Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason — there’s nothing as sweet or as satisfying as the unconditional love of a four-legged friend. These most affectionate breeds are always happy to give a kiss or a cuddle or just curl up on the couch with you after a long, hard day.
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."
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."
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.
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.
According to the AKC, the Golden Retriever is an excellent companion dog that has a friendly temperament and is a joy to own. Take note: This breed needs lots of exercise and regular brushings.
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