We like to start our articles with a short preamble where we explain ourselves and why the article was added, this one is no different. These puppies are amazingly cute and some are quite exotic breeds with high requirements in terms of exercise, diet, and care. If you are looking to buy a puppy, make sure you know what you are getting into, a dog is for life! Make sure you research where the dog has came from, if you want to buy pedigree, make sure your seller is reputable, registered with the relevant canine clubs, and most importantly AVOID puppy farms. If you just want a loving friend who will love you no matter what, please please consider a rescue dog – their lives depend on the excellent humans who adopt them. All of that said – please enjoy these heart melting puppies that look just like teddy bears 🙂

1. Samoyed

Samoyed Puppy

The Samoyed is a breed of dog which takes its name from the Samoyedic people from Siberia. These dogs are bred to be hardy as their original breeders used them for reindeer herding and for moving their nomadic houses on sleds. This breed has another name which is Bjelkier. They dont stay this size for long and quickly grow into fluffy adults that look a bit like lassie. They are renowned for being very friendly and make terrible guard dogs, in fact they are so friendly that they are often refereed to as Sammie Smile and Smiley Dog. They like to dig, and untrained ones can easily pull a grown adult off its feet. This is a dog for owners who know what they are getting into – you have been warned.

2. Maltese

Maltese Puppy

There is disagreement on where this breed originates from, most accept the island of Malta, but a defunct Sicilian town called Melita is also sometimes listed as their origin. These dogs make ideal companions for people of all ages, they love humans, and have been adopted by the Hollywood set for use as handbag dogs (nasty people). A big advantage of the Maltese is that it lacks an undercoat, and hence will not shed fur, making it hypoallergenic, which is ideal for people who are allergic to dogs/animals. Be warned that these dogs like to bark as they are very sociable – the Australian RSPCA says these are the most dumped dog for this reason – don’t be that person!

3. Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a working dog, with a super dense coat as befits its origins in north eastern Siberia. These dogs are known for their howling rather than barking, and they are known for their tendency for escape attempts, frequently chewing through fences or digging under them. Without proper training and care they can become destructive as they easily get bored. They require a lot of attention and need to be around people or other animals as they have a strong pack instinct, they do not react well to being left alone. Although very gentle, this breed is a lot of work and potential owners should only consider them if they are prepared for walking every day for the 12-14 years that the dog lives.

4. Chow Chow

Chow Chow Puppy

The Chow Chow is originally from northern China where is is known as the Fluffy Lion Dog. It is commonly believed that it forms the model for the Chinese guardian lion statues that are found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces. These dogs dont usually like strangers, and are very protective of their owners, some of which describe their temperament as ‘cat-like’. Even within families, this breed may form attachment to its ‘favorite’ human, something to watch out for if you have small children. Obviously with all that hair they also shed a lot, and another side effect is that they may raise the cost of your home insurance, as they are considered high risk dogs by some insurance companies. Interestingly Sigmund Freud had one of these dogs who attended all of his therapy sessions, as he considered it a good judge of human character.

5. Leonberger

Leonberger Puppy

Warning! These adorable puppies grow into utterly massive dogs. Their name derives from the city of Leonberg in Germany, where according to legend they were bred as a symbolic dog that mimics the lion in the town crest. These dogs are excellent family dogs, and despite their imposing presence; growing up to 68kg/150lbs, they are very submissive to family members and friendly to children [these dogs are used to help children with learning disabilities]. They also live well with other dogs and animals and are all round well behaved. You should ensure that you have the space available for dogs like these, and be prepared for a human sized companion in your house!

6. Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

The Malamute was originally bred for hauling heavy freight for their strength and endurance and then later as a sled dog. Amazingly they can pull 500-1500kg (1100-3300lbs) on a sled although most are kept as family pets these days. Due to the nature of the environment they were raised for, they are typically independent and resourceful, they also have a strong prey sense, and are known for chasing smaller animals, although they can be trained to respect other pets. They are very fond of people but unreliable as watchdogs. If you are considering getting one, you should be prepared to have lots of outside space as they require considerable exercise.

7. Kai Ken

Kai Ken Puppy

The Kai Ken or Tiger Dog is originally from Japan where its frequently shown as a natural monument, despite which it is extremely rare. These dogs are very intelligent, alert, and brave. They make great watch dogs and are natural born hunters, despite this they are usually friendly and often good with children and other dogs. They love to swim and have been known to both cross rivers and climb trees while chasing their prey. When fully grown their coats gain various shades giving therm their distinctive tiger coloring, this can sometimes take as long as five years to develop.

8. Westie

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier more commonly known as the Westie or Westy is a Scottish breed of dog. This breed is very popular in the UK and is in the top third of all breeds in the US. Their temperament varies greatly, with some being friendly to children, while others prefer solitude. They dont tolerate being rough handling by children and tend to be possessive of their toys and food. They can make great watch dogs, sometimes barking too much at any small noise. Westies can also be quite resistant to training and even when trained will need frequent refresher courses. All of this said, if you find the right one, they can make an exceptional family member.