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 AKC.org, 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."
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.
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."
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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