A clingy German Shepherd laying on its owner’s lap

A clingy German Shepherd laying on its owner's lap (Photo by AnnaStills on Shutterstock)

The term “Velcro Dog” has come to mean any breed that sticks to their owner like glue. Some folks don’t like the idea of a pet that won’t respect their personal space. Others, however, may absolutely crave the 24/7 adoration they can get from a clingy dog. These adorable canines want nothing more than to be with their favorite person. That’s why StudyFinds has compiled a list of the most clingy dog breeds that will steal your heart.

Clingy breeds may not like to sleep away from their owners, and it could be challenging to prevent them from sleeping in the bed along with their humans. This can be especially difficult for dogs that have already become accustomed to this. For dog owners who still want to share a bedroom with their best friend, there are safe steps you can take to make this happen. First, purchase a comfortable bed. Place it right next to your bed to lessen the shock of change. Make the change slowly to ensure a smooth transition. This helps create a comforting routine for yourself and your dog.

The cuddly pooches we know and love came from wolves that fended for themselves in the rough wilderness. Since then, our housebroken pups have come a long way from the time of their untamed ancestors. However, that also means plenty of our furry friends are pretty spoiled today! According to a recent survey, two in three dog owners claim their dogs “could never survive in the wild” without them. That is especially true for the dogs on our list.

Knowing that a breed is clingy by nature can be a big help when selecting a pet. We looked through reviews from 10 experts to learn about the most clingy dog breeds that came up most. For people that enjoy having a constant companion, these clingy canines could be a great fit. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

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The Most Clingy Dog Breeds, According to Canine Specialists

1. Vizsla

Vizsla
Vizsla (Photo by Cole Wyland on Unsplash)

It is rare to find a dog that is overwhelmingly regarded as the number one in a given category. The Vizsla is one such dog, as they are considered the ultimate “Velcro Dog” by experts. This Hungarian breed was originally bred for falconry, so it enjoys active lifestyles. These dogs also like being attached to their owner’s hip. Wag! raves, “The Vizsla is your wingman for hiking, swimming and hunting, and will be your loyal cuddle buddy too.”

The Vizsla breed only wants to hang out with their owners constantly. “It is their natural instinct to stay close to their owners because, during the hunt, wandering away could be deadly,” writes Animal Kingdom.

Vizslas might seem like they wouldn’t be needy because of their athletic builds and serious expressions, but as Great Pet Care points out, looks can be deceiving. “[T]he hunting breed is widely recognized to be among the most dependent on human companionship and should not regularly be left alone.”

2. Labrador Retriever

Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Chocolate Labrador Retriever (Photo by James Barker on Unsplash

One of America’s favorite dog breeds can be emotionally needy. It may come as a surprise to some that Labrador Retrievers actively dislike being apart from their family. Always Pets says, “There’s so much going on in those eyes, so be kind, and you will have the most loyal friend in the world who’s ready for any adventure or even just a lazy day around the house.”

Even though Labrador Retrievers love to constantly be around their owners, they can easily be stressed out from time apart. “The negative part of this is that the world’s most popular dog is also one of the most likely to suffer from separation anxiety,” writes The Scotsman.

Since Labrador Retrievers are very clingy, they can get mopey if no one is paying attention to them. “Labs usually love being at your side, and don’t be surprised if yours tries to squeeze onto your lap despite her large frame,” explains K9 of Mine.

3. French Bulldog

French Bulldog
French Bulldog (Photo by Angelos Michalopoulos on Unsplash)

Frenchies are internet famous thanks to their Instagrammable looks. These petite love muffins also require near-constant companionship. French Bulldogs can have a stubborn streak and larger-than-life personality.

Puppy In Training notes, “Frenchies don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time and some even develop separation anxiety.”

French Bulldogs have an ulterior motive always wanting to go out with their owners. They love to leave the house to see their fans! “These short, wrinkly pups are one of the most popular breeds, and it’s no surprise why,” writes iHeartDogs.

The French Bulldog’s relaxed temperament makes this breed an attractive option. They don’t bark much and are usually very playful. “So, you shouldn’t have to worry about your French Bulldog complaining when you can’t give them attention,” says Love Your Dog.

4. Great Dane

Great Dane hugging its owner
Great Dane hugging its owner (Photo by Ben Griffiths)

Scooby-Doo and Marmaduke may be fictional characters, but they are based on some of the Great Dane’s most well-known traits. Loving snacks and getting into mischief seems to hold true for the big dogs. PetGuide.com explains, “If the thought of a 100-plus pound Great Dane trying to curl up on your lap has you rethinking your decision to adopt this breed, be aware that a side-by-side snuggle on the sofa is probably sufficient to keep this gentle giant happy.”

Owning a Great Dane is like having a large, dark shadow following you along. “Not only do they tower over a lot of other dogs, but when they stand on their hind legs, your Great Dane may even be taller than you,” says Love Your Dog.

Great Danes are gentle giants who love attention and love going for car rides. “Despite regularly weighing over 100 pounds, these canines are often lazy and prefer lounging around beside their humans as much as possible,” writes iHeartDogs.

5. German Shepherd

A woman petting a German Shepherd
A woman petting a German Shepherd (Photo by Sonsedska Yuliia on Shutterstock)

German Shepherds have a reputation as strong guards and law enforcement animals. They also bond closely with their handlers and prefer to always have a human on-hand. Wag! writes, “Many people think of German Shepherds as guard dogs, but the reason they are good at guarding is because they love their human so much.”

Despite their size, German Shepherds crave love and attention from their owners. “This lovely dog breed is super loyal, and this is one reason why they always like to be near their owners,” says Animal Kingdom.

Even though German Shepherds can be clingy, they’re not traditional lap dogs. They were originally bred for herding and are fantastic working dogs, but can become needy if they’re not challenged. “The German Shepherd is surprisingly clingy, and in modern society can develop severe separation anxiety if not properly trained and socialized,” explains Great Pet Care.

6. Border Collie

Brown and white Border Collie
Brown and white Border Collie (Photo by Pauline Loroy on Unsplash)

Border Collies are uncommonly smart dogs who crave stimulation and companionship. Border Collies also need a lot of attention and need to participate in many activities. “Border Collies are exceptional dogs — sometimes a bit too exceptional for the less-enthusiastic human companion,” according to Always Pets.

Even though Border Collies are known for being “Velcro Dogs,” they are a very unique type. Love Your Dog says they are super close with their humans, but don’t need to be by your side at all times, like other dogs on this list.

Border Collies, the world’s smartest dog, are best for families who have plenty of time to devote everyday interaction. “Think of a household where someone is almost always home or coming in and out, and that’s her ideal setup,” explains K9 of Mine.

7. Maltese

Maltese
Maltese (Photo by Tali Despins on Unsplash)

Maltese dogs are compact and clean dogs. These sensitive and playful pups prefer to spend their days at the foot of their owner, looking for attention. Always Pets says they live long as well, so you will have these pooches by your side for longer than the average dog. Talk about a lot of cuddling!

Maltese pups are fans of sitting on laps, no matter who it is. They also love to socialize and make new friends. One might ask, then, why are they clingy if they constantly interact with others? Pet Guide has the answer. “Because these people-pleasing pooches absolutely adore their humans and crave non-stop interaction.”

Maltese pups being lap dogs goes back hundreds of years. During the time of the Roman Empire, aristocratic women would bring Maltese dogs along with them, making them a symbol of loyalty. “Besides their clingy nature, Maltese dogs are also famous for their eye-catching, silky coats and puppy-dog eyes,” writes Love Your Dog.

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144 Comments

  1. Phoenix says:

    Tammy I agree. My dogs have always been clingy, regardless of breed. Now I just have a cat and he sleeps in my arms ands follows me everywhere

  2. Sarah M. Piscitelli says:

    I think the Labrador should be #1. Mine is definitely a stage 5 clinger.

    1. Amy says:

      My Lab and my Shepherd are both Stage 5 clingers. LOL

  3. Jim Cummins Jr says:

    I agree with Tammy. It has as much to do with owner.

  4. Denise says:

    Staffordshire bull terrier (nanny dog) is also very clingy. He follows me everywhere, sleeps with me, loves to cuddle and sit on my lap or beside you. He also loves car rides. Company is always very welcome!!! They are very loving with children and like to play when offered. All round companion.

    1. Samantha Hines says:

      Mine is clingy as well . follows me everywhere! However she sleeps in her crate.

  5. Valerie Nathanson says:

    I have a chi-cocker and she is my little tag along. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing, she’s there☺️❤️I never had a dog that was so attentive.

  6. Angela says:

    Definitely 100% Dobermans!! I have one, 7 years old, that is always , I mean ALWAYS next to me. He is my 24/7 companion and security dog. I love him!

    1. Lorraine Robinson says:

      I’m surprised Dobermans were not on the list.
      Oh my gosh! Consider your privacy gone!

  7. Leona J Hollowell Bozeman says:

    My Rhodesian Ridge Back, needs to be on this list. She’s taken the place of my shadow. At night I have to put her in her kennel, in order for me to get a comfortable sleep. In the day,when she isn’t out doors she Lay’s on my feet or tries to get lap.

    1. Kathy says:

      We have a 5 year old Ridgeback and I totally agree. She thinks that my half of the bed is hers.

    2. Shi says:

      Mine same way haha …

  8. Jim says:

    I really believe Giant Schnauzer should be put on this list,after all they’re called velcro dogs. Mine never leaves my side when I’m in the kitchen she leans up against me when I’m outside talking to someone she leans up against me, have a hard time detaching her lol

    1. Patty says:

      Agreed! I can’t even move anywhere without my giant stuck to me. I have owned other dogs and never had one stuck to me like my Giant Scnauzner is. I can’t believe they didn’t make the list!

  9. John says:

    What no Golden Retrievers???

  10. Bianca says:

    All the American Cocker Spaniel I have had have been the clingiest ever. My current girl sits or lays on my feet while I sit somewhere in the house or on top of my flip flops to make sure she knows if I move lol

    1. Sandra Young says:

      Why no poodles

  11. NICHOLE ESCOBAR says:

    I’ve lost my shadow Rhodesian Ridgeback and can’t go on without her. I have separation anxiety and so much more. My Ellie was the one thing in the world I love the most.

  12. Sat says:

    Definitely Dobermans. They belong at the top of the list.

  13. ValerieJ says:

    Yorkiepoo most definitely should be on this list. Mine is always by me. Even when I sleep he sleeps! Makes me feel special.

  14. Sheri says:

    Australian Cattle dogs (aka blue heelers/red heelers) are extreme velcro dogs. You’ll never go to the bathroom alone if you own a cattle dog

  15. Mindy says:

    Ya’ll left out a beagle amd most of all the Bassett hound

  16. Krista Wainwright says:

    They got this right. Vizsla’s are bred to be “Velcro dogs” and stay by an owners side. They follow you from room to room. Best dogs ever and highly intelligent. For us, it will be Vizsla’s forever.

  17. Frisco Ginger says:

    I have a miniature pinscher currently and he will not leave my side. He even tried to come in the shower with me. He is also my alarm clock, if i try to sleep later than he thinks i should be will wiggle up under my neck and slowly push me up till i have no choice but to get up cuz he just won’t stop. I love my fuzzy lil guy. Before him i had a border Collie/German spitz mix who was also my shadow. I got her at 7 weeks old and named her Raven, she was such my shadow that i changed her name to Raven Shadow. Dogs are absolutely amazing and i prefer their company to a humans any day.

  18. Ravenna L Brown says:

    Lol 😆😂 I am very shocked 😳 That my Bernedoddles male and female is not number 1 or even considered. It’s like truly raising more children. Very protective, And extremely loving, Yet, Very stubborn and my female when she doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone, Especially sleeping, Shell definitely let you acknowledge that lol 😆. Stay Blessed and safe and productive In Jesus Christ Name Amen 🙏🙌💖

  19. Cheryl says:

    My Chihuahua is always by my side

  20. Laura Switzer says:

    Let’s just agree any breed can be clingy. I have a teacup chi that is so clingy I can’t even go to the bathroom alone.