Top 10 Most Lovable Dogs of 2011
A top 10 list of the most lovable dogs in the world? Well, not exactly. Alas, the geniuses at MIT have yet to partner with the AKC to develop a device that measures a pooch’s "lovability." So until such a device is invented, we here at PetMD have done the next best thing: compiled a list of our most lovable dog breeds. Of course this does not mean that your dog is not lovable. In fact, we encourage you to submit your own list in the comment section below. So, without further ado, PetMD’s Top 10 Most Lovable Dogs …
Unfairly labeled a "sourmug," the Bulldog is actually one of the most comical, jovial, and charming dogs you can find. Sure, he can usually stand to lose a few pounds, but how many of us could say any different? Devoted and affectionate, the Bulldog is best for the, shall we say, on-the-couch Cupid.
We like to call this guy the gentle giant. One of the world's largest breeds, he is strong and sturdy. But the Irish Wolfhound is also one of the most gentle, noble, and lovable dogs you'll ever meet. So after that long walk on the moon-lit beach, you can cuddle close next to the fireplace. Just remember, no chocolates!
8. Bichon Frisé
A wonderful addition to the family, the Bichon will play with, and more importantly, tire out your kids — all while with a happy-go-lucky attitude. And when he's not doing acrobatic jumps off your furniture, he loves getting under the covers and licking sweet nothings in your ear.
If you're with the "in" crowd, you'll probably call this powder puff an "Eskie." Compact and always ready for a game, the American Eskimo dog is perfect for these unusually cold February days we've been having. Just don't expect the Eskie to want to share you with other pets or kids. She prefers to have you all to herself.
You know the strong, silent type that you just stare at in amazement? Well, old Bobtail — as he's called by his adoring fans — isn't one of them. This sheepdog prefers sauntering about and letting out his trademark bark, which sounds somewhat like two pots clanging together. Still, we love this guy and he loves us back.
With his small beard, bushy eyebrows and sometimes perked up ears, the Miniature Schnauzer is just about the cutest little Valentine anyone could ask for. Just don't you be calling him little. He wouldn't like it and would probably dump you faster than Jake Gyllenhaal dumped T-Swizzle (aka Taylor Swift).
4. Irish Setter
Long and flowing red hair that just makes you want to pull her close and rubbing underneath her chin and on her belly. What more can we say? We're a sucker for gingers. The Irish Setter is also enthusiastic, energetic, and athletic. Basically, there's no good reason this gal (or guy) should be dateless on Valentine's Day
Short legs? Check. Elongated body? Check. More personality than you can sometimes handle? Triple-check. This miniature pup is playful and yet still enjoys her independence, so it's no wonder she's become one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. Just don't be surprised if she hides away when strangers come a'knocking. She prefers to shower you — and only you — with kisses.
Okay, so she had us at Lassie. But really, the Collie is so much more than that. She's intelligent, sensitive, gentle, and occasionally stubborn. Sound like anyone you know? The Collie is great for the Valentines out there who are looking for an outdoors-y partner, and who also have a family to share her with. Just don't let her get caught up in her old re-runs of that kid Timmy. She's got somebody better to come home to now. Right?
Was there ever a question she wouldn't make the list? Oh lovable Lab, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight … oh wait, these are Elizabeth Barret Browning's words. Well, you get the picture. The Labrador makes for a great Valentine.
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