Don’t know the Brittany yet? You’ll want to get acquainted as soon as you see his adorable face. The AKC reports that this breed occupies a unique niche in the realm of sporting dogs. “Smaller than setters but leggier than spaniels, they stand about 20 inches at the shoulder. Known for their beautiful, boldly patterned coat, Brittanys come in combinations of white and vivid orange and liver (reddish-brown),” the group explains. They have upbeat personalities and make enthusiastic workers (or athletes). And they love exercising alongside their favorite humans.
5. Cairn terrier
The cairn terrier isn’t the most common terrier breed, but his cheerful face gives any dog lover plenty of reasons to get to know him! As the AKC explains, most people have actually seen a cairn terrier, as one played Toto in the Wizard of Oz. That might give you a pretty accurate idea of this active and curious breed. The AKC also notes that they appreciate going on long walks and getting to explore new places. They characterize the breed as “cheerful, alert, busy, and independent-minded.”
6. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
The cavalier King Charles spaniel has broken many hearts with his cute face and big eyes. As the AKC puts it, “You can’t help being enchanted by the big, twinkling eyes of the cavalier.” The group characterizes this little dog as “a gentle, pint-sized bundle (13 to 18 pounds) of tail-wagging joy.” These dogs are friendly and easy to train. Plus, they get along well with kids and even with other pets. What’s not to love?