The 11 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

There's nothing better than a furry friend to cozy up with after a long day. If you're looking for a loving pup, some breeds are better than others when it comes to showing affection. Yes, all dogs have merit and a lot of love to give their owners, but some are known to be snugglier than other breeds.

When you're researching what kind of dog to adopt, affection level may get lost in the other specifications like size, how good they are with kids, and more. So, to make it simple, we've rounded up a list of the most affectionate dog breeds. These fluffy guys are sure to spend their days as close to their owner as possible and bring tons of joy and comfort through all of life's hardships.

In no particular order, here are some pups you can rely on for extra love every day of the year, according to their profiles on the American Kennel Club (AKC) website. Pro tip: each listed dog breed is linked to its AKC breed page, so click away for more information.


A dachshund waits in line to enter the "Best Dog in Park" contest held in Central Park, October 14, 2006, in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images/Getty

These tiny pups love nothing more than to cuddle up next to their owner, under all of the blankets or anywhere confined and cozy. The loveable weiner dogs are ready at all hours for any kind of snuggle time. Plus, they're extremely portable and make great apartment dogs for those with minimal living space.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever
A Golden Retriever attends the American Kennel Club Presents The Nation's Most Popular Breeds of 2015 at AKC Headquarters on February 22, 2016, in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/Getty

The classic American family dog is known for being a loyal and lovable companion, specifically with children. Most Golden Retrievers will foster a comfortable environment for their humans, and make sure to douse them with affection every chance they get.

Great Danes

Great Dane
An owner kisses her Great Dane on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 8, 2018. OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

One of the biggest dog breeds can also be one of the biggest babies. Great Danes take up tons of space but do it well. If allowed, they'll gladly take you up on a cuddle session on the couch, in bed, or anywhere you go.

Italian Greyhounds

Italian Greyhound
An Italian Greyhound shows on day three of the Cruft's dog show at the NEC Arena on March 10, 2018, in Birmingham, England. Richard Stabler/Getty Images/Getty

These small and energetic companions love their humans fiercely. According to the AKC, the dogs can be "decorative couch dogs," meaning they don't mind settling in for a cozy night. They do have a high-energy spirit, though, so they'll need more playtime than some breeds.


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Upon first glance, a Boxer may be intimidating. But the adventurous pups are tirelessly affectionate to their loved ones. These dogs have an unlikely quirkiness to them, one of the qualities being their readiness for anything you have planned.

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon
A Brussels Griffon competes in the 138th annual Westminster Dog Show at the Piers 92/94 on February 10, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/Getty

These tiny pups are wildly affectionate, but won't give out love to just anyone. Brussels Griffon are best partnered with kind adults, who they'll be eternally loyal to. With kids, there may be some problems.


Doug the Pug attends the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show at the Los Angeles County Fairplex on February 29, 2020, in Pomona, California. Sarah Morris/Getty Images/Getty

Another undeniably goofy breed, the pug, is ready to shower its owner with affection at all hours of the day. These beady-eyed boys simply " live to love and to be loved in return" the AKC states.


Mr and Mrs Roy Anderson play with their huge dog Butch at home in Isleworth, Middlesex. At 15 stone 5.5 pounds, the massive mastiff was the heaviest dog in Britain. Keystone/Getty Images/Getty

These giant dogs can reach close to 230 pounds, but that doesn't mean they don't love to snuggle. While they may not pass as a lap dog, Mastiffs love to be close to their humans and will fiercely protect them from harm. Still, they're known to be incredibly gentle and affectionate.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise
Best in Show winner Flynn, a Bichon Frise, competes in the finals of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 13, 2018, in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Getty

Another small dog breed is known everywhere because of its affectionate nature. Bichon Frises aren't going to be the best guard dogs because they're ready to snuggle with everyone they meet. The dogs appreciate time with any human, especially the ones they love the most.


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One of the biggest dog breeds may actually be the sweetest. Newfoundlands are also known as the "Nanny dog" because they take immediate responsibility for children in their household. The watchful, gentle friends love to show affection and are keen on learning and pleasing their owners.

Labrador Retriever

A Labrador Retriever, the number 1 most popular breed of 2016,is shown at The American Kennel Club Reveals The Most Popular Dog Breeds Of 2016 at AKC Canine Retreat on March 21, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/Getty

It wouldn't be a list of loveable dogs without America's top breed: the Labrador Retriever. While these pups aren't always the easiest to train, given their wild energy, Labs are more than affectionate to their families and to new friends they meet.

As with all dog breeds, the level of every pup's comfort depends on its owner. You very well may find a loyal, affectionate dog of any breed that's perfect for your family, even if they aren't on this list.

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