is now primarily kept as a house dog.
In fact, their sense of smell is so good that they are sometimes trained to spot bed bugs. They are also easy to train and are some of the cutest dogs in the world.
By the way, the Beagle is available in two different sizes. In addition, they rank 6th internationally among the most popular breeds.
Fun fact: “Beagle” means “open mouth”. Because they not only bark an above-average amount but also regularly make more than 20 other sounds.
20. American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel was originally used primarily as a hunting dog. In the meantime, however, they are mainly used as family and house dogs.
Without socialization, these four-legged friends often react nervously to people. And yet they hold the 20th place for the cutest dog breed in the world.
However, due to their long floppy ears, they are more prone to ear infections. But they can be trained very well and are considered to be very cheerful and gentle.
Fun Fact: These dogs’ paws have a shoe-like profile. This also allows them to run on ice with ease compared to other breeds.
21. Golden Retrievers
The Golden Retriever originated in Scotland, where it was initially used to hunt waterfowl. However, they are generally considered to be very adaptable.
This also explains why they are now used as rescue, family, and guide dogs. According to our readers, they are also among the cutest dogs in the world.
Compared to other breeds, Golden Retrievers are excellent to train. They also hold the world record for the loudest barking at 113 decibels.
Fun Fact: This breed also has a penchant for carrying things around in their mouths. Shoe lovers should therefore not leave them alone.
22. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
With a shoulder height of only 27 cm, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the smallest German Shepherd breed in the world. But don’t let their size fool you.
These animals can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h in a full sprint. In addition, according to studies, they are among the 15 most intelligent dogs and are also up there with the cutest dog breeds.
The bond these four-legged friends have with their master is so strong that they literally follow you wherever you go. In addition, they bark a lot and are considered sociable.
Fun fact: Deep snow often poses a problem for these short-legged dogs. Because they often jump in but then get stuck in it.
The pug comes from China and is known for its loving and tender nature. They also need a lot of attention and find it difficult to stay alone.
This breed was bred specifically to serve as a lap dog. This also explains why they hardly bark and are among the cutest dogs in the world.
Swimming, on the other hand, is not one of her strengths. Because of their short legs, they can only stay afloat for a few seconds.
Fun Fact: In 2020, a YouTube video of a pug owner measuring the volume of snoring noises went viral. The result? A full 96 decibels – like a standard jackhammer.
The dachshund comes from Germany and is often recommended to first-time owners. Because they are considered to be very easy to care for, and trust and only require relatively little exercise.
In addition, these animals come in 3 different sizes. The miniature dachshund was also voted 24th place in the world’s cutest dog breeds by our readers.
The small four-legged friends, on the other hand, do not get along well with the cold. They also bark an above-average amount, have a strong hunting instinct, and live up to 16 years.
Fun Fact: The physique of these dogs explains why they are also known internationally as “Sausage Dogs”.
25. Bichon Frize
The Bichon Frisé has made a name for itself in particular because of its longevity. Because they relatively often reach the age of 20.
Today they serve primarily as lap dogs. In the past, however, they were also used as shepherds and circus dogs. They are also among the cutest dogs in the world.
Due to their good trainability, they are also ideal for beginners. They also get along well with children and dogs. However, their hunting instinct is too strong for other pets.
Fun fact: This breed is said to pamper its master so much that the French verb “bichonner” (Engl. to pamper) developed from its name.
26. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is originally from Great Britain. In the meantime, however, he is also one of the 20 most popular dogs internationally.
In addition, these lap dogs are known to be very sociable and get along great with children. They are also among the 30 cutest dog breeds in the world.
On the other hand, they do not get along well with heat and loneliness. In addition, they are considered extroverted and are therefore not suitable as guard dogs.
Fun Fact: The faster these dogs run, the more their ears stick out to one side. In a full sprint, they are at a 90° angle – like the wings of an airplane.
27. Australian Silky Terriers
The Australian Silky Terrier owes a number of characteristics to its homeland. For example, they get along well with heat but only poorly with cold.
Due to their size, they are also ideal for apartment life. They are also easy to train and rank 27th among the cutest dogs in the world.
On the other hand, they often react aggressively toward strangers. They also bark a lot and rarely tolerate strange pets.
Fun fact: These four-legged friends are so territorial that they would defend any toys with their lives if they had to.
Just like spaghetti, Bolognese comes from Italy. In his homeland, however, the small dogs are mainly known as “Bolo”.
When fully grown, these four-legged friends weigh just 2.5 kg. They are also considered extroverted and are among the cutest dog breeds in the world.
In addition, they shed very little, train well, and make great lap dogs. Even strangers are warmly welcomed by them.
Fun fact: These four-legged friends are said to be particularly stubborn. Whether they picked up this quality from their homeland remains a mystery.
29. Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese crested dog comes from China and is one of the so-called “ hairless dogs ”. This also explains why they don’t get along well with the cold.
But UV radiation is also a problem for these four-legged friends. Plenty of sunscreens are therefore necessary for summer. In addition, they have voted the cutest dogs in the world.
With a life expectancy of up to 18 years, they are also one of the longest-lived breeds. They are also easy to train and very happy and playful.
Fun Fact: According to statistics, this breed is one of the most common breeds missing teeth at birth.
30. Griffon Bruxellois
The Griffon Bruxellois comes from Belgium and was once kept to keep rats and other small animals away from the house. This also explains their strong hunting instinct.
And yet these four-legged friends are considered very trusting, cuddly, and loving. They also need a lot of exercises and are among the cutest dog breeds in the world.
Bearded dogs are also great for apartment living. However, they find it very difficult to be left alone.
Fun Fact: This breed loves to climb up on things. Climbing down, however, becomes more of a problem.
The Papillon has a particular reputation for being an apartment dog. Because they bark and shed little and can be trained well.
In addition, they are among the 10 most intelligent breeds worldwide. They are also at the top of the ranking for the cutest dogs.
When fully grown, they weigh just 3 kg. They also get along well with children and other dogs and are considered cheerful and playful.
Fun Fact: These dogs have made careers as models several times. Because of their obedient nature, they can easily hold still for a longer shoot.
32. Tibetan Spaniel
According to studies, the Tibetan Spaniel has been kept by humans as a domestic dog for around 3,000 years.
These four-legged friends were and are still very popular with the local monks in particular. They are also among the cutest dog breeds in the world.
Because they are not only very entertaining but can also be trained well. However, being alone is not one of her strengths.
Fun Fact: These four-legged friends resemble a cat in a dog’s fur. Because they also lick their paws and like to run around people’s legs.
33. Rat Terriers
The Rat Terrier comes from the USA. Its name already reveals that it used to be primarily used to keep rats away.
But they are also just as suitable as hunting and family dogs. In addition, these dogs require a lot of exercises and rank 33rd among the cutest dogs in the world.
Despite their size, they only weigh around 7 kg. In addition, they are also suitable for apartment life and are considered to be very loving and curious.
Fun Fact: In a competition, a single Rat Terrier managed to eliminate a whopping 2,500 rats in a barn within 7 hours.
34. Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher is by far the most energetic miniature dog. Although he only weighs around 4 kg, he feels like he’s running around half the day.
He also barks quite a bit and makes a good watchdog. They can also live up to 16 years and according to our survey, they are one of the cutest dog breeds in the world.
Compared to other dogs, they also shed very little and are considered to be very playful and friendly. Due to their good trainability, they are also suitable for beginners.
Fun Fact: These four-legged friends are so clumsy and goofy that they’ve been dubbed “racial clowns.”
35. Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin was bred specifically to be an entertaining life companion. This also explains his loving, trusting, and charming nature.
In addition, these dogs have a lot in common with cats and also make good therapy dogs. They are also among the top 35 cutest dogs in the world.
They are also great for apartments as well as first-time owners compared to other breeds. In addition, they only need relatively little exercise and can live up to 15 years.
Fun Fact: Despite its name, the Japanese Chin paradoxically originated in China.
36. American Eskimo Dog
Paradoxically, the American Eskimo Dog comes from Germany. It is also available in 3 different sizes. The smallest species weighs just around 3 kg.
The larger species, on the other hand, is also used more frequently as a shepherd dog and hunting dog. They are also easy to train and are ranked 36th as the cutest dog breed in the world.
They also get along well with children and have historically been used more often as circus dogs. On the other hand, they do a lot with their hair.
Fun fact: these four-legged friends get into a kind of gaming frenzy from time to time. However, petting them will calm them down relatively quickly.
37. Icelandic Dog
The Icelandic Dog is the only breed native to Iceland. He also has a total of 7 official names and can be trained excellently.
This breed has been threatened with extinction on several occasions. There are currently only around 5,000 living specimens worldwide. And yet they are among the cutest dogs.
In addition, they are considered to be very curious, cheerful, and playful. In addition, this Spitz breed is not only suitable as a family dog but also as a working shepherd dog.
Fun fact: The guardian instinct of these animals is sometimes so strong by nature that they often bark when visitors want to leave the house again.
The Barbet comes from France and has been kept as a family dog from the start. He is also an excellent swimmer and hardly sheds at all.
Additionally, our readers voted him the 40 cutest dog breed in the world. This is probably due in large part to their teddy bear-like appearance.
By the way, her name translates to “Bart”. It is also available in black, brown, and spotted. Furthermore, they are considered to be very friendly, loyal, and good-natured.
Fun Fact: These four-legged friends love to bathe in mud pools. Even the smallest puddle is used by them to rub their backs in it.
The Samoyed comes from parts of Russia and Siberia. Interestingly, these dogs only became very popular in the past two decades.
In the past, they served primarily as shepherd dogs. Sometimes they were also used as hunting and sled dogs. They are also among the 40 cutest dog breeds in the world.
By the way, compared to other dogs, they are also very clean. They only have a strong odor when they are wet. Otherwise, they are quite odorless.
Fun Fact: On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is very little and 5 is very much, these dogs shed around a 7.
The Bobtail comes from England and is particularly known for its bear-like gait. They also reach a weight of almost 50 kg.
They got their name because their tail was usually cut into a bob in the past. In addition, they are considered to be very calm and have made it to number 40 of the cutest dogs.
In addition, they shed very little and get along well with the cold. Due to their trusting and loving nature, they also make great family dogs.
Fun Fact: These couch potatoes are also known colloquially as “series dogs”. Because they have no problem spending half the afternoon watching Netflix.