20 Dog Breeds With Almond Shaped Eyes

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Many breeds have almond shaped eyes ⁰

All dog breeds have round eyeballs irrespective of breed types, eye shape or eye colour. But the external shape of dog eyes and their placement on the head varies from breed to breed and significantly contributes to a dog’s efficiency in achieving its natural purpose. 

For instance, round bulging eyes in hunting dogs will be too exposed and easily damaged by brushes and twigs as the dog runs after its prey. Dog eye shapes vary between round, triangular, oval or almond. 

The eye shape of any given dog breed is determined by certain factors including the orbital ring of bone that surrounds the eyes, the distance between the top and bottom eyelids, and the amount of fat behind the eyeballs.

Almond-shaped eyes is a fairly common feature in dogs and there are very many dog breeds with eyes shaped like almonds, we’ve listed 20 of them below. 

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Basenji’s have cat- like personalities ¹

[1] Basenji Hound

Most hunting dogs are either sighthounds or scent hounds, but the Basenji hound uses both sight and scent to find its prey. They were originally used to flush birds and small animals into hunters’ nests.

Today, Basenjis make great family pets. They usually do not bark, instead they yodel and whine. This breed of dog is independent with a cat-like personality which makes training them a little tricky. 

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German Shepherds are used widely as police dogs ²

[2] German Shepherd

The German Shepherd Dog (also called Alsatian) is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They were initially used as working dogs.  The German shepherd dogs are known for their devotion and loyalty to family, they are intelligent, courageous, obedient and highly trainable. Due to these great qualities, German shepherds have been used extensively by the police and military. With proper training, they make ideal guard dogs and actively protect their territory. 

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[3] Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog hails from Switzerland where it serves as an extremely versatile working dog on farms. They’re a large and sturdy dog bred to herd cattle, pull carts, and be loyal companions. As a family pet, the Bernese are alert, good-natured and will enjoy some physical work, they are hard workers and always eager to please their families.

[4] Siberian Husky

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The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized Arctic dog breed and was originally bred to help the Chukchi people of Siberia hunt more efficiently. They make excellent working dogs and have world-class sled-pulling skills, but these dogs are also very friendly and like to cuddle. Siberian husky has a muscular build and a beautiful thick coat with a variety of colours and markings. Huskies groom themselves by licking their bodies like cats, and they don’t need baths very often. 

[5] Reagle

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A Reagle ⁵

The Reagle is a medium-sized mixed dog breed, it is the result of a cross between the Rottweiler and the Beagle. These dogs have a compact build with the demeanour of Beagles, they’re affectionate and lovable creatures. Reagle doesn’t have the antisocial behaviour you may see in some Rottweilers, they’re gentle and loyal to their families with an eager-to-please personality. Reagles are not known to be aggressive, they get along with virtually everyone and are easily trained.

[6] Belgian Sheepdog

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This Belgian Sheepdog looks as if he is eager to please ⁶

The Belgian Sheepdog is a medium-sized herding dog breed that originated in Belgium where they were used to herd sheep. They are built for hard work and are highly trainable, this dog breed is alert, devoted and loves to be close to their human. With a very sensitive nature, the Belgian sheepdog makes a great family companion and craves attention. They love to play and need enough mental stimulation and exercise. 

[8] Eurasier Spitz

The Eurasier is a German medium-sized dog breed of the Spitz type. These dogs go by many names; Eurasian, Eurasian Spitz, Eurasian dog, and Wolf-Chow. Eurasier dogs are known to be even-tempered, very intelligent, gentle and loyal, they make good family companions and are great with kids. Eurasiers come in different beautiful colours and can have purple tongues, pink tongues or spotted tongues. 

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This Kuvasz is smiling! ⁷

[8] Kuvasz Dog

The Kuvasz is an ancient Hungarian dog breed. In native Hungarian, the plural of Kuvasz is Kuvaszok. Kuvaszok have a long history of being royal and livestock guard dogs, but they are currently found in homes as family pets and companions. These dogs are natural guard dogs and can be very protective of their families and suspicious of strangers. As an independent thinker, Kuvaszok can be difficult to train. 

[9] Great Pyrenees

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Another dog with white fur and dark eyes ⁸

The Great Pyrenees, also known as the Pyrenean Mountain dog, is a large dog breed used for herding and guarding livestock in the Pyrenees Mountains of Europe. In 1675, the Pyr was named the Royal Dog of France by the Dauphin in the court of King Louis XIV’s. Great Pyrenees are intelligent, courageous, and devoted to protecting their families. This dog can be aggressive and needs to be socialized from an early age, and if not properly trained this giant dog will be completely uncontrollable.

[10] Cimarron Uruguayo

The Uruguayan Cimarron is a large muscular and athletic Mastiff-type dog. They are a multi-purpose working dog that is the only native breed to Uruguay. Today, Uruguayan Cimarrons are mainly seen as family companions but in some areas in Uruguay they are still used for hunting, cattle driving and herding. This dog breed has great intelligence, and they can understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. As family pets and companions, they are affectionate, loving, and actively playful. 

[11] Samoyed

The Samoyed dog breed was originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer for the northwestern Siberia’s Samoyed people. The Samoyed is a hard worker and can be strong-willed, but they are generally very affectionate, gentle and devoted to their families. These dogs are friendly to everyone and don’t mind being stroked by strangers. They are affectionately called Smiley because of their happy expression which resembles a grin. 

[12] Australian Silky Terrier

The Silky terrier is a toy-like small dog with shiny silky long fur that is very similar to human hair, but has a distinctive silvery blue and tan colour. Silky terriers are spirited and highly intelligent, they are capable of learning commands and tricks at just 8 weeks and can continue learning new things throughout their lifetime. They are curious, playful, full of energy and make great company. There isn’t any dull moment with the Silkies, they are very confident and energetic because of their heritage as hunters of small prey.

[13] Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz is known for its elegant fox-like appearance and the national dog of Finland. They were originally bred to hunt a wide range of small and large game. During a hunt, the Finnish Spitz will run ahead of the hunter and bark when it finds something, this gave it the name “bark pointer.” Today, they are family pets and have great love for kids.

[14] Beagle

Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, they are great family pets with a keen sense of smell. With their incredible sense of smell and stamina, Beagles make great hunting dogs and were used to hunt rabbits and hares. Their remarkable sense of smell also earned them a spot in Homeland Security. Specially trained Beagles called the Beagle Brigade are used in airports to find food in passengers’ luggage.

[15] Rottweiler

The Rottweiler was originally bred in Germany to drive cattle to market, and they were later used to pull carts for butchers. Rottweilers have a very protective nature which can be bother-line aggressive if not carefully bred to be calm. With excellent and consistent training, these dogs can be very loving. They were the first dogs ever to serve in the police and military. As family pets, Rotties are very affectionate and protective. 

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terrier, fondly called Yorkies, are known for their long, flowing silky coat and may look like an elegant princess. But these dogs were originally used to catch rats and other vermin in underground tunnels. Yorkies have coats which are similar to human hair and require daily brushing, if not it will tangle in knots. In World War II, a Yorkshire terrier named Smoky saved the lives of soldiers by dragging a communications cable through an 8-inch-wide, 60-foot-long drainage culvert. She also visited wounded soldiers in hospitals and is thought to be the world’s first therapy dog. 


The Shikoku is a medium-sized Japanese dog breed from Shikoku island. They were hunting dogs and used by Japanese hunters for tracking game, especially wild boar. The Skikoku has well-developed and clean-cut muscles with a strong and compact body. This dog is brave and very loyal to family, they are very protective of family and cautious around strangers.


Leonberger is a German dog breed developed by crossing Newfoundlands with long haired Saint Bernards, and some Great Pyrenees. The Leo is a large dog that requires consistent training, and when properly trained they can do virtually anything. They are fast learners but are also strong-willed, so don’t always expect them to follow commands. This dog is strong, agile and energetic with lots of stamina. They have webbed feet and are good swimmers. Leos have a remarkable sense of humour and loves spending time with family. 

Great Dane

The Great Dane was bred in Germany for boar hunting in the 19th century, they have very muscular and athletic bodies with an elegant pose.

Great Danes are actually the tallest dogs in the world and a male one can grow up to 32 inches tall while females grow up to 30 inches. This dog breed is described as “the Apollo of dogs” because of its grace, courage and beauty. 

Scottish Terrier

Scottish terriers, fondly called Scottie, are strong and fierce and were used to drive vermin and badgers away from homes and buildings. The Scottie is an independent and stubborn dog with a sensitive side, this dog loves praise and admiration. Despite their small size, the Scottish terriers bark fiercely and are an excellent watchdog. In Disney’s 1995 animation “Lady and the Tramp,” Jock was a Scottish terrier and best friend of Trusty, a Bloodhound. 

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James Grayston

My name is James and I love dogs. have owned four Golden Retrievers in the past 15 years. Currently I own two "Goldies"- a five year old and a seven month old. The photo shows me with our youngest when she was about 7 weeks old!