Looking for a super-affectionate dog breed? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite snuggle buddies for your consideration. Whether you’re looking for a pocket-sized pet to share your every adventure, or a lap dog so big he requires his own recliner, there’s a dog for you. This list is full of bed-warming, snooze-sharing, kiss-giving pups.
These dogs are the huggers, the leaners, the affectionate head-butters. The dogs with absolutely no concept of personal space. The dogs who will even snuggle with the vet. Well, maybe.
Italian greyhounds are fragile beauties, with elegant long limbs and a piercing sighthound gaze. When they aren’t bombing across the dog park at a remarkable 25 mph, Iggies love to snuggle up with you like a tiny baby deer. Their delicate bone structure makes them unsuitable for families with small children.
Blondes really do have more fun! Smart, trainable, and born to please, the golden retriever is loved around the world as a first-rate companion dog and for specialised service work. Thanks to their kind temperament and dedication, goldens are a top family dog, and happy to snuggle with young and old alike.
The Napoleons of the dog world, Chihuahuas are the little dog with big attitude and even bigger heart. They can be fierce little warriors if they think the situation requires, but really they just want to snuggle with their chosen person for the rest of time. Chihuahuas tend to bond with one family member especially, and may not be a match for families with small children.
Truly man’s best friend, the Labrador excels on the hunting field, as a service dog, and as a family member. These versatile, even-tempered dogs are dedicated to their people. And food. Labs are always loving and always hungry.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles spaniels are an elegant companion on the hunting field or in the back garden. They sport just enough energy to play with kids but are calm enough to be a wonderful partner to the sick or elderly. These outgoing dogs are relaxed with friends and strangers alike, so don’t count on a Cav to be a watchdog!
If you had a handbag big enough, a boxer would happily hop in and go for adventures with you. Bouncy and silly outside and snuggly indoors, the boxer is a wonderful family dog (if you can wear them out!) Boxers are lapdogs who want nothing less than being constantly within reach at all times. A wonderful dog for families with a sense of humour, the boxer is gassy, a guardian, and good as gold.
The bichon frise is a happy-go-lucky companion dog who loves everyone and everything. Bichons combine a playful attitude with a sensitive nature, so a calm and loving family is a must. A bichon never wants to leave your side, so luckily they’re a very portable toy size.
The original gentle giant, the Great Dane is rambunctious as a puppy and noble and mild-mannered as an adult. If you have room in your heart (and your home) these majestic but short-lived dogs will fill it with love.
The sweet little dog with the grumpy face, the Brussels griffon comes in bearded and non-bearded varieties (the better to enjoy that pouty little snoot!) Originally bred to hunt rats in Belgium, these cocky little dogs have no idea how small they are, and no idea that they’re not in charge. If you don’t mind a challenge when it comes to obedience, this sporting dog will give you a lifetime of joy.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire bull terriers have a gentle nature but are increasingly the victims of irresponsible owners. They are eager to show you just how loving they can be in the right hands and as with any other dog, thoughtful breeding, training, and socialization are vital to making them good family companions. Often nicknamed the “Nanny Dog” due to their excellent nature with children, once you meet a Staffy you’ll see why they’re one of the most popular dogs in the UK.