The Breeds of Dogs That Like to Cuddle Most

By Nancy Hayden

Dogs have many uses including a variety of jobs such as guarding, herding and hunting. But, one of the main things dogs offer people is companionship. The stress of a hard day can be melted away by the reception given by a loyal dog upon returning home. Certain breeds are especially affectionate and love nothing better than cuddling up to their owner.

Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany spaniel is a highly affectionate and gentle breed that enjoys spending time with its owners.

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The Brittany spaniel is a highly affectionate and gentle breed that enjoys spending time with its owners. It is a medium-sized dog with a soft, feathery, single-layer coat and floppy, heavily feathered ears. The breed's disposition is generally jolly and, as with all dogs, socialization and firm training from a young age will help it to be a well-behaved animal. It is a light-shedding breed, so cuddling up does not leave too much dog hair on clothes.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are one of the most loving breeds.

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The Labrador retriever is likely the most loving dog breed, making friends with everyone, even other animals. It is highly intelligent, gentle and loving, and will show its affection readily. It is one of the best breeds around children as aggression is exceptionally rare. The Labrador is a medium-sized dog with a short, double-layer coat that can be slightly coarse. The dogs do shed seasonally, so pet hair on clothes is common.

Bearded Collie

Bearded collies are big and lovable.

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The bearded collie is a big and lovable, long-haired dog that you just want to cuddle. Being such a friendly and gentle dog, it likely wouldn't mind if anyone did. It is a relaxed breed that shows deep affection to its owners and is rarely aggressive. The coat is long, thick and shaggy, but also sheds readily.

English Cocker Spaniel

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The English cocker spaniel is a medium-sized compact breed with a soft, wavy coat and fluffy ears. It is a gentle, playful breed that is very affectionate and loves being close to its owners. The dog is also friendly toward strangers and other animals as long as it is well socialized.


Keeshonds have a friendly nature.

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The keeshond is a compact breed with a long-haired, fluffy looking coat. It is an affectionate and intelligent breed that craves human contact. The dog does not like to be left out of what the family is doing and always wants to be near them. It is a loving dog with a friendly nature.

Great Dane

Great Danes are gentle and loving.

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If a person can get her arms around one, a great Dane is more than willing to cuddle. It is often described as a gentle giant who loves its family and wants to be wherever they are. Danes love to jump up and put their paws around people's shoulders, but this should be discouraged because they are too big. The breed is gentle by nature but will defend its family courageously.