Which Dog Breeds Are the Most Affectionate?

Any breed of dog can become man's best friends. But, certain breeds tend to express affection more openly than others
Which Dog Breeds Are the Most Affectionate?
Francisco María García

Written and verified by the lawyer Francisco María García.

Last update: 22 December, 2022

The most affectionate dog breeds are the perfect choice for those who seek an unconditional friend. And they are also excellent for caring for and accompanying children during their development.

A dog’s ability to feel and demonstrate empathy with humans allows him to not only win our hearts, but to also help us recover from illness. That’s why many of these breeds are used in therapeutic activities.

You should take into account that generally, the more affectionate the dog, the more it needs your  time and attention. It is very important to plan your life before you include a pet in it. The most affectionate dog breeds give a lot of love, but they must receive it in order to grow up healthy.

Which dog breeds are the most affectionate?

1. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador is basically the most loving dog ever. This breed is one of the most famous and beloved of all the world. They are loyal, sociable and very intelligent. They are excellent family dogs!
It’s true that labs are very hyperactive. But when they are educated properly, they learn to apply their energy to multiple tasks. Therefore, they can be used in therapeutic activities, rescue missions and as police dogs for weapons and narcotics detection.

2. Chihuahua

These little daring dogs have a great personality. Tender, affectionate and intelligent, they learn easily to defend their family and to take care of their home in spite of their tiny size. They often create a very deep, loving bond with their owners.

Chihuahuas are ideal dogs for children and older adults. They have short hair, they are easy to handle, they love human company, and are protective by nature. But you have to make sure that they do not become possessive.

3. German Shepherd

This breed makes an excellent “police dog”. The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent, affectionate and faithful dogs in the world. His physical endurance, imposing stature and extreme loyalty makes him the ideal companion for many tasks.

Unfortunately, this breed is also the best example of a dog that has suffered because of human ambition. German shepherds were subjected to experiments to perfect their intelligence and physical resistance. The result was a genetic tendency to develop degenerative diseases such as hip dysplasia.

4. Yorkshire Terrier

This tiny member of the Terrier family is one of the most popular breeds on the planet. They are faithful, energetic, and make great friends and guard dogs. Their tiny size does not limit the bravery of their temperament. But they need to be trained early in order to not become compulsive barkers.

 Yorkshire terriers are the perfect dogs to care for and accompany children. They are another clear example of one of the most affectionate breeds of dogs. They love to play, jump and run all day long. In addition, they are born protectors who will not hesitate to warn and defend against any threat.

They are also considered a hypoallergenic breed, which makes them ideal for people with allergies.

5. Bichon Maltese

This breed is known for its long, white, silky hair. But its character is equally as charming. They are active and affectionate dogs, who enjoy the company of humans and other pets.

6. More affectionate dogs: Boxers

Their strength, intelligence and physical stamina make boxers excellent watchdogs for the home. They are very sweet and friendly, but they need daily exercise in order to use up their energy. Otherwise, they may get sick and/or become aggressive.

7. Newfoundland

This large dog with voluptuous black fur has a very sweet and cuddly personality. It creates an emotional bond so strong with its owners that it can have a hard time adapting to abandonment or a new foster home. So, it is very important to choose consciously before buying a Newfoundland.

Despite their large size, newfoundlands are very active and love to play, making them good companions for the whole family. They also tend to live peacefully with other pets, and rarely lose their patience.

8. Dachsund

The famous “sausage dog” gains fans where he goes. His personality is courageous, active and very playful. He likes to hunt. It’s practically impossible to stop him when he wants to run and play. So he makes a great pet for growing children.

His hyperactivity does not exceed his ability to give and receive affection. This breed is kind, fun and very protective.

9. Spanish Greyhound

Spanish Greyhounds are one of the oldest canine breeds in the world. It is assumed that they first appeared in Egypt.

Later, they became popular as pets in Europe as well. Nowadays, they are considered a native breed of Spain.

They are very obedient and affectionate dogs that show affection to their owners without any hesitation. They are also known for being protective dogs with docile personalities. 

10. Mixed-breed dogs

These animals are not only able to learn, coexist and adapt, but they will also be thankful to you for their entire lives. There are many rescued dogs and puppies waiting for a second chance to give and receive affection.

They are the greatest proof that love has no race, species or color!

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