The Best Dog Breeds for Cuddling

We’ve shortlisted the best dog breeds for running, cuddling, active owners, apartments, therapy work, endless adoration, and a whole lot more (links below)! We asked Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for the low down on which breeds are the best fit for a whole array of activities and situations. Read on in this article to find out which dog breeds are the best for cuddling!


Skye Terrier

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Skye Terriers enjoy daily interaction with their family. They love to cuddle and expect it.


English Toy Spaniel


English Toy Spaniels are generally quiet, affectionate, easygoing dogs. They particularly enjoy cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows.


great dane puppy

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Known as the “gentle giant,” the Great Dane likes to be cuddled all the time and will nudge you with their big head to get your attention.




Mastiffs will try to be a lap dog, despite their size. They are especially affectionate towards children even though they can unintentionally knock them over.


Bichon Frise


Bichon Frise are the happiest when you cuddle and give them attention. They are extremely attached to their humans and don’t like to be separated from them.




Greyhounds are very affectionate with their humans and are well-mannered quiet house dogs. They love to cuddle, and their favourite spot to be cuddled, is their belly.

These are some of the best dog breeds for dog owners who love to cuddle; thanks Gina! Which one is your favourite?


Find the best breeds for your needs below!

Best Breeds for Apartments

Best Breeds for Running

Best Breeds for Active Owners

Best Breeds for Protection

Best Breeds for Endless Adoration & Loyalty

Best Breeds for Taking Everywhere & Travelling

Best Breeds for Canine Sports

Best Breeds for Service Dogs

Best Breeds for Emotional Support

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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