It’s often said that Dog is man’s best friend. But these breeds go above and beyond with the affection they lavish upon their humans. Here’s Top 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds.
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10. Brussels Griffon
Originally bred to hunt rats, this former Belgian street dog is a distinctive and somewhat unusual dog breed. Affectionate and lively, his intelligence, sense of humor, and air of self-importance keep him one step ahead of his people.
This charming little dog steals the hearts of everyone he meets, and it’s a good thing too. Because he wouldn’t be happy if he wasn’t getting attention from everyone.
9. Great Dane
The easygoing Great Dane, the mighty “Apollo of Dogs,” is a total joy to live with.
Known as the over-grown lap dog, this gentle giant is as affectionate as they come, often leaning on his person to beg for attention.
Despite his sweet nature, the Dane is an alert home guardian. Just the sight of this gentle giant is usually enough to make intruders think twice.
8. American Staffordshire Terrier
He may look intimidating, but the Am Staff tends to be a lover, not a fighter. He is an active, intelligent dog who generally likes people.
If you don’t own one, this may come as a surprise to you, but the
Am Staff is known for being people-orientated and loving with a personality similar to that of the Labrador Retriever.
7. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, small dog with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give. With his black eyes and fluffy white coat, the Bichon looks almost like a child’s toy. And it doesn’t take long to realize that the Bichon can be your happiest and most enthusiastic companion.
Often seen as the epitome of the “lap dog,” it’s easy to see why 18th Century French royals were taken with this loving little dog.
The Cavalier’s all-around beauty, regal grace, and even temper mark him as one of dogdom’s noblemen.
The Cavi may be an aristocrat, but he gladly descends from his royal high throne for a backyard frolic or a squirrel chase. He gets along nicely with children and other dogs. The Adaptable Cavalier does equally well with active owners and homebodies—he can be an upbeat athlete or shameless couch potato, depending on an owner’s lifestyle.
5. Bearded Collie
Lively, playful, and good-natured, this animated breed is famous for the “Beardie Bounce” – a bounding yo-yo leap that represents his happy, carefree attitude about the world.
Often called the “happy herder” because of his bouncing personality, this collie loves attention. His smile when he greets you says it all – “I Don’t Know You, But I Love You”
4. Italian Greyhound
A miniature of the full-size greyhound, this doe-eyed dog would rather be giving kisses then winning a race.
The Italian Greyhound is sweet-natured and gentle, yet also exceptionally playful and athletic.
This warmth-seeking, comfort-loving dog can usually be found basking in sunspots or snuggled into soft furniture, often hidden under a blanket, pillow, or towel. When you own an Italian Greyhound, you need to watch where you sit, if he’s not sitting on you.
This funny little cuddle bug’s favorite place: Right by his human! Good thing he’s portable. Chihuahuas can sometimes be wary of strangers, but if you’re his human, you’re HIS human (and he wouldn’t have it any other way!).
The Chihuahua dog‘s charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and colors, as well as his total admiration of his owner. If you’ve never owned a Chihuahua, you might see him as snarly and unapproachable. But, when alone with his owner he is a total cuddle buddy.
No surprise that this breed made this list. The Labrador Retriever is known for his sweet, loving disposition, making him among other things a great service dog.
The sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. The Lab is a friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companion who has more than enough affection to go around for a family looking for a medium-to-large dog.
Before we get to number 1, let’s not forget the shelter mutt. Because when you give a dog a home, what they give back is tenfold! Unlike many purebred dogs, the mutt has no been bred for extremes in temperament and are more often than not quite well-rounded in adaptability and personality. If you’re looking for a family companion, you owe it to yourself to make your first stop a local animal shelter.
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The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. The breed’s friendly, tolerant attitude makes him a fabulous family pet, and his intelligence makes him a highly capable working dog.
A sweet, calm nature is the hallmark of the Golden. He was bred to work with people and is eager to please his owner.
The Golden Retriever is commonly used for therapy work due to his friendly attitude toward everyone, even strangers.
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