By Jessica Remitz | Pet360.com
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We all know how loveable and family-friendly Golden and Labrador Retrievers are, but what about all of the other wonderfully affectionate breeds out there? We've rounded up some dogs, both big and small, just waiting for a good hug.
1. Bichon Frisé
Known for their cheerful disposition and sweet nature, Bichons have been favored internationally since the 14th century, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Bichons are a happy, clownish breed that loves activity and spending time with people. They're also a non-shedding breed and make an excellent option for allergy sufferers.
Read More: All About the Bischon Frise
Among the most popular breeds according to the AKC, Bulldogs are loveable, gentle dogs known for making wonderful family pets. They're patient and good-natured with children and tend to form strong bonds with family members of all ages.
Read More: All About the English Bulldog
Thanks to the popularity of Lassie, the collie is one of the most well-recognized family dogs in pop culture. Collies are loyal, affectionate and known for being naturally responsive to their owners.
They're devoted family dogs and although they're active, they can be just as happy spending time on the couch with you as they are on a long walk.
Read More: All About the Collie
Though they're small dogs, Pugs are recognized for their outgoing attitudes and playful personalities. They love to be near people and to please their owners, and make excellent family dogs because of it. They're also even tempered and only need minimal exercise, which makes them well suited for apartment living.
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A medium-sized dog known for hunting, Vizsla's are known for their above-average ability to take to both training and affection from their humans, according to the AKC. If provided with ample amount of daily exercise, the Vizsla can do well in a family environment with children.
6. Irish Setter
Another very active breed, Irish Setters are high energy sporting dogs that make excellent companion animals. Their outgoing, clown-like and stable personalities make them a favorite but their long, glossy coats, however, do require regular grooming to prevent mats.
Read More: All About the Irish Setter
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
These sweet, gentle dogs have almost always been bred as companion animals. Because Cavaliers are so small, they're easily able to adapt to city and living and are also revered for their trainability and trustworthiness with children.
8. Shelter Dog
The possibilities are endless when you choose a shelter dog. One thing is for certain, though. If you adopt a dog and treat her well, she will love you more than you could possibly imagine. So get ready for the kisses!
Did we forget any affectionate dog breeds? Feel free to comment and add to the list below.