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Anyone whose furry friend arrived in time to keep them company over lockdown will know that an affectionate dog can make for more than a pet and become a faithful member of the family.
In a time when lots of us were missing the ability to hug our friends and family, our new best friends stepped up to the plate in extraordinary style, writes Jonathon Crump.
Whether you’re taking them to the park, cuddling on the sofa or just having them sitting in a corner while you work from home, a dog can make for fantastic company.
This has left many people wondering - what exactly are the most affectionate dog breeds?
As such, we put together a list of ten affectionate furry friends that are always up for a snuggle.
However, it’s important to remember that if you’re currently thinking about getting a new dog, it’s a big life-long commitment for both you and them, so do make sure to give it due consideration.
Often known as Labradors or just ‘Labs’, you probably won’t be surprised to find this breed on the list – especially if you’ve ever met one.
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular pedigree breed, chiefly because they are excellent family dogs. Friendly, affectionate, and always up for a game of fetch, it’s not hard to see why these dogs are so popular. They also make for great service/guide dogs.
The very embodiment of the mantra “You’re never too big to be a lap dog”, Great Danes are lovely family dogs – if you have the space for them!
Their noble look and breed history have often led to them being described as “The Apollo of dogs”, and it’s not hard to see why.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
At the opposite end of the size spectrum, King Charles Spaniels have been popular with the aristocracy for a very long time (as the name might suggest!).
Queen Elizabeth I had a ‘spaniel gentle’ as a comforter, bed warmer and general plaything, and if they are good enough for royalty, they are bound to suit the needs of your family too.
Sticking with ‘toy’ dogs, Pugs are famous for having a big personality in a tiny package.
The breed has proved increasingly popular over the last few years, and with good reason. They can live in flats or houses and are equally suited to living in the town or the country. They are often really affectionate to their owners and very, very cute.
Fiercely intelligent and famously loyal, it’s not hard to see why you’d want a Golden Retriever to join your family.
They are truly beautiful dogs that make for great family pets, like the Labrador. While their coats require grooming more than once a week, they are ideal snuggle buddies.
If you’re looking for a more petite furry friend to brighten your day, a Dachshund is bound to be just the ticket.
There are usually two sizes in the UK, with three coat types - smooth-haired, long-haired, and Wire-haired. The Kennel Club describes them as “Faithful, versatile and good-tempered”.
If you’re looking for a dog that closely resembles a teddy bear, then this might well be the breed for you.
These smart-looking little ‘toy’ dogs are friendly and outgoing, with a good temperament – the ideal little cuddle companion. Just make sure to give them a little groom every day to keep that coat in order or take them to the groomers.
It’s probably fair to say that Canadians have a reputation the world over for being friendly, polite and kind. Well, these dogs are no exception!
Despite coming from a working tradition that has seen them doing everything from helping fishers, assisting lumberjacks and even jumping out of planes to rescue swimmers, these dogs have truly earned the title of the gentle giant, known for their exceptionally docile nature and loyalty.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers
One of the most misunderstood dog breeds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, are tremendously affectionate dogs – especially with kids!
Despite their very early historical links with illegal fighting, these dogs actually make for fantastic family pets. The kennel club describes them as “Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate, especially with children.”
Certainly one of the most glamourous dogs on our list, the Irish (occasionally still referred to as the “red”) Setter are a traditionally affectionate breed bound to slot in well with any family.
If you’re a fan of running or walking, then these dogs will undoubtedly give you a reason to stretch your legs, as they have seemingly never-ending energy. As such, make sure you walk them for at least two hours + every day.
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