There are plenty of ways to choose a dog. Some people look for one of the cutest dog breeds, and others want a dog they can easily train. While there are plenty of milestones to look forward to when you adopt a puppy and watch him grow up, there are some dogs who will always look like puppies, no matter how old they get.
Read on to check out the dog breeds that look (and sometimes act!) like puppies their entire lives.
Beagles retain the large eyes and expressive faces of puppyhood throughout their lives — perhaps one of the many reasons why the breed is such a popular choice in American households. Especially if you keep your beagle active and trim, he’ll probably act like a puppy for most of his life, too. The AKC characterizes the beagle as “happy-go-lucky, funny, and — thanks to their pleading expression — cute.” These energetic dogs get along well with children and with other dogs, and they need plenty of exercise to stay youthful and happy.
2. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel has an adorable face that retains the big-eyed look of puppyhood forever. The AKC promises, “You can’t help being enchanted by the big, twinkling eyes of the Cavalier, a gentle, pint-sized bundle (13 to 18 pounds) of tail-wagging joy.”
These small dogs like to have a good walk every day, and they get along well with both children and other dogs. They also have affectionate and gentle personalities, which makes them great companions for any loving dog owner.
Want a small dog who will keep his puppy face and spunky attitude his entire life? Then you can’t go wrong with a Chihuahua. The AKC reports that these tiny dogs “all have large, alert ears, big moist eyes, and huge personalities.”
These intelligent and enthusiastic dogs typically respond quickly to training. However, you should prepare yourself to teach your Chihuahua about what’s acceptable in your household because these sassy little dogs often have their own ideas about who’s in charge.
4. Cocker spaniel
The cocker spaniel has big eyes and a happy smile, a look he’ll retain well into adulthood. The AKC reports that cocker spaniels, long one of the most popular breeds in the United States, have “happy, smart, [and] gentle” personalities.
These active dogs love brisk walks and playtime, whether in their puppy years or beyond. They also love children and get along well with other dogs. Their agreeable natures make them a great addition to many kinds of households and families.
5. Golden retriever
Though an adult golden retriever is a lot larger than a puppy, these happy dogs retain their youthful smiles and cheerful dispositions as they grow up. The AKC reports that the golden retriever’s “exuberant and friendly” personality probably explains why it’s one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. The group adds, “Goldens are good at whatever they do, be it hunting, serving as guide dogs, working search-and-rescue, or being devoted companions. Though they are serious about their work, they also enjoy being downright silly!”
6. Japanese chin
The Japanese chin may be tiny, but he has a big personality. His instinct to entertain makes him seem like a puppy, even in adulthood. Interestingly enough, the AKC characterizes this sensitive and intelligent breed as “extremely cat-like in nature, smart when they want to be and coy when it suits them.” Nonetheless, the Japanese chin can learn to perform tricks. And, just like a puppy, he typically likes to show off in front of an audience.
The Maltese looks adorable at any age. They’re known for their flowing white hair, though you can ensure that your Maltese looks like a puppy his entire life by getting regular puppy cuts. (That also reduces the amount of time you’ll need to spend brushing, bathing, and detangling!) The AKC reports that these toy dogs are playful, affectionate, and a lot less high-maintenance than you might expect. “Don’t let the showy looks fool you: These are hearty, adaptable pets,” the group assures potential owners.
In case the name didn’t give it away, the papillon has big, butterfly ears. He also has a happy expression that looks distinctly puppy-like. The AKC characterizes this fine-boned little breed as “light and dainty, yet still lively.” papillons have happy, alert, and friendly personalities. And the AKC reports that they typically act neither shy nor aggressive, landing in the sweet spot often reserved for good-natured puppies, even as they grow into adulthood.
Another small dog, the pomeranian, has the face and temperament of a puppy forever. Many pomeranian owners just opt to brush their dogs regularly, without regular haircuts or styling. However, some prefer a “teddy bear” look; it requires regular clipping but makes a dog look especially puppy-like at any age.
The AKC characterizes the pomeranian as “a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality.” Beyond retaining their puppy looks, pomeranians also keep their playful and vivacious temperaments throughout their lives. But they also love to act as a lapdog if you need some downtime!
Poodles come in several sizes: Standard, miniature, and toy. The toy poodle’s small size automatically makes him look like a puppy forever. Additionally, most owners choose a puppy cut for their poodles to keep grooming easy.
The AKC characterizes these beautiful little dogs as “proud, active, and very smart.” These highly intelligent dogs respond well to training. They also love getting plenty of exercise, and their high energy levels can make them seem like puppies even as they grow up.
Want a dog with an agreeable and entertaining personality? Then you should definitely consider a pug! Though they tend to go gray around the muzzle, older pugs are pretty difficult to tell apart from younger dogs.
According to the AKC, “The pug is well described by the phrase ‘multum in parvo’ which means ‘a lot of dog in a small space.'” Pugs have playful personalities and loving dispositions. They also have even tempers — along with a mischievous streak that may make you forget that your pug isn’t a puppy anymore!
Most people recognize a Samoyed by his smiling face and beautiful white coat. These active dogs have both the energy and the cheerful face of a puppy, even in adulthood. The AKC characterizes the Samoyed as “drop-dead gorgeous but highly functional.”
In fact, the group explains, “Even their most delightful feature, a perpetual smile, has a practical function: The mouth’s upturned corners keep Sammies from drooling, preventing icicles from forming on the face.” These dogs have gentle and friendly personalities, and a level of energy that most people have only ever seen in a puppy.
13. Shih tzu
The shih tzu has a sweet personality and an adorable puppy face that he’ll retain well into adulthood. You can let the shih tzu’s coat grow long or keep him in a puppy cut.
The AKC characterizes the shih tzu as “surprisingly sturdy and solid for a small dog.” The breed is known for its outgoing and playful personality, along with big dark eyes and a sweet expression that makes even adult dogs look like affectionate puppies.
14. Toy fox terrier
The toy fox terrier has bright eyes and big ears, a charming combination for a dog that mixes lapdog with terrier. In fact, as the AKC puts it, “Take the lovability of a lapdog. Combine with terrier tenacity. Pour the mixture into a beautifully balanced container. Wrap in a tight-fitting satin coat. Top with large, erect ears and dark eyes that sparkle with eager intelligence. This is the toy fox terrier.” These active dogs have big personalities and plenty of energy, and they are always happy to run and play.
15. Yorkshire terrier
The Yorkshire terrier is another toy-sized dog with an oversized personality. Yorkies grow long, flowing coats. But if you want to minimize brushing time and ensure that your dog looks like a puppy forever, you can opt to clip their hair short.
The AKC reports that these dogs offer “big personalities in a small package.” The group characterizes the Yorkshire terrier’s temperament as “sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate.” The combination yields a dog that acts just like a puppy, even as it grows up.
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