The 14 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds That Will Love And Snuggle You Endlessly

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Let's face it, there are very few things in life better than a lovable dog. And while lots of breeds are known to love and adore their owners, some pooches take the cake when it comes to an affectionate nature.

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If you're searching for a big-hearted best friend to add your household, these breeds are a great starting point. Here are some of the most affectionate dogs out there. (Oh, and if I missed your favorite, tell me in the comments!)

1.English Bulldogs

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English bulldogs may look a little intimidating by their appearance but they really are big softies and one of the most gentle dog breeds around, according to Dog Breeds Expert. These affectionate pooches also love children and form a strong bond with them.

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2.Labrador Retrievers

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Labs are considered America's favorite dogs, and for good reason. The American Kennel Club categorizes this breed as friendly, outgoing, and very affectionate to family... and even strangers.

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Newfoundlands aka Newfies are basically big teddy bears. They can get pretty large in size (we're talking a whopping 150 pounds), but they are a sweet-tempered breed, known to be excellent companions and great watch dogs if you have children.

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4.Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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These little cuties are sweet, gentle, and always up for cuddles. Their big eyes and floppy ears will easily melt your heart. If you're ever questioning how your cavalier feels about you, just watch how quickly his tail wags whenever you walk in the door.

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The sassy Chihuahua sure has a big personality, but this breed also loves nothing more than hanging out in their owners' lap and giving kisses. According to the American Kennel Club, chihuahuas possess loyalty, charm, and a "big-dog" attitude.

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6.Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise breed is known for its happy-go-lucky attitude. They might bark at strangers, but it's only because they want to meet and greet everyone they pass. These little cuties are known for their adaptable personalities and their strong love for people, especially their families.

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A Pug dog laying in a bed under a blanket

Pugs are one of the most playful and affectionate breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. These little doggos are loving, easygoing, and will spoil you with lots of puppy kisses.

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A Collie dog resting its head on a person's lap

Collies are known to thrive on companionship and hugs from their human friends. These loyal and intelligent pups will shower you with love all day long.

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9.Golden Retrievers

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Goldens don't really need an introduction. Regardless of their age, these beauties always act like puppies thanks to their carefree, playful approach to life. They are dogs who simply love to please their families.

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Labradoodles possess the best traits of both poodles and labrador retrievers, which makes them lovable, easy going, and affectionate. Dogtime describes this breed as a people pleaser that loves to make its family proud.

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11.Great Dane

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These gentle giants are described by the American Kennel Club as "a total joy to live with." Great Danes are patient with kids and are one of the most sweet and affectionate breeds around.

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12.Old English Sheepdogs

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Old English Sheepdogs might have an intimidating bark, but don't let that scare you. This breed is known for their kind and playful ways, and they are also great around children of all ages.

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13.Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzus are an adorably small breed that is known to be affectionate with people, especially with children. The American Kennel Club describes these pups as quick to sit in their owner's lap and watch TV with them.

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14.Boston Terrier

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According to Dogtime, Boston Terriers were originally bred to be fighting dogs, but they’re actually one of the most gentle and affectionate breeds. They are nicknamed "American Gentlemen" because of their black and white, tuxedo-like coloring.

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Do you own any of the dogs on this list? Share in the comments below!