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The 14 Cuddliest, Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

We asked breed expert and AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo to rank the top 14 most affectionate dog breeds. Here’s her list of breeds that make wonderfully cuddly canine companions.

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 These dogs would love to be your best friend.


#1 Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever sitting in a field with flowers



Goldens are highly intelligent, sociable, people-oriented dogs. They’re friendly and typically get along with other pets.

#2  Labrador Retriever

Black lab sitting in a field at sunset


Labs are friendly, sociable dogs that need lots of interaction with their family. They’re versatile and willing to please.

#3 French Bulldog

French Bulldog wearing a vest and sitting outside


French Bulldogs are an adaptable breed. They have an affectionate nature and even disposition, and are generally active, alert, and playful.

#4 Boxer

Boxer dog


Though a guard dog by nature, Boxers need and thrive on human companionship. They are dignified, confident dogs while also playful and affectionate with their people.

#5 Newfoundland

Newfoundland dog sitting outside


The Newfoundland is a devoted companion. This breed is known for its sweet, gentle nature and is patient with children.

#6 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Wheaten Terrier

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This sociable breed is less scrappy than other terriers. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is happy, friendly, and deeply devoted.

#7 Pug

funny Pug lying on his back


Pugs are known to be easygoing, playful, and affectionate. They’re devoted to their owner. They are perceptive but can also be stubborn.

#8 Bichon Frise

happy Bichon Frise standing outside


Bichons are meant to be companions. They’re cheerful, playful, highly sociable dogs. Their families are very important to them, and they need to spend time with their people.

#9 Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glenn Of Imaal Terrier


The Glen of Imaal Terrier is gentler and less excitable than most terriers. The breed is brave, but docile, and affectionate with family.

#10 Bernese Mountain Dog

Happy smiling bernese mountain dog


These big, powerful dogs have a sweet, affectionate nature. They’re gentle and intelligent.

#11 Toy Fox Terrier:

Toy Fox Terriers have the lovability of a lapdog combined with the tenacity of a terrier. The breed has a fun personality and is alert, intelligent, and friendly.

#12 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very sociable, adaptable, and willing to please breed. They’re known for their cheerful nature.

#13 English Toy Spaniel:

Toy spaniel dog


The English Toy Spaniel was bred to be a companion. These merry little dogs are affectionate and playful with their favourite people.

#14 English Cocker Spaniel:

English Cocker Spaniel


This merry, charming breed is upbeat in the field and mellow at home. They make wonderful household companions and have a delightful personality.

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

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