Not all dogs are created equal, some are just friendlier. Here’s the top 10 most affectionate dogs!
Like the Bulldog, the Pug is often misconstrued as a grumpy, frowny dog. Don’t let his wrinkly face deceive you. The Pug is everyone’s buddy, but extremely attached to their owners. Wherever you go in the house, don’t be surprised to find your Pug splayed out somewhere nearby, keeping an eye on you. If you need a serious watchdog, though, you might want to look elsewhere. Pugs are just as affectionate towards strangers as they are to you! One of the most sociable dogs, Pugs truly love making friends- the more people to play with them, the better.
9) American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog is a big fluffy powder puff. They’re one of the most loving breeds, but also one of the most loveable with their fun-filled, well-behaved nature. The “Eskie” will easily bond to their owners, whether young, old, or even an entire family. Highly protective, these affectionate dogs shower you with their attention and simply need you to love them back. It’s not hard to do, with their permanent grin and carefree warmth. For dog lovers who live in cold weather, the Eskie is the perfect dog for you!
One of the smartest breeds around, Papillon’s are great furry companions. They often forget about their diminutive size, and won’t hesitate to protect you from harm- even if its thrice their size. You can run your hands through their cute little butterfly ears because they’ll surely keep you company wherever you are. Also described as one of the most loyal dogs, Papillon’s absolutely love their owners. In large families, they’re known to play favourites and have one or two people they always curl up against. Their small bodies have got a whole lot of love to give, and they’ll keep you safe as houses.
7) Irish Wolfhound
Don’t let his size mislead you. Irish Wolfhounds are strong, big, and sturdy, but they’re also one of the gentlest breeds out there. You can’t go wrong with this noble creature, who is affectionate and sweet in the most regal of ways. They’re the most loveable dogs you’ll ever meet, and they’ll love you right back if you let them! The American Kennel Club describes them as “gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked” so you know that your Irish Wolfhound won’t hesitate to protect you when needed. Love and protection, what more do you need?
6) Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are low maintenance, carefree dogs that absolutely love playing! Gentle and fun, they’ll be running, jumping, and swimming all in one minute. When you need them to settle down, they instinctively know, and aren’t afraid to cuddle up to provide warmth for their owners. Great around babies and children because of their soft mouth, these gentle giants are one of the most affectionate dogs around. If you’re feeling low, all you have to do is look at your Lab’s derp-face, and you’ll be cracking up right along with him.
5) Irish Setter
Irish Setters are like precocious toddlers- they love being the centre of attention! They’re sociable, affectionate, and love being around people- especially “their people”. Irish Setters bond heavily with their owners, and will go to the moon and back if you asked. If you want a dog willing to go to crazy lengths, the Irish Setter is the one for you. Their boundless energy is matched only by their sweet affection for their owners, and you won’t get tired of having them greet you after a long hard day at work.
The Collie breed has forever been immortalised in the character of Lassie. While not all Collies come with TV-worthy antics, they do have an uncanny knack for understanding humans. They love caring for people, most especially their owners. Collies know how to make you feel loved, protected, and well cared for with their smart grins and sweet nature. Best for outdoorsy people, Collies love an active lifestyle. If you think you’re fit, high energy Collies may just give you a run for your money!
I know what you’re thinking. They don’t look that affectionate. While the Bulldog has been irreverently dubbed a “sourmug”, they’re actually one of the most charming dogs out there. Highly devoted dogs, they often grow very attached to their owners. Anyone who has a Bulldog can agree- it’s pretty tough to stay mad at your Bulldog when he’s looking at you all serious and sweet like. Despite not being the most energetic dog, the Bulldog clowns around in his own way. As you stand there chuckling at his comical acts, your Bulldog will just look at you as if to say, “Can I help it if I’m cute?”
2) Bichon Frisé
The Bichon Frisé is known for being the sweetest, most affectionate dog out there. While they’ve got an extremely friendly temperament, they have so much energy too! Best for families with hyperactive kids, the Bichon Frisé makes for a great playmate and can distract children when adult work needs to get done. You’ll be surprised that if your alarm clock doesn’t go off, your Bichon Frisé will sneak under the covers and wake you up with affectionate licks and snuggles. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a face full of cuddly puppy?
1) Golden Retriever
Admit it. When you think of a sweet, affectionate little puppy, you’ve got a cute little Golden in your head. From Marley and Me to the Alpo ads, Golden Retrievers are hailed as one of the cutest and friendliest dogs around. In the words of Dug from Up, Golden Retrievers always seem to be saying “I love you!” Whether it’s their perpetual grin, big brown eyes, or highly devoted nature, these dogs are some of the most affectionate pets around. These Goldies are no dumb blondes, and have saved many lives. If you want a whole lot of love, a Golden Retriever has got your back!