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.

HELP! My Dog Hates Snuggles

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
  • Bassett 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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I've been a dog lover since the day I was born but it's the current four legged love of my life, Phoebe who inspired me to create the Munch.Zone.

We moved together from Israel to New York in 2013, love hiking together, and never pass up a trip to the dog park. Watching her over the years sparked so many questions about dog behavior and health needs, and it wasn't always easy to find answers. Thus, the Munch.Zone was born.

On any given day you'll find me watching Netflix originals, eating popcorn, and thinking about how to get into house flipping.

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