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15 Dog Breeds That Love to Cuddle

Are you looking for the ultimate cuddle buddy? Then look no further. We've put together a list of some of the most cuddly dog breeds out there. So if you're looking for some affection, these are the dogs for you: 

1. Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are one of the more low-maintenance and lazy breeds, which means they're all about sleeps and snuggles. They love cuddling up to their people and make great companions for movie night.

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2. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a social little dog who doesn't like being left at home alone. They prefer to stick by your side or, preferably, on your lap.

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3. Boxer


Boxers are know as rambunctious dogs but they're also affectionate and loving. They love curling up with their people or even climbing on their lap, despite their size and muscle mass.

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4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small, elegant breed who often becomes super attached to their people. They don't like to be left alone, so the more cuddles with you, the better.

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5. Chihuahua


Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world but that doesn't mean they're not big cuddlers. They fit easily in your arms or on you lap and love to be held, especially by their favorite person.

6. Dachshund


Dachshunds are snugglers as well as burrowers (meaning they like to bury themselves in blankets or clothes). They love to cuddle up to the ones they trust and they're small enough to get away with being lap dogs.

7. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Goldens are super friendly and loving dogs that love to be in the company of others. They're always up for a good snuggle session, especially after a day of running around.

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8. Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Danes are huge, but don't let that fool you - these gentle giants love to snuggle. And because they don't know their own size, they think they're lap dogs so they can often be found trying to cuddle with you on the couch.

9. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

From one of the largest on the list to one of the smallest - although Italian Greyhounds can reach speeds of 25 mph, they also have a lazy side and love to lie around with you. They're more delicate than other snugglers but that won't stop them from cuddling up to you.

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10. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Like the Golden Retriever, Labs are super social and loving. And like the Great Dane, they forget how big they are. All of that comes together to make for one cuddly dog who will even try to sit on your lap at times.

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11. Newfoundland


Another gentle giant on the list, Newfoundlands weigh between 150-175 pounds but that doesn't stop them from cuddling with you on the couch. These dogs may act as caretakers, but they have a lazy side that makes them great snugglers.

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12. Pit Bull

Pit Bull

Pit Bulls are known as "nanny dogs" because they are caring, loyal and affectionate. They are happiest when spending time with their people and are eager to show you how much they love you, which means lots of snuggle time together.

13. Pug


Pugs are goofy and charming dogs who love sleeping and snuggling. They thoroughly enjoy the coziness of beds and blankets but usually prefer a warm lap to sleep on or someone to cuddle with. 

14. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is an elegant, small dog who enjoys snuggling up to his or her people or napping in their laps. They love getting attention as well as showing affection, so the more cuddles, the better. 

15. Weimaraner


The Weimaraner is an active but loving breed. They can become quite attached to their family and often desire a lot of attention from them. This is why they're usually happiest cuddling up to their people, especially after some playtime or a walk.

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Can confirm, Basset Hounds absolutely love to cuddle.


Great information for a quick overview. Thanks


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