10 Cuddliest Dog Breeds You Need to Know About

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Dogs are naturally companionable animals, and they often enjoy receiving attention, too. Some dogs seek out affection more than others, and we are going to look at some of the cuddliest dog breeds around.

While the dog breeds on this list are known for their cuddly tendencies, you should learn how to read dog body language so that you can tell if your dog is feeling uncomfortable. They shouldn't just tolerate being hugged, but instead, actively enjoy it.

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    Golden Retriever

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    The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the United States, and for good reason. They tend to be very affectionate, gentle, fun-loving, and smart.

    They are often a top choice as a family pet, as they enjoy the company of respectful children. Their intelligence and eagerness to please also make them easier to train than many breeds.

    They do have a lot of energy, though, and need plenty of exercise and enrichment. You should also make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner, as their shedding can be immense.

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    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is another popular breed. Their loving and placid temperaments have endeared them to dog lovers since back in the 17th century when they were much beloved by royalty and noble gentry.

    Although they are less busy than their Cocker or Springer Spaniel relatives, they are certainly not couch potatoes. They will fit in well with an active family lifestyle. They usually enjoy the company of other dogs and can do well in a multi-pet household.

    Because of their popularity, the breed has fallen foul of overbreeding. This means they are, unfortunately, known to have a number of inheritable health conditions. You should always seek out a reputable breeder that carries out health screens on potential parents.

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    Pomeranians are known for being incredibly loyal, brave and affectionate with their owners, making them a top cuddly choice.

    They can be very sassy and vocal, and they like to be the boss. They can also be stubborn if they are not getting what they want. Poms are smart little dogs too, and with the right training, they will be up for most challenges.

    Their feisty nature means they are probably not the best choice for a household with young children. Because they often demand to be the centre of attention, careful introductions would also be needed if they were to live with another dog.

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    Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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    Because of their legacy as dogs bred for fighting, and as a result of their traditionally being bought by irresponsible owners, breeds like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier have garnered a very unfair reputation. In the right home, they make truly wonderful family pets that are partial to cuddles.

    The Staffie is generally an extremely affectionate breed devoted to their owners. Despite their size, it is not uncommon for them to seek out a spot on your lap. They are known for being very patient and gentle with children, too.

    Their love for their family means that they are a breed that does best when they have company for most of the day.

    They tend to be people focussed dogs and suit being in a one-pet household. Of course, some Staffies love other dogs; it is just that Introductions should be done carefully.

    The American Pit Bull Terrier, a relative of the Staffie, is another breed that can make a fantastically loyal and affectionate family pet.

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    The Newfoundland is a beautiful giant breed that is known for its calm, gentle and loving disposition. They are often referred to as the 'Nanny Dog', as they are exceptionally loyal and devoted to their family, including children.

    The breed is known for being pretty docile. Their size and working heritage, however, mean they still need a lot of exercise to prevent boredom and problem behaviors surfacing. They have a great love of water and can be very playful.

    Of course, if you plan to own a Newfoundland, you will need plenty of space and a large yard. Also, be prepared for regular grooming sessions; their thick coat is prone to heavy shedding.

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    A lounging Greyhound

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    They may be known as the fastest breed in the world, but Greyhounds are often actually big, goofy and placid couch potatoes.

    This sensitive breed often loves nothing more than to snuggle up beside their owners for a cuddle, and they will actively seek out contact. Just watch out for a bony limb, jabbing you as they try to clamber on top of you!

    If you are looking to adopt a dog, a Greyhound could be a perfect choice, as they are often sadly cruelly abandoned after their career in the racing industry. There are many of these beautiful, gentle dogs looking for their forever homes.

    While they are known for being very gentle, they can often have a high prey drive. Care should be taken if introducing them to other small dogs or cats.

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    chihuahua puppy sleeping

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    Chihuahuas may be one of the smallest dog breeds, but it is fair to say that they often have some of the biggest personalities. Their sassy characters are what often turns people into fans of the breed.

    Chis need a decent amount of exercise. Carrying them too much will prevent them from keeping fit. It can also teach them to become more fearful if they are not being exposed to things properly.

    With the right training and socialisation, these little dogs can prove to be fantastic little companions. They develop strong bonds with their owners, often loving nothing more than a snuggle on their lap after a busy day.

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    Two pugs sleeping together

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    Pugs have grown massively in popularity over the last decade. They are a breed that is full of character and fun, with a surprising amount of energetic and very even-tempers. This makes them a sought-after choice as a family pet that tends to get on well with children and other animals. They are known for enjoying a snuggle and often actively seek out attention.

    Pugs are a brachycephalic, flat-faced, breed, and care should be taken when exercising. This is especially important in hot weather. They can also be more prone to skin conditions because of their folds.

    Seeking out a responsible breeder will ensure you have a healthier dog, less prone to breathing problems or skin issues..

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    Bichon Frise

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    A lot of people are drawn to the Bichon Frise because of their adorable, cotton-ball, appearance. The breed is so much more than just sweet to look at though. They are full of vim and vigor, and best suited to an active household where they will get plenty of enrichment and exercise.

    They love to play, and this means they are a popular choice for households with children. They often crave attention and love to snuggle with their owners. Because they are so people-orientated, they really need to be living in a home where they will have company for most of the day.

    You also need to be prepared to get into a regular grooming routine. If their coat is neglected, it can easily become matted and uncomfortable very quickly.

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    We Can't Leave Out the Mutts!

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    We can't finish up without giving a mention to all the wonderfully affectionate mixed-breed dogs out there. Shelters across the country are full of dogs desperate for some love and attention in a new forever home.

    Adoption can be a hugely rewarding experience. Take the time to visit dogs in your local shelter, and ask to see dogs out of their kennel to allow you to get a better idea of their personality.

    Some charities place dogs in foster homes before they go on to be adopted. This also allows you to understand if the dog you are interested in is one that loves to be showered in affection.


Don't forget that every dog is an individual and they won't all want to be showered by affection 24/7. Be respectful of your dog's space, and only offer a cuddle if your dog is relaxed and seeking attention.