Dogs can be very unpredictable at times, but they really are too darn cute. After a long day at work, many pet owners want to come home and get some of those precious dog snuggles from their four legged friend. The problem is, some dogs love to snuggle and others don’t. If your dog isn’t a snuggler, then you might find yourself wondering why. Let’s take a closer look at why some dogs snuggle and others don’t.
Why Do Dogs Snuggle?
First, we need to take a look at why dogs cuddle. You might be coming home from a hard day at work, and you sit down on the couch and your furry friend meets you immediately for snuggles. The reason is usually because dogs crave attention and affection. Snuggling is instinctive to them, because of their history of traveling in packs. They like closeness for warmth, love and affection. This is the same reason why they love to snuggle with us humans. While they may snuggle up at the most inopportune time, just remember that they love and trust you- and they just want your attention!
Some dogs may snuggle up more as a protective measure. If you seem injured or ill, they may snuggle up to provide you closeness and affection. They can sense when something is wrong. It may not even be something physical, but rather emotional pain, and they will be by your side in a moment’s notice! The more positive reinforcement you give to your pup when they snuggle up to you, the more often they are going to do it. While some of it is instinctive, some of it is also learned behavior.
Why Doesn’t My Dog Like to Cuddle?
If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a dog that loves snuggles and can’t for the life of you figure out why, this is for you. The truth is, many dogs just don’t like to cuddle up. Sometimes this is just due to their instinctive nature, while other times it may be a sign of an unhealthy relationship between you and your dog. If you don’t welcome your dog’s snuggles early on, then they are likely to stop trying at some point. You can’t make them feel like it is something that is unwanted, and only expect them to do it when you are ready for them to come snuggle up to you. It doesn’t work that way.
Dog Breeds that Love Snuggling the Most
Now that know more about why some dogs prefer to snuggle up and others don’t really like it, let’s take a look at the breeds that are really into the snuggling! If you are looking for a pup that will enjoy snuggling, you definitely want to consider one on this list. Here are ten of the breeds that will snuggle at any chance they get:
- Skye Terrier
- Tibetan Spaniel
- Basset Hound
- Great Dane
- Chinese Crested
- English Mastiff
Is your dog on the list? This by no means includes every dog breed that likes to snuggle, but these definitely love it the most. Does your dog love snuggles? Comment below and let us know! Be sure to tell us their name, age and breed! We love to hear stories about dogs and their funny snuggle quirks.