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The 13 Most Cuddly Dog Breeds According To The Experts

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When you're looking to add a pet to your family, there will be a lot of factors you need to consider.

Do you want a good guard dog? Do you want a dog that's good with kids? Do you want a high energy dog? Or are you looking for a dog that will be a big ol' couch potato?

One of the biggest factors that people often consider is how much does a dog like to cuddle. Some people like having a dog that constantly wants to be on their lap, while others may want a dog that is happier having their own space.

Personally, I think the more dog hugs you can get in a day the better. But it's hard to know how much a dog enjoys hugs until you have them in your home.

One way that people figure it out, even though it may not have 100% accuracy, is by looking at the breed of a dog. Some breeds tend to be more hug-friendly than others, and while there are always going to be outliers, these breeds are the best for you if you're in need of some dog cuddles.

1. Pug

I can absolutely confirm this to be true, as my five-year-old boy loves nothing more than to curl up on my lap and sleep for hours whether I had intended on sitting down for that long or not.

They were bred as lap dogs for Chinese nobility, so it makes sense that their need to be around people remains ingrained in their souls.

The only warning that follows a pug, they do tend to snore, so just be aware of that when you go to bed at night. Don't worry, you get used to it.

2. Newfoundland

If you're a fan of a big dog but still want to get some good cuddles in, then a Newfoundland is the pup for you.

They can weigh as much as 175 lbs, but that's not going to stop them from climbing up on the couch and pretending they can sit in your lap.

They are the most gentle giants and they want nothing more than to show their families how much they love them.

3. Australian Shepherd

Sure, they are known for being highly intelligent, but these smarty-pants pups are also big hug monsters!

They will try to stay near their people as much as possible, and are known to be constantly under foot or leaning on whoever will give them attention.

They are extremely loyal, and once they've had their daily exercise (which is a lot for this energetic breed) they are happy to stay by your side.

4. Dachshund

Also known as a wiener dog, dachshunds may be small, but they have huge hearts. They are devoted to their families and will get super excited to see them.

They are generally cheerful little sausages, and while they can get a little bit vocal when excited, they are also very sweet with their families.

Again, I can confirm this to be true, as my dachshund loves nothing more than to curl up beside us, especially if we have a blanket she can build a little nest in.

5. Golden Retriever

There's a reason they are one of the most popular breeds for families to own. Golden Retrievers are such happy, loving goofballs, and their desire to snuggle up to their loved ones makes them totally irresistible.

They make for the perfect cuddle companion thanks to their soft hair and gentle nature, and they'll always want to stay by your side.

6. Pit Bull Terriers

The unfair prejudice against pit bulls is definitely unearned, as the majority of these pups are actually shockingly sweet.

Pit bulls do have a lot of muscles, which led many people to force them into a bad situation, but in most people's experience, these dogs are not only harmless, but they are ridiculously loving.

They seem to love every single person they come in contact with, and as soon as you give them some good scratches and pets you've got a friend for life.

7. Bichon Frise

If you're more of a small, fluffy dog type, the Bichon Frise is another cuddle monster who is going to refuse to leave your lap no matter what you do.

They are easily won over by new people too, so if you have company you can expect them to visit with everyone so they can maximize their cuddles.

8. Great Dane

These giant dogs may weigh as much if not more than you do, but that doesn't seem to stop them from being some of the best lap dogs around.

They don't seem to understand that they are enormous, but you know what, that's fine. You'll get the feeling back in your legs eventually, just enjoy their love.

9. Greyhound

Some people assume that because they are so fast that they must have a bunch of energy, but the truth is this is one of the laziest breeds around. Not only are they lazy, but they love to cuddle up to their owners.

After a quick jog they are ready to be napping on a couch beside the people they love. They are gentle and sweet, and will be the perfect addition to any family.

10. Boxer

While a lot of people see their wrinkled faces and think they look angry, boxers are some of the happiest, sweetest, and most lovable breeds out there.

They are extremely active, but when they've expended all their energy for the day there's really nothing you can do to keep them off your lap.

11. Brussels Griffon

This goofy-looking little cuties are often referred to as "velcro" dogs because they will remain plastered to their owners no matter what.

They're going to try to cuddle with you no matter what you're doing, and they love nothing more than proving that they love you more than anything or anyone else in the world.

12. Old English Sheepdog

When you look at them, they are basically a big ol' pillow, so it works out perfectly that they are absolutely willing to let you shower them with affection.

They love to cuddle up with their family, they may even heard them into the area where hugs are best appreciated, but don't be offended, they just want your attention.

13. Chihuahua

There's a reason why they are commonly carried around in a purse, and it's because they never want to be away from their owners.

At least these tiny pups weigh next to nothing so it's not a burden to have them on you lap at all times.

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Have you ever owned any of the cuddliest breeds? Do you think your dog should be added to the list?