17 of the Cuddliest Dog Breeds

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17 of the Cuddliest Dog Breeds

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If you are in search of a dog that can cuddle up and give you lots of love, then you are in the right place. These breeds are snuggle-seeking, comfort-loving dogs that can usually be found cuddled up on furniture, hidden under a blanket, or on their favorite human’s lap.

These cuddly dog breeds are not only known for their cuddling but also for their sweet nature and pleasing personalities. While some are definitely more affectionate and love to spend time with family, appropriate training can always help too.

In this article we have listed 17 of the most cuddly and loving dog breeds, to help you choose your next pup. It’s always worth noting that not every dog is cuddly just because of the breed standard but with training and plenty of attention, you can have a great snuggle buddy.

1. Golden Retrievers

The golden retriever is a smart, loyal dog with a gentle nature making it the most popular dog breed in the United States. This breed seems to never outgrow puppy-hood thanks to their carefree, playful approach to life. Goldens are gentle with children, and they get along well with other pets and strangers. This may be why they are always at the top of the list to be therapy dogs and guide dogs.

2. Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is an adorable, attentive, and lively small dog with a big dog attitude. They are always eager to please, friendly, and enjoys spending time with children and other pets. Pomeranians is known as the ideal companion because of their animated personality making them one of the world’s most popular toy breeds.

3. Great Dane

Great Dane

The Great Dane is a gentle, loving, easygoing and sensitive dog. They are usually good with children but can get overly excited. They are friendly toward other dogs and pets making a nice, well-mannered family companion. This breed is powerful but sensitive and does very well with being trained.

4. French Bulldogs


The French bulldog is a goofy and loveable lap dog. This breed enjoys playing and entertaining its family, as well as cuddling and napping with its favorite humans. Frenchie’s are friendly, sweet, dog- buddies who are always willing to please.

5. Rottweilers

Rottweiler dog breed with blue tongue

Rottweilers are known for being very gentle with children and loving with family. Often mistaken for intimidating dogs due to their looks, the Rottweiler is a great companion. They are known to stay very close to their favorite human and sometimes have to be trained to give humans space. Even though a large dog, they will attempt to climb into their owners lap or at least plop their head in it and offer lots of love licks.

6. Dachshund

The beloved “Weiner Dog” is among the most loyal and loving pups around. This little dog wants to be in the mix and laps when possible. They make great family dogs and will happily play with you, your children, and other household pets.

7. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua has a “big dog” personality in a tiny body. This little dog has its claim to fame as the world’s smallest dog breed. Chihuahuas are extremely intelligent, very active, and have a playful attitude. They are known for being charming companions who do need some training to prevent developing bad habits. Chihuahuas are nice family dogs who love to cozy up with their humans but kids will need to remember that it’s easy to injure a tiny dog.

8. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is one of the most adaptable breeds but do love to cuddle up on the ouch with their owners. This breed has a very friendly attitude and lots of intelligence. The Bichon is playful yet gentle, and does good with kids and other household pets.

9. Boxer


The Boxer has been among America’s most popular dog breeds in past years. They are bright and astute but can be silly. Even though this dog takes up a lot of space it will not hesitate to cozy up to his human. These dogs have no problem trying to get in the laps of their humans as well if laying next to them isn’t enough.

10. Pembroke Welsh Corgis

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
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Pembroke Welsh Corgi are outgoing and cheerful little dogs, who can keep themselves entertained with toys, and get along well with other dogs. This breed is known for being cuddly and affectionate but a lot depends on how they are trained. They do enjoy being by their humans side and are sometimes called clingy.

11. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has lovely round eyes, and an adorable button nose. This breed also has a friendly demeanor, as well as a kind attitude toward children and other pets. They do love to learn new things all while by their owners side. This breed does like to have people around constantly and do best when not left alone. They can be lap dogs depending on how they are raised.

12. Bernese Mountain Dogs

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Bernese Mountain Dogs often need extra attention to in order to help stimulate their minds. They also have a reputation for being difficult to be control, as the dogs are naturally distinctive, muscular and energetic. However, this large friendly dog is known for having a sweet, loving nature as well as a calm demeanor. They do love to be right by their owners side and are eager to please.

13. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is a gentle, loving and affectionate little dog who loves its family members, but can be shy with strangers. This breed is mild-natured, but makes a good watchdog even if he’s too small to back up his barks. These dogs make good companions, and are known for being clingy. They do not like to be left alone and love a lot of playtime with their humans.

14. Pug

Pug Dog walking on dark hardwood floor

Pug dogs love to play, and don’t require long walks. They are perfectly happy spending time indoors with their humans, and they love nothing more than some cuddle time. This breed makes great family pets and get along very well with children, and are friendly toward other animals. They are quick learners and are always eager to please their favorite people.

15. Staffordshire Terrier

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The Staffordshire Terrier is an obedient and playful dog with its family, and is normally friendly toward strangers. This breed is generally good with children and known for being a protective breed. This dog wants to please its owner and wants attention which could some in the form of aggressive protection. This dog does like to be close to their owner or lay his head in their lap at the very least.

16. Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is a wonderful pup and an excellent choice for someone who wants lots of personality and playfulness in a companion. They are friendly, dependable, and playful but are not the best with other small pets. They do tend to get on well with children and love to be snuggled up in bed with their favorite human. This dog is an active companion with an up beat attitude and lots of personality making it a good family pet.

17. Maltese


Maltese  not only are known for having their tongues hanging out they offer an air of superiority. This doesn’t stop their playful personality from coming out and they do have a lot of energy when it comes to playing with their owners. This breed does make new friends easily and will happily follow their humans around or jump in their lap to cuddle.

Final Thoughts

A dog’s tendency to cuddle often depends on how they are trained and socialized. There are certain breeds that are more affectionate than others as we have listed in this article.

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Amy Towry is a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist and pet lover. She is the proud owner of two rescue cats and a rescue dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.
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