While we're all convinced that our pups-5 or 75 pounds-make the perfect lap warmers, some breeds are built for human companionship. We've asked Wayne Ferguson, president of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and past president of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, to share his pint-sized picks for the best lap dogs. "They've all been around for centuries and are bred for only one purpose: to be companions for their humans," he said. "They're affectionate, calm, happy, and gentle and, above all, they want to please. Perfect ingredients for a laid-back lap dog."
A lovable, pleasing breed, Cocker Spaniels enjoy playing games and spending as much time as possible with their families. Commonly seen in buff, liver, white and black and white colors, some also have "freckles" of color on their faces. Because of its propensity for obesity, Cocker Spaniels should get plenty of daily exercise.
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