10 Curious Dog Breeds That Make Great Pets

Who said that only cats could be curious? The curious dog breeds on this list love exploring and finding out more about the world around them. Dogs that are curious make great pets for many different reasons, which is why we've created this interactive list of popular curious dog breeds for dog lovers to vote on. Maybe you like unique breeds like the Schipperke. These miniature dogs are naturally inquisitive and mischievous, traits that make them strong hunters and guard dogs.

If you already own a curious dog, then you are the perfect voter for this list. For those of you thinking about adopting a curious dog, use this ranked list to become more informed about each of these canines. Want more pet ideas? Take a look at this list of American Pit Bull mixes.


  • The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, the breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog (sometimes abbreviated as GSD). The breed was officially known as the Alsatian in Britain from after the First World War until 1977 when its name was changed back to German Shepherd. Despite its primitive, wolf-like appearance the German Shepherd is a relatively modern breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899. As part of the Herding Group, German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time however, ...more
  • The Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz-type breed of dog, developed in the late 20th century as a companion-sized dog resembling the larger Alaskan Malamute. It is an energetic, intelligent dog with an appearance that reflects its northern heritage. Bred in three sizes, its weight range is from 5 to 22 pounds as an adult.
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    A Schipperke (; Dutch: [ˈsxɪpərkə]) is a small Belgian breed of dog that originated in the early 16th century. There has been a long informal debate over whether this type of dog is a spitz or miniature sheepdog. In their home country of Belgium they are considered a small shepherd.