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Your Top 10 Velcro Dog Breeds – Dogs That Won’t Leave Your Side
Virtually all dogs are loyal compadres ‘til the bitter end, but some dogs go beyond loyal and veer into the realm of the sticky. In our first “Velcro Dogs” video, we featured our picks for the top 10 gluey dogs, but some viewers thought the list was ummm somewhat incomplete. So, here are the 10 breeds you said were the most Velcro… featuring some of your YouTube comments.
10. Boston Terrier
Tiffany D – They forgot to include Boston Terriers, my little boy is like my little shadow, follows me wherever I go.
As born companion dogs, Boston Terriers love to be loved. When they are socialized as puppies, they are typically very friendly with strangers, but they are known for being monogamous. Bostons usually do well in a family setting, but they tend to form strong bonds with one person.
A very attentive breed, they will learn your schedule, likes and dislikes and to interpret your moods. Sometimes, when trying to figure out what you’re thinking or saying they might tilt their head sideways.
Need someone to watch your back? Well, Boston terriers make great watchdogs. They might lack the size of a larger Velcro dog, but If someone is at the door, you will know.
Whether it’s going for a walk, playing fetch, or watching you type a script for your web series the Boston will be happy just to be in your presence.
If you don’t mind a small dog that is always underfoot, then the Boston is the dog for you. Privacy will be a thing of the past, as you will eat, sleep and well, “you know” [toilet flush sound]…with your little shadow right beside you.
Tommy6gun2 – My English Springer Spaniel is a Velcro dog. If I’m out cutting the grass, she in the house howling because she wants to be with me.
The English Springer Spaniel is known as a hunting dog, but they have also have an affectionate nature—one that never lets them meet a stranger. Not only will a Springer be your Velcro dog, he or she will be everyone’s Velcro dog.
This is why English Springers make great therapy dogs. They bring comfort and cheer to people in places like hospitals and nursing homes, and soothe those who have experienced traumatic events.
If you want a watchdog, the English Springer will bark if a stranger shows up at your house. But if you want a guard dog, make sure to get another pup to pick up the slack. Springers are sweet, gentle and crave attention from everyone, strangers included. They should not be isolated or left home alone unless absolutely necessary.
They also get along well with children and other pets within the family (small pets included), but birds are best kept away from Springers since they were bred to hunt them.
Which do you prefer—a good guard dog, or a good watchdog?
8. Shih Tzu
Cheri Biggs – No Shih Tzu? How is that possible? They are bred to be a companion — it is their job! Mine is with me and best companion I ever had. I have had Scotties…cockapoos… mix terrier…this Shih Tzu stays with me like glue and that is a joy!
The Shih Tzu is a breed that is generally affectionate with strangers, but would rather be close to their humans. Every Shih Tzus is born with its own, distinct personality. Some are bold, some are more prudent, while others are downright bashful.
Whatever the personality, a Shih Tzu makes a great addition to a family, can be an adorable “practice baby” for a couple, or an awesome BFF for a single person. Most also get along well with other dogs, although they can sometimes be possessive when it comes to their toys, food and territory.
Shih Tzus will follow their humans everywhere. They tend to be extremely adaptable and reinvent themselves to fit the needs of their owners. If a person enjoys outdoor activities, their Shih Tzu will enjoy outdoor activities. Someone who loves to veg out on the couch and watch TV, will end up with a Shih Tzu that enjoys curling up next to them while they watch TV.
Most Shih Tzus have a “sixth sense.” They are so in tune with us humans, they know what we want before we do.
mean queen – My Jack Russell is a support dog. I need to support him emotionally every minute of the day or he melts away.
Remember “Eddie,” the Jack Russell Terrier from the TV show “Frasier” and how attached he was to his human, Martin? Well, Moose, the canine that played Eddie for seven years, was a skilled method actor that drew from his natural instincts to portray the quintessential Velcro dog.
Jack Russells are both nerds and jocks. They are often cast in films and commercials because they are very intelligent, highly trainable and each one has a distinct personality.
Since Russells originated as hunting dogs, they are most happy when on the move. Their high energy threshold, stamina and agility makes them a great fit for athletic individuals, but this is also why Russells are prone to separation anxiety.
If left home alone, these little tornadoes can become very tense and destructive, barking, digging and chewing up everything in sight.
Although they prefer to be the only dog in the household, Jack Russells are loving, family-oriented dogs at heart. They usually become one person’s sidekick, spending nearly all their time in the company of that individual and can be triggered by any behavior that signals their favorite human’s departure. Just grabbing a jacket or keys can send a Russell into a meltdown. Yes, Jack Russells are the perfect combination of affection and attitude.
oHmega14 – You forgot the poodle! You will never, chill on the couch or in bed, and I promise you will never pee alone ever again when you’ve got one of these curly cuties!
Poodles are one of the top five most intelligent breeds in the world and number six on our countdown. Although they come in three varieties (standard, toy and miniature) for this segment, we are going to refer to the Standard Poodle, although much of the information applies to all varieties.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. This old adage is never truer than when it’s applied to the poodle. They have a reputation for being aloof and “frou frou” that stems from their meticulously coiffed coats and history of being desired by the upper class. But contrary to popular belief, they love to play and thrive on human companionship.
Standards are cheerful, kind and enjoy playing games that stimulate them physically and mentally, with their ideal playmates being school-age kids, teenagers and youthful adults.
From playing catch, to swimming, to sledding, to hiking, to running alongside dirt bikes, poodles just want to have fun…and they want to have it with you!
Although they are not territorial and don’t make great guard dogs, Standard Poodles are highly trainable, and will protect their humans if they are certain that they are in harm’s way.
LuckyAndCleona Cute – I have a King Charles, he literally won’t leave your side.
If you want a beautiful dog that is always happy and in sync with you, then the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the pooch you’re looking for. Bred to be companion dogs, they love everyone and everything and believe that the feeling is mutual.
Cavaliers are experts at shadowing. They will follow you around as you get dressed, do housework, or hop into the car to accompany you as you run errands. They have a sunny temperament and an unyielding desire to be close to their human companions that is so strong, that a Cav will not move until his or her owner does.
Their small size and “I’m just fine where I am,” disposition also makes them the perfect lap dogs. And guess what? They’re even better in bed. When you’re ready to call it quits after a long day, they are too and they won’t wake up until you do.
AnnKelly 007 – My Rottie is definitely a Velcro dog. Can’t go anywhere without her 2 steps behind; she even lays on the bathroom floor while I’m in the shower.
Rottweilers have unfairly been given a bad rap. They are generally seen as mean and aggressive but most people don’t know that they also have a reputation for being one of the clingiest Velcro dog breeds.
Bred to be loyal watchdogs, Rotties are extremely steadfast, devoted, loving and never want to leave your side. Despite their muscular frames, they are very patient and gentle with children, and with time, become progressively protective of their little humans.
On the surface, Rottweilers are tough, sturdy and confident, but they also love to give and receive affection. Some of the ways they express their love are by leaning against their humans, making noises similar to purring and, of course, relentlessly licking their faces.
Rotties make both excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. They are attentive, cautious, reserved and fearless, and will not hesitate to protect their territory or loved ones.
rocket9244 – You forgot about The Weimaraner. They are very loyal and think they are puppies instead of full grown lol. Great family dogs.
The Weimaraner is the gentle giant of Velcro dogs. Standing anywhere from 22 to 28 inches and weighing between 55 and 88 pounds, they were originally bred to hunt large animals like deer, boar, and bear. But Weimaraners love people more than hunting.
As a matter of fact, not only do they need to be next to their humans, they need to touch them. They will rest a paw or drape a leg over yours while you both chill on the couch, and they will not just stand close to you, they will stand close enough to touch you.
Although they are one of the largest dog breeds in terms of size, they seem to be completely unaware of their stature and are convinced they are lap dogs. Most Weimaraners, no matter their age, will attempt to curl up in your undersized lap— and once they have you locked down, good luck with getting up for a cup of coffee or to go to the bathroom.
Weimaraners need constant companionship, so they are not a good fit for people who are rarely at home. A lonely Weimaraner will likely become an unstable Weimaraner. Without steady attention they will likely become hyperactive and destructive.
Sudique1 – My Boxer follows me from room to room; I have to be within eyeshot of her all the time.
One would expect a dog called the Boxer to be aggressive, but this super-sociable, clownish canine is anything but. Boxers are protective, incorrigible lovers—not fighters.
When a Boxer is your BFF, it will seem like you will never have a minute to yourself again. “I” will become “us” and “me time” will be a thing of the past. You will eat, sleep, play, shower and breathe with your faithful friend at your side.
And not only do Boxers act like Velcro dogs, they look like Velcro dogs. With their big, sad eyes, and pouty jowls, they always look like they need a hug. It’s nature’s way of ensuring that this sweet, affectionate breed gets just what they need.
They love human interaction and if they feel neglected at home, they will seek attention elsewhere…even if it means attempting an escape.
Like the aforementioned Weimaraner, the Boxer is completely unaware of its size and will not give a second thought to climbing into your lap for a snuggle—or a big, wet, sloppy kiss!
What quality do you value most in your Velcro pup?
Kev Burrows – Look up Hungarian Vizsla, and then start the video again.
**Well, alrighty then!
Jane Aldworth – You missed the Vizsla, they have been called the Velcro dog for years.
Dude Lebowski – Completely missed the number one Velcro dog of all time—Vizsla.
OK Dude, I got ya!
Topping our list at numero uno as the dog that you said was most Velcro is the Hungarian Vizsla. You were pretty adamant that I was just plain wrong for not including the “Velcro Vizsla.”
Vizslas are sleek, elegant, ancient canines bred to hunt wild game and fowl. They are frisky, athletic, fearless, sensitive and affectionate—very sensitive and affectionate.
Vizslas are quick to bond with anyone they feel comfortable with, and will whimper or whine if they don’t get the attention they feel they deserve. They are easy to train, but must be trained and corrected in a firm, yet gentle manner, as harsh commands or reprimanding can damage their psyche.
The Vizsla has no stronger desire than to be next to his human family. They are great with kids and are fiercely protective, but like other Velcro dogs, if left alone for an extended time, they will become bored and destroy furniture, clothes, shoes, doors and whatever else they can get their paws on.
Keep this in mind, and you will have a happy Vizsla and a happy home.
Any other Velcro dogs that I missed this time? I don’t even have to ask you to comment, because you will… [sigh] you will…