Many people get a dog to have a companion, either for themselves or their entire family. Different people expect different things from their dogs, but who doesn’t want a more affectionate breed? If you are looking for a loving, cuddly breed that won’t hesitate to jump up and give you devoted attention, then read about the top dog breeds for snuggling.
1. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are at the top of the list because they are world-class companion dogs. They love to be around their family but aren’t demanding. Goldens have a kind and patient temperament while remaining dedicated to all the members of their family. They have somewhat goofy personalities and need plenty of exercise, but at the end of a long day, no one is more ready to cuddle than a Golden Retriever.
2. Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhounds come from Italy, where they began to breed together naturally smaller Greyhounds to achieve the small size of the modern Italian. Their history started over 2,000 years ago, but even with all its ancient lineage and noble upbringings in the courts of Rome and England, they remain a goofy, intelligent breed.
These pups have a high cuddle requirement and love snuggling under blankets. If you don’t give in, they will create the situation by pulling sheets from couches or beds and crawling underneath.
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This Spaniel gets their name from the most famed of all their beloved owners, King Charles of England. They are alert and love to play and have fun while at the same time, being typically calm. Their temperament makes them an excellent fit as a partner to the elderly or children. At the end of the day, though, it all comes down to proximity and feeling the love from those they love back.
The Chihuahua is mostly known for their feisty personality and territorial bark. Although the dogs indeed pack a great deal of character in one tiny package, they are also full of affection. Whoever the Chihuahua bonds with is bound to receive constant love. They enjoy being as close as possible to their owners and even bark to signify that they think it is time for cuddles.
5. Australian Shepherds
Australian Shepherds are typically a medium-sized dog. Despite their name, they were initially bred in the western U.S. as a cowboy’s cattle herd helper. These dogs are full of life and energy, and they are happy creatures who want to be close to the people they love.
There is a reason that Queen Victoria picked the Pomeranian as her favorite dog. These lovable little pups are covered with long, busy fur from head to toe and always look like they have a smile on their faces. Beyond only looking cuddly, though, the Pomeranian has sudden bursts of energy but usually are more than happy to laze around for long swaths of the day.
7. Labrador Retriever
Most people don’t realize that Labradors, or Labs, are part of the Retriever group of dogs. They are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the dog that holds a place in so many hearts also happens to be one of the most affectionate and loving dogs out there. They are a happy and energetic breed who loves to be social with just about anything. They bond to their whole family quickly and will happily play with them all day and snuggle up to them at night.
Pugs have grown in popularity with celebrities and with the rest of the Western world over the last 10 years. They have goofy characters paired with an even-keel temper that makes them patient with children and other younger animals. They love to be close to the activity in the house and actively seek out a cuddle.
Boxers are larger dogs who might inspire fear in the minds of those who haven’t owned one of them before. This attitude doesn’t change the fact that they are affectionate and adventurous and would prefer to be surrounded by family than left alone. They can weigh up to 70 pounds, yet they still believe that they are a lap dog and will try to snuggle their way on top of their favorite people.
10. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are happy to fit in your purse or dog carrier and come along everywhere with you. They are fiercely protective and loyal, believing that it is their job to keep their family safe from all harm, including cats. Yorkies are friendly and sweet, demanding attention whenever they can get it. They have a great deal of energy even into older age and like to accompany their humans on any car adventures if it means sitting by their side.
The Newfoundland is classed as a giant breed and is known throughout its history as being a hard-working dog who will do anything for their humans, even strangers. There are many accounts of people being saved from an icy demise by Newfoundland dogs. They are incredibly gentle, as most giant dog breeds are, and devoted. Even though they are enormous, they will always be happy to cuddle up at your feet or snuggle into bed.
12. Bichon Frise
The cotton ball dog from France and Mediterranean regions has pranced right into many hearts. Bichon Frises are fluffy, white, and energetic. They take quite a bit of maintenance, grooming, exercise, and attention. But most people who have gotten the opportunity to own one would agree that they give back as good as they get, snuggling up to their owners and seeking out playtimes.
13. Irish Wolfhound
Another giant gentle is found in the Irish Wolfhound. They are kind and extremely loving. They can run for days and need plenty of activity to stay content and happy, especially in smaller houses or apartment settings. A big allure to this dog for many owners is their outgoing personality, and they don’t mind being around people whom they aren’t familiar with, and in fact, they will do their best to get extra pets from them. They are easygoing and down for an evening of close snuggles after a day of activity.
The most famous Collie is Lassie. If you know the stories and shows made about Lassie, you know that these dogs are the epitome of devotion and affection. They will happily traipse across mountainsides and through forests with you. They are social animals and get along well with any animal or human they encounter. This trait includes children, whom they do exceptionally well around. As a sheepdog in charge of caring for their flock, the Collie will do anything for those they love.
Last but not least on our list is the Corgi. They are notorious for the amount of affection that they will try to wrangle out of their owners. They are always keen to please and look for ways to show their love and devotion, including by snuggling up to their owners whenever the opportunity presents itself. Their name means “Dwarf Dog” in Welsh, making them even cuter. These goofballs are silly and cuddly, making them a favorite of the Queen of England and many others.
It is good to remember that each dog within these breeds will have their own personality. Some will be more cuddly than others, and some of their character is also determined by their current, and perhaps previous, owner’s personality. If you want your dog to be cuddly, encourage the behavior to bring it out of them. Either way, finding a dog who isn’t cuddly at all from among these breeds will be hard to do.
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