The Best Breeds To Adopt If You Want A Lap Dog

Humans should count themselves lucky if they have dogs in their lives. Dogs bring so much joy and are always there for us, regardless of whether we’re having a good or bad day. But if you’re considering adopting a dog (or perhaps a second dog), it’s important to consider which dog breed will fit best into your family.

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but for many people, there’s nothing quite like having a lap dog. If your ideal pet is a cuddly dog who enjoys being scratched behind the ear while you binge watch TV, then a lap dog is exactly what you need in your life. Lap dog breeds help distract you from the difficulties life throws your way in the best way possible.

Best Lap Dog Breeds

Many different dog breeds make an excellent lap dogs, but you’ll want to keep these 7 especially snuggly dog breeds on your radar.

1. Maltese

These little dogs typically weigh in at 7 pounds or under, according to PetMaltese. They are lovable animals. As a bonus, they don’t shed much so they are good when you suffer from allergies.

2. Shih Tzu

Aside from having a name that is great for a joke here and there, this lap dog breed is a fantastic companion and a good family dog. Like the Maltese, the Shih Tzu is a good option for those who have allergies. They can weigh up to 16 pounds, but they are the perfect size for your lap.

3. Pug

These little dogs are the perfect lap dog breed, and many people consider them to be a big dog in a little dog’s body. They enjoy nothing more than cuddling up for a nice nap while you are sitting on the couch.

4. Boston Terrier

As a very devoted dog breed, the Boston terrier makes a great companion and an excellent addition to the family. They are also very smart smart — sometimes, a little too smart.

5. Pekingese

If you are looking for a loyal and lovable dog breed, you don’t need to look further than the Pekingese. This dog breed loves cuddling is also very smart. Not only do these affectionate dogs love curling up on your lap, they also don’t need much exercise.

6. Havenese

When you need a dog that is relatively easy to care for and quite lovable, the Havenese is an excellent lap dog breed to consider. Once you have one of these lovable dogs in your life, you will never be without one again.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Although this dog breed is number seven on the list, they certainly should not be considered the last option. According to the American Kennel Club, this breed may weigh up to 18 pounds but that is 18 pounds of pure love. This dog breed a great mix between a dog that loves sitting on your lap or playing a game of fetch.


Fortunately, your local shelter is crowded with lap dogs who would love nothing more than to cuddle with their new human at home. Please check out your local shelter if you’re considering bringing a dog into your home. Adopt, don’t shop!

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