No one can resist the affectionate eyes of a good dog, but sometimes it’s nice to see different breeds get loving too. Consider this list an appreciation of some less conventional pet lovers. Whether you’re in the market for your first pup or relishing in several furry friends at home, here are some underdog dogs who’ve stolen our hearts.
I’m not sure what sort of wizardry corgis manage to work with their stumpy legs and giant floppy ears; these creatures are cute when they’re at full length and still seem almost “wholesomely” short. Pembroke Welsh Corgis were bred as herding dogs, which might explain the desire for control over any nearby woodland creatures (or children).
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
You might think it’s the long, floppy ears that make cavaliers attractive, but this breed is really all about those soulful brown eyes. (“Don’t mind me, I’m just practicing my sad face. This is what happens when you don’t give me a treat.”) Cavaliers are active and playful and even stubborn at times, so they’re happy to join in on any adventure you might have planned.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that boxers aren’t as popular as other breeds; those bulging muscles take up an awful lot of room in your lap or on your shoulders (and yes, we mean the shoulders). When not taking up space, their large heads and bulky bodies, boxers are known for being clever, gentle, and loyal.
This Japanese breed might be a little snippy at times, but you can’t say they aren’t cute while they’re doing it. The Shiba Inu has a beautiful double coat that comes in tan or red and is famously resistant to weather conditions (including snow!). They make great hiking partners and will even run after small animals if given a chance.
These friendly pups have been filling our hearts with joy since the 1800s, when they were bred as hunting dogs. Cockers don’t look all that “houndy” by today’s standards; their long bodies come in either black or brown, and they’ve developed a very soft, silky coat. Like Weimaraners and shepherds, cocker spaniels can be protective of their loved ones if they sense danger.
It doesn’t really make sense for Chihuahuas to be so adorable when you consider how tiny they are in comparison to most dogs. This breed has a long history as a family dog and is fiercely loyal to those it loves. You might need some help with housebreaking or obedience training if you’re not used to caring for such a small pup, but the effort will be well worth it!
You’d think fox terriers would grow up into giant beasts since they were originally bred as hunting dogs; fortunately, this isn’t the case. These pups are known for their red and white coats, muscular stature, and spunkiness: they’re not afraid to take on other canines (or small children) if necessary! Fox terriers tend to be difficult with other pets but sweet as can be with people they know and trust.