Forever young: 19 dog breeds that look like adorable puppies their whole life

People search for different qualities in a dog – some want to choose the ‘cutest’ pup breed, others prefer the easily trainable types, and third, seek after the best guard dog.

Needless to say, this is not a list of the ‘world’s biggest guard dogs’. Oh, no. On the contrary, it’s for doggies that stay practically the same size throughout their lives, so you can lovingly put them in your lap or hold them with one hand forever.

While there are so many milestones one could look forward to when they’re growing up, these doggies will always look like tiny pups.  With a healthy diet and a lively lifestyle, the little canine companions can preserve their youthful looks and energy for quite some time, even by the time they are 10 years old!

So, check out the listed dog breeds below and find out which ones virtually remain the same as they grow up!

1. Golden Cocker Retriever

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This is a lovable and playful crossbreed- the adorable result of Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel. It is a loyal, little best-friend with lots of love to give around to everybody in close proximity. As they are a crossbreed (and Cocker Spaniels typically have different coat colors) they are referred to as a mystery puppy, as it cannot be certain what they will look like until they have grown up.

2. Chihuahua

A tiny dog which will keep its puppy face and energetic attitude for life? Yes, that is definitely the chihuahua. However, you must enter this long-lasting relationship prepared, as the little, sassy creatures will need a bit of teaching in terms of what is acceptable it the household!

3. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu possesses a sweet and loving personality, as well as a delightful puppy face which will not be going anywhere. They are outgoing and playful and have big dark eyes and an innocent expression on top of everything. Therefore, that makes even adult dogs look like caring, warmhearted puppies.

4. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire terrier is a further toy-sized dog with a big personality. They are often regarded as dogs with big personalities in a small package.” On top of that, Yorkshire terrier’s temperament could be described as “sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate.” 

5. Pomeranian

Next stop, Pomeranians. 

Yet another doggie breed that has the face and attitude of a small puppy even in adulthood. They are typically groomed, however, some owners prefer the ‘teddy bear’ look.

6. Pug

They are the dogs considered to have an agreeable and entertaining personality. Even though they tend to go gray around the muzzle, the older pugs are still difficult to differentiate from younger ones. Moreover, their tempers in combination with a mischevious trick or two could make an owner easily forget they do not have a puppy anymore.

7. Beagle

Beagles tend to keep their large, baby eyes and expressive faces. Potentially, that is one of the many reasons why this breed of doggies is such a common choice for American households. Furthermore, if the beagle is kept active and healthy, it would most probably act and look like a pup for the vast majority of its life.

8. French Bulldog

The mini version of the (regular) Bulldog- the French Bulldog.

They’re very playful, smart, and also very friendly toward people and other animals alike.

9. Maltese

Honestly, the Maltese looks adorable at practically any age. They have flowing white hair (which they are known for), however, if you give your dog a regular haircut, they will remain looking like playful and affectionate pups.

10. Cocker Spaniel

This little cutie has big eyes and a joyful smile- both of which it will keep even in his adult years. Cocker spaniels are one of the most popular breeds in the US which has a smart and gentle personality. They love taking walks and indulging in their playtime.

11. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel gets along with children and other dogs alike while having that big-eyed, affectionate look. That makes them great companions for any loving dog owner.

12. Tibetan Pug

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Tibetan pugs are small dogs, weighing no more than 15 pounds (in their adult years). They are great ‘lapdogs‘ as they are friendly, loving and make for great companions, as well. Like many of the others mentioned above, they are also good with young kids and other pets.

13. Toy Fox Terrier

The toy fox terrier is the charming mix of a lapdog and terrier.

They are very active doggies with big personalities, and a lot of energy to go around, as they are always ready to play and run.

14. Pomsky

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Pomsky puppies without hesitation can be described as miniature wolves which makes them all the more loved as a breed. They are the result of the mating between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. They have varying temperaments, however, they are generally viewed as very intelligent, loving, and playful.

15. Corgi

Welsh Corgis are the smallest breed in the American Kennel Club Herding Group. However, they are typically considered as athletic despite being smaller in size. An interesting fact is that they are twice as long as they are tall and they have a bit of a ‘fox-like’ appearance.

16. Japanese chin

The Japanese chin is quite a tiny dog, but it does not lack in the personality department whatsoever. They are natural entertainers which adds to the deception that they are still puppies, even when they are not. Therefore, they can be trained to perform tricks which they like to show off in front of an audience.

17. Papillon

As per the name, the papillon has big, butterfly ears. They also tend to have that distinct ‘puppy-like’ expression, while at the same time being good-natured and sweet personalities.

18. Poodle

Poodles in terms of size are either standard, miniature, or toy. Consequently, the size of toy poodles makes them instantly look very puppy-like (for the entirety of their lives). They have high energy levels and like to have their fair share of exercise.

19. Samoyed

That smile.

Most people distinguish the Samoyed by his smile and typical white coat. This dog breed has the energy, as well as the cheerfulness of a puppy (even in its adult years). Needless to say, as the smile leads to believe, they are a very friendly bunch with gentle personalities.

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