Are you ready for New Year’s Eve and want to party like a, well, dog? No need if you’ve got one of these canine characters by your side. All dogs, in their own way, add a party to our lives: Their attitude, demeanor, ever-faithful presence, and unconditional adoration of us, their pet parents, makes us rock stars in our own right.
Some dog breeds, however, are the life of the party simply by their sheer presence and the way they light up a room like a box full of holiday lights. Here are 10 breeds who go the extra mile in the "party like there’s no tomorrow" department:
Beagle: One word: Snoopy. Any Beagle parent can attest that this stately and super fun hound is always up for either an expedition, attention, or perhaps a little of both. Known for their keen nose, watch the party snacks when this self-assured canine is nearby. Get the scoop on all things Beagle.
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Collie: One word: Lassie. People just seem to want to touch this gentle herding breed. Intelligent and kind-hearted, the breed is generally easy to train and good with children. Sniff out Collie facts here.
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Lakeland Terrier: Intelligent and inquisitive with a zest for life, this member of the terrier group is the perfect party guest. Known for their antics in keeping family member s amused, Lakelands shed little to no hair, so no worries about post party clean up! Learn more about Lakeland Terriers and what makes them so popular and endearing.
Keeshond: Originating in the Netherlands, this breed is dubbed the “laughing Dutchman,” so he’s made for party fun! They thrive on attention and are both outgoing and family-oriented dogs with a gregarious “here I am” nature. The background and history of the Keeshond just might surprise you.
Bull Terrier:Lively, playful, and quite the charmer, the Bull Terrier needs to be socialized with other people and pets early on so as not to feel threatened by them. Once this breed has mojo working, look out party people: He loves to socialize. Learn what the Bull Terrier should not be around and his history before taking the leap.
Jack Russell Terrier: Keep him active or he will get bored: Sounds like a party pooch, doesn’t he? Described as a lively, eager, and intelligent breed, the Jack Russell Terrier needs to be kept busy or he may get bored and chew a lampshade or two. A bit independent/stubborn in nature, this rambunctious Rover is a driven breed ready to party! Get the down low on the Jack Russell Terrier and his strong instincts before welcoming one into your life.
Greyhound: We double dog dare you to walk past a Greyhound and not feel the urge to give him or her a big hug. Intelligent, noble, and with a playful sense of humor these gentle giants make an entrance at any gathering. Get the down low on when they were introduced to racing and what makes the Greyhound so adored as well.
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Maltese: Mischievous, adorable, affectionate, and high spirited: Sounds like a fab party guest, does she not? The Maltese is a playful dog who thrives on positive interaction and attention. Don’t let this small package fool you, though: They love to both play and snuggle and do not do well with rough housing from kids, so tread lightly. The Maltese’s country of origin just might surprise you.
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Golden Retriever: Always up for an adventure, this breed exudes joy and spontaneity. With their eager to please personality, not only are they often employed in search and rescue, but they excel in just about any activity in which they partake. Did you know the Golden Retriever’s roots are grounded in British nobility?
Old English Sheepdogs: Those in the know of this breed will admit to their sometimes “goofy” nature, and what party would be complete without a goofball? A family pleaser, he is playful and protective of his flock. Hollywood even loves the Old English Sheepdog, so be sure to check out the breed’s bio and background.