Okay, I’m going to tell you right out of the gate that I’m not overly fond of “clingy” dog breeds. I like energetic dogs, and I like affectionate dogs, but I really don’t want little foo-foo dogs that are all over me.
Snuggling is a whole other thing, though. There’s nothing I like better than snuggling up with Janice and Leroy and watching stuff on Netflix.
So, are there “clingy” dog breeds? Dogs that just don’t seem to want to let go of you? I did some research, and this is what I’ve found out.
There really are super-clingy dog breeds. Here they are.
1. Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is a clingy dog breed that was originally bred to herd livestock. Now, it’s more of a family companion.
This breed is pretty high-energy, but once properly exercised, will love nothing more than snuggling up and watching TV with your kids.
2. Belgian Sheepdog
This is another high-energy dog.There’s nothing lazy about the Belgian Sheepdog, but if you exercise him properly, he’ll be content to snuggle upon the sofa and be your kids’ best friend.
3. Bichon Frise
While I wouldn’t put the Bichon Frise in the category of “most clingy” dog breeds, they are very much prone to bond with their humans. Gentle and affectionate with everyone, the Bichon makes a great family dog.
Here’s a big, sweet baby. Yes, he’s trained to track down criminals, but the fact is, once he finds that criminal, he might just try to kiss him to death. This is the nature of the Bloodhound. He’s a gentle soul.
The Bloodhound needs a lot of time with his family. Keep him in the house, because that’s where he’ll be happiest.
Ah, my guys made the list, and I love it! These dogs are so playful and affectionate. They’re energetic, too, though, so you’ll need to make sure that you are committed to regular exercise.
They’re so affectionate and playful, though. A Boxer will definitely be a good addition to your family.
6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
These dogs just want to be with you. They’re not watchdogs, though – they’ll let anyone in your house, as long as the intruder gives them a tummy rub.
Cavaliers are cuddly and loving, and great with kids. If you want a watchdog, though, look elsewhere. Your TV, the family silver and any jewelry are history.
These little guys are “personality plus” tucked into small bodies. In fact, I’ve heard people say that the problem with Chihuahuas is that “they think they’re Rottweilers.”
That’s probably true. These little dogs are actually larger than life, and they have no idea how small they are. They’ll bond hard and fast to their humans, and they can be very protective.
You might think of these little “wiener dogs” as lap animals, but the fact is that they’re very feisty. They love to cuddle, but their original purpose was to hunt small game. The aggression that was needed for that still spills over into to today’s Dox.
This can translate into stubbornness, and you might have your hands full with this little dog.
9. English Bulldog
Most of us think of English Bulldogs as being strong and independent, and that’s true to some extent. They can also, though, be among the most clingy dog breeds.
This breed descended from fighting dogs, but today’s English Bulldog doesn’t resemble his ancestor in any significant way. In fact, it would be hard to find a dog with a better disposition.
His bloody past is long gone, and today’s English Bulldog is just a sweet boy. All he wants is hugs and snuggles.
10. English Mastiff
Here is another breed that was used for pit fighting. In fact, it’s probably the oldest breed that was used for the purpose.
English Mastiffs typically weigh in at a minimum of 200 pounds. Despite their size, though, they’re incredibly gentle. They love kids, but sometimes might knock them over due to their huge size. They’ll be sorry afterward, though, and most of the time, the kids will forgive them!
This breed is strong but sweet, calm and quiet, and will capture your heart in no time at all.
11. English Toy Spaniel
This is a typically quiet dog that is usually best suited to a single owner. He can be a family dog, but prefers one owner.
That owner will be showered with affection.
This dog is sweet and gentle, and a wonderful companion. If you’re not one for big breeds, the English Toy Spaniel could be perfect for you.
12. Great Dane
This noble, big dog can stand as tall as three feet. Don’t’ let his size fool you, though – he’s a gentle giant.
The Dane is affectionate and sweet, and exceptionally kind.
Danes love to play with kids, and they’re very protective of their family. They’re not overly barky, but if they think that someone in their family is being threatened, they will speak up.
The Greyhound is a very old breed that has lately found his place as a family dog. They’re very affectionate and loyal.
14. Labrador Retriever
This is a very popular dog – in fact, pretty much everyone has a Lab or knows someone who has a Lab. Labs are known to be wonderful companions.
Mostly, Labs just like to cuddle.
These dogs are dependable, loyal and good-natured. They’re great family pets that bond hard and fast to their humans.
Because of their size, though, Newfs might not be the best choice for kids – they could knock them over. If you have older kids, though, then the Newf could be a great choice.
The Papillon is such a pretty dog – with its lovely butterfly ears and sweet face, how could you even think of a better dog?
The Papillon has a lovely temperament, too, being very affectionate as well as being curious and playful.
17. Rat Terrier
One thing about a Rat Terrier is that he’s never going to bore you. These dogs are so funny and energetic, and beyond mischievous. They’re also incredibly devoted to their people. Your Ratty will always want to hang out with you, and in fact, he’ll be very unhappy if he doesn’t get to be a part of your family.
Rat Terriers are also highly intelligent, and will pick up easily on your mood – if you’re not happy, your Ratty won’t be happy either.
The Final Word
So, there you are. Clingy dog breeds. Most of them are just like any other dog – very bonded to their owners. Not clingy dog breeds, just loyal dog breeds.
I don’t think there’s really such a thing as a “clingy” dog breed. Some just bond really close to their humans, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What do you think? Are there dog breeds that are “clingy”? Is your dog “clingy?” Leave a comment.