Almost all dogs are affectionate with their families, and many with strangers as well, but some breeds just can’t get enough snuggles to satisfy their needs. If you’re looking for a pup that’s going to love being by your side, curled in your lap, or smothering you with attention you’ll definitely want to consider the breeds on this list. They might not all fit in your lap, but they’ll certainly try, and they’re almost guaranteed to try it with everyone they meet!
#1 – Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds due almost entirely to their friendly disposition. Goldens are known for being very social with friends and strangers alike, getting along well with humans of all ages and even other animals. They are playful, outgoing and active dogs that make a great choice for families with children. They are extremely affectionate dogs that are sure to find their way into a belly rub from anyone at any time.
#2 – Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is a toy breed that makes up in heart what it lacks in physical size. These dogs are extremely affectionate and enjoy spending time with their families. Brussels Griffons are very playful and outgoing dogs that will strike up a game with nearly anyone they meet. These dogs do well with children and other animals and make a great choice for a lap dog.
#3 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred solely to be a companion dog, a job it still excels at today. These adorable little spaniels thrive off of human attention and do not fare well when left alone for long periods of time. They are gentle with everyone they meet, very friendly and affectionate and desire to be near their people at all times.
#4 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Despite their poor reputation, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very affectionate breed. These dogs may have a bloody past when it concerns other animals, but they have always been bred to be social with people and they have maintained this characteristic today. They are very active dogs that do well with children and if they are found smothering anyone, it’s with kisses and snuggles rather than aggression.
#5 – Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a companion dog known for its playful, outgoing temperament. Bichons are ready to greet anyone and enjoy spending time meeting new people or enjoying quality time with their families. They are a great choice for someone who plans to travel often with their dogs as they desire to be near their people at all times. This breed does not do well when left alone for long periods and can be prone to separation anxiety.
#6 – Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world because of its outstanding temperament. These fun-loving, outgoing and social dogs are perfect for anyone that wants an affectionate companion. Labradors enjoy spending time with their families, meeting new people and often get along with other animals as well. They are a great choice for active families as they are great with children and enjoy accompanying their people on outings.
#7 – Great Dane
Despite its imposing presence, the Great Dane is actually quite the gentle giant. They are very goofy and friendly dogs that are often found trying to fit in their owners’ laps, regardless if they fit or not. This breed is very well known for seeking affection from their owners and often strangers as well and even get along well with other animals. Great Danes will often resort to sitting on or leaning against their owners if they don’t fit in their laps or next to them on the couches. These dogs are very rewarding to own because of their playful and social disposition.