Dogs are remarkably versatile creatures that have been bred over centuries for different jobs from the farm to the police force. Arguably their most important job, however, is cuddle machine! From the tiniest of terriers to the greatest of Danes, every breed of dog has a special way of showing love to their best friend.
An affectionate dog can truly change your life for the better. Coming home to a creature that can't wait to show you how much they love you can turn a hard day around and melt away your stress. In fact, studies have shown that cuddling can lower your blood pressure and theirs. Recently dogs have been employed for their cuddles to help in stressful places like airports, or even to help students stay calm while writing exams.
While a dog's tendency to snuggle depends on their training and socialization, some breeds are more naturally affectionate than others. If you're looking to up your odds of owning a cuddle buddy, consider one of these.
Golden Retrievers are the good-looking, fun-loving and kind-hearted jocks of the dog world. They’re one of the most popular breeds in Canada because they’re easy to train, good with families and rarely put up a fuss. It won’t be hard to win over your Golden Retriever. They have a strong desire to please people—even if they’re strangers. This is definitely a dog that will cuddle up to you any time of day or night!
In the 19th century, French Bulldogs were bred to sit on French lace maker's laps while they worked. Let this sink in, these dogs were literally created to cuddle! Frenchies are not only affectionate by nature, they're also not big on barking. This means that even if you live in a crowded apartment space, you won't have to miss out on the daily masterclass in cuddles a French Bulldog can provide.
Rottweiler dogs check all the boxes of a great relationship: they’re loving, forever loyal and reliably playful, while at the same time trusted guardians of their inner family. Confident by nature, the medium-to-large dogs may intimidate at first glance, but are big babies at heart, and many don’t get the memo that they are not, in fact, lap dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers may look delicate, but they're brave dogs that are full of life. Don't worry, just because they're confident and beautiful doesn't mean they think they're too good for you. When they're not chasing squirrels around the yard, Yorkies love to spend their time in their owner's laps. You'll be spending lots of time cuddling your Yorkshire Terrier and brushing their silky coat.
When you look at a Boxer, cuddly may not be the first word that comes to mind. They can seem intimidating, but what a Boxer wants the most is affection! They don't realize how big they are and they just may want you to pick them up like a baby, well into adulthood. Also, they're very patient and loving with children. In fact, snuggles with their kid might be a Boxer's favourite snuggles.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are bright, sensitive, and exuberant creatures who respond well to people and are easy to train. They’re well-matched with families who can meet the abundance of energy they have. As fearless as these regale cattle herders are, Pembroke Welsh Corgis need to be provided with a sense of closeness and security. There is truly nothing more appealing than cuddling this furry loaf.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are so cute, it would be a crime if they didn't love to cuddle! Thankfully, that's not something we have to worry about. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the most affectionate breeds there are, especially with children. Another plus, they're much less hyper than most other dogs their size. After a brief jaunt around the yard, they're ready to settle in for a cuddly nap on your lap.
Known for their beautiful, distinctive tricolor coats and cheerful personalities, the Bernese Mountain Dog is definitely a crowd-pleasing breed. Truly a family-oriented, Berners are great dogs to introduce to kids, and once they’ve bonded with your family they will be a gentle and loyal presence in the house. Though the Bernese Mountain Dog has a laidback disposition, they’re definitely not lacking in energy, and will be happiest with lots of exercise and outdoor space to explore.
The Cocker Spaniel brings a bit of everything to the table, which is probably why they’re one of the most popular breeds in North America. With long, velvety ears, short legs and a stocky body, these dogs are both attractive and sporty. They are keen on making new friends and love being a playmate for children and other pets. Once they’re wiped out from playing in the yard, they’ll cuddle up for a good snooze.
Vizslas are a sensitive and loving companion around the house. Bred as hunters expected to work closely with humans, Vizslas don’t like being left alone and tend to form close bonds with their owners. They’re versatile athletes and love to play—excellent jogging, swimming, or cycling buddies, you can take your dog along to a number of activities and they’ll be happy.