The Best Breeds for Lap Dogs - Doggy Brace
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We all want a pet who loves to cuddle at the end of the day. With so many dog breeds to choose from, it can seem impossible to know which ones will love snuggling the most! That’s why we at Doggy Brace decided to give the lap doggos a little love today. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of our favorite breeds here at Doggy Brace. With their flowing locks, curly ears, and affectionate eyes, how could they not be? Their personalities are also heavily dependent on yours! That is to say, they’re very good at reading you and taking cues. If you’re having a good day, they’ll be more energetic. And if you’re down, they’ll be more willing to snuggle. 

Plus, they adore children and other animals, so they’re just full of love for everyone! They’re wonderful companions too. 

 The American Kennel Club says they end up anywhere from 13 to 18 pounds, too, so they fit on most laps easily. 

Plus, while they’re mainly lap dogs, they’re not opposed to a little horsing around or playing in the backyard. They’re the best of both worlds.


Pugs are small sausages that are so full of excitement and love that they’re nearly bursting from it — thankfully, they have a lot of wrinkles to hold it all in! While they’re happy to greet you at the door, Pugs are even happier to snuggle up with you on the couch and bed. Just beware of their snoring! 

Pugs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but no one can deny how much love they have to give. They’re a short-nose breed, meaning they’re more suited for napping and cuddles than running around. They do love to play, just in short bursts. 

Italian Greyhound

I know what you’re thinking. A racing dog? How could they be snuggly? Well, these aren’t the Greyhounds you’re thinking of (though those are known to be huge couch potatoes too!). Italian Greyhounds are 8-14 pounds with a playful and alert instinct. However, that’s not every day of the week. 

While it’s true that Greyhounds of all sizes love to be active, they also love their downtime. They’ll be your perfect snuggle buddy at night or for movies. 

Notably, retired Greyhounds (the 60+ pound variety) are wonderful couch potatoes too! They lived out their racing days and now just want to snuggle and snooze. Those that never saw the racetrack are often the same way! They do require a significant amount of exercise compared to their miniature counterpart, though. 

French Bulldog

In general, short-nosed dogs are going to be happier to snuggle than to run. That could be why French Bulldogs are the fourth most popular breed in America! That, and they’re affectionate, adorable, and larger than your average “small” dog. They’re normally around 25-30 pounds. 

Frenchies are playful, smart, and adaptable. They’re also normally very quiet too! They’re just all around a great dog for most lifestyles. Because of their smushed face though, they’re not really adept at marathons or hikes. You’ll want to let them run around for short bursts and then make sure your lap is clear afterwards. They’ll want a well deserved cuddle! 

Cocker Spaniel

A lovable, pleasing breed, Cocker Spaniels enjoy playing games and spending as much time as possible with their families. They’re just happy and gentle dogs who love attention. Like the Frenchie, they’re a bit bigger too, sitting around 25 pounds on average. 

Cockers are eager playmates for kids and are easily trained as companions and athletes. They are big enough to be sporty, but compact enough to be portable. They also have a lush coat that is great for petting, grooming, or if you don’t want that, they look cute trimmed up too! 

These energetic sporting dogs love playtime and brisk walks. But when it’s time for snuggles, they put their whole heart into it too. 

Irish WolfHounds

The tallest dog breed in the world being a lap dog?! We’re not crazy! All dogs deserve snuggles on laps, no matter their size. An Irish Wolfhound is no exception. A male might stand nearly 3 feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. Females are a little smaller, but are still big! 

You may know these dignified dogs as elegant, calm, and speedy, but they’re so much more. Also known as a sighthouse, they’re known for their speed outside, and their record-setting nap time inside. They’re goofy, full of fun, and put their heart into everything — including naps and cuddles! They often forget how big they are, so they love to be close (and on top) of their owners when it’s time to relax. 

They’re not the softest dog on this list, but they make up for that with their size. They won’t just be a lap down, they’ll be a true snuggler! They’re also incredibly patient, so other animals or children shouldn’t be a problem. Just be ready for laughs when they forget how big they are!