Why are some dogs more cuddly than others? Here’s What to Do Next

If you are looking for a dog that is more naturally inclined to cuddling then you might want to check out these lists of the most and least affectionate breeds. Just remember though that even if your dog is an affectionate breed it may not be that your dog loves to cuddle and vice versa. Every dog is an individual with different experiences and preferences just like humans.

Perhaps one of the most obvious reasons some dogs like cuddles is that it is a protective measure. For instance, if you have the flu or a bad cold your dog might cuddle with you to show affection and support. Dogs have a very keen intuition that they have developed over the thousands of years that they have been man’s best friend.

Another reason that some dogs like to cuddle is that it might be a part of your dog’s DNA. If you have a breed or a mix of breeds that come from cold weather climates like a Husky then they are more likely to enjoy cuddling. This is because cuddling is a fantastic technique for cold weather survival and this behavior can still crop up in modern dogs who historically come from these more harsh environments.

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Have you ever wondered why some dogs are cuddlers and others are not? Well, this is something I have been thinking about a lot recently with our latest adoption from the Marin Humane Society, Sherlock (see our previous post about this). Sherlock, unlike her older brother Watson is much more of a cuddle bug and absolutely loves sleeping and napping in our laps or right next to our faces in bed. It is interesting to see the juxtaposition between the two when it comes to their morning naps. And as I am sure you are aware, all dogs, just like people, have very different personalities, interests, and preferences. Here is just a little bit about why some dogs like to cuddle while others do not.

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Chances are, when you first adopted your dog, you imagined a future when you and your puppy spent as much time together as possible. Whether chasing balls at the park or cuddling on the couch, you thought youd be best pals. Instead, you find yourself wondering why your dog isnt affectionate toward you and trying to figure out if it is you or your dog that is the problem here.

Arent dogs supposed to be mans best friend? And if so, why doesnt yours seem to want to be very physically close to you?

Your dog might be bored.

Sure, you’ve been nonstop busy, but that doesn’t mean that your dog’s schedule is full. If your dog can’t stop cuddling, it might have something to do with them being bored. “Boredom is another condition in dogs that can make a dog clingy,” says Stewart. “They are vying for your attention and may want to play, snuggle, or go for a walk… anything that will make you focus on them!” You might want to consider setting up some puppy playdates or extra time in the dog park so that your pooch is active and entertained.

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