1. Australian Shepherd
These active and outdoorsy dogs love to run and play and do tricks – they excel at agility. They are athletic champs and require homes that can give them a lot of physical and mental stimulation. In addition to being one of the smartest dog breeds, they are also one of the most beautiful with a lovely coat that comes in striking colors and sometimes crystal blue eyes.
2. Pharaoh Hound
With its noble bearing it is no surprise that portraits of these beauties once graced the walls of the ancients. Pharaoh hounds love to run and play, and owing to their sleek and skinny frame, they’re adept at squeezing themselves into tiny crevices. They also have slightly goofy and good natured faces with wonderfully huge ears.
3. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Dignified and muscular, these pups aren’t for the faint of heart. They’re aloof with strangers and can be territorial, but they are gorgeous to look at, with sleek russet coats and a distinctive ridge of hair on their spine.
Whippets are joys to have in the house; they’re amiable and gentle, and when let loose they are fast and agile. These intelligent dogs are so easy to train and they love their families. They’re also gorgeous, impossibly slight but powerful little creatures.
5. Siberian Husky
The attractive Siberian Husky looks like a wolf and also recognized for its friendliness as well as commitment. They also often have pale blue eyes that make strangers stop in their tracks. They’re energetic and obedient family pets as long as they have plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
Teensy Pomeranians are super-smart and uber-cuddly, devoted to their family and suspicious of strangers, which makes for an adorable (if completely unthreatening) watch dog. With their floofy coats and pretty faces, almost everyone likes poms.
7. Japanese Spritz
With pure, snow-white fur and friendly, eager faces these guys demand attention when they’re out and about. In addition to their showy good looks, they have excellent agility ability as well.
8. Cairn Terrier
These wee pups are everything a terrier is meant to be: sturdy, strong, and spirited. They’ve got a rugged, natural appearance with a face that always seems cheerful.
9. Golden Retriever
Americans adore Golden Retrievers and for good reason: they’re cheerful, demonstrative with their affection, and trustworthy. Their kindly faces and natural, golden coats make for beautiful, well-put together pups.
Lassie was a firm favorite for years because he was loyal, intelligent, and gorgeous with an extravagant coat and a sweet face. They’re excellent all-around family pets, provided you give them something to do (boredom is death for the bright collie).