Get cuddly with these canines
Do you miss the Taco Bell commercials featuring this adorable dog breed? Fanna Easter, national dog training education specialist at Petco, recommends Chihuahuas because they are part of the American Kennel Club’s Toy Group, which includes dogs that are bred to “embody sheer delight. [These dogs] will always be popular with people without much living space,” she explains. “They make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights.”
2 Labrador Retriever
If you’re not into lap dogs and want a dog you can really wrap your arms around, consider the faithful Labrador Retriever. Easter cautions, however, that Labs are part of the AKC’s Sporting Group, which means you’ll need to keep your pup well exercised. She explains that Labs were bred to work closely with humans, making them an ideal companion dog, but that “[they] were bred to work in a field all day — they have a good bit of energy.”
Another toy breed, the Maltese is a great dog if you happen to have allergies. These happy pups don’t shed much and tend to get along well with other dogs and even cats. However, they live for human contact, so be prepared to spend a lot of quality cuddle time with your pet.
4 Bichon Frise
Included in PetMD’s list of most lovable dogs, the Bichon is a happy and playful pup that aims to please. The breed is known for its affection and getting along well with kiddos and other dogs. They are also known for excessive barking when left alone, so make time for lots of snuggling with this furry friend.
5 Golden Retriever
According to the AKC, the Golden Retriever is an excellent companion dog that has a friendly temperament and is a joy to own. Take note: This breed needs lots of exercise and regular brushings.
6 English Toy Spaniel
The AKC describes these small regal pups as gentle, happy, playful and loving. English Toy Spaniels are intelligent, good family companions, play well with children and ideal for apartment dwellers.
Another large breed lover, Bloodhounds are extremely affectionate but tend to have a dominating personality. Make sure you let your hound know that you are the alpha of the house but follow it up with lots of cuddles and hugs.
Despite the Bulldog’s contentious facial features, this loving dog is considered one of the most affectionate dog breeds by PetMD. Warm, charming, docile and devoted, the bulldog makes a great family pet.
9 Irish Wolfhound
The tallest of dogs, the Irish Wolfhound is a large, heavy athlete that is “gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked,” according to the AKC. Considered an excellent family companion, this enormous dog needs more room and more exercise than the smaller canine breeds. If you’re looking for a lot of love, the Irish Wolfhound is for you!
Considered one of the smartest dog breeds, the Papillon is a deceptively excellent watchdog and constant companion. These diminutive but brave creatures are often described as big dogs in little bodies, which means your adorable butterfly-eared canine can keep you company at home or on the go all the while making it known that they are ready to protect you against anything big or small.
According to AKC.org, these puffballs on four legs are intelligent dogs that love to please. “Because of their outgoing temperaments, they can be very good family dogs with the right training. Due to their small size they don’t require much exercise, but are an energetic breed that needs attention from their people frequently.”
12 Belgian Sheepdog
An attentive companion dog, the Belgian Sheepdog is happiest with an owner who can give this canine plenty of jobs to do. The AKC describes this breed as intelligent, easily trainable and a dog that gets along well with gentle children. Just make sure you have ample time to give your love-pup lots of exercise.
Who wouldn’t want the loyalty of love of Lassie? Collies are described by the AKC as devoted family dogs that are especially good with children. These graceful pups are as happy jaunting with you on a walk as they are curled up on the couch with you.
14 American Eskimo Dog
Considered one of PetMD’s most lovable canines, the “Eskie” quickly bonds with its human family. This extremely energetic dog needs lots of exercise and, with the right amount of attention, is fun, obedient and well-behaved.
Bred primarily for bird-dogging and hunting, this regal gray dog is known for being an easily trainable canine that is friendly and an obedient member of the family. These pups love children and thrive on being part of the family “pack.”