What Dog Breeds Are the Most Affectionate? You Might be Surprised.

From big and strong to pint-sized and delicate — no matter the size, the dogs in the list below have one thing in common. They’re considered to be the most affectionate breeds of dogs! So, if you’re looking for a canine cuddle buddy that will smother you with kisses and beg for your affection in return, consider adopting one of the dogs highlighted in this article.

Labrador retrievers

Labs are sturdy, athletic, intelligent and easy to train. Add to that their affectionate temperament and it’s no surprise that Labs are the most popular dog breed in the world. Labs love to love and it’s been said they have only one mood – happy.

These intensely loyal dogs are gentle and playful and perfect for families with small children. If there is anything negative that can be said about the breed, it’s their constantly wagging tails could knock something off a coffee table!


Chihuahuas are tiny dogs with big personalities that are sometimes mistaken as cantankerous. But as Crazy Pet Guy, a blog for pet lovers, describes it: “Chihuahuas prefer to be with their owner most of the time. They just love to be with their owner’s side; it’s their favorite place.”

Their fierce loyalty manifests itself in kisses and cuddles. If you’re still not convinced that Chihuahuas are sweet little cuddle buddies, check out this video clip of a Chihuahua snuggling with its owner.

Great Dane

Doggy affection comes in all sizes, and one of the most affectionate breeds in the world also happens to be one of the largest – the Great Dane. The oft-used term “gentle giant” might seem cliched, but when it comes to Great Danes, it’s totally apt.

If a Great Dane decides it likes you and wants your affection, you will know because it will gently lean into you – and it’s impossible to ignore 200 pounds of affection-seeking dog. Whereas Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that think they’re big, Great Danes are huge dogs that think they’re lap dogs. Owing to their gentle nature, Great Danes make for a great family dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier

You read that correctly – America Pit Bull Terrier. When trained properly, these commonly misunderstood dogs are loyal and affectionate family pets. However, misconceptions about this breed abound for several reasons, discussed in detail in this article. But to sum it up, “Aggressive dogs aren’t born that way. Mean dogs frequently aren’t properly socialized as puppies.”

A well-trained pit bull is deeply affectionate, extremely friendly and joyfully energetic. Owing to its high energy, it’s critical that a pit bull gets plenty of exercise. If you’re interested in adopting a pit bull, be sure to do your research to see if this breed is the right one for you.

Golden Retriever

If the number-one quality you’re looking for in a dog is affection, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with a Golden Retriever. Goldens are the third most popular dog in the United States, for good reason.

Goldens, like Labs, seem to have one mood: happy. Anybody who has encountered goldens knows this. A visitor to a home with a golden will also learn that said canine resident will greet a stranger as if they were a long-missed friend. Goldens are lovers, pure and simple. And because they are lovers, they want to be as close to people as possible, which makes them a choice cuddle buddy.

Canine Affection

It’s important to remember that a dog’s breed is not the only factor in determining their level of affection. Each dog is an individual — and upbringing and training play a large role in developing a dog’s personality. Your interactions with your dog help to create the trust and bond that promote affectionate behavior.

There are several other breeds that are renowned for their affectionate personalities, such as the Bichon Frise, Boxer, Newfoundland, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Greyhounds and more. It’s important to remember that mixed breed dogs have a place in these ranks also! A mix of traits can often create a loving combination — and that might place them at the top of your list!

Do you have an especially affectionate dog? If so, what breed is it? How does it show affection? Share your stories!