The 15 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds


Who's ready for a good cuddle?!

A popular mid-century humorist known by the pen name Josh Billings once said, "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."

That statement rings true for every dog lover, but there are certain breeds known for loving snuggling than others. These best friends are always happy to curl into your lap at the end of a long day or cover your face with sloppy kisses. Is your pup on the list of most affectionate dog breeds?

A few affectionate dogs that make excellent companions (but didn't make our list) include the Brussels Griffon, Boxers, Pugs, Newfoundlands and many types of Poodles. These dogs become like family members in no time. Some didn't make this list of 15 most affectionate dog breeds, but we hear they stick to their owners like velcro!


What Are The Most Affectionate Dog Breeds?

1. Labrador Retriever

Labradors of all colors standing together.

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and it's no surprise it tops the list as being one of the most affectionate.

They're known for being sweet family dogs that build strong bonds with their owners.

2. Greyhound

Greyhound wearing a jacket.


These speedy canines may be best known for kicking up dust on the racetrack, but there's more to them than their competitive sides.

Both miniature and full-size variations of Greyhounds are friendly, laid-back pooches.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Spaniel

These little dogs are the definition of lap dogs. Their favorite place is wherever you are, and when they're not begging you to play with them, they're lounging by your side.


Their goal in life is to love and be loved by you.

4. Golden Retriever

GoldenGolden Retrievers are big, goofy, lovable dogs that have long since been recognized by pup parents and Hollywood movie producers. Shadow from "Homeward Bound" and Buddy from "AirBud" are prime examples.

Don't pretend you don't cry EVERY SINGLE TIME you see Shadow limp over that hill at the end of the movie.

5. American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pitbull


American Pit Bull Terriers are arguably the most misunderstood dogs out there. But in a reality, when humans don't force these animals to do unspeakable acts, pit bulls are in truth incredibly loyal, affectionate, and goofy dogs.

They've even been called nanny dogs because of how great they are with kids.

6. Old English Sheepdog

English Sheepdog

Who  needs a pillow or a blanket when you have a fluffy Old English Sheepdog in the family? These canines are crazy about cuddling. And that's perfect, because that thick coat of fur practically demands to be touched.


7. Irish Wolfhounds

Irish Wolfhound

It's not uncommon for these gentle giants to be mistaken for small horses instead of dogs, but don't let their size fool you. Irish Wolfhounds are simply lap dogs that eventually grow out of your lap.

But shhh, they tell them that. In their minds, they're still the perfect size.

8. Collie



As one of Hollywood's original canine superstars, these Lassie-dogs have proven both on the big screen and off that they're true people-dogs. While their natural instincts may cause them to "herd" the people in their lives, they build loyal relationships with their owners that are definitely "awww-worthy."

9. English Bulldog 

English Bulldogs are calm with an easy-going temperament. They are great with children (often making good companion dogs and guard dogs) and over the top affectionate.

10. Great Dane 

Great Dane lays in the grass.


They have an athletic and imposing appearance, but don't let their size fool you -- Great Danes are generally very playful and even work well around children. Danes typically make fantastic family pets as long as they get plenty of exercise, and naturally, food!

11. Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frise getting hugs from owner.

Great apartment pets, lovable, and highly trainable, the Bichon Frise is known for a wonderful disposition -- these small dogs are super companion pets and absolutely belong on this list!

12. American Eskimo Dog

American eskimo dog lays in the grass.


This is a highly intelligent breed, with cleverness that will have you doing his bidding if you aren't careful. Vet Street calls this "a healthy, adaptable, affectionate breed."

13. Miniature Schnauzer

Mini schnauzer runs toward a camera.

Miniature Schnauzer is a small terrier originally bred in Germany. Known by its trademark "beard," these are less aggressive than the typical terriers, making Miniature Schnauzers a great family pet and one of the most affectionate dog breeds!

14. Irish Setter

Beautiful irish setter standing in a field.


The Irish Setter is enthusiastic, energetic, and athletic. Both beautiful and super affectionate, this breed are popular show-bred dogs but double as wonder family dogs -- even better, they're smart enough to make great hunting companions.

15. Dachshund

Dachshund chews bone that's too big for it.

Our doxie, Walter, is full of spice but also super sweet. We get loads of kisses every time we enter the front door. This breed can also be very protective of their owners! It's good to make sure they have a lot of socialization early on (the same as Chihuahuas!)

While every dog's personality is unique, these particular 15 loving dog breeds are known for their loving and eager-to-please temperaments. Have a hard day at work? Feeling sick? Need a hug? There's no limit to the stress-relieving and mood-enhancing powers of these affectionate dog breeds.


Do research on all these breeds of course before you bring the best dog into your home!

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This article was originally published July 15, 2019.

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