I love dogs and enjoy debating about what the most beautiful breeds are.
Prettiest Dog Breeds
Amazingly, all of the beautiful, handsome, cute, and pretty dogs in the world come from one source—the majestic wolf.
But since the ancestors of today's dogs were tamed over 14,000 years ago, an astonishing array of breeds have come about. These dogs all have the 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth of a wolf but vary greatly in appearance. Here we will take a look at some of the best-looking breeds.
If you're considering getting a dog, remember that no matter how big, little, smooth-haired, shaggy, fast, slow, playful, or dignified your choice, all dogs can make wonderful companions. Enjoy their companionship and remember they need plenty of love, care, and attention to be happy.
If you don't see a breed that you think I should have included, please let me know in the comments!
10 of the World's Best Looking Dogs
- Siberian Husky—Sled Dog
- Golden Retriever—Miss Congeniality
- German Shepherd—K9 Police Dog
- Labrador Retriever—Original Water Dog
- Saint Bernard—Gentle Giant and Great Predictor of Avalanches
- Great Dane—The Sensitive
- Doberman—Body Guard
- Bulldog—Stubborn but Sweet Companion
- Kuvasz—The Prolific Shedder
- Bullmastiff—Gentle Guardian
1. Siberian Husky—Sled Dog
Husky owners choose this special breed for their temperaments—a unique mixture of laid-back and sportive. These dogs are playful, happy-go-lucky, loving, and fond of their families. They have a keen, docile, relaxed, and casual way about them. They tend to howl rather than bark. Huskies will be friends with almost anyone, and, therefore, are not good watchdogs. They are happiest when around family members and are part of the group. Their gentle demeanors and group mentality make them very popular as family dogs.
Huskies are great jogging companions. They do much better in cooler climates due to their under and outer coats. These dogs were developed to run and need this daily exercise—otherwise, they will become bored. Their love of running also means you need to be careful before taking the leash off—they can run for miles before realizing they are lost. If a husky does not receive enough mental and physical stimulation, it can become very destructive. They eat very little compared to other dogs and can run great distances with very little water and food. This toughness made them ideal sled dogs.
The husky is good with other dogs if raised with them from puppyhood. They tend to be aggressive towards cats.
I own a husky because, in my opinion, Siberians are the most beautiful breed on earth. If you are thinking about getting one, please research what you need to know before getting a Siberian husky.
2. Golden Retriever—Miss Congeniality
Goldens get along with all people, be they children, strangers, or seniors. They're also fantastic with other dogs, cats, and pets. They'll happily dismiss all the dumb mistakes you're bound to make. Whether you come home two hours late, forget their dinner, or accidentally step on their tails, they'll forget it ever happened as soon as you show them some love.
Newspaper accounts document the fact that even traumatic events like abuse, abandonment, and accidents don't affect a Golden for any great length of time. A golden's ability to bounce back and keep on loving and trusting people is legendary.
3. German Shepherd—K9 Police Dog
German Shepherds are the world's leading police, guard, and military dog. However, contrary to their appearance, they are not hostile. Instead, they are confident, self-assured, and ever-so-slightly aloof. These fearless dogs are very affectionate toward those they consider family members but may not seem personable to strangers because they are unlikely to make the first move. However, when approached by a stranger they find acceptable, they will respond with affection.
The temperament of a German Shepherd is one of quiet confidence and maturity. They are very loyal, forming strong bonds with family members. They have been known to defend owners against large animals such as bears. However, be sure to socialize your German so that it does not become overprotective of family members.
German Shepherds were bred for their intelligence. They are very easy to train, and it is said that they pick up simple tasks after only five repetitions. These qualities, along with their strength and ability, make them perfectly suited for police duties, guarding, and search-and-rescue operations. They also fit very well into the roles of companions, guide dogs, herding dogs, and guardians.
4. Labrador Retriever—Original Water Dog
Chewing and mouthing are common problems among labradors. You will need to keep lots of chew toys and bones on hand in order to save your furniture and shoes. A lab's favorite greeting is to trot up with a trophy in its mouth, so keep an eye on anything within its reach that is not tacked down. Labs love holding things in their mouths. Virtually anything will do, even hands or arms. But you needn't worry about getting bitten—if they take your hand, they will do so very gently.
A lab can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it—they have a very soft "feel" to their mouths. They do like chewing on things, though they can be trained not to. If you don't want to come home and find couches destroyed, you need to be prepared to exercise your lab before you leave the house and provide him with lots of bones.
Labradors do not normally make good watchdogs. Although they will bark at strange noises, they are far too easy-going and trusting with strangers—they can make friends within seconds. Amicable and sociable, the Labrador Retriever is a playful companion and a calm housedog.
The Labrador Retriever is the original water dog, with a weather-resistant and waterproof coat and an "otter" tail it uses to steer like a boat's rudder when swimming. Its heavyset body and strong legs enable the dog to swim and run powerfully. Frequent exercise is needed to keep them healthy and occupied.
5. Saint Bernard—Gentle Giant and Great Predictor of Avalanches
The Saint Bernard, known as the "gentle giant," is enormous, powerful, and well-muscled—all necessary characteristics for walking through deep snow. It is very intelligent and seems to be able to predict when an avalanche will occur.
This slow-moving, gentle dog makes a great family pet. Although not particularly playful, it is good with children. Because of the dog's large size, care should be taken to prevent accidents, especially around small children. They can be stubborn, but Saint Bernards are loyal to their families and willing to please.
6. Great Dane—The Sensitive
Always remember that your Great Dane's temperament is a reflection of your own. If you greet another person warmly, your Dane is likely to do the same; if you are apprehensive or nervous, this will show in the reaction of your dog.
The Great Dane is a very sensitive animal. Some people might find it comical to know that the Great Dane, in spite of its size, can very easily have its feelings hurt. This speaks volumes about the Great Dane's temperament. They are so sensitive that yelling or using the wrong tone of voice can leave them feeling upset, hurt, or uneasy. More than anything, your Dane just wants to please and protect you.
Owners should always remember that while Great Danes are very loving and gentle, they are extremely large, sometimes weighing in at over 150 pounds. This can be very intimidating for strangers, especially those with small children, no matter how friendly the dog is. Fortunately, Great Danes are just as gentle and friendly with children as they are with adults.
7. Doberman—Body Guard
Dobermans like to be physically close to family members. Devoted and watchful, they are a very people-oriented breed.
The Doberman needs an owner who is willing and able to display a natural authority over the dog. Humans need to discipline the dog without being afraid of it. All family members must be firm, confident, and consistent, setting rules and sticking to them. Learn to handle the dog properly, as Dobermans can be pushy if allowed to have their way. It must be thoroughly trained to be a good pet.
The Doberman is naturally protective and does not need additional protection training to be a fine guard dog. It should be thoroughly socialized with both children and adults when young. To raise a well-adjusted and happy Doberman, you will need to provide plenty of mental stimulation and a lot of daily exercise.
8: Bulldog—Stubborn but Sweet Companion
This dog always wants to be close to the owner, and very often it is impossible to stop it from sleeping on the bed—next to you. Also, anyone who has ever owned a Bulldog cannot deny its stubbornness. They are very assertive and like everything around them to be calm and quiet. They themselves are almost silent, barking only when necessary. It's very possible that you will go days without hearing the voice of your pet.
While Bulldogs generally get along with anyone and everybody, they do tend to choose one person to stick to. The dog will develop a strong bond with its main caregiver. Bulldogs thrive on attention and love. They do not do well when left alone for long periods. The Bulldog isn't a dog that you can ignore for stretches of time. It is a companion dog, and it needs lots of attention and, above all, love from its owner.
While the Bulldog is a very sweet adorable clown, the breed does tend to have a mind of its own and can be very willful. You do have to have a firm voice when it comes to training—persistence and patience are key. Never ever be tempted to hit or jerk your Bulldog around if it doesn't do as you want; they will not respond to this and will more often than not rebel against it.