The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. May 2, 2017
The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

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Before getting a dog, many people want to learn about the personality or general characteristics of certain breeds. This process is very important because it will make sure that in the future you do not regret your choice.

The most affectionate and obedient dogs are very popular and sought after. They are perfect for a family with children and owners in general.

There is nothing more tender than having a loving and faithful best friend by your side. So, we at AnimalWised want to show you the 10 most affectionate dogs out there.

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1. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is not only a dog with beautiful golden coat. It is without a doubt, one of the most loving, patient and pleasant dogs by nature. They are beautiful, with a relaxed and calm personality and are always ready to follow you and offer their love.

You'll find an obedient and sympathetic friend in the golden retriever. They are very popular for working as a therapy dog; for people with disabilities or to exercise actively with.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 1. Golden Retriever

2. Labrador retriever

The Labrador retriever is definitely (together with the golden retriever) one of the most loving dogs in existence. They are particularly known for being great with children. They react wonderfully to positive reinforcement and are very easy to train and educate.

The Labrador is also an excellent therapy, police and detector dog, as well as providing vigilance. They are usually intelligent and beautiful. You can find them in gold, black and chocolate.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 2. Labrador retriever

3. English bulldog

The English bulldog is known for loving lots of people. They are very calm and affectionate dogs and are always ready to show their affection and love.

They are ideal for all types of families including children and the elderly, as their walking pace is usually slow and lazy. Their behavior with other pets is excellent and doesn't need excessive walks or physical exercise. It is important to practice good socialization with them from their early puppy stage.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 3. English bulldog

4. Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is not only a stylish, popular and active dog. They are very loving dogs that enjoy being surrounded by affection and the people who love them. This dog was used for centuries as a symbol of status among royalty.

Unlike the English bulldog, the Dalmatian is a very active dog that needs exercise, games and long walks on a daily basis. It is ideal for sporty and active people.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 4. Dalmatian

5. Dachshund

If you are someone who enjoys educating and teaching a dog commands, the dachshund (or sausage dog) is ideal for you. They can be somewhat stubborn so you will have to be patient in training and remain positive.

Also known as the sausage dog, this little dog is very affectionate with children. They enjoy lying back on the couch and letting you stroke their soft fur. They are also incredibly cuddly and love to follow you wherever you go.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 5. Dachshund

6. German shepherd

The German shepherd, despite having a considerable size, is a very popular dog in homes around the world. Primarily due to their ability to be trained, their loyalty and obedience in daily life. A well educated dog is able to offer unconditional love, care for children and protection in your home.

They are very intelligent, athletic and affectionate dogs. Their first steps alongside man were to guard sheep. But, now they enjoy being a calm companion for life, or a guide, police or rescue dog.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 6. German shepherd

7. Pug

The pug is an enthusiastic, loyal, friendly and very affectionate dog. They will love walking with you, going shopping and visiting even to the most remote places. They are a loyal friend who loves to have their belly scratched and be cuddled for hours.

With their graceful appearance and their social character, you will love this wonderful breed.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 7. Pug

8. Yorkshire terrier

It is, by chance, one of the most popular dogs. The Yorkshire terrier is a very lively and dynamic dog, suitable for all kinds of families. It is important to educate them well so that they do not get used to constant barking but otherwise, it is easy to enjoy this loving and capricious lapdog.

They love to play, cuddle, running...they have to do everything with you. Furthermore, the Yorkshire terrier is a breed with little hair so you will not have to sweep or mop up after them all day. Walking should be regular.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 8. Yorkshire terrier

9. Boxer

Somewhat restless, the boxer may surprise you to be on this list. However, anyone who has had one knows that they are certainly one of the more fun and loving breeds that exists. If you decide to adopt a boxer, for many years you will be able to enjoy an eternal puppy; they are always ready to play and lick your face with affection.

Boxers are faithful companions and are very attached to those who care for them. They know their place inside the home. This dog will need exercise, but that's the only big effort needed. Their short coat is easy to maintain.

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 9. Boxer

10. Mixed-breed dogs

In any shelter or kennel you will find a lot of abandoned animals waiting anxiously to sleep in a warm bed, provided by someone who truly wants them. I myself have adopted two dogs who would have suffered from a terrible fate and I can assure you I have never received so much affection from anyone.

With all this said, please remember that your dog's behavior will depend on their training and their unique personality.

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The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds - 10. Mixed-breed dogs

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