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Top 7 Dog Breeds That Smile the Most

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A Lab and an Aussie smiling at each other

A smiling dog is an alluring sight. In the vast and diverse world of canines, some dogs look intimidating but are harmless, while others look like they are always smiling. Dog breeds known for their "smiling" faces possess a cheerful demeanor that not only makes their owners smile but lifts spirits and spreads joy wherever they go. Consequently, dog breeds with a perpetual smile are often used as therapy dogs. They are often seen spreading joy in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Of course, a dog with an adorable smile on its face is hard not to smile back at. So, I put together a "smiley" list of the top seven dog breeds that have a propensity to smile.

1. Australian Shepherd

A smiling red merle Australian Shepherd

The beautiful Australian Shepherd. This breed seems to have it all; a uniquely gorgeous coat, striking eye colors, intelligence, high energy, and a strong drive to work. The Aussie is easily the coolest-looking dog breed around, to say the least. They are naturally happy, joyful dogs. However, Aussies are the most content with regular exercise and a job to do. One of the breed's representatives was Secret, a happy Australian Shepherd that put smiles on the faces of millions of people before sadly passing away in 2022 after a battle with cancer. Even after death, Secret continues to make people smile thanks to her Instagram account, which is full of cute photos and videos of her smiling.

2. Samoyed

A smiling Samoyed

Samoyeds look like they’re constantly smiling, which has earned them the nicknames "Sammie Smile" and "smiley dog". Characterized by an alert and happy expression, the Samoyed is an incredibly social dog with an affable nature. The Samoyed is very loyal and one of the most lovable and happiest-looking breeds around.

3. Pomeranian

A smiling Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a dog breed of the Spitz type that is beloved for its cuteness and happy face. One of the breed's representatives, Jiff, is currently one of the most popular dog breeds on the internet. Jiff, the Pom is always seen smiling on Instagram. He is a true internet sensation who's won a Shorty Award for "Best Animal in Social Media," and a Kids’ Choice Award for "Favorite Instagram Pet." With more than 9 million Instagram followers and 20 million TikTok followers, Jiff might just be the most famous Pomeranian on the entire internet and it’s clear why, looking at his face.

4. Bichon Frise

Two smiling Bichon Frises

Two smiling Bichon Frises

Two smiling Bichon Frises

Two smiling Bichon Frises

Two smiling Bichon Frises
Source: Instagram

The Bichon Frisé is a Franco-Belgian breed of small toy dog with a white coat and a contagious smile. This dog is described as "a fluffy, smiling puff of cloud." The two pups in the above pictures are two adorable Bichon Frisés lighting up the internet with their adorable smile. The Bichon Frise is a very biddable and eager-to-please dog breed.

5. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

A smiling Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of many dog breeds with a constant smile on their face. From my perspective, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the second cutest dog breed on earth after the Australian Shepherd. Queen Elizabeth II thinks so, as well. Notwithstanding their size, Pembrokes are true cattle herders. When Pembrokes' tongues hang out, it looks like they're smiling, which makes people around them smile.

6. American Eskimo

A smiling American Eskimo

The American Eskimo Dog is a happy, high-spirited breed of companion dog. They can be white and biscuit in color. Many American Eskimo owners reported that their dogs smile 99% of the time.

7. Papillon

A smiling Papillon dog

Also known as the Continental Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is a lot of dog in a dainty frame. One of the oldest of the toy spaniels, the breed is beloved for its affectionate nature and petite smiles. The Papillon is described in terms of temperament as happy, intelligent, friendly, alert, and energetic. "Papillon" is a French name, which means butterfly. The breed was so named because of its butterfly-like look of the long and fringed hair on the ears.

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