10 of the Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

It’s true that we all like to think our four legged friend is simply the best, but did you know that some breeds are known for being more affectionate than others? While we all want different things from our dogs – whether it be a running partner or someone to guard the house in our absence – many pet parents simply want some extra love and are looking for a lifelong companion.

While some pooches are perfectly content occupying their own space, and can be more than a little bit stand-offish when it comes to showering their owner with love, other breeds are guaranteed to be more demonstrative in their devotion to you. Here we’ve put together a list of the ten most loveable pups, who are known among canines for their overly affectionate traits.


As one of the most popular breed of dog in Canada, the USA and the UK, it’s little wonder that Labradors are known for their loving qualities. Originally bred to be both a friendly companion and a working dog, Labradors are also the most common breed for service dogs due to their loyalty and unwavering intelligence.


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Another breed with loving traits, Retrievers have an abundance of affection for all those around them. Commonly used for therapy and to provide love and companionships towards those in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism, it’s easy to see why with their soft-hearted nature.

10 most affectionate dog breeds chihuahua


Anyone who’s a proud pet parent to this breed of dog with confirm that their levels of affection are high. So if you’re looking for a pint sized pooch whose favourite past time is to curl up and cuddle on your lap, a Chihuahua may be the one for you. Frequently misunderstood as a yappy dog, any such behavior can be the result of attachment to their owners and they are known – and adored by many – for their loyalty, love and affection.


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With love and loyalty in spades, Bloodhounds are high up on the list of affectionate breeds if you don’t mind a more sizeable canine companion. With boundless energy, allowing time for amply exercise with your hound is a must, but they will love you even more for it.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel

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The ultimate in lap dogs, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s favourite place is wherever their owners are, and when they’re not trying to convince you to make time for a doggy play date, they’ll be happily curled up in your lap. They love nothing better than giving and receiving love from their pet parent.


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  1. COLLIE 

Made famous by Lassie – a TV series many of used to watch as children – Collies are known for their sensitive and loving traits, as well as their need for ample TLC and attention from their pet parents. They can quickly become unhappy if left alone for long periods of time, so if you have a Collie make sure your lifestyle fits around their needs, and this sensitive soul may just become your best friend for life.

Irish wolfhound dog

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While Irish Wolfhounds may be big, they too are very loving, so if size isn’t an issue for you when it comes to your four legged friend, this breed of dog is one of the most affectionate out there. An easily adaptable dog that is happy to live in most environments, despite their mammoth size, they’d love to be a lap top and won’t think twice of laying their head in your lap at the end of the day for a well-deserved stroke.


Most commonly associated with the much loved 101 Dalmatians, this breed of dog is guaranteed to dote devotedly on its pet parent. Known for thriving well within a family, they don’t do well when left alone too long, and you’ll get extra brownie points with your canine companion if you ensure you make time for ample outdoor doggie dates.


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They say never judge a book by its cover, and the same can be said for judging a dog by its breed, because while Mastiff’s may be intimidating in size, they love nothing more that an afternoon spent cuddling their owner. Their affectionate nature means they love to please, and if you’re not careful you may wind up with a rather slopping doggy kiss!


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Known in the dog world for being one of the most affectionate breeds out there, if you want a loving and soft-hearted dog, a Bulldog might be the one for you. With a sensitive and stubborn disposition, this breed is also known for being a lazy and loving breed, perfect for someone who loves nothing more than curling up with their canine companions for an afternoon of cuddles.

Lucy is a Sydney-based book and travel writer, formerly from the UK. She grew up with three sisters and a house full of pets, including a beloved black Labrador. Since moving to Australia she likes nothing more than dog-sitting for friends, and heading out to explore the city's many walks with a furry companion in tow.


  • Reply March 15, 2018

    Dawn F

    No Staffies?? They are the most friendly dogs ever!

    • Reply March 16, 2018

      Sara White

      Totally agree – I had a staffy growing up and she was a big softy!! We might have to extend the list from 10 to 11 🙂

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