The 11 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds
Here are 11 of the most affectionate, cuddly, human-loving dog breeds:
Speaking of good-natured lugs: the English bulldog also qualifies for that moniker. They are naturally sweet, extremely docile, and known for their gentle dispositions. They are loyal and dependable, according to according to Hill's, bulldogs are "people-oriented" and "actively solicit human attention." Plus, they are fun to look at and even more fun to cuddle up with for a nap (although they are known to snore).
These funny-faced pooches are “loyal, alert, and curious” according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). These dogs pack a lot of personality into their small packages. These rambunctious puppers love to be around their very special humans and will happily follow them to the kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and everywhere else they are invited.
Staffordshire and Pit Bull Terriers
These pups can have a bad reputation, but in the right home their most egregious behavior can be hogging the entire bed or being convinced they are lap dogs, even though they can weigh up to 80 pounds! They love people and can make truly wonderful family pets who are eager to please and hard to get out of bed. Like many breeds, they need some training and socialization, but they can be great family companions and truly goofy cuddle bugs.
These gentle giants are renowned for their calm, loving dispositions. That’s why when author J.M. Barrie was writing Peter Pan he decided the Darling family needed to hire a Newfoundland to be the patient nursemaid to their three children, based on his own family’s experience with the breed. Even if you’re not in need of a nanny, these sweet-tempered pups make excellent pets.
The American Kennel Club calls labs America's favorite dog and it’s easy to see why. They are smart, even-tempered, easy to train, and always eager to please. They make excellent companions in the field or at home and will do anything for their favorite people, especially if food is involved.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are an elegant breed that have been raised companions since the times of their namesake King Charles. As members of the spaniel family, they can hunt, but they are just as happy rollicking in the backyard with kids or snoozing on the divan with grandma. The dog pros at Rover caution, “These outgoing dogs are relaxed with friends and strangers alike, so don’t count on a Cav to be a watchdog!”
The 11 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds
These tiny pups have enormous personalities and despite their small stature, they seem to truly believe they are in charge. These rambunctious pups make excellent companions for people who don’t mind a bit of sass in between snuggles. Chihuahuas tend to closely bond with one person and generally tend to get along best with older, calmer human companions. Once they form a bond, though, it’s forever.
These adorable white fluff balls make excellent companions whether you’re looking for an energetic pooch or just someone to share your pillow at night. These little dogs are fun, full of energy, and incredibly loving, and in the words of the AKC, they are “irresistible canine comedians” looking for a cozy lap.
Pugs are ridiculously friendly little doggos who love anyone and everyone who is around them. They tend to be outgoing little goofballs who are super busy living their best lives at the dog park, at home, and everywhere in between. They exude happiness from their funny little faces.
One word: Lassie. Like their TV counterpart proved, collies are clever, gentle, loyal, and occasionally stubborn, like when Timmy is stuck in a well and someone absolutely needs to help. According to PetMD.com, collies are good for anyone looking “for an outdoors-y partner, and who also have a family to share her with.”
Goldens are the go-to choice for family dogs for a good reason: They are goofy, cuddly, and happy. These good-natured lugs are endlessly friendly and tend to be very patient with kids and other pets and always happy to settle down for a nap with their family.