Pinky’s Top 7 Most Loveable, Lick-Your-Face Mutt List

norwich terrier

Looking for love in the form of a four-legged friend?

Whether they’re wagging their tail happily, giving sloppy kisses, snuggling on the couch or sitting adoringly at your feet — dogs LOVE to LOVE you, baby. Pinky quickly learned from working with dogs that most (if not all) dogs like to give and take love. But these “mutt” breeds take the cake:

Big Breeds (just more mutt to love)

  • Weimaraner

These silver beauties always have a special place in this dog-lover’s  heart. They love to love and they’re good at letting their people know it, too.

They’re playful, smart and always full of heart. It doesn’t take long for this breed to warm up to people and they LOVE to be in the presence of the owners and families. Due to their gentle nature, they make great pets for seniors and smaller children. Weimaraner love to play and learn new tricks, but most importantly — these dogs love to love their humans. This breed is devoted and will be content to be right next to their owners, as much as is dog-gone possible.

English Yellow Labrador and American Black Lab

English Yellow Labrador and American Black Lab

  • Labrador Retriever

Oh my! I simply can’t say enough about this lovable breed. They’re great to have with children, especially older active children because these cute, furry rascals are perpetual “kids at heart”. Their energy level is matched only by the boundless amounts of love they have to give. & we’re talking BOUNDless andBOUNDing love – this breed is incredibly sweet! In Pinky’s observations, the lab “flavors” chocolate, vanilla (yellow), and licorice (black) each have their own individual quirks.

Black labs are TYPically, the most laid back and love showing off and learning tricks. Just in this girl’s experience.

Chocolate labs make excellent family dogs, they’re protective of their people and loyal — lots of energy with the chocolates, though.

Yellow labs are energetic and very sweet — many have will have a “pop-up” ornery streak that can be endearing.

ALL of the labradors I’ve come across have been very lovable. Personally,  I prefer English labradors — just because they’re more laid back, but that’s just my  preference. American field labs are a perfect match for active families who want a loving and energetic companion.

I got the pleasure of learning several new breeds while working with dogs….well, “new-to-me” breeds. Leonberger, Dogue De Bourdeux, Bouvier des Flanders, Airedale, Akita and Cane Corso are just a few of the unusual, rarely heard of breeds Pinky got the privilege to know, and most-pertinently, the Vizsla. This chick just adores this loving and gentle breed. They’re sleek and graceful, which reminds me of the Weimaraner, but a  bit calmer and maybe even gentler than the weim breed.

I fondly rememeber one Vizsla named Sasha, in particular who was very affectionate. She used to climb on my lap to give hugs. And somehow, manage to curl herself into a comfortable position in my lap, any time I would be around, in the sitting position. Vizslas are most commonly smooth-haired, but there are wire-haired versions of this gorgeous breed too. I  believe those searching for a very loving, calm and gentle (medium-size) dog would be tickled pink with a vizsla.

“New Dog Breeds” to Pinky — Have you heard of these?

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  • Newfoundland


I  love, LOVE, LOVE “Newfies”. They’re so endearing with their big, “dopey” looks, clumsy walk and hopelessly, cheerful demeanor. Newfoundland owners please understand this description is stated with nothing but love for the breed — they’re one of my FAVORITE breeds.

Before, anyone gets too excited, it’s important to understand — these dogs are meant for wide, open spaces and true dog lovers. They slobber and drool, they shed and they need consistent grooming. On top of that, they’re massive, which amounts to a massive amount of slobber and shedding. This is why it’s crucial to have the house and yard space for these loving beasts. Those of you who do, this girl is envious of you. These dogs are just that special. They’re so gentle and sweet and of course, very loving and devoted to their people. Newfoundlands are so loving and devoted, in fact that the breed is known for rescuing their humans in an emergency situation. They’re great pets for seniors and children as long as they’re equipped to handle these big babies with big hearts.

The smaller set (apartment-size, but loveable)



  • Pomeranian

My goodness, these furry little puffballs of fun are not only adorable, but they’re so loving and loyal. They might tend to be a little on the yappy side, but their happy dispositions and loving personalities can help one look past this tiny flaw. Plus, training can always benefit any dog. Yes, even a pom-pom. I  love Poms — they’re very affectionate and love to be in the presence of their owners…almost to a fault.

American Eskimo Dog

I first got the pleasure of meeting an American Eskimo dog when I went to work at the humane society in 2008. Sampson, was a 15 year-old AE who had spent much of his life inside the walls of the shelter. Sampson had a bit of a stranger-danger barking issue, but once you got past that — the little guy was an absolute love bug. He could walk, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t love to be carried outside, giving kisses all the way.

Sampson had an incredible personality, that thankfully someone saw. A man who lived several states away in Wisconsin stumbled across Sampson’s profile on He drove the entire trip and adopted the cute, little fella. The owner kept in contact with the shelter regularly (even sent pictures). He relayed information about Sampson settling in with their family, right away. He even bonded very quickly with his new sister, another older AE. Sampson lived the last year of his life happy, spoiled, and in a family where he loved and gave love. Everyone at the shelter adored this special, little dog and missed seeing his smile every day, but couldn’t be happier of the outcome.

Jetta, The Doxie

Jetta, The Doxie

  • Dachshund

Jetta, my doxie girl is one of the most loving dogs on the planet. She loves virtually everyone she meets and she is a lap-hopping, kissing fool. Dachshunds, by nature are very affectionate. They are happiest when they are surrounded by their family and the bigger the family (or the more members around), the happier they are. They love to sit on laps and are some of the best snugglers because they like to burrow in.

Prior to owning a dachshund, I was not a fan of the breed. They’re notoriously one of the more aggressive small dogs around, they’re stubborn and they’re known to bark. But when I wanted a dog, and I found out “baby Jetta” was being passed around like a holiday fruitcake (3 homes already at only 6 months old) — I knew something had to be done. I drove to meet her and it was love at first sight. Jetta greeted me with a lick on the face & that’s all she wrote. She’s been by my side, as a sweet and loving companion ever since. : )

Face-lickers and snugglers that didn’t make the list, but deserve a mention:

This is Pinky’s  list, but that doesn’t meant that there aren’t loving dogs in every breed.

And let’s not forget about mutts too — some of the biggest lovers are mixed breed mutts!

<Those searching for a particular breed can do a breed-specific search on to find the perfect pet for your family..>

Pinky’s ‘Best of’ Mutt List: Top 7 People-Pleasing Dog Breeds

Bruiser, beagle mix

Every breed of dog has its own unique and lovable traits that dog owners find endearing.

This is pinky’s personal list of the dog breeds that are the most eager to please their humans. But first…

Bruiser’s Story


Bruiser at MCHS

This is my dog, Bruiser (aka, Chubbs, Monkey, Fat Boy, etc.) and a plethora of other nicknames.

I adopted him from the Madison County Humane Society in October of 2011 (he was rescued from a local kill shelter and brought to us).

As you can imagine, this adorable little face captured my heart instantly and it didn’t take long for him to show his equally sweet personality either, which is what completely won me over — leaving me defenseless against his charm.



I had no other choice but to adopt him into my family. A family that, at that point, consisted of 8 indoor/outdoor country cats and one dachshund with an “only-dog mentality”.

Surprisingly,..very surprisingly, in fact…he fit right in.


He had won me over, and my fiance over and even my finicky, jealous Jetta girl.

Bruiser and Jetta

Bruiser and Jetta

Now, he’s such a perfect piece of the mixed-up puzzle, that is my family. It’s hard to imagine life being any other way, but with Bruiser in it.

He’s part beagle, part chihuahua and part something else…his beagle tendencies are the strongest and most endearing, however. He rolls over submissively, follows me around religiously (he’s sleeping right beside me as I type), he’s obedient and learns tricks quickly. An all-around loyal, good-natured people dog.

Although, the chihuahua in him does come out, on occasion.

<If you were wondering — chihuahuas are NOT on this list. Unfortunately, they don’t always show their good side to ALL people, just THEIR people. Not on the list, but they’re loveable, just the same.>

My point is — the fact that Bruiser is a beagle mix made it so much easier when it came to adapting to our crazy clan — even the cats liked him. Some did. Or at least they tolerated his presence, which was shocking, in and of itself.



More about Pinky’s silly fur babies later. Let’s get down to business…

I think mutts tend to be the most people-pleasing of all. But when it comes down to dishing, actual breeds — here’s Pinky’s top 7 people-pleasing dog breeds, at random.

  • Beagles



As mentioned above, beagles are for the most part, very eager to please their people. They’re a cheerful breed that is brimming with charming personality (& I can attest to that). This breed is a great companion dog to people of all ages. Beagles make great therapy dogs by handling meet-and-greets with flair. Their huge personalities and cheerful nature are just a few of the loving qualities beagles can boast.

  • Pugs

Pugs don’t just have faces with character — they’re oozing it (character and personality, that is). They’re one of my favorite small breed dogs for this very reason. Pugs are also charming and endearing and full of character. They make new friends easily (kids and adults) and love to follow their owners from room to room — something Bruiser does religiously.




<side note: slight possibility Bruiser may be a “pug mixture” or part pug, if you have any input on this matter – after viewing his pics – I’d love to hear it.>

  • Maltesemaltese 2

This little charmer loves attention. These white, fluffy furballs of fun learn tricks quickly to please and charm their owners. They’re affable and have a way of charming their way onto your lap with their cuteness. This cheerful little dog makes a great pet for seniors, adults and older children.ID-10025454 ID-10087180

  • Cavalier (King Charles Cavalier Spaniel)

Pinky thinks this sweet, gentle breed was born (& bred) to be a companion to humans/lap dog. They give lots of love. They love to be petted. And they make the perfect companion to all people, young and old. The adorable, little cavalier goes with people like milk with cookies. (hmmm…I’m hungry now and wish I had a cavalier to hold).

  • Flat Coat Retrieverflat coat2

This happy, spirited dog is about as carefree as they come. He loves to play and the more humans that are involved in the fun — the more fun he’ll have. This active breed craves attention from people. And when they’re not running, swimming or jumping — they’re busy sticking to their owners, like glue.

  • Irish Setterirish setter2 irish setter1

These boisterous boys and girls are a ball of fun and love being the center of attention. They love to have their people as an entourage while they’re romping and playing. Owners with lots of energy and an excellent sense of humor will be the perfect match for this happy breed.

  • Collie



TV dogs like Lassie are an ideal snapshot of the collie breed. These beautiful and caring dogs are smart, valiant, and have a special knack for understanding people. In pinky’s experience with this beloved breed, they’re always happy to show love and affection to any and all humans who are around.

Pinky’s honorable mentions that didn’t make it to the list include: golden retrievers, golden doodles (shout out to my boy, Calvin!), boxers, bichons and English labrador retrievers.

Calvin, the super golden-doodle

Thank you for reading! Bruiser

Yours Truly,


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