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8 Affectionate Dog Breeds

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Which are the most affectionate dog breeds out there? Our expert picks may surprise you! We all know how loveable and family-friendly Golden and Labrador Retrievers, but what about all of the other wonderfully affectionate breeds out there?

We’ve rounded up some dogs both big and small just waiting for a good hug.

1. Bichon Frisé

1. Bichon Frisé

Known for their cheerful disposition and sweet nature, Bichons have been favored internationally since the 14th century, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Bichons are a happy, clownish breed that loves activity and spending time with people. They’re also a non-shedding breed and make an excellent option for allergy sufferers.

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2. Bulldog

Among the most popular breeds according to the AKC, Bulldogs are lovable, gentle dogs known for making wonderful family pets. They’re patient and good-natured with children and tend to form strong bonds with family members of all ages.

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3. Collie

3. Collie

Thanks to the popularity of Lassie, the collie is one of the most well recognized family dogs in pop culture. Collies are loyal, affectionate and known for being naturally responsive to their owners, according to the AKC. They’re devoted family dogs and although they’re active, they can be just as happy spending time on the couch with you as they are on a long walk.

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4. Pug

4. Pug

Though they’re small dogs, Pugs are recognized for their outgoing attitudes and playful personalities. They love to be near people and to please their owners and make excellent family dogs because of it. They’re even tempered and only need minimal exercise, which makes them well suited for apartment living, according to the AKC.

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5. Vizsla

5. Vizsla

A medium-sized dog known for hunting, Vizsla’s are known for their above-average ability to take to training and affection, according to the AKC. If provided with ample amount of daily exercise, the Vizsla can do well in a family environment with children.

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6. Irish Setter

6. Irish Setter

Another very active breed, Irish Setters are high energy sporting dogs that make excellent companion animals. Their outgoing, clown-like and stable personalities make them a favorite with families as well, according to the AKC. Their long, glossy coats, however, do require regular grooming to prevent mats.

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7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These sweet, gentle dogs have almost always been bred as companion animals. Because Cavaliers are so small, they’re easily able to adapt to city and living and are also revered for their trainability. According to the AKC, they are trustworthy companions for children and thrive as a part of a family.

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8. Shelter Dog

8. Shelter Dog

The possibilities are endless when you choose a shelter dog. One thing is for certain, though. If you adopt a dog and treat her well, she will love you more than you could possibly imagine. So get ready for the kisses!

Did we forget any affectionate dog breeds? Feel free to comment and add to the list below.

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Jessica spends her days trying not to helicopter parent her beloved shelter pup, Darwin.