These Dog Breeds Are the Biggest Cuddlers

Though every dog owner probably believes his pup is the best cuddler in the world, some breeds are better at cuddling than others. Read on to find out which breeds make for the best cuddlers. Did your dog make the list?

1. Labrador retriever

woman petting her yellow Labrador on the couch

They’re very affectionate pets. | Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images

Labrador retrievers aren’t one of the most popular dog breeds in America for nothing — they’re very affectionate and loving pets. They build strong, emotional bonds with their families, and are always in the mood for a good cuddle.

Next: small dogs can cuddle, too!

2. Chihuahua

Dog in sweater

They’re the perfect size for your lap. | Eudyptula/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re looking for a fun-sized cuddle buddy, Chihuahuas may be just the ticket. Fanna Easter, Petco national dog training specialist, says Chihuahuas “make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights.”

Next: This dog makes a great body pillow.

3. Old English sheepdog

Old English sheepdog

You probably won’t mind cuddling with their fluffy coats. | radarreklama/iStock/Getty Images

Old English sheepdogs are very cuddly animals. Not only do they love to lie around with their owners, but their warm, thick coats make for a great body pillow in the winter. AKC describes their personality as “adaptable, smart, gentle; OES are famous for their sweet, agreeable nature.”

Next: This dog is active as well as cuddly.

4. Greyhound

Greyhound outside

They love to curl up with their owners. | Neurodoc/Wikimedia Commons

Though greyhounds are known for being active and playful, they also love to cuddle up to their owners. Both your average and miniature greyhounds are known for being docile and friendly.

Next: A perfect companion

5. Maltese

White maltese dog lies on carpet and looking ahead

They like to spend time with you. | baloon111/iStock/Getty Images

The Maltese breed lives for spending time with their owners — they’re excited to be your little companion wherever you go. That means if you want to get settled in to watch a movie for the evening, they’ll make the perfect cuddle buddy for you to curl up with.

Next: An extra-large cuddle buddy

6. Irish wolfhounds

Large purebred Irish Wolfhound dog outdoors on a sunny day

They might be a bit too big for your lap, but they still love hanging out with you. | Bigandt_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

Irish wolfhounds are known for their staggering size (they can weigh up to 120 pounds). But just because they’re huge, doesn’t mean they don’t still love to cuddle. You’ll never feel as safe and loved as you do when cuddling an Irish wolfhound.

Next: The ultimate lap dog

7. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

Woman holding cavalier dog on her lap

Cuddling is one of their favorite activities. | Banepx/iStock/Getty Images

Cavalier King Charles spaniels are the ultimate lap dog. They love nothing more than to be cuddled up with their owner while the two of you relax together. Wherever you go, so does your little companion.

Next: A happy, playful breed

8. Bichon Frise

A small beautiful and adorable white bichon frise dog standing on the lawn and looking cheerful.

They’re very affectionate. |

Bichon Frises are sweet, happy, playful pups. They’re on SheKnow’s list of “These 15 Affectionate Dog Breeds Are the Cuddle Buddies of Your Dreams.” “The breed is known for its affection and getting along well with kiddos and other dogs,” says SheKnows writer Michele Borboa. “They are also known for excessive barking when left alone, so make time for lots of snuggling with this furry friend.”

Next: A fiercely loyal cuddle buddy

9. Collie

Sable rough Collie dog standing outdoors around fallen maple leaves in autumn

They love to be by your side. | Eudyptula/iStock/Getty Images

Collies make for the ultimate companion. They’re fiercely loyal and devoted to their families. Though they need daily playtime, when they’re not running around they love nothing more than to hang out at home and cuddle with their families.

Next: The best puff ball you’ll ever cuddle with

10. Pomeranian

A pretty pomeranian female dog on a blurry grass background

They crave your attention. | Tsik/iStock/Getty Images

Pomeranians also make great cuddle buddies. They don’t need much exercise and are happy to just hang out with their humans (they require lots of attention). Plus, who could resist cuddling with a little puff ball?

Next: Another hugely popular breed

11. Golden retriever

Young Child Boy Training Golden Retriever Puppy Dog

They love their owners. | MarkoNOVKOV/iStock/Getty Images

Another popular dog breed, golden retrievers make silly, lovable, loyal pets. They’re easy to train (which is why they star in so many films like the Air Bud franchise) and are incredibly affectionate toward people.

Next: An adorable little breed

12. English toy spaniel

toy spaniel

They readily curl up with their owners. | Page Light Studios/iStock/Getty Images

English toy spaniels are small, sweet, adorable little dogs who love to cuddle up to their owners. AKC describes their personality as “affectionate, alert, and merry.”

Next: A highly intelligent breed

13. Papillon

Papillon breed lying on pillows

They want to be next to their people. | Mallivan/iStock/Getty Images

Papillons, despite their petite size, make excellent watchdogs. They live for protecting their families. Though just because they’re brave doesn’t mean they don’t love to cuddle. They are true companion dogs and love to be by their owners, whether you’re out and about or lying around the house all day.

Next: These sweet cuddlers have a bad reputation. 

14. American pit bull terriers

American Pitbull terrier puppy

They’re some of the sweetest dogs you’ll meet. | Laures/iStock/Getty Images

Pit bulls have a bad reputation, but every proper pit bull owner and lover knows they’re some of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. According to DogTime, the breed was even once referred to as “nanny dogs” because they’re so gentle around children.

Next: This breed forms strong bonds with its family.

15. American Eskimo dog

American Eskimo Dog resting on grass.

After a good amount of exercise they love to cuddle up with their owners. | Blendshapes/iStock/Getty Images

American Eskimo Dogs are on PetMD’s Top Ten Most Loveable Dogs in the World list. These are sweet, cuddly dogs who form strong bonds with their human families. Though in addition to loving cuddling, American Eskimo Dogs also need plenty of exercise.

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