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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Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

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!




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.




According to, these puffballs on four legs are intelligent dogs that love to please. "Because of their outgoing temperaments, they can be very good family dogs with the right training. Due to their small size they don't require much exercise, but are an energetic breed that needs attention from their people frequently."


Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Sheepdog

An attentive companion dog, the Belgian Sheepdog is happiest with an owner who can give this canine plenty of jobs to do. The AKC describes this breed as intelligent, easily trainable and a dog that gets along well with gentle children. Just make sure you have ample time to give your love-pup lots of exercise.




Who wouldn’t want the loyalty of love of Lassie? Collies are described by the AKC as devoted family dogs that are especially good with children. These graceful pups are as happy jaunting with you on a walk as they are curled up on the couch with you.


American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

Considered one of PetMD's most lovable canines, the "Eskie" quickly bonds with its human family. This extremely energetic dog needs lots of exercise and, with the right amount of attention, is fun, obedient and well-behaved.



Bred primarily for bird-dogging and hunting, this regal gray dog is known for being an easily trainable canine that is friendly and an obedient member of the family. These pups love children and thrive on being part of the family "pack."


What about mixed breeds?

If you'd rather adopt a mixed breed dog (shelter dogs certainly need love, too), Easter recommends, "Determine what breeds were mixed together and this can give you a good idea of the dog's temperament." She adds that the best way to tell if any dog — purebred or mixed — is an affectionate dog is to pay attention to your interaction and your family's interaction with a dog. "Determine if the dog enjoys sitting next to you, gives you lots of eye contact, follows you around and enjoys being petted… if it does, you likely have an affectionate dog."

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Comments on "15 Most affectionate dog breeds"

. March 02, 2014 | 3:53 PM

most dogs are affectionate with correct upbringing but I have noticed the staffordshire bull terrier in particular can be hyper affectionate

Meme January 25, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Breed alone does not determine affection. In regards to the chihuahua comments, don't judge unless you've owned one. They don't present well to people they don't know, but they are extremely protective of their family and are the one of the most affectionate breeds we have ever owned. They have added much joy to our lives.

Von Allen December 30, 2013 | 7:14 PM

Having been in dog rescue for years, I have found Old English Sheepdogs to be the most needy, affectionate dogs on the planet. The actually want to me hugged and mauled to the point there they climb onto you and try to sit on your lap. But this whole article is off base. SO much depends on early socialization and circumstance. Even so.. in my experience.. I have to say that I would never have placed a Chihuahua at the top of the list.

waldo December 30, 2013 | 5:31 AM

My Doberman is very sweet. I was warned by everyone before I got him that Dobermans are dangerous, he's going to go crazy one day, he's going to attack, he's going to kill my chihuahuas. I got mine when he was a puppy and familiarized him to people and dogs. I gave him lots of love, did not encourage aggression. He is the most lovable dog. He wants to always be by my side. Yes, I let him sleep on the bed and no he has never tried to be dominant because of this. He has his side of the bed but many nights I wake up and he is snuggled next to me with his head resting on my neck or shoulder. So sweet. I always give him lots of kisses which he seems to love.

Beeceebeach October 28, 2013 | 8:43 AM

This is a very poorly researched article. Bloodhounds? You have to be kidding. And, you don't even mention how important early socialization and positive training are to help any and all breeds of dog learn to be affectionate with humans. Thumbs down.

Denise September 20, 2013 | 5:10 AM

The picture accompanying #6 is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, not an English Toy Spaniel. They are both total love sponges, however, and I have two Cavaliers laying on me as I type this!

michael September 20, 2013 | 2:45 AM

ha have never met a friendly Chihuahua and you have named it no 1. what a load of ----. maybe because of its size you can force it to be ur no 1, who knows

Doreen September 07, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Have had 5 German Shepherds and all were loving, affectionate and so gentle with the children, protective with them even with a 6 month baby. In the family we have also had a Yellow Lab/Husky mix, fantastic - so gentle, Golden Retriever - wonderful dog, the remaining one is a Border Collie eight years old now - very affectionate. They were all treated as members of the family - which they were.

Lora September 06, 2013 | 3:29 PM

I was sad to see that the Shih Tzu didn't make the list. I have 5 and there is no more loving dog on the planet!

Bonnie Gaglione September 06, 2013 | 8:57 AM

We have a Black Lab who is so sweet & kind & never a problem, we adore our "Daisy". Before Daisy we had Samoyeds--I'm surprised you didn't mention them, they are also a very loving pet. At separate times we had 3 Samoyeds & each one was warm & loving.

lee September 06, 2013 | 6:55 AM

Where are the Welch Corgis? They should be at the top of your list!

Ines September 06, 2013 | 6:08 AM

This article is despicable. A dog's breed is absolutely not telling of how affectionate they will be. What's worst is that you seem to disqualify adopting a shelter dog because they might be less affectionate or mixed and that's somehow subpar to your pure breed, elitist mentality. Have you ever gone to an animal shelter or interacted with dogs there?

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