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15 Most affectionate dog breeds

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Get cuddly with these canines

Whether you long for furry unconditional love at the end of a hard day or simply want to cuddle up with a lick-happy pup at a moment's notice, we're bringing you a list of the most affectionate dog breeds.
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Chihuahua

Chihuahuas

Do you miss the Taco Bell commercials featuring this adorable dog breed? Fanna Easter, national dog training education specialist at Petco, recommends Chihuahuas because they are part of the American Kennel Club's Toy Group, which includes dogs that are bred to "embody sheer delight. [These dogs] will always be popular with people without much living space," she explains. "They make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights."

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

If you're not into lap dogs and want a dog you can really wrap your arms around, consider the faithful Labrador Retriever. Easter cautions, however, that Labs are part of the AKC's Sporting Group, which means you'll need to keep your pup well exercised. She explains that Labs were bred to work closely with humans, making them an ideal companion dog, but that "[they] were bred to work in a field all day — they have a good bit of energy."

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Maltese

Maltese

Another toy breed, the Maltese is a great dog if you happen to have allergies. These happy pups don't shed much and tend to get along well with other dogs and even cats. However, they live for human contact, so be prepared to spend a lot of quality cuddle time with your pet.

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Included in PetMD's list of most lovable dogs, the Bichon is a happy and playful pup that aims to please. The breed is known for its affection and getting along well with kiddos and other dogs. They are also known for excessive barking when left alone, so make time for lots of snuggling with this furry friend.

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