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The 10 Best Lap Dog Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on April 25, 2017

It seems too cute to be true, but some dogs really are made to snuggle. It’s just in their genetics, their size, and their adorable personalities. And nothing beats the feeling of a sleepy pup on your legs. So if you’re looking for a cuddle buddy in the form of a canine, I’ve got you covered.

These 10 breeds top the list when it comes to lapdogs. Of course, there’s no way to cover them all, so if you feel like your dog’s breed should’ve been here let us know!

#1 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Having grown up with Cavaliers, I can definitely totally unbiasedly say they’re the best snugglers! They tend to prefer sleeping with half their bodies draped across your lap. Plus, they’re extremely fluffy.

#2 – Havanese

Havanese are energetic, social dogs. They become friends with everybody. Weighing as little as 7-13 pounds, the Havanese makes an excellent leg warmer and the ideal lap dog.

#3 – Maltese

Lively, animated, and mischievous, the Maltese’s pocket size makes them unbelievably cute. These dogs weigh anywhere between 5-9 pounds. Light as a feather, they’re an ideal lap dog.

#4 – Shih Tzu

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Despite their diva personalities, you can’t help but adore a Shih Tzu. They love their people fiercely, and weighing between 9 and 16 pounds they’re just the right size for a cuddle.

#5 – French Bulldog


This easy-going creature is extremely playful and loving. With a weight range of 18-28 pounds, there’s plenty to nestle down on the sofa with. They always want to be where you are, so if that means the couch they’re there.

#6 – Pekingese

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Brave yet sensitive, these little fluffs of dog are entirely devoted to their human. Weighing a mere 7-12 pounds, the Pekingese will make sure a lap is available when they need one. They don’t take up much room either!

#7 – Tibetan Spaniel


Jovial and delightful, the Tibetan Spaniel used to accompany royalty. They sure look regal! At 9-15 pounds, any lap they find will be their throne.

#8 – Pug


Animated and goofy, the Pug loves to be the center of attention. Weighing between 13-20 pounds, this jester will be happy up against their audience after a tiring first act.

#9 – Italian Greyhound


With an overwhelming desire to please, the little Italian Greyhound (6-10 pounds) would love a little reciprocation in the form of a comfy lap to sleep in. They’ll take as much time with you as they can get.

#10 – Boston Terrier

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These “little gentleman” dogs are quite devoted to their owners. Weighing 10-25 pounds, the Boston terrier is ready for a snuggle anytime.

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