The Ten Happiest Dog Breeds
Happiness comes in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to dogs, some breeds are just naturally predisposed to exude buckets of boundless joy and exuberance. As winter draws closer we think everyone could do with a little bit more of that doggy joy and love in their lives which is why this week we’re looking at the ten happiest breeds of dog, the ten most loyal breeds of dog – that are likely to stick to you like Velcro - and how to tell if your dog loves you. Let’s face it, for most people it’s a given that our dog loves us, but if you’ve just welcomed a rescue pup into your home – or you suspect that your dog loves one family member or friend more than anyone else - then these insights could help you to understand just what is going on inside your dog’s head when they bounce up and down at the site of that certain someone!
These lists are comprised of pedigree dog breeds as this makes them easier to quantify but if you have a crossbreed then as long as you know what they are crossed with, hopefully they should give you a good indication of what to expect from them, temperament wise.
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Ten dog breeds with a reputation for being the happiest pups around
1. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are consistently ranked as one of the happiest breeds (and one of the most popular pets in the UK too!). Known for their friendly and outgoing nature, Labs are always up for an adventure and will stick close by your side throughout!
2. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are known for their sunny dispositions and wagging tails. Their boundless enthusiasm makes them a joyful addition to any family. They are also a popular choice for crossing to make ‘Golden Doodles’ a very popular breed which also has a very happy outlook on life.
Beagles are full of energy and curiosity, making them naturally happy hounds. Their playful antics are sure to bring a smile to your face. They can be quite a handful for first time pet owners so make sure your energy levels are going to match those of your pup as they are not a good choice for couch potatoes.
Boxers are playful and highly social dogs. Their exuberance is contagious, and they love to make their owners laugh.
5. French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are known for their charming personalities and love of snuggles. Their expressive faces and affectionate nature make them a very popular breed, they enjoy getting out and about and meeting strangers, a good choice if you like to get out an meet people too.
6. Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherds are intelligent and active, thriving when they have a job to do. Their enthusiasm for work and play makes them very enthusiastic and joyful companions.
7. Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels are known for their perpetual puppy-like demeanour. They're always eager to play and love being around their human family. Like Golden Retrievers they are also crossed with Poodles to make the ever popular ‘Cockapoo’ dog, one of the most popular crossbreeds in the UK who are a lovely, happy kind of pooch.
Pugs are famous for their playful and comical personalities. Their wrinkled faces and expressive eyes are sure to lift your spirits.
9. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are cheerful and affectionate dogs. Their playful antics and love for cuddling make them truly delightful companions.
Bulldogs may have a tough exterior, but they're known for their gentle and friendly disposition. Their charming, wrinkled faces are sure to bring a smile to your face and although this can make them appear to look sad, they really are smiling on the inside!
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The ten most loyal dog breeds
Along with having a cheerful disposition, loyalty is a quality many dog owners cherish, and these breeds are renowned for their unwavering dedication to their human companions:
1. Basset Hound
Basset Hounds are known for their loyalty and affectionate nature. Their unique appearance and easy-going personality make them wonderful companions and loyal family dogs. They really love to curl up on the sofa and stick to their owners like glue.
Collies are famous for their loyalty and devotion. They're great family dogs and are always eager to please. They will always have an eye on you to see if you need anything and really devote themselves to their owners.
3. Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdogs, or Shelties, are known for their loyalty and gentle nature. They form strong bonds with their owners and make excellent family dogs.
4. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are renowned for their loyalty and friendly nature. They are one of the most popular family dogs and are incredibly loyal to their owners.
Boxers are not only happy but also incredibly loyal. They'll stick by your side whatever is going on and make great listeners!
Dachshunds may be small, but they have big hearts and are fiercely loyal to their owners.
7. Irish Setter
Irish Setters are known for their loyalty and friendly nature. They are affectionate dogs and form strong bonds with their owners.
8. Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dogs are gentle giants known for their loyalty and loving nature. They are loving and loyal to their families and make excellent companions.
Originally from Hungary, Viszlas make wonderful companions, in fact they are the original ‘velcro dog.’ They love to walk, swim or get outdoors with their owners and at the end a long day will curl up on the sofa with you as well!
They may be the world’s smallest dog, but they’ve got plenty of love to go around! Chihuahas tend to bond with one person over all others and if that’s you they will stick to you like glue and defend you with a fearsome bark whenever they think it may be necessary!
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Signs that your dog loves you
Dogs tend to have a unique way of showing their love and affection. Here are ten heartwarming signs that your dog truly loves you:
- Tail Wagging
A wagging tail is often a sign of happiness and affection. The faster and more vigorously your dog wags its tail, the more they love you.
Dogs love to snuggle with their favourite humans. If your dog seeks out cuddle time, it's a clear sign of their love.
- Eye Contact
When your dog makes prolonged eye contact with you, it's a sign of trust and affection. They see you as the centre of their world.
- Bringing You Gifts
If your dog brings you their toys or other items, it's a way of sharing and showing love. It's their version of gift-giving.
- Following You Around
Dogs that stick to your side like glue are demonstrating their attachment and love. They want to be wherever you are, even if you're only nipping to the loo!
- Leaning On You
When your dog leans against you, they're seeking comfort and safety. It's a strong sign of affection.
- Licking Your Face
Dogs lick to show affection, as well as to groom and bond with their pack members. If your dog licks your face, it's a sign of love.
- Happy Greeting
A dog that's overjoyed to see you when you return home is clearly expressing their love and excitement. SoMe dogs may also stretch and bow down in front of their owners as a greeting as well as jumping up and wagging their tails.
If your dog is protective of you and your family, it's a clear sign of their love and loyalty.
- Happy Barking
While excessive barking can be annoying, a dog that barks happily when you arrive or when they're excited to play is showing their love and enthusiasm.
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Dogs bring immeasurable happiness and love into our lives. Whether they belong to one of the happiest breeds, are fiercely loyal, or simply exhibit these heartwarming signs of love, our canine companions make life all the brighter. Cherish the bond you share with your pup, and you'll undoubtedly enjoy a lifetime of love and happiness together.