Winter is officially upon us, which means it times for all-things-cozy—fuzzy pajamas, nights spent by the fire, and curling up with your pet for some comforting cuddles. Dog people know that any dog can be a lovebug, or reassuring, for that matter. But who are the coziest dog breeds around?
Getting cozy with your dog can mean all sorts of things, of course. We’re talking about spending hours petting your fluffy dog, snuggling up on the couch with your affectionate dog, or even something as simple as knowing that your loyal dog will sit by your feet all season long. Given that, let’s take a look at the twelve of the coziest dog breeds. Each of these pups, no matter their size, just want to sit on your feet and make sure you feel all sorts of cozy.
Grab a blanket and settle in.
Not only are Shih Tzus one of the most affectionate breeds in the world, but they also have a history of getting cozy with their owners. Shih Tzus were originally bred as companion dogs for Chinese royalty, and members of the royal court would often place the dogs at their feet to keep them warm during the colder months. You might not be an emperor, but your Shih Tzu will love to get cozy on your feet just the same!
While the Lhasa Apso can be wary of strangers, when it comes to their owners, they are one of the most loyal breeds of the bunch. Once your Lhasa Apso is comfortable with you, they’d like nothing more than to spend an afternoon getting cozy on the couch. Just make sure no one disturbs you—the Lhasa Apso’s loyalty can sometimes manifest as an overprotective nature of their owner (and they might bark or nip at anyone who gets too close).
Fluffy and cozy are basically the same thing—and when it comes to breeds, you won’t find a dog much fluffier than the Pomeranian. Not only is the Pomeranian a sweet and affectionate breed, but their long, fluffy coats make them the perfect choice for cozy winter cuddles. In fact, when they sit on your feet, it might just look like you’re wearing a pair of fluffy slippers!
Combine the sheer fluffiness of a Pomeranian with the striking features of a Siberian Husky and what do you get? One of the coziest (and cutest!) hybrid dog breeds—the Pomsky.
Just like the Pomeranian, the Pomsky’s fluffy coat make it a perfect cuddle companion—and their playful energy will keep you entertained on cozy snow days.
The Golden Retriever has remained one of the most popular breeds in the world for decades thanks to their intelligence, loyalty, and sweet-hearted nature. This breed makes great companion dogs and loves nothing more than to spend every second with their owners—including getting extra cozy.
Italian Greyhounds might not be the first breed that comes to mind when you think of the word “cozy.” But once they’ve taken a few laps around the house (those Italian Greyhounds sure can run), there’s nothing they’d rather do than get under the blanket and cuddle up to their owners.
The Labrador Retriever is a family favorite thanks to their sweet nature and fierce loyalty. It’s not uncommon for Labrador Retrievers to stay glued to their owners’ side 24/7—and what could be cozier than that?
Sometimes, cozy things come in big packages—and never has this been truer than with the Newfoundland. This large breed (Newfoundlands can get up to 150 lbs when fully grown) is not only friendly and affectionate, but with their long, thick coat, they’re also one of the fluffiest.
On the flip side, cozy things also come in small packages—like the Chihuahua. These tiny dogs form strong bonds with their owner—which leads to plenty of cuddles, lots of love, and all sorts of coziness.
Imagine sinking into a cloud. Sounds pretty cozy, right? Well, cuddling with a Samoyed is about as close as you can get. Samoyeds have a white coat that’s both water and dirt resistant, which means they maintain their fluffy, cloud-like appearance no matter what nature throws at them—though they need plenty of grooming. They’re extremely loyal, too.
The Pekingese was originally used as hand warmers in Imperial China—but they’ll have no problem cozying up to your feet instead.
Keeshond dogs are giant balls of fluffy fur—and because these friendly pets were bred to be companions, they’ll have no problem with you snuggling up to it. And how cozy is that?
We love dogs, so we love learning and writing about dog breeds. But remember, your dog loves you, no matter their breed or breed mix. Temperaments vary, but chances are they’ll be happy to get cozy if you give them time and attention.