The Cutest Puppies You Might Not Have Seen Before

 

All puppies are cute (of course), but here are 13 breeds that you might not have seen before, and we wanted to share them and hopefully brighten your day.

These lesser-known breeds can be great pets and are worth getting to know if you’re looking for a puppy.

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands. They are loyal, happy, and busy dogs and they like to have room to explore and dig outside. They are very intelligent and do best with a lot of time with family members. They only grow to about 14lbs, so if you’re looking for an active dog that will also snuggle on your lap this could be the dog for you.

 

Dogue De Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is an excellent dog for most situations. They can get along well with kids, but they get BIG (males get to be about 110lbs), so be careful with small children. Even though these dogs are pretty docile, they sometimes are not aware of their size. They are calm and loving, but need to be well socialized as puppies and can be stubborn, so they need strong leadership.

Alaskan Malamute

An immensely strong dog, the Alaskan Malamute is affectionate, loyal, and playful. Great with kids, these pack oriented dogs grow to about 75-85lbs. Because they are breed to work in a pack, you need to make sure to be the pack leader, so training should start early. But once you train them, they will be loyal for life.

 

Griffon Bruxellois

This toy breed (8-10lbs) wasnamed for their city of origin: Brussels, Belgium.  They are sensitive companions and very devoted to their owners. They have energy and love a lot of interaction with people, but they are not a good choice for families with kids. They are smart and easy to train but sensitive and get lonely easily, so should not be left alone often.   

Spinone Italiano

These dogs have ancient Italian lineage. They are sweet-natured and calm but are also tireless hunters in the field. They are happy dogs, that at times can even be silly, but they need a lot of exposure to people and training when they are puppies. They can be wonderful pets but are not good dogs for small spaces or apartments. 

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

  

These dogs can be serious and focused when they have a task to do, and playful and silly around the house. They have an independant nature and are natural watch dogs, but are also very affectionate to their family. This dog does not require a lot of grooming, but does need a good amount of excercise, so they are not a good dog for apartments. They love to swim, hike, and play outside.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Berners are protective of their family, but not threatening. They are great family dogs, very gentle with children, and usually choose 1 family to become the most attached to. They can be aloof with strangers.  They thrive in cold weather and are a great mix of brains and brawn. 

Coton de Tulear

This small companion dog is named after the city of Tuléar in Madagascar. Their happy-go-lucky nature and their ability to adapt to most living situations and climates make them a great choice for most dog owners.  Because of their outgoing nature and love of attention they are wonderful family pets. Topping out at 15lbs they are a good choice for apartment living. 

 

Beauceron

This natural guard dog is brave, highly intelligent, and obedient. They are easy to train because they are eager to please and they excel at obedience training. The Beauceron is loyal and faithful, but they need a lot of exercise and require an active lifestyle in order to be calm. Reaching 70-110lbs, they need a strong pack leader and do not do well with long hours alone. 

 

Finnish Spitz

Affectionally nicknamed Finkies, these dogs are friendly smart and adorable. Although they are small (20-30lbs) they are very active, and live to run, hike, and take long walks. They are excellent with children and great family dogs. Although they can be independent thinkers, they respond well to training.  

Vizsla

Vizslas are gentle, friendly, intelligent dogs that make great family pets. However, they do have a lot of energy and love to run. In fact, they are tied for the 3rd fastest dog in the world with the Afghan Hound. Because of this, they need a lot of exercise. If you’re looking for a running buddy, this is the perfect dog. They grow to about 50-60lbs and because of their energy level, they are not a good choice for an apartment.   

Lagotto Romagnolo

Energetic and playful this small to medium-sized pup is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a truffle searcher. They have a happy demeanor, are hypoallergenic, and good with kids and other dogs as long as they are introduced to them as early. This breed is very devoted to their family but tends to be wary of strangers. Because of their high energy level and tendency to bark, they are not ideal for apartment living.   

German Shorthaired Pointer

 

A midsize hunting dog, they like nothing better than to spend the day outdoors with their owners. They are smart and playful and are easy to train. They do well with other animals and children but are not a good fit for smaller houses or apartments since they love to be active. Perfect for people with an active outdoor lifestyle, who want a pup to snuggle with after a long day of outdoor adventure.