Top 10 Cutest Dogs

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When the word cute dog is mentioned, most people tend to think of a small dog that is easy to carry on the lap and one that is cuddly. This may not be the case always; all small dogs are not necessarily cute. The cuteness of the dog may vary from one individual to another. What seems cute to one person may not be cute to the other. However, below are some of the 10 dog breeds that I find to be so cute.

1. Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is a docile, intelligent and courageous dog that is affectionate to its family. It has a triangular shaped, broad and blunt head, small and erect ears that are carried forward and in line with the neck, strong teeth that meet in a scissors level, webbed feet and a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and waterproof while the undercoat is thick and soft to provide protection for the dog in cold weather. This dog breed is about 24-26 inches tall and weighs 75-120 pound.

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2. Beagle

The Beagle is not only beautiful on the outward but also has a great personality that matches its appearance. The Beagle is the type of dog that will happily greet everyone with a wagging tail. It is a gentle, happy and loving dog that is sociable, brave and intelligent. The body of the Beagle is square-like with a fairly long skull and a straight, square muzzle. Its eyes are brown or hazel and set apart while the ears are pendant, long and low set. It has a black nose that is broad with full nostrils. It has a medium coat that is sleek and easy to take care for.

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3. Chow Chow

Chow Chow is a quiet dog that is originally from China. The Chow Chow can be identified by its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs, which makes walk in a stilted way. The Chow Chow has a large and broad head with a flat skull, a broad and deep muzzle, a black, large nose with open nostrils, small, erect ears that are triangular in shape and round at the tip and deep, almond-shaped eyes.

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4. Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog is an energetic dog that is agile and possesses herding instincts. Its herding instincts make it alert and courageous. Nevertheless, they are not aggressive and will often welcome visitors cheerfully. The Icelandic is friendly to children and get along well with other dogs and pets. It has prick ears, has sturdy forelegs and double dewclaws, dark and medium sized eyes and a curled tail. It is about 12-16 inches tall and weighs 20-30 pounds.

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5. Samoyed

Samoyed also referred to as Sammy or Sami is a gentle, devoted, easygoing, friendly and playful dog that gets along with everyone. It has a wedge shaped head that is broad. Its teeth meet in a scissors bite and it has dark, almond-shaped eyes that are wide apart, with a slanting lower lid and dark rims. Its tail is fairly long, well-covered with hair and is carried rolled on the back. It has solid and muscular legs and flat feet that are covered with hair.

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6. Portuguese water dog

The Portuguese water dog is a medium-sized dog that is loving, loyal and loves water. This dog breed has a broad, domed head that is slightly longer than the muzzle. Its teeth meet in scissors bite and it has a black broad nose. Its eyes are heart shaped and are set high and hanging. The Portuguese water dog is adapted to swim. It has webbed legs and a docked tail that aid it in swimming. It is good with children and easily gets along with other dogs and pets.

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7. Siberian husky

The Siberian husky dog is a working sled dog that is loving, gentle, happy, docile and keen. It can not make a good watch dog since it is friendly with strangers and love everyone that comes around. They are friendly with kids and are high-energy dogs thus requires plenty of exercise. Siberian husky dog has a medium sized head that is proportional to its body. It has medium-sized, oval-shaped eyes, teeth that meet in a scissors bite, a tail that is carried over the back in a sickle curve and large "snowshoe" feet that have hair between the toes.

8. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terrier is a small dog that is eager for adventure, highly energetic, brave, loyal and intelligent. It has teeth that meet in a scissors bite and V-shaped, erect ears. Its nose is black. Yorkshire’s tail is customarily docked to a medium length. Its body is covered with a long, glossy coat that is fine and silky and falls straight down on either side.

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9. American Eskimo

The American Eskimo is available in three different sizes; toy, miniature and standard. The toy Eskimo is 9-12 inches tall and weighs 6-10 pounds while the miniature Eskimo is 12-15 inches tall and weighs 10-20 pounds. The standard Eskimo is 15-19 inches and weighs 18-35 pounds. This dog breed is affectionate, playful, charming and alert. It is excellent with children and is easy to train. It is characterized by a wedge-shaped head with muzzle and skull about the same length, erect, triangular-shaped ears and a heavily plumed tail curled over the back.

10. Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear derived its name from its cotton like coat. It is friendly, gentle, alert and affectionate. It is excellent with children, other dogs and animals and is attached to its home and master, always wanting to be in their presence and trying its best to please. It is 10-12 inches tall and weighs 12-15 pounds.

The above are 10 of the cutest dogs. In the list above, the size or temperament of the dog does not dictate. The list is based on the dog’s physical appearance. Note that the arrangement of the dog breeds does not follow the order of the cutest dog.

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