How many times have you looked at a puppy and said, “If they only stayed like that!” It’s hard to imagine a person not loving a puppy. Everything about puppies is cute, fuzzy, adorable, and fun. If you want a dog that is going to remain looking like a puppy its entire life, we have put together a list of 20 of them for you.
Most of the dogs on our list are smaller breed dogs. The smaller breeds tend to be associated with the puppy look simply because of their size. There are a few large dogs that keep that same puppy face, but their size will make them look more like a full-grown dog.
The first dog on our list is the Corgi. The Corgi is a herding dog that has plenty of personality for its size. These are smaller dogs that will get to be about 10-12 inches high when fully grown. The face and coloring on a Corgi puppy compared to a Corgi full-grown adult is going to be quite similar. Corgis are quite outgoing and playful, and they will make sure that you are both busy and entertained at all times.
The Pomsky is a crossbreed between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. This is a bit of a strange crossbreed, but it makes for a dog that looks a bit like a Husky puppy its entire life. The Pomsky has a very thick coat of hair and will regulate it’s body temperature better than many other small breeds. The Pomsky does not need a large area to run, and they work well as apartment dogs.
3. Toy Fox Terrier
The Toy Fox Terrier is another small breed that came from the large Fox Terrier. These dogs have lots of energy and are very smart and playful. Their cheerful personality makes them not only look like, but also act like a puppy for a good portion of their life. The Toy Fox Terrier will grow to be about 10 inches high, and they have a variety of color markings from black and white to white and tan.
4. Tibetan Pug
The Tibetan Pug is a mix between a Tibetan Spaniel and the Pug. This is another small breed and will only grow to weigh about 15 pounds in total. The face of the Tibetan Pug is a little hard to ignore; when they talk about puppy dog eyes, they are indeed referring to this dog. The Tibetan Pug will need some early socialization to make sure he is good with people and other pets, but this is overall an excellent family dog. Despite being quite small, the Tibetan Pug is an excellent watchdog as they tend to bark quite a bit when they suspect something is not right.
As we mentioned earlier, one of the things people associate with puppies is a small size. A Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. A full-grown Chihuahua is still only going to be a few pounds and will fit in the size of your hand. The Chihuahua is a lively little dog, and they have a powerful and brave personality, especially considering the size. Since this dog is so small, it is almost always going to look like a puppy to both you and outsiders.
6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel seems to grow in popularity year after year. Currently, it ranks as the 19th most popular dog breed in the United States. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a terrific personality and make great family pets. It is no wonder their popularity is growing. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is both playful and affectionate. These dogs will want to spend time with you as often as you will let them. You will see that their adorable puppy dog look stays with them their entire lives.
7. Cocker Spaniel
A Cocker Spaniel will grow to be a bit bigger than most of the other breeds we have covered so far. Although this dog will reach about 20 inches in height, it still looks like a puppy for most of its life. The Cocker Spaniel is a happy dog that will want your companionship. They are smart and relatively easy to train. The size of the Cocker Spaniel makes them a great family pet. The Cocker Spaniel’s hair tends to grow longer as they age, but they will still keep that same puppy face.
A Maltese belongs to the toy group of dogs. You will find that these sweet animals can continually look like a puppy depending on how they are groomed. A Maltese is only going to grow to be about eight or nine inches tall and should weigh about seven pounds. The Maltese is a great lap dog and wants to be with you at all times. These are affectionate dogs that work well as companion dogs for the elderly, as they do not need ample space to run and play.
9. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is a prevalent breed of dog. They are a very easygoing type of dog that loves to play and be part of the family. The French Bulldog comes in some great colors included brindle, white, fawn, and tan. These dogs have a great personality, and they can get you to pretty much do anything for them with one of their adorable head tilts. Although your French Bulldog will grow a bit from the time it is a puppy, it still keeps its puppy look for its entire life.
If you don’t want a very tiny dog, but you still want an animal that keeps that puppy look, a Beagle is a great choice. The Beagle is a small to medium size dog that looks very similar to the Foxhound. Beagles will grow to be about 15 inches tall. The only negative people ever have to say about a Beagle is that they tend to bark quite a bit. You may want even to call it a howl. Outside of that, these are medium energy level dogs that make a great family pet. The Beagle is very smart and will know how to fit right in as a family member.
A Pug looks a little bit like the French Bulldog, but the Pugs are known for having a smushed-in face. This is part of what gives Pugs their appeal and their ability to stay looking like a puppy at all times. The coat on the Pug is quite lovely, and they have a very short and curled tail. These are friendly and playful dogs. They need exercise as all dogs do, but this is not a dog that you will need to let run in a yard for hours every day. Full-grown the Pug will be about 12 inches tall.
The Pomeranian can often look like an extra-large pom pom running through your yard. These dogs are easy to recognize, and they will make sure their presence is known. There is not much difference in the look between a Pomeranian Puppy and a full-grown Pomeranian. The coloring on the Pomeranian can be white, black, and grey, but you may notice them also being almost an orange color. These are extroverted dogs that are smart and interested in being socially involved with your friends and family.
13. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier can be affectionately referred to as a Yorkie. Yorkies are the smallest terrier breed, and they will only get to be about eight inches in height. These dogs have almost a teddy bear look to them, and it stays for their entire life. Yorkies have a long life span so you will get to spend a great deal of time with this adorable and confident small dog. The Yorkshire Terrier does not seem to know its size, as they are very confident and bold animals.
14. Shih Tzu
A Shih Tzu is another dog that can stay looking like a puppy depending on how it is groomed. Sometimes when the hair is kept longer, the Shih Tzu looks a bit less like a puppy. These are intelligent animals with plenty of energy. The Shih Tzu will grow to be about 10-15 pounds. They come in a large variety of colors, and they make perfect companion animals, even for people living in smaller spaces.
15. Golden Cocker Retriever
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If you love the look and personality of the Golden Retriever, but you worry about the size, you may want to consider a Golden Cocker Retriever. This a mixed breed dog that is part Golden Retriever and part Cocker Spaniel. These are playful and smart animals that need to burn off some energy every day. Your Golden Cocker Retriever will look quite a bit like a short Golden Retriever with some extra curly fur on their ears. This is a perfect family dog both for the size, the energy level, and the loving personality these dogs have. To give a dog like this a proper home, it would be best to have a yard for the dog to run and play.
The Papillion is a toy size dog weighing in around eight pounds. They have long, fringed hair on their ears, and that is part of how they got their name originally. These dogs are very energetic and enjoy spending time with people. Their overall demeanor is quite friendly and happy. The Papillion looks very similar their entire lives, and because they don’t grow to be very large, you will be quite happy with the puppy look they can hold onto.
The Samoyed is one of the largest dogs on our list. They have this adorable, friendly face that helps them stay looking like a puppy their entire life. We will admit that as a puppy, the Samoyed is pretty much irresistible, and although they will grow to be about 20 inches tall and close to 40 pounds, they keep their adorable looks and great personality. The Samoyed can be a bit difficult to train, but overall this is a very friendly and sociable dog.
18. Toy Poodle
As you are probably well aware, there are several different types of Poodles. Unfortunately, not all Poodles will stay looking like a puppy forever. However, the toy Poodle tends to hold onto this look for quite some time. The Toy Poodle will not get to be any more than about five pounds, and these dogs are incredibly smart. You can groom your Toy Poodle however you see fit, but there are certain ways to groom that will make your Poodle look more or less like a puppy.
19. Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin is sometimes referred to as a Japanese Spaniel. This dog can vary in size quite a bit but will usually be anywhere from 5-15 pounds. The Japanese Chin comes in a variety of beautiful colors ranging from lemon and white to red and white. The Japanese Chin is an independent dog but also loyal and loving. You will notice that the Japanese Chin is completely content spending time by themselves and will not insistent on sitting on your lap around the clock.
Yes, you read the name right, the last dog on our list is the Cava-Poo-Chon. This dog is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Miniature Poodle, and a Bichon Frise. These three dogs are put together to make a sort of magical dog breed that never seems to look like anything but a puppy. The Cava-Poo-Chon will easily look like another stuffed animal on your children’s bed. These dogs are adorable, not just in looks, but they have a great personality as well. Overall, they are quite friendly and are always looking to spend time with family.
Finding a dog that looks like a puppy forever can be a bit like trying to find a kid that looks like a baby forever. It’s hard, but not entirely impossible. You probably noticed that most of the dogs on our list were small breed dogs, but we put a few medium breeds in there for you as well. Good luck finding your perfect forever puppy!
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Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- 1. Corgi
- 2. Pomsky
- 3. Toy Fox Terrier
- 4. Tibetan Pug
- 5. Chihuahua
- 6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- 7. Cocker Spaniel
- 8. Maltese
- 9. French Bulldog
- 10. Beagle
- 11. Pugs
- 12. Pomeranians
- 13. Yorkshire Terrier
- 14. Shih Tzu
- 15. Golden Cocker Retriever
- 16. Papillion
- 17. Samoyed
- 18. Toy Poodle
- 19. Japanese Chin
- 20. Cava-Poo-Chon