30 Most Beautiful And Rare Dog Breeds Of All Time

Dogs and people have been best friends since ancient times. Over the centuries, humans domesticated and cross-bred them, and ended up creating some of the most beautiful dogs in the world. Although all dogs are worthy of our love and affection, some breeds just make you fall head over pals. It’s hard to make a list of them, given that there are so many adorable ones, but we’ve put together some of the rarest and cutest dog breeds ever for you. But beware, you might suffer a cuteness overload!

#30. Aussiepom

One day, a guy woke up and had the best idea ever: cross-breeding an Australian Shepherd and a Pomeranian, and the results were amazing. Aussiepoms have all the good qualities of a Shepherd while at the same time they are tiny like Pomeranians. These cuddly fellows are bred to be companion dogs because of their manageable size and amicable temperament. Who wouldn’t want one of these in the house?

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They are extremely social, and can’t be alone for long periods of time. They also need regular exercise and a lot of time outdoors. Also, luckily for the owners, they are relatively long living (between 12 and 15 years) and they’re as loyal as they come. They vary in color and in size but generally look like an undersized Shepherd with Pomeranian features, and their fur is soft and full.

And this is just the first of many adorable pooches to come!

#29. Beagi / Corgle

The mix between a Beagle and a Corgi is commonly known as a Beagi or a Corgle. This genius combination renders a small, sturdy, cheerful buddy that will make you fall in love with them in an instant. They are highly intelligent and people-centric, so they will always stand by your side. They are also very easy to train, which makes them even more desirable to have at home. And that’s just the beginning of their good qualities.

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These tiny, bootylicious doggies get along with just about anyone. They are patient and sweet with children and are also very sociable with other dogs. From their Beagle side, however, they inherited a tendency to chase other small animals, such as cats or rabbits, so if you’re also a cat lover, keep an eye on the poor little fella! They may also have the typical pointy Corgi ears or floppy Beagle ones. Either way, they’re absolutely adorable.

#28. Pomsky

Pomeranians make a good mix with just about any other breed, but this one, in particular, is to die for. If you cross them with a Siberian Husky, you get one of the cutest pups to ever walk this Earth. Just like Huskies, these puppers are very intelligent, playful, and stubborn, and have a tendency to have a prey drive. But like Pomeranians, they are small to medium-sized and weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.

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Because of their wild side, they have to be socialized at an early age to prevent aggressiveness when fully grown. But how could you ever get mad at them? They’re just so cute! They have a gorgeous, medium-length coat that is usually a combination of two colors. Their eyes can be brown, hazel, blue, or green, and they can even have different-colored eyes. They might be a lot of work, but it’s all worth it.

#27. Golden Dox

A Golden Weiner Dog or Golden Dox is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Dachshund. These adorable little guys have incredibly high energy levels, so they require intense play to maintain their physical and mental stimulation. If you want an exercise buddy that motivates you to get out of bed every day, these are the dogs for you. They are excellent companions for tracking, hunting, and hiking.

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This mix was originated fairly recently, as a result of a designer dog movement that developed in the last two decades and that aimed to create healthier breeds. They weigh between 30 and 60 pounds and are between 10 and 23 inches tall. They are easy to maintain, and just require some daily brushing to keep their beautiful golden hair on fleek. If you’ve always wanted a Golden Retriever, but wished you could have them in a smaller size, this is the best dog you’ll ever find.

#26. Whoodle

The cross-breed between a Poodle and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier has many names: Sweatenpoo, Swheat-n-Poo, Wheatendoodle, and Wheatenpoo. Despite their crazy names, these dogs are intelligent, eager to please, and their fluffy, curly coats are hypoallergenic. However, as to their personalities, they may be a bit intense, especially if there’s another dog in the house. They usually take over the household as the leader of the pack.

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If they find an owner who’s as tenacious as them, they can be loving companions and loyal family members. The Whoodle’s pack driven mentality urges it to seek its place in the family more than anything, so you gotta establish that it is you who’s the leader of the household. Once they accept you as the pack master, they are sweet, fun, loving, and will always stand beside you, through thick and thin.

#25. Dalmachshund

The Dalmachshund (try saying that ten times!), is an extremely rare and adorable mix between a Dalmatian and a Dachshund. They are small like their Weiner parents, but tenacious like Dalmatians. Their fur comes in several colors and is softly-spotted. Their eyes may be brown or even bright blue. They come in a very small size, perfect to carry around everywhere and show the world how cute your doggy is.

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This breed is relatively new, however, so there hasn’t been a standard Dalmachshund to date.No two pups are exactly the same and each Dalmachshund puppy will vary considerably based on how much Dachshund or Dalmatian it has. But one thing is for sure: the pupper will be extremely adorable. Dalmatians weren’t cute enough to melt Cruella De Vil’s heart, but these adorable little munchkins certainly will do the trick.

#24. Corgipoo

The Corgipoo is a mix of two of the most adorable dog breeds in the world: a Corgi and a Poodle. Like their Poodle parents, the Corgipoos are known for their disposition, intelligence, and hypoallergenic coat qualities. And, just like Corgis, the little guys are excellent, affectionate and loyal companions that would make any family happy. They come in small sizes and weigh between 12 and 28 pounds.

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These precious doggies are a relatively new breed but are highly popular at the moment thanks to their social skills and thanks to how unbelievably cute they are. Although they can be troublemakers, it’s very hard to stay mad at them – but don’t let their loving demeanor and sweet face get them away with breaking the rules! They enjoy interacting with their family, including children and the elderly.

#23. Goberian

The Goberian is a gift sent straight from heaven, that mixes a Golden Retriever with a Siberian Husky. These big puppers combine the best of two of the most popular dog breeds ever. Goberians are very friendly and will be loyal to who they consider is their pack leader. They’re very intelligent, energetic, and eager to please people. And, to state the obvious, they’re so incredibly gorgeous!

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The mix of the two breeds is not only popular because of its beauty, but because Goberians are friendly and exceptionally affectionate. They get along well with children and other dogs, and are great in dog sports and as companions to outdoorsy, active families. As long as they get enough time to exercise, they can adapt to various lifestyles and homes. But, because of their Husky side, they need to be socialized early.

#22. Yorkipoo

Why is it that all Poodle mixes have the funniest names? The Yoodle, Yorkapoo, Yorkerpoo, Yorkiepoopoo, Yorkiedoodle, or however you prefer to call it, is a mix between a Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier. This designer pupper is perfect for those seeking a tiny companion full of charisma. They’re excellent show dogs when properly trained and, as such, are very confident. But, they’re much more than fancy show dogs.

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Yorkipoos are great for families as well. These little bundles of furry joy are considered to be one of the most loving lap dogs you could ever have. First bred in the US, these popular pooches are not recognized as a standardized breed yet, because they’re relatively new. Still, in recent years, their popularity has risen because they’re the perfect cuddle buddies. If you’re looking to add a tiny member to your family, this should be a great choice.

#21. Dalcorgi

Corgies are such loveable dogs that even the Queen of England chose them to be by her side. So it’s no surprise that they also create some of the best cross-breeds available. Combine that with one of the most beautiful and famous dog breeds in the world, and you get a Dalcorgi. Their bodies scream Cogi, but their spots definitely say Dalmatian. If you’re looking for a smaller, friendlier version of a Dalmatian, the Dalcorgi is definitely the one.

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These dogs have an adult weight that ranges from 20 to 70 pounds, and they have a lifespan of 11 to 13 years. They are not aggressive in nature but are extremely energetic as well as strong. They are very playful, faithful to their Corgi genes. Although they’re super adorable, they’re not very common. Only a few people are lucky enough to have one of these little blessings at home.

#20. Cheagle

The absolutely beautiful Cheagle combines the friendly and affectionate British Beagle with the loyal and spunky Mexican Chihuahua. As you can see, two breeds from opposite sides of the world were mixed, bringing us this comically-named puppper. The combination turned out perfect, and it captures the best of each breed.

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Size-wise, they take after Chihuahuas and, therefore, they are not dutiful hunting hounds like Beagles. In fact, they’re excellent family dogs determined to liven up any home. They weigh between 9 and 20 pounds and don’t grow taller than 14 inches. They have relatively low exercise and grooming requirements compared to the other dogs on this list and make outstanding home companions.

#19. Ba-Shar

The exquisite-looking Ba-Shar is the result of mixing a Basset Hound and a Shar-Pei. First bred in the United States, these elegant doggos may have chocolate, cream, fawn, white, black, brown and/or golden coats, and their fur is usually short. Because of this, they are relatively easy to maintain, but should still be brushed at least twice a week to keep that beautiful coat glowing. They can get quite large, though.

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They usually weigh between 40 and 50 pounds and are between 10 and 13 inches tall. These gorgeous pups are affectionate, intelligent, and extremely loyal to their owners. They also make very good watchdogs but can be a little stubborn at times. They are awesome family pets and, despite being large dogs, they can live in an apartment as long as they have regular daily exercise routines. If you want an elegant, outdoorsy dog that you can still have in your apartment, this is the perfect dog.

#18. Chusky

The Chusky is a unique mix of the magnificent and rare Chow Chow with the wild and adventurous Siberian Husky. Just like its parents, the Chusky is a high maintenance dog because of its heavily shedding coat. But, thanks to their heavy coats, they do very well in colder climates and love being outside in winter. These dogs are great for those who have time to meet their needs, and, in return, the owners get a faithful, playful dog by their side.

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They can be quite stubborn and demanding, but these divas can be effectively trained by a firm, experienced pet owner. They are perfect for families that already have other dogs since they are very social. Loving, loyal, and energetic, these super adorable puppers form strong bonds with their humans and will give anything to protect them, which is why they’re also great with children.

#17. Chow Chow

The glorious Chow Chow is a beautiful breed originally from northern China. In Chinese, they’re called Songshi Quan, which means puffy lion dog, and honestly, that name describes them perfectly. They’re sturdy, with a broad skull and tiny ears and of course, an extremely dense double coat. They also have blue-black tongues, which makes them even more unique. Who wouldn’t want a little lion in the house?

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The fur is particularly thick in the neck area, giving it a distinctive ruff or mane appearance. These huggable animals look like the perfect cuddle buddies, but they actually enjoy having some alone time. Still, they are proud and loyal companions, and will fearlessly guard their families, as they are a highly territorial breed. After all, they were the Chinese Emperors’ choice of dog.

#16. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise, also known as Tenerife Dog, Bichon Tenerife, and Bichon a Poil Frise, is a snowy-white, fluffy little breed that has been a favorite for many decades. That’s because they have a very bouncy personality, on top of their adorable, baby-doll faces. They were first introduced in Europe in the 14th century, and they became court companion dogs to the royalty of that time.

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Particularly, they were a favorite to King Henry III, who carried the cute puppers around in a specially-made basket that actually hung around his neck. And we understand why he did that; after all, these doggos are cheerful, sweet and have a charming spirit. They also love to be the center of attention, just like any member of the royalty does! That is why they also make wonderful show dogs while being great family dogs at the same time.

#15. Kooikerhondje

Although trying to spell its name gives you a literal headache, the Kooikerhondje is an energetic and playful doggy that loves to be around people. Its name is an Old Dutch word that means small cager dog because it was used as a working dog to lure ducks into cages. They were so popular in The Netherlands, that they even appeared in the paintings of Rembrandt and Jan Steen. Not bad for a working dog, huh?

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These beautiful pups are cheerful, good-natured, friendly, quiet, well-behaved, and alert. They are more than willing to please their owners and adapt to situations very quickly. Although they will not always immediately like strangers, once they warm up to someone, the trust will be there for the rest of their lives. They love to be outdoors, but are quiet when indoors, which makes them an attractive breed for many.

#14. Afghan Hound

The majestic Afghan Hound is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end. Because of its unique characteristics, it is selectively bred in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. These mesmerizing show dogs can act aloof but are happy and clownish when they’re playing. They have a high prey drive, and thus may not get along well with small animals.

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Despite being popular in competitions, they’re extremely stubborn and difficult to train. In fact, they require more than 80 repetitions to understand a new command and obey their first command less than 25% of the time. That’s probably because they’re too glamorous to be bossed around. If you want a gorgeous dog by your side, then this is the one. But beware, they might steal your husband if you’re not paying attention.

#13. Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of Italian water dog that was the result of extensive breeding with dogs of other varieties in order to increase their agility and scenting ability. Sadly, these adorable bundles of furry fluff were nearly extinguished in the early 1900s, but an interested group of dog lovers, breeders and veterinarians were able to reassert the breed. The world would be a sad place without them!

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These fluffy, shaggy puppers are some of the best family pets around. Not only are they one of the cutest breeds out there, but are also energetic and relatively easy to train. They’re outdoorsy and need to be exercised, but they also enjoy cuddling and quietly resting beside their beloved owners. Also, their lifespan of 15 years is pretty long for dogs, so they are perfect for a long-lasting friendship.

#12. Saluki

Salukis are a type of sighthound that was used for hunting by nomadic tribes hundreds of years ago. Their long legs and deep chests are similar to those of their cousins, the Afghan Hounds, and like them, they were purebred by Middle Eastern royalty. They are sweet and very, very shy, so they need to be socialized early in order for them to live amongst humans. In the Middle East, they commonly live in the wild.

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They have a strong hunting instinct, so they always need to be walked with a leash, and they don’t get along with small animals like cats or rabbits because to them they are prey. But don’t worry, when effectively trained, these gorgeous puppers have impeccable grooming habits, are good with children, and make excellent companions. However, they need an owner who can keep up with their energy.

#11. Akita Inu

The adorable Akita Inu is a dog breed that originates from Japan and has been subject to many memes on the Internet because of its comical expressions and antics. Nowadays they are known for their loyalty and companionship, but in the past, believe it or not, they were used as fighting dogs and also to hunt bears. They have a thick, double-layered coat, which protects them in cold weather.

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They are the perfect companions for any family and are excellent for cuddling. They are protective and loyal, and also need daily exercise to burn all the energy they have. Although they love being outside, they are very clean dogs that groom themselves just like cats do, so bathing them isn’t a concern. Who wouldn’t want one of these fluffy cuties to warm up with when winter comes?

#10. Labrador Husky

Contrary to what its name implies, the Labrador Husky is not a mix of a Labrador and a Husky, but in fact, it is a breed of its own. They originated in Canada in the 1300s, and their main purpose was to help the Inuit people survive in the cold, and they were also bred with wolves, which is why they tend to howl rather than bark. These doggos are extremely friendly with both friends and strangers and they also love to be with other dogs.

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They are fairly large dogs and weigh between 60 and 100 pounds and can grow up to 28 inches. Their gorgeous, thick coats require extensive grooming though, so be prepared for long brushing sessions. Still, they’re definitely worth it. They are very large in size, and they’re as sweet as they are big. They may look like wolves, but they are tiny sweet puppies at heart.

#9. Azawakh

The gorgeous Azawahk comes from West Africa, and it originally hunted hare, antelope, and wild boar among the Tuareg people. Despite their wild origins, they are elegant and tall and are nowadays used in competitions. They can be sweet and affectionate, but their wild side still shows. They can be quite fierce and are extremely protective of their owners, who have to be very active in order to keep up with them.

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Azawakhs have intense energy and tremendous endurance, so they are excellent running companions for runners and are nearly impervious to heat, as they used to live in the Sahara Desert. If properly socialized, they are great with other dogs, cats, children, and strangers. They are the perfect companions for those who are prepared to have a wild and playful dog that will force them to be active and go outside.

#8. Norwegian Lundehund

The Norwegian Lundehund (which means puffin in Norwegian), is a unique, small dog that was originally developed for the hunting of puffins and their eggs. They are unique because they actually have six toes on each foot, and can close their ears by folding them forward or backward. Not only that but also their legs can turn out at a 90-degree angle. These natural contortionists are one of the rarest dogs in the world.

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What’s more, their heads can bend backward almost to the point where they can touch their backs. Due to the fact that they can move their bodies in such strange ways, they’re hard to contain. They have an overabundance of energy and do require an experienced dog owner, but they can make any family happier than ever. Who wouldn’t want to have such a special buddy around?

#7. Samoyed

The Samoyed originated in Siberia and is related to Huskies. They’re magnificent, fluffy dogs that have a very long, thick, pearl-white coat that will make you want to hug them all day long. They are gentle, intelligent, and loyal, and there isn’t that they love more than spending time with their families. They get along with children extremely well because they are kind and affectionate, so if you want a cuddle buddy, this one’s for you.

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Their fondness for human company and their lively personalities make them irresistible. For those who are ready to pick up dog hair from the floor, the sofa and the bed, the Samoyed will make an excellent companion. However, they need to be trained to get along with smaller animals, so if you have a cat, you should keep an eye on it. They also need room to play and time to exercise.

#6. Siberian Husky

How many times have we mentioned Huskies on this list? That’s because these puppers are one of the most popular breeds of all time, and also make some of the best cross-breeds one could ever find. Their fluffy, furry coats and their bright, light-blue eyes are hypnotizing. A lot of them even have different colored eyes, a condition known as heterochromia. As descendants of wolves, they usually howl rather than bark.

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They do have very special exercise needs and need space and time to run around outside. They are perfect for those who have a lawn or free time on their hands to walk them for a couple of hours. They are incredibly friendly, affectionate, and particularly curious. Because they’re so friendly, they are more likely to play with an intruder rather than deter them, so they’re not good guard dogs.

#5. Xoloitzcuintlle

The Xoloitzcuintle, more commonly known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, is a rare breed that was used for a variety of purposes in the past. Native American tribes used them for food and sacrifice, but also as companions and hunters, and even used them for medicinal purposes as well. There have even been ancient Aztec and Maya artifacts depicting them in tombs, which proves that they’re one of the world’s oldest breeds.

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Because their smooth skin radiates heat, they were considered healers and protectors. They come in three sizes: small, tiny, and miniature, which adds to their cuteness. These gorgeous, compact pups are loyal, alert and playful. Although they enjoy running around outside, they are super chill around the house. And there’s one last undeniable fact: their name serves as a very secure password!

#4. Tibetan Mastiff

The massive and extremely fluffy Tibetan Mastiff originated with the nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Mongolia, and Nepal, and was used by the tribes to protect sheep from wolves, leopards, bears, and tigers. Any dog that can fight lions and tigers is automatically a badass. But, don’t let their scary appearance fool you; despite their large size, they’re extremely cuddly and sweet!

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These furry guys are as rare as Pandas and are now regarded as the world’s most expensive dog breed. In 2011, a mastiff pup named Big Splash was sold for – brace yourselves- $1.5 million. So, getting your hands on one of these will be pretty difficult. These show stoppers are independent, protective and sophisticated, and understand people easily. They are great show dogs and loving family pets.

#3. Komondor

No, it’s not a floor mop with a face. The Komondor, also known as the Hungarian Sheepdog, is a very large guardian dog that is characterized by its long, corded coat. Thir soft curls twirl into incredibly long strands of felt-like cords that put Bob Marley to shame. These unique pups are loyal and quick-minded and are extremely popular in dog competitions, where they usually steal the spotlight.

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Their calm and steady temperament makes them great family dogs, but, in case of trouble, they will fearlessly defend the household. Although wary of strangers, they can be very sweet with people once they warm up to them. They are definitely not fit for apartments because they love to be outside. They like to spend the night constantly moving up and down their whole territory, patrolling the place.

#2. Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a very large, formidable working dog, which can be either black, brown, or white-and-black. They were originally bred and used as working dogs for fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada, which is the reason for their name. They are used as rescue dogs, especially in water, because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and swimming abilities.

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Although they’re extremely large (they can weigh between 65 and 80 kilograms), they are known for their calm and docile nature. They are very loyal and make great working dogs. It is for this reason that the breed is known as the gentle giant. They are wonderful with children and other animals, no matter how small. That is why their sweet nature is even listed in the Breed Standards of many countries.

#1. Pomeranian

The itty-bitty, extremely adorable and fluffy Pomeranian takes our No. 1 spot because its cuteness is out of this world. And, as we’ve seen on the list, they are responsible for some of the best cross-breeds in the world. Surprisingly, these tiny little fellows descended from large sled dog breeds. But luckily, we got a tiny, playful and sweet version of its ancestors right at the palm of our hands (literally).

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These mini fluff puffs may be tiny, but at the same time, they are lively, energetic, and have personalities that match the size of a Great Dane. They do have a reputation for being particularly yippy, but who could ever get mad at these furry little peanuts? There’s literally no downside when it comes to these tiny balls of fur, and they’re the best cuddling companions one could ever ask for.

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