Certain breeds are known for being more lovey-dovey than others. These dogs are always happy to curl into your lap and take a snooze or cover your face with sloppy kisses. There are so many breeds that are just generally sweet, loving, and gentle.
Here’s a look at some of the most affectionate dog breeds around.
Golden retrievers are intelligent, friendly, and devoted. Goldens are good at whatever they do, from guide-dog work to search and rescue missions, but they are also perfectly happy hanging out with the family.
They want nothing more than to please the people they love. They enjoy being silly, but need training and exercise to combat boredom.
Labrador retrievers are friendly, active, intelligent, and have a great, gentle temperament. In addition to being perfect family dogs, these eager-to-please pets are also ideal as service animals.
These loving dogs are sweet, curious, and generally always happy. Because they were bred to hunt in packs, beagles enjoy being in the company of other dogs or people, and they are easy-going and funny. Their noses and curiosity can sometimes get these pranksters into trouble, but it’s good-natured trouble. Their merry antics keep their owners entertained.
This calm, friendly dog has a sweet disposition and is “among the most docile and mellow of dogs,” according to Animal Planet. The comical, good-natured breed is typically happy to please, although some will occasionally have a stubborn streak. They’re typically good around kids and are friendly toward strangers.
This gentle giant has the most laid-back disposition. The most important single characteristic of the Newfoundland is their sweetness. The Newfoundland is calm, patient, easygoing, gentle, and amiable — “a friend to all,” according to Animal Planet. But if someone threatens the Newfie’s family, they’re in big trouble. This sweet dog will have no problem acting protectively to step in and take care of his loved ones.
The playful, energetic Irish Setter loves being around people. In fact, the breed enjoys being with its family so much that the dogs are on their best behavior when surrounded by the people they love. Irish Setters are also immensely trainable and smart. They have boundless energy, but are sweet and eager to please.
One of the world’s oldest dog breeds, pugs are also one of the silliest and sweetest. The AKC calls them “even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving,” and this breed shows up on nearly every list of best family-friendly dogs.
Once the lapdog of King Charles II, these sweet pups are so affectionate and love to be held. But these spaniels are also smart and playful, making them gentle but fun pets.
Dubbing the breed “playful, charming and mischievous,” the AKC says the Bull Terrier is one of the top breeds for families with kids because of their sweet and fun-loving disposition. Bull Terriers can be very rambunctious, but it’s typically all in good fun. These dogs resemble toddlers in personality.
Collies are sensitive and intelligent, making them easy to train. But they can often also be stubborn, so obedience training is a good idea. If you have small children, remember that collies were bred to herd, so they may constantly round up your children as they’re playing in the house or yard.
Also known as a Hungarian Pointer, the Vizsla is very energetic, eager to please, gentle, and affectionate. Bred to be a hunting dog and able to work in field, water, and forest, the versatile Vizsla takes to training well and loves to be active. The breed is sensitive yet confident, and forms strong bonds with their families.
While the miniature poodle can be shy around strangers, the standard poodle tends to be more outgoing. They’re all typically gentle and caring with the people they love. They can be playful and loyal, and they’re rarely annoyed or snippy. People with allergies also tend to gravitate toward poodles because of their hypoallergenic coat.
The Bernese mountain dog is a calm, laid-back breed with a sweet nature. Bred to do farm work in the mountains of Switzerland, these dogs are hardy, trainable, and eager to please. The Bernese are self-confident and rarely shy, but have kind and gentle personalities.
This is a very friendly and social dog breed, known for often following their owners around the house. They are one of the breeds that have earned the nickname “velcro dog.”
The reason we probably hadn’t heard of this dog until very recently was that it’s still a pretty rare breed in the United States. It’s too bad that’s the case, because they are a very calm, small dog that’s great for people who love lap dogs, but want something that’s much less yappy.
This dog is similar to its big cousin, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Like many lap dogs, they require much less time at the park or chasing the ball, and instead enjoy curling up on their owners’ laps.
Considered to be a very sweet and devoted companion, the Shih Tzu is one that will follow their owners around the house like they’re tied to them with an invisible rope. But they won’t cause a commotion doing it. The Shih Tzu’s teddy bear-like appearance is complemented by a surprisingly hardy bone structure, meaning that if you have playful kids at home, they’re unlikely to do any harm to this cute little guy.
These dogs could very well be considered the clowns of the dog world for their love of play and their confident, goofy, lovable personalities. It takes them a little time to warm up to strangers, but they love their owners with all their hearts.
This is the kind of dog that you can take with you anywhere. Whether you live in the bustling city or a calm, rural region, these dogs do great just about anywhere. While still part of the Spaniel family, these dogs don’t have that same excitable energy that is common with that kind of dog. Outside, these dogs love to show off their howl and bark, but inside they tend to remain a very calm and docile breed.
The Clumber Spaniel isn’t the most active of all dogs – in fact, they could adequately be described as a complete couch potato. Don’t get this dog if you’re looking for a guard dog, either. The Clumber Spaniel is so friendly and so calm, that any burglar who breaks in will be greeted with a tail wag and a lick.
The Basset Hound is a very easygoing, lovable pet, and perfect to have at home for someone who’s got a lot going on in their lives. Their exercise and grooming requirements are pretty minimal.
While this dog isn’t necessarily the calmest of the bunch, they are extremely independent and require minimal attention in order to be perfectly happy. The Bergamasco is a herding dog, bred to help farmers herd other animals, like sheep and goats. Because of this, the Bergamasco has developed the ability to work independently and enjoys problem-solving.
When the Greyhound is inside, it loves nothing more than finding a comfortable spot to lay down and stretch out in. But open the front door and let it outside… well, good luck catching it. The Greyhound was built for speed, and it can run seemingly nonstop through wide-open spaces, which it loves to do. As a house dog they have a shy and sweet personality, though, and won’t get in the way.
The Scottish Deerhound is perfect for people who love a big dog, but don’t want one that’s going to make a mess or demand all of their time. Much like the Greyhound, these dogs are very calm when indoors, but let them outside, and watch them move! They are also great to have if you’re a social person, as they love being around people, children, and even other dogs.
Originally known as the gentle giant, these pups adore snuggling up to the people that they love, and they don’t handle being alone very well. As Great Danes tower over other dogs and most humans on their hind legs, just the sight of them may make people cower, but they are one of the most patient and friendly pups around.
The bichon frise is a happy-go-lucky companion dog who loves everyone and everything. Bichons combine a playful attitude with a sensitive nature, so a calm and loving family is a must. A bichon never wants to leave your side, so luckily they’re a very portable toy size.
The sweet little dog with the grumpy face! The Brussels griffon comes in bearded and non-bearded varieties. Originally bred to hunt rats in Belgium, these cocky little dogs have no idea how small they are, and no idea that they’re not in charge. These little cuddlers will give you a lifetime of joy.
Who needs a pillow or a blanket when you have a fluffy Old English Sheepdog in the family? These sweet canines are crazy about cuddling. And that’s perfect, because that thick coat of fur practically demands to be touched.
This breed comes in three sizes, and they’re highly intelligent! This sweet pupper will have you doing his bidding if you aren’t careful. Vet Street calls this “a healthy, adaptable, affectionate breed.”
Miniature Schnauzers are generally well-mannered and fun-loving dogs that make great additions to the family. They are loyal companions who are playful, curious, and alert, and love to be the center of attention.