10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

Author WDF Staff


Natural companion animals, the majority of dogs enjoy receiving attention from their owners. Snuggling and constant companionship appear to be essential for some breeds. These breeds are known for their affectionate natures. Still, every dog has its own personality, and some may not want to be pampered.

World Dog Finder brings you 10 extremely affectionate dog breeds.

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Since the 17th century, dog lovers have flocked to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because of its calm and loving demeanor. Curled up in their owners' laps, they were adored by royalty and aristocracy. Even though they are less active than their Cocker or Springer Spaniel relatives, they are not couch potatoes. If you're looking for a dog that can thrive in a household with a lot of other pets, this is the breed for you.

cavalier-king-charles-spaniel playing

2. Golden Retriever

Since they tend to be affectionate, gentle, fun-loving, and intelligent, the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They're a popular choice for families looking for a pet. Despite their playful nature, Golden Retrievers can be a bit of a handful for smaller children. In addition to being intelligent, this breed is also easier to train than the majority.


3. Pug

"Velcro Pugs," as they are sometimes called, refers to the way Pugs adhere to their owners. They have no concept of personal space and gladly follow their owners around the house. Because they were bred to be lap dogs for Chinese nobility, these adorable pups have a natural affinity for humans. In general, they enjoy being the center of attention and clinging to the people they care about the most.

senior pug

4. Newfoundland

The Newfoundland doesn't require a lot of exercise. That is an excellent thing since their favorite activity is cuddling with their owners at the end of a long day, so be prepared to receive a giant dog-shaped pillow. It's easy to cuddle with a Newfoundland because of their soft fur, and they're also extremely sensitive around children.


5. Bichon Frise

Many people enjoy the Bichon Frise breed because of its cuddly, squishy look. Despite their sweet appearance, this adorable breed has a lot of energy. It fits perfectly in an active household that will include them in their adventures and give them plenty of stimulation and exercise. These dogs are popular among families with kids because their high energy levels fit perfectly with the toddler's pace of play. Bichons love attention, and snuggling with their owners is one of their favorite things.

Bichon Frise

6. Dachshund

These weirdly shaped pups are known for their tiny frame and their oddly striking resemblance to hot dogs. Nevertheless, these small dogs love to snuggle up next to their humans. Gentle Dachshunds will be more than happy to snuggle up at your feet, crawl with you in your bed at night, or be pampered like a tiny baby. Dacshunds' ultimate goal is to spend as much time as possible with their favorite human in the world – you.


7. Bulldog

In addition to being exceptionally cuddly, Bulldogs have a tendency to nod off for long periods. They crave affection and become more laid-back with age, so if you spend time with them when they're young, be prepared for a lifetime of cuddles. Despite their small build and somewhat a mean face, Bulldogs can be remarkably gentle and affectionate.

english-bulldog puppy

8. Welsh Corgi Pembroke

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is incredibly energetic and intelligent. It's easy to train them, and they form strong bonds with their families. These cattle-herding working dogs were originally bred for shepherding. They are used to traveling close to a herd or their pack, which means they love closeness, affection, and security. Corgis enjoy cuddling with their human parents because they consider them a part of their pack. Snuggling is a common way for Corgis to express their affection and warmth, especially during the winter months. If you don't watch out, these dogs can become overly dependent on being carried around. This adorable breed is known for its trustworthiness and loyalty.

corgi on grass

9. Great Dane

Great Danes enjoy cuddling, which may seem strange to some people. They're affectionately called "gentle giants" because of their fondness for cuddling up to their owners they deeply care about. In spite of their enormous size, Great Danes are some of the friendliest and most patient dogs you'll ever meet. They are taller than other dogs and even some humans when they stand on their back legs. Plus, they are often unaware of their size, so don't be too surprised if you see a Great Dane trying to sit in your lap.

great-dane in woods

10. Labradors

Most people don't realize that Labradors are members of the Retriever family. Labs are the most popular dog breed around the globe for more than 2 decades in a row. They also happen to be one of the most gentle, patient, intelligent, and loving breeds out there. The fact they are so popular shouldn't come as a surprise. They are a sociable and outgoing breed that enjoys spending time with everyone and everything. Labradors quickly become attached to their entire family and will happily play and cuddle with them all day and night.

labrador-retriever puppy black

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