What Are the Most Affectionate Dog Breeds?

There are a lot of different things that you can look for in a dog, from particular breed, color, size, age, etc. But what if you are looking for a certain type of temperament? Many people, with or without kids, are looking for what dogs are best known for: affection and companionship. Here is a list of the 5 best dog breeds that you can cuddle (and will cuddle you back!):

Affectionate Dog Breeds

  • Pug
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador Retriever
  • King Charles Cavalier
  • Bichon Frisé


Pugs love life and make the most of it, whether that’s in your yard, at the dog park, or snuggled into your lap. And at an average weight of 14-18 pounds, it’s perfectly doable!

Great Dane:

great dane
Don’t let their enormous size trick you; Great Danes are an extremely loyal affectionate dog breed and are not known to ever show hostility unless provoked. Be prepared for this dog to try its hardest to get into your lap.

Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever
Well-accepted and known by most as America’s most favorite dog, Labs are great for the family, disabled, and even hunters. They are extremely devoted and always looking to please and love their owners, and sometimes even strangers.

King Charles Cavalier

cavalier king charles spanniel
Since their inception, King Charles cavaliers have been trained to be sidekicks, whether that’s for fun with kids or for companionship with older people. Just don’t forget that they are also excellent hunting dogs, and will chase other animals (when they aren’t chasing you).

Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frise
Unlike some of the larger ones on this list, the bichon frisé is a dog that loves to get into your lap and is also the correct size dog to fit in your lap (or purse, if you so choose). But be careful, these little guys tend to love their people so much that they can suffer from separation anxiety.

If your favorite dog breed didn’t make this list, not to worry; there are a TON more breeds that are extremely lovable and cuddly, like these ones here. And at the end of the day, most any dog can become affectionate, with the right training.

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