21 Most Manly Dog Breeds


Declaring a certain breed of dog a ‘manly’ one is not a factual, precise exercise. In fact, some might say that it is a silly notion that some dogs are ‘manly’ while others are more ‘girly’ or whatever you feel the opposite is. Still, there are some breeds that are a more rugged, fearless and more active, which would make them breeds that some may see as more suitable for men.

Furthermore, they say that there are some breeds that make their male owners more attractive to women. In the end, it all comes down to the personal ‘feel’ and the following 21 breeds of dog are those that we feel are the manliest of them all.

1. Huskies

Almost everything about huskies screams manly. They are as muscular as dogs come – strong and resilient – and they are almost majestic when you first lay your eyes on one. Then, there is their lineage which traces its roots back to wolves.

Huskies have been bred to pull sled and as such, they are as strong as a dog can be, capable of doing incredible feats without even breaking a sweat. Thanks to their ‘homeland’, they are also able to weather harsh conditions, even if it is freezing outside.

In addition to this, they are reliable and loyal to their owner like very few breeds are. They require strong leadership and they crave activity. Plus, there are very few women that will be able to resist a man walking one of these blue-eyed wonders.


2. Labrador Retrievers

Labs have been among the most beloved breeds for what seems like centuries now, constantly topping the lists of the best, prettiest, most fun dogs around. And truly, there are very few breeds out there that have that perfect combination of cheerfulness, pure beauty, loyalty, great disposition and love for life.

A man who owns a Labrador is a real man who does not need to prove himself and who knows how to respect a lady. He is also a man who knows how to appreciate life and who will stop and smell the flowers, so to say.

Labradors are also a ton of fun to be around and you just know that you will never be bored with them. They truly feel like the best friend and it is far more likely that your new girlfriend will like them than your annoying high school buddy.


3. Golden Retrievers

We do not have the numbers and statistics, but it is safe to say that golden retrievers feature in more than half of all commercials that have dogs in them. It does not matter what the commercial is for, if it needs to put across a sense of stability, loyalty and quiet dignity, it will feature a golden retriever.

The reason for this is that we see this breed as such and this will translate to its male owner as well. When a woman sees a man walking one of these gorgeous dogs, she is culturally almost ‘instructed’ to think about all those things that used to be represented as a woman’s dream back in the bad (for women) old days – home, family, kids, Sunday lunch and all that.

And while women have broken free of these ideals as something constricting and outright insulting, the retrievers have still remained charismatic as always.


4. German Shepherds

German Shepherds are one of the most versatile breeds of dogs and one of the more ‘perfect’ if you will. They are strong, they are loyal, highly intelligent and they are also easy to train.

In popular culture, these dogs are often seen doing jobs that involve protection, danger and structure (we will ignore all the WWII movies here). These are all considered to be manly traits and this is generally what makes German Shepherds so suitable for guys.

A man with one of these dogs by his side exudes calm confidence, loyalty and the ability to take care of things, all of which are very desirable traits in men, especially these days when real men are hard to find. In short, if you are a guy and want to have a dog that will make you look quietly strong; a German shepherd is a perfect choice.


5. Bulldog

The Bulldog is a breed that goes in another direction from those that we covered before so far. However, it is still a tough little breed, although somewhat ironically tough when you get down to it.

Perhaps the most endearing thing about bulldogs is the disparity between their picture of themselves and who they really are. You always get a feel that a bulldog feels ten feet tall and fierce as hell when they are in fact quite clumsy and stocky in the most hilarious of ways.

As such, they are the perfect epitome of many guys and the guys who are aware of this know how attractive a bulldog can be to a woman. It is as if they are saying, “Yeah, I know that I am mostly silly and I know that I am not fooling you.” A cool woman will know how to appreciate this.


6. English Mastiff

The English Mastiff is one of the most powerful breeds of dogs, which is no wonder considering what they were bred to do. Namely, their job used to be baiting bears, which was as dangerous as it sounds.

Imagine pitting your dog against a full-sized bear. Yes, that is right. An English Mastiff never flaunts its strength. It is quiet, patient and graceful. It is like that one guy in war movies who is big and says very little but always gets others out of the jam.

A Mastiff is also extremely loyal and he will not approve of anyone unless the owner does. This quiet strength and the calm disposition translate very well to the owner, a man who becomes an example of stoic perseverance even when they’re not. This can be very attractive, believe us.


7. Cane Corso

Cane Corso is a breed that is quite similar to the English Mastiff and they even belong to the same type – the Molosser type. Cane Corso is a statue of a dog; big, strong and with a coat that is just so brilliant.

These dogs were traditionally used for hunting, gaming and even farming in Italy and they were the example of trustworthiness and reliability. Quite like the English Mastiff, the Cane Corso is another silent breed, sure of themselves and never feeling the need to show off.

Their owners also need to be subtle but strong and if the match is right it can be one of the more fulfilling and perfect man-dog relationships. It is also a relationship that will make the man irresistible in the eyes of most women.


8. Doberman

Dobermans have a bit of reputation with the way they are depicted in the media as vicious and unrelenting protectors that can be quite brutal. In more positive representations, they are still very tenacious, used for police work and often associated with authority of some kind.

And when you look at them, this is not hard to understand. They are muscular and agile and they really look like a breed you would not want to provoke. They can often seem like the dog equivalent of the liquid metal Terminator from Terminator 2.

In reality, when they are trained and socialized properly, they are very loyal, protective and loving. A man with a loyal and friendly Doberman exudes strength and you can only imagine what kind of effect this can have on a woman.


9. Rottweiler

While we are on the subject of dog breeds that get bad press, we just could not leave the Rottweiler unmentioned. Once again, we are talking about an extremely powerful breed that is often perceived as dangerous and aggressive.

And while they can definitely be territorial and extremely protective, Rottweilers can also be incredibly lovable and sociable. Of course, this requires quite a bit of training and socialization, but not as much as you would think. In short, they are nowhere as vicious as some people want you to think.

Still, the rott will give out a certain feel of slight danger and dominance which can be quite attractive to women, especially if strength and assertiveness are among the traits they are looking for in a man.


10. Bloodhound

Bloodhounds have been used as hunting dogs but unlike most such dogs, their strength was never their agility or a particularly fierce disposition. Instead, they possess an incredible sense of smell, incredible even among dogs.

On top of that, they are also persistent as hell, ensuring that no prey can escape, even if it takes days to catch them. Today, they are mostly loved for their unique look and their endearing clumsiness that is just irresistible. They are perfect for a man who knows how to have fun and who does not take everything too seriously.

A man with a bloodhound is a breath of fresh air and that is something many women are looking for in their partners. In short, even though they might not seem like it, bloodhounds are a great breed if you are looking to meet women.


11. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were historically used to hunt for lions. It does not get much manlier than fighting fricking lions, no matter how you cut it. They are unbelievably strong, athletic and resilient.

They have also been known to challenge crocodiles, which only boosts their reputation of super-manly dogs. They are also known as intelligent and rational dogs who will never rush into danger without thinking twice about what they are doing. They are loyal as well and they know how to take care of their owner.

When you combine all of that, you get an extremely manly breed of dog that is also stunningly beautiful. Their combination of intelligence and strength is irresistible to women and it also translates well to the owner. With a Rhodesian Ridgeback, you become a man and a half.


12. Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is one of the sweetest of dogs, so loving and affectionate that you might mistake them for push-overs. In reality, they are quite independent, as well as strong. They are willing workers and they will feel best when they feel useful.

Newfoundlands are also very active and will wither in cramped, closed spaces. They are the perfect dog for a house with a large backyard, preferably with a body of water. Namely, they love swimming and enjoy it more than any other breed of dog.

Their sweetness and their quiet strength is an endearing combination which is the perfect mix of manly and affectionate. A man who is a proud owner of a gorgeous, well-trained Newfoundland dog will have no troubles meeting women. That is a guarantee.


13. Great Dane

There is no mistaking a Great Dane for any other breed of dog. It is the largest breed around and it can almost feel gigantic at times. Of course, being that majestic, they attract looks left and right, which is one of the things we are interested in today.

They are often referred to as “kings of dogs” and besides being the largest dogs around, they are also among the most friendly and energetic. They are extremely affectionate towards the owner and the people close to them.

When we are talking their potential for attracting women, it is their strength and their noble posture that do most of the job. A man who can handle a dog of that size and strength is a man that attracts attention. It is quite impossible to be incognito with a Great Dane walking by your side.


14. Vizsla

Vizsla is an old Hungarian breed of dog that was historically used in hunting. It is generally considered to be one of the most agile breeds in the world, as well as one of the more energetic. In fact, some might say that they are energetic to a fault.

These dogs simply crave exercise and if you are not prepared to provide it for them, they will become restless and even destructive. On the other hand, if you lead an active lifestyle, the Vizsla will be the perfect companion.

They adore running, especially off-road and they will never get tired before you do. It is quite obvious that they are as energetic as they come and for women who love an active man, a male owner with a Vizsla graceful running by their side will be a sign of the perfect man.


15. Kuvasz

Kuvasz is a breed of dog that has been the favorite of European royalty and nobility from 15th century onward. They hail from an ancient Tibetan breed and they boast fearlessness and bravery unmatched in the world of canines.

These big, strong dogs require attention and training from an early age, but when they are brought up properly, they will pay you back, big time. They are loyal and patient and they exude pure strength that is very obvious.

It is almost impossible not to notice their unmatched bravery and their loyalty to the owner, which are traits considered to be quite manly. Women will also find it impossible not to feel their boldness and they will feel almost drawn to a man who walks a Kuvasz. They only need be prepared for a part of that loyalty.


16. Boxer

The Boxer is definitely a manly breed. For one, there is the name. It does not get much manlier than Boxer. It instantly makes you think of the sport which is; let’s face, as manly as they can be. These dogs are also very strong, with a body that packs so much vitality and force in a frame that is not that large really.

Boxers are also known as very energetic, requiring regular exercise. They also need attention and they love nothing more than being around their family. They are quick to feel separation anxiety and they are the happiest when they are among their loved ones.

It is their strength, combined with that ‘family aura’ that makes them a perfect breed for meeting women. They are powerful and yet, there is that affectionate nature that is hard to resist about them.


17. Irish Setter

The Irish setter is a real classic. If you remember how we talked about golden retrievers being in half of commercials involving dogs; well, Irish setters are in the other half. We are kidding, but they truly have become a part of popular culture, especially in family scenes which is something that can make women feel drawn to them and their owners.

These dogs are also unbelievably beautiful, with a coat that cannot be matched by any other breed, with its deep copper color and lusciousness that is just unprecedented. It is almost impossible to walk past an Irish setter and not feel compelled to pet it.

Another reason why you will find this dog the perfect wingman (wingdog?) is the fact they are almost ridiculously friendly. When we are talking dogs that are perfect icebreakers, the Irish setter takes home the gold.


18. Border Collie

Border Collies are the thinking man’s dog. They have been lauded as the best herding dogs for decades and it has as much to do with their brains as it does with their physical attributes. They know how to get the job done, no matter what the job is.

When women see a man walking a border collie, they instantly see that man as a gentleman who is knowledgeable and intelligent, a man who knows that it is brain and not the brawn that gets things done.

This intelligent man we are describing is not a necessarily a nerdy, bookish type. In fact, he will more likely be an active guy who loves spending time in nature with their dog (since border collies require exercise) and who knows how to stay in tune with the nature and the animal world.


19. French Bulldog

Many of the manly men that we described when we talked about some other breeds are more country than city, more nature than concrete. The next entry on our list is a dog for the urban manly man. We are, of course, talking about the French Bulldog.

They are a small breed but they are not squeaky and annoying like many small breeds have the habit of being. Also, they are not ‘cute’ in the traditional sense of the word, meaning that no one will mistake you for the kind of guy who walks toy dogs.

They are extremely endearing and they are quick to accept a new person in their owner’s life. If it is a woman, you can rest assured that this little dog will quickly find a place in her heart.


20. Australian Shepherd

We are definitely back to outdoorsy, nature-type of dogs with our next entry, the Australian Shepherd. In fact, this breed is considered to be one of the most energetic and agile dogs in the world, with a resilience and the stamina to boot.

They are extremely tough and active, but they are not high-maintenance like many similar breeds are. As long as they get their exercise, they are happy. These dogs are also extremely easy to train and they do not require you to adapt your entire life in order to care for them.

They do not require any special grooming and they are still extremely affectionate and loving. A man with an Australian Shepherd understands that life is more than rules and responsibilities. He knows how to enjoy life and that can be quite irresistible to women.


21. Pit Bull

Pit Bulls are definitely the breed most negatively painted by media and there are parts of the world where keeping a Pit Bull as a pet is actually prohibited by law.

As every expert on canines will tell you, there is nothing inherently wrong with Pit Bulls; it all has to do with their owners. If they are taken care of with love and if they are trained properly, these dogs will be no more dangerous than any other breed of dog. In fact, they are quite affectionate towards everyone that owner cares about.

Their controversial status makes pit bulls the choice of a man who wants to be seen as a real ‘bad boy’. And as we all know, there are quite a few women out there who fall for the type.

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