Cupid Canines: The Top 10 most affectionate dog breeds

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Rens Hageman
Rens Hageman

Is your dog the perfect match for you? Whether you long for furry unconditional love at the end of a hard day, or simply want to cuddle up with a lick-happy pup at a moment's notice, we bring you the 10 most affectionate dog breeds.

1. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever makes for a great Valentine. They have really cool personalities. They are friendly, loving, and very patient. The loveable Labs are almost never aggressive and love to be with people, and they especially like children.

2. Collie

The adorable Collie is a devoted friend with a gentle nature. It is intelligent and makes people feel love for his personality, grace and charm. The Collie also clutches a high degree of sensitivity and it remains faithful with his master, but can sometimes become a bit stubborn.

3. Dachshund

The Dachshund has more personality than you can sometimes handle. They are playful and yet still enjoy their independence, so it's no wonder she's become one of the most popular breeds. Just don't be surprised if she hides away when strangers come knocking. She prefers to shower you - and only you - with kisses.

4. Irish Setter

Long and flowing red hair that just makes you want to pull her close and rub underneath her chin and on her belly. The Irish Setter is enthusiastic, energetic, and athletic. There's no good reason this lovely dog should be dateless on Valentine's Day!

5. Miniature Schnauzer

With his small beard, bushy eyebrows and sometimes perked up ears, the Miniature Schnauzer is just about the cutest little Valentine anyone could ask for.

6. Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog or "Sheepie" loves people, can be quite the clown, and is demanding of attention. If left without the companionship of humans or other pets, he will become unhappy and destructive. Good-natured and sociable, enthusiastic and bumptious, the Old English Sheepdog is a Valentine’s hit!

7. American Eskimo Dog

Also known as the "Eskie”, this dog is always ready to play. The American Eskimo dog is perfect for those unusually cold days of winter. Just don't expect the Eskie to want to share you with other pets or kids. She prefers to have you all to herself.

8. Bichon Frisé

These ‘powder puff’ balls of fur are a wonderful addition to the family. The Bichon Frisé will play with and, more importantly, tire out your kids - all the while with a happy-go-lucky attitude. They love to cuddle and play with their human families and love getting under the covers and licking sweet nothings in your ear.

9. Irish Wolfhound

We like to call this guy the gentle giant. One of the world's largest breeds, he is strong and sturdy. But the Irish Wolfhound is also one of the most gentle, noble, and lovable dogs you'll ever meet.

10. Bulldog

The Bulldog is one of the most comical, jovial, and charming dogs you can find. Devoted and affectionate, the Bulldog is best for the, shall we say, on-the-couch Cupid.

(Article source: Pet MD)

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