Nine Dapper Dog Breeds for the Hipster

Hipsters and cute dogs go together hand in paw. Wherever you find hipsters hanging out, certain breeds of dogs are also sure to be there, too. Truthfully, these “hipster dogs” are one of our favorite parts of the culture.

Nine of the Most Popular Dogs for Hipsters

Whether you’re interested in adopting a total hipster lifestyle, or you’re interested in adopting a four-legged friend for your home, here’s a closer look at some very good pups you’ll want to know more about:

Certain breeds of dogs are more hipster-friendly than others. That’s not to say these dogs love collecting vinyl records and eating kimchi. Instead, these pups typically do well when living in cities and apartments. Plus, they’re smart, friendly, and easy to care for.


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With their round faces and expressive eyes, pugs are a perennially popular pup among hipsters. They’re smart, sensitive, and gentle dogs with a natural ability to go with the flow. Plus, they’re perfectly pint-sized, so they’re comfortable living in apartments and other small hipster domiciles.

Plus, pugs are patient and pleasant. You can dress them in all sorts of hipster outfits, such as a fleece hoodie or jean jacket from DC.PET. That’s right – real hipsters make sure their dogs dress like hipsters, too.

Pugs are internet famous, too. One of the most popular dogs on Instagram is Nutello the Pug. His page is a great source of fashion tips when dressing your four-legged friend.

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These peppy pups are consistently popular among hipsters. With a natural curiosity and friendliness, your dachshund will remain a loyal friend, whether you’re a hipster or not. Full of energy, but not built for extensive activity, dachshunds do well in apartments and city living.

Plus, Weiner dogs are the ultimate in kitschy coolness. There’s just something inherently funny, but still unironically awesome about these sausage-shaped guys.

Once you get a dachshund, you can step up the hipster-ness by adding Weiner dog clothing to your wardrobe. Put on your Weiner dog crew socks or Weiner dog Christmas sweater before taking your pal on a walk.

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Pit Bull

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At first glance, pit bulls and hipsters might seem like an odd pairing. The pit bull’s reputation as dangerous and aggressive appears at odds with the hipster lifestyle and attitude.

However, pit bulls are quite different than how they’re commonly portrayed in the media. As long as they’re raised with care, pit bulls are friendly, loyal, and good-tempered dogs.

Hipsters love subverting existing trends – and what’s more trend-setting than adopting a breed known as an attack dog, only to turn around and show the world these dogs are instead sweet and gentle.

Some owners go even further and dress their dogs up with pink collars or faux-gold chains for an ironic style. After all, if you’re confident and strong, you don’t need to show off.

French Bulldog

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French Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds of small dogs in America, thanks in no small part to hipster’s embracing the breed back in the early 2000s. Today, these tiny pups are found in cities everywhere. Weighing less than 30 pounds, French bulldogs have muscular bodies and prominent, bat-like ears.

French Bulldogs are playful, friendly, and alert. They make excellent guard dogs because they’ll bark at the first sign of trouble but otherwise remain obedient and quiet.

Note that they’re intelligent dogs that will get bored without toys, such as this multi-toy set from Buibiiu or this pack of plush toys from Legend Sandy.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Small but mighty, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy Spaniel who makes a perfect partner for your daily adventures.

Growing no more than 13 inches high, these tiny champions are energetic and full of life. They’re perfect for a hipster who likes to spend time walking around the city or hanging out in parks.

Keep in mind these dogs tend to suffer from fairly substantial separation anxiety. They’re not the best choice if you’ll need to leave them alone in your home for most of the day.

Cavalier’s have sweet, expressive faces with a silky, rich coat. They’re beautiful to look at and typically remain healthy and active for up to 15 years.

Generally, Cavaliers are easy to care for, but you’ll still want to pick up The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Handbook to ensure your new pet stays happy and healthy. Fans of the breed will also enjoy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Coloring Book.

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Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature Schnauzers have the best beards of any dog breed. These four-legged, furry friends have darling faces and lots of love to give. Plus, as miniature versions of the Schnauzer, they have a hip style all their own.

More than beauty, these dogs have brains, too. You’ll want to train them early, or else they’ll end up stubborn and willful. However, they’re also loyal, friendly companions.

Images of Miniature Schnauzers also adorn a variety of hipster gear, including scarves, T-shirts, and even a Christmas sweater.

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Keeping a small dog in a purse or tote bag is a hipster staple, and the chihuahua is known as the king of the carry dogs. With a maximum weight of six pounds, these pint-sized pups feel perfectly at home when carried around wherever you go.

Although they’re among the smallest dogs on our list, they have the biggest attitude. They typically think they’re the biggest dogs on the block! While they make excellent watchdogs, you’ll want to train them early, or else they’ll likely develop a mean streak.

Chihuahuas get cold fairly easily, so they’re not the best choice if you live in a climate with long, cold winters. For the occasional chilly day, give your pooch a comfy pet sweater such as this pink sweater from Pet Artist or this winter fleece from Expawlorer.

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Pomeranians are the most popular toy breed in the country. Packed with personality, these smiley dogs are an ideal companion, ready to join you on adventures or chill at home.

Pomeranians do have a loud bark. While they make excellent watchdogs, they might annoy your neighbors without proper training. Fortunately, Pomeranians learn tricks and new skills quickly.

Also, although they need lots of exercise, they don’t require much space. They can typically stay active enough even if they live in a small apartment.

Poms do have two coats, which means they need a bit more brushing than similarly-sized breeds. The Paw Brothers Universal Slicker with Coated Pin Tips is an easy way to keep your pet’s coat healthy and tangle-free.

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Shelter Dogs

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Do you know what breed of dog hipsters chose over any other? Well, despite the popularity of the breeds we’ve listed, the answer is “none of the above.”

Back in 2013, Complex Magazine surveyed pet-owning hipsters throughout New York City.  They found that mixed-breed dogs from shelters are the number one choice for hipsters. Considering how many dogs sit in shelters worldwide, any trend which encourages adoption is great news.

Whether you live a hipster lifestyle or some other type, the staff at any shelter can help you find the perfect pet. No matter which pooch you choose, you’ll want to prepare a fun, healthy home for them.

You’ll need dog food. Most hipster dogs require food for small dogs such as Hill’s Science Diet or Pedigree Adult Dry Dog Food.

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You’ll also need two bowls, one for water and the other for food. Bergan’s standard dog bowl should work fine for both purposes. Another option is the PetSafe Healthy Water Station, which provides clean, flowing water that lasts for several days before needing a refill.

Also, you’ll need a bed where your pup can rest his head. It should be large enough to support your dog’s entire body, including most of his tail.

Several types of beds are available, including orthopedic beds and beds made from memory foam.

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Finally, you’ll need plenty of toys. Rope toys are perfect for playing tug-o-war while squeaky toys are great for chewing and playing fetch.

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The shelter will provide all the recommendations you need regarding care. Don’t be afraid to take your time and ask lots of questions. After all, you’re choosing a best friend for life!

Final Word

Despite what many people think, hipsters are choosing dogs for reasons beyond their appearance. All of the dogs on our list are friendly, good-tempered, and typically thrive in smaller, urban housing. Of course, they’re also super-cute, too.

Your dog doesn’t care if you’re a super hipster, the least hip person in the country, or somewhere in-between. Instead, your furry friend will love you forever as long as you provide a healthy, happy home. Any of the dogs on our list will make a wonderful companion.

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