What kind of dog do you have? Believe it or not, it turns out that the breed of your furry friend determines just how friendly and affectionate it is towards you, according to new research. So, which two breeds took the top spots?
Well, a new study by EUKANUBA says that Staffordshire Bull Terriers and West Highland White Terriers are the most affectionate dogs, so if you’ve got yourself one of the two, you’re in for a lot of love.
Their research found that not only do 39 per cent of Westies and 37 per cent of Staffies share their owners bed, but the former tend to display their love by clearly expressing their enjoyment from a belly rub by their owners, while the latter shows affection through licking, jumping and pawing.
As reported by Good Housekeeping, Karen Wild, dog behaviourist explains this further, saying: ‘Though every dog is different, every single one wants to be loved, and when they are, they will return that love ten-fold. They can show affection in so many more ways than the obvious tail wagging and licking our faces.’
She added: ‘Many dogs tilt their heads when they’re keen and can show their bond with us by resting their head on our knee or seeking us for a sofa snuggle. It’s important to understand how your dog shows affection so you can return it for a loving and happy partnership – there really is no relationship like it!’
Other affectionate dog breeds include Corgis, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Labradors, all of whom are said to enjoy cuddles with their owners.
Top 5 most affectionate dogs
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- West Highland White Terrier
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Additionally, the study also highlighted that dogs tend to respond better to a female voice, with 56 per cent of owners revealing that their dogs prefer the voice of a woman as opposed to a man.