Most Affectionate Dog Breeds – The Top 20 Cuddly Canines

Most Affectionate Dog Breeds: The Top 20 Cuddly Canines

1. American Bulldog

2. Australian Terrier

3. Basset Hound (or Mastiff)

4. Beagle (Bearded Collie or Miniature Pinscher)

5. Border Collie

6. Boxer (or Pointer)

7. Brittany Spaniel (Cane Corso)

8. Chinese Crested Dog (Shih Tzu or Shiba Inu)

9. Chihuahua (Miniature Pincher or Toy Poodle)

10. Dalmatian (Pomeranian or German Shepherd Mix)

11. Doberman Pinscher/German Shepard mix

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12. English Setter (or Great Dane)

13. Foxhound (Wirehaired Pointing Griffon or Wirehaired Vizsla)

14. Husky (Alaskan Malamute or Siberian Husky)

15. Irish Wolfhound (Welsh Springer Spaniel or Bloodhound)

16. Italian Greyhound (Golfer’s Havanese or Alaskan Malamute Mix)

17. Jack Russell Terrier (Miniature Pinscher or Mini Dachshund)

18. Japanese Chin (Silky Terrier or Lhasa Apso)

19. Labrador Retriever (Cocker Spaniel or Golden Retriever)

20. Mastiff (Great Dane or Bullmastiff)

Why is an American Bulldog so lovable?

Because they are extremely affectionate dogs who want nothing more than to please you! They are very playful dogs who will keep you entertained for hours on end, but don’t worry, they are just as happy to cuddle up on your lap and relax! They are protective of their family and will defend them when needed, hence why many people get them as guard dogs. An American Bulldog is a perfect family pet, and will get along well with everyone. You may need to keep an eye on small children as they do tend to play a bit too rough sometimes. The best way to train and socialize an American Bulldog is with consistent, positive reinforcement.This breed is also known as the Australian Blue Heeler. The Australian Terrier is a very affectionate family dog, who loves to be the center of attention. They will follow you everywhere you go, which could be a problem in tight spaces. They are very playful dogs, always ready for a game or to cuddle up next to you while you watch TV. Due to their strong loyalty, they can be protective over their families. If you train and socialize an Australian Terrier well, they can make a reliable guard dog.This breed is known for being extremely friendly with everyone it meets and indeed it is. If you like being greeted by a wagging tail and lots of sloppy kisses then a Basset Hound may be the breed for you. Due to their friendly nature, they do require a lot of attention. If you work all day and come home to solitude, then a Basset will not suit you. This breed suffers from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.This is a breed that is very popular among dog owners due to their laid back nature. They are very playful dogs who love to be active. A Beagle does best when they have space to run around and play. While they do get along with everyone, they can sometimes be a bit stubborn when learning new tricks. If you put in the effort though, they will easily learn from your leadership skills.This breed has a reputation for being extremely friendly with everyone. They will happily greet anyone and everyone with a wagging tail and a kiss! While this makes them excellent family dogs, they make terrible guard dogs due to their friendly nature. They love to be around people and not much intimidates them. This is a huge difference from their working ancestors who were bred to hunt small animals and birds. Labradors are the perfect breed of dog for someone who wants a loyal companion.This is a very muscular breed that appears threatening to the untrained eye. While they may look aggressive, they are in fact very friendly when properly trained. They are very intelligent and easy to train. With the proper training, they make excellent guard dogs. You do need to be careful around small animals such as cats however as the sheer size and strength of a Mastiff can easily kill a cat with one quick move.This breed is extremely affectionate towards their owners and usually gets along with everyone else. They are large, strong dogs who require lots of attention and exercise. They require daily exercise and several walks throughout the day. While they are large dogs, their gentle nature means that they are poor guard dogs.This is a breed of dog known for their intelligence and abilities as working dogs. In fact, the Border Collie is so intelligent that it can problem solve much like humans. They can become bored easily however, and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. This breed of dog is one of the most energetic and extroverted. They enjoy constant attention and love to be the center of attention. While this is a positive for working on a farm, it is not for someone who works long hours and comes home looking to relax after a day’s work. A Border Collie will require lots of attention and exercise every day.This breed of dog is extremely loyal and loving to their owners. They are very intelligent and will gladly obey commands. Their size and strength make them excellent guard dogs so they can easily scare away intruders. Beagles are generally very healthy with no major health issues. They are a playful breed that loves to be around people and other animals.This large breed of dog is intimidating due to their sheer size. They may be slow moving but their size means they can easily knock a person over. They are very intelligent and make excellent guard dogs as they will bark at strangers. They are generally a healthy breed with no major health issues. The only major downside is their short lifespan which is around 7 years.This breed of dog has a friendly and gentle nature. This makes them excellent around children and other animals. They are easy to train and love to please which means they are very loyal to their owners. While they will get along with everyone, they will not be suitable as guard dogs as they are too friendly. They do not shed much fur and have a short coat which makes them suitable for people with pet allergies.This breed of dog is known for being very intelligent and alert. The Border Collie originated as a herding dog and still has many of these traits. They love to be challenged and will become bored if they lack something to do. These dogs are very active and require lots of exercise, both physical and mental. Without proper activity, they are prone to getting into mischief around the house.The Bulldog is a breed of dog that is instantly recognizable due to their distinct faces. They are an extremely muscular breed with a large head and a wide body. Despite their bulk, they are surprisingly agile. Bulldogs were originally bred as fighting dogs in England. This breed has become popular in movies, books and pop culture. This is mainly due to their cute appearance which conflicts with their imposing size and muscular body. This is a very loyal breed of dog that is protective over the people they love. They are not usually suited to living indoors as they need lots of space and exercise.This is a large dog with short-haired brown fur that grows thick during the winter. They have a sturdy and muscular body which makes them more agile than their size would suggest. They have a very short stature which means they often have trouble seeing over tall grass. An Alaskan Malamute is friendly and intelligent but does require regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy.This breed of dog is instantly recognizable due to their long and shaggy red coat. They have a slender body which is longer than it is high. The Irish Wolfhound was bred to hunt wolves and other large game; however, they are now kept as pets. This breed of dog is quiet and gentle and is a suitable pet for people with allergies. They are also calm around children but due to their large size, they may accidentally hurt little ones without meaning to.This breed of dogs is instantly recognizable due to their massive size. The Great Dane was originally bred in Germany as a hunting dog; however, they are now kept as pets. They are large, strong and fast, with males reaching a height of 32 inches and weighing more than 200 pounds. This breed is often peaceful and placid but can be intimidating to strangers. They have long life spans and are generally healthy, but they can suffer from a number of genetic illnesses.These are just some of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world. It is difficult to choose just six of them when there are so many different types of dogs. Perhaps you have a favorite breed that is not on this list, if so let us know what it is in the comments section.

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