When people dream of the perfect dog, it’s often one that will climb onto their lap for a cuddle – no matter their size!
Dogs bring so much comfort and peace, and they just seem to know when their owner needs it most. It’s certainly been a much appreciated trait for people during the pandemic.
Some dogs are more keen for a cuddle than others, with affection and companionship bred into their personalities.
Whether you’re looking for a little lap dog to follow you around the house, or 150 pounds of fur to throw your arms around when you get home from work – here are the 10 most affectionate dog breeds that are unlikely to pass up on the opportunity to hop on the sofa for a snuggle.
1. Labrador Retriever
Lovable labradors might have been crowned the UKs naughtiest breed – but they’re one of the most affectionate too. How else are they supposed to get away with everything?
This gentle, sweet-faced breed is described by the American Kennel Club as ‘ friendly, outgoing and high-spirited companions’.
Labradors make great family pets, with enough affection to go around for everyone.
Loving, charming and mischievous sum up the little pug. The AKC said: “Pugs live to love and to be loved in return.”
These velcro dogs were bred to be companion dogs who love to please their owners – which means they’re also ‘generally easy to train’.
The club added: “The pug has an even and stable temperament, great charm, and an outgoing, loving disposition.”
3. Golden Retriever
Incredibly intelligent dogs used to guide the blind or aid search-and-rescue teams, the golden retriever is just as loving as their Labrador relatives.
The American Kennel Club said: “Goldens are outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs, and relatively easy to train. They take a joyous and playful approach to life and maintain this puppyish behavior into adulthood.”
Who doesn’t want a cuddle from 150 pounds of fluff? Newfies are gentle giants known for being great with children, earning their nanny dog nickname.
“A sweet temperament is the most important single characteristic of the breed,” the AKC said.
“The sweet-tempered Newfie is a famously good companion and has earned a reputation as a patient and watchful ‘nanny dog’ for kids.”
Forget teddy bears when you have your own with four paws!
5. Bichon Frise
These little lap dogs love nothing more than curling up with their owner, and are said to be ‘lovers, not fighters’.
The American Kennel Club suggests these irresistible canine comedians don’t believe in strangers – only friends they’re yet to make.
The club added: “Their confidence and size make them ideal city dogs. Bichons train nicely and enjoy performing for their loved ones. The happy-go-lucky Bichon personality that draws smiles and hugs wherever they go.”
“Loyalty, affection, intelligence, work ethic, and good looks: Boxers are the whole doggy package,” the AKC said.
This popular pup is great with children, and takes their guardian duties very seriously, even if they don’t treat life as such!
The club added: “Bright and alert, sometimes silly, but always courageous, boxers are upbeat and playful.”
They demand a lot of attention and affection from their family, but who can resist those grumpy-looking jowls?
7. Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell owners will know you can’t go anywhere without hearing the pitter-patter of tiny paws behind you. The JRT loves to be their owners’ shadow, as well as crawling onto the sofa for a cuddle.
The AKC said: “Upbeat, lively, inquisitive, and friendly, the jaunty Russell Terrier was developed by England’s “Sporting Parson” for use in foxhunts.”
Greyhounds were built for speed, not stamina, and after a short walk, love nothing more than finding a sofa to lounge on – there’s a reason they’re nicknamed the 45mph couch potato!
These champion sprinters are described as gentle, noble and sweet-tempered, with a very affectionate nature.
The AKC said: “Greyhounds are more interested in doing things with you than for you. They are very affectionate with their families, though they tend to be reserved with strangers.”
9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Aristocrats of the dog world, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy breed that combines ‘the best of both worlds’.
The CKCS combines the cuddliness of a toy breed with the sporty side of spaniels.
The American Kennel Club said: “Adaptable Cavaliers do equally well with active owners and homebodies – they can be upbeat athletes or shameless couch potatoes, depending on an owner’s lifestyle.”
These loving long dogs very much enjoy a tummy tickle from the people they know and adore.
Whilst described as stubborn and ever-alert, sausage dogs are very attached to their human, which has won over millions of hearts across the world.
The club said: “Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they make fine watch dogs.”