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The 15 most affectionate dog breeds will never leave your side

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...

There's nothing not to love about the cuddliest canine breeds

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.

6. English Toy Spaniel

There's nothing not to love about the cuddliest canine breeds
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The AKC describes these small regal pups as gentle, happy, playful and loving. English Toy Spaniels are intelligent, good family companions, play well with children and ideal for apartment dwellers.

7. Bloodhound

There's nothing not to love about the cuddliest canine breeds
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Another large breed lover, Bloodhounds are extremely affectionate but tend to have a dominating personality. Make sure you let your hound know that you are the alpha of the house but follow it up with lots of cuddles and hugs.

8. Bulldog

There's nothing not to love about the cuddliest canine breeds
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Despite the Bulldog's contentious facial features, this loving dog is considered one of the most affectionate dog breeds by PetMD. Warm, charming, docile and devoted, the bulldog makes a great family pet.

More: 10 Reasons why English Bulldog puppies are the cutest things ever

9. Irish Wolfhound

There's nothing not to love about the cuddliest canine breeds
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The tallest of dogs, the Irish Wolfhound is a large, heavy athlete that is "gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked," according to the AKC. Considered an excellent family companion, this enormous dog needs more room and more exercise than the smaller canine breeds. If you're looking for a lot of love, the Irish Wolfhound is for you!

10. Papillon

There's nothing not to love about the cuddliest canine breeds
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Considered one of the smartest dog breeds, the Papillon is a deceptively excellent watchdog and constant companion. These diminutive but brave creatures are often described as big dogs in little bodies, which means your adorable butterfly-eared canine can keep you company at home or on the go all the while making it known that they are ready to protect you against anything big or small.

Next Up: Pomeranian

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