Why Some Dogs Snuggle and Others Don’t

Why Some Dogs Snuggle and Others Don’t

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.

How to Get Your Dog to Snuggle With You

Are you ready for some puppy love? If so, then you might want to try out a few of these tricks to get your dog to snuggle up with you. Now these aren’t sure-fire techniques that are guaranteed to work, but it will help. Just remember, it is much easier to teach your dog to be cuddly and snuggly when they are a puppy, but you can still try when they are older. Here are a few tips:

  1. Hand feed your dog when you want them to come snuggle with you. You can use a few of their kibbles, or you can just get a few treats. Whoever said that bribing your dog to bed was a bad idea obviously never really owned a dog!
  2. Be playful with your dog. Rub their belly when they are near you. Scratch them behind the ears. Let them know that you are willing to give them attention, and they will be more apt to show you love and affection as well.
  3. Start early on getting your pup to lay with you on the couch, or even sleep in the bed with you. Dogs that sleep in the bed with their humans are usually much more likely to cuddle. In fact, dogs really love to be with their owners. When they lay with you and cuddle, be sure to praise them and let them know that you appreciate it.
  4. Brush and groom your dog to show them affection. The more attention you show your pup, the more likely they will want to be around you. Make sure that you are doing this regularly and they will get used to it, and probably enjoy it even!
  5. Pet them early, and pet them often! Dogs just love it when you pet them! If you are in a petting mood, then they will be in a snuggly mood. This is almost guaranteed!

As you can see, there are quite a few things that you can do to get your dog to enjoy snuggling up you to. Just remember, not all dogs are going to enjoy snuggling and you really can’t force it on them. If they aren’t open to snuggles, give it some time. They may come around. Then again, they may just be a breed of dog that doesn’t really enjoy it.

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
  • Newfoundland
  • Basset Hound
  • Whippet
  • Great Dane
  • Havanese
  • Chinese Crested
  • English Mastiff
  • Greyhound

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.


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8 Responses

  1. 5 month old great dane (possible mix?) Wont snuggle. Will lay by my feet but thats it. When standing wants to lean side of her body against us and our small terrier. Is it her playful chewing wanting to rough house age? Is it we’ve only had her from her siblings 2 weeks? I just lost my rat terrier whom that he was an infant child and needed to be held, hugged, rocked, and swaddled. Curled up next to my chest at night and I’m really really missing all the snuggles. Help.

    1. Mine as well. I have a 1 1 /2 year old Siberian Husky mix, and she will lay at the end of my bed, come behind me when she’s scared, and lay right beneath where I sit on the couch. She even slept where I would sleep normally when I was in the shower! :/ She is very sweet just doesn’t like being held in any situation unless I was carrying her out of danger.

  2. I have a recently adopted 9 yo jack russell. She is the light of my life but no matter what I do she won’t snuggle. I’ll get about five to ten seconds then she’ll jump to the other side of the bed and curl up wagging her tail. I know she’s happy but for the love of puppers is a nice little cuddle session too hard. I think it’s because she’s been bitten a few times before by big dogs.

  3. Yes it is very annoying my cavashon is not cuddly ,will not sit on my lap ,the most I get is a 5min snuggle up to me on the sofa at the end of the day .I make a fuss of her when I get home ,talk to her a lot ,play with her , I don’t leave her a lot anyway maybe 6 -10 hours a week max ,she likes a belly rub or body massage and ear cuddle but once I finish she moves to the other side of the sofa or bed ,I give good eye contact at meal times and during walks too but she is just not into me it seems.To add insult to injury she loves men/boys and will always sit on any male visitors lap for ages too !I live alone and I did get a dog hoping they would be loving and affectionate but she only gives that any males of the species .I have thought of getting another dog noosing a breed that traditionally like cuddles

  4. Just adopted a 16-week-old Havanese-Shih-Tzu mix from a rescue and I am just absolutely thrilled with how snuggly and affectionate he is. I was a little worried about bringing him home because I suspect he and his brothers were turned over to the rescue by an irresponsible breeder. Anyway, we had to have our 12-year-old Shih-Tzu put to sleep 4 months ago and he was such a cuddly sweetheart. My heart is still absolutely broken into pieces with this loss but the new pup must sense how much I need him. He’s the sweetest pup and loves to please his people.

  5. If you’re really looking for a dog that likes to snuggle, it’s a good idea to foster one until you find the right match for you. Fosters are needed badly, especially here in the south, and it would help you get an idea of the dog’s individual personality before you commit. Unfortunately, you can’t just go off breeds.

  6. I am a past and current pit bull owner and will never go back to any other breed. You want to.talk about snuggles ???!!!! My dog will literally snuggle with me ALL DAY if I actually sat down all day !! And the eye contact they make, is unbelievable . When people are over and having THEIR turn to snuggle with him, they always tell me if I’m in the other room talking, that my pit is listening . His ears are going a mile a minute. And when.im in the room , looking at him talking, hes looking at me with his head tilting every so often…like hes thinking “yes lady, I know exactly what you are talking about !!!!!!!”

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