10 Velcro Dog Breeds That Will Never Leave Your Side

Dogs are the definition of loyal, but some breeds take it a step further by never leaving their owner’s side – literally. Some may call these dogs shadows, stalkers, and feel like they are always being watched – and they’re right. These devoted dog breeds have been labeled velcro dogs and are stage-5 clingers, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

These dogs are not satisfied with just a pat on the head, but need to be touching or near their owner at all times. If you are searching for a super affectionate pup that will follow you anywhere, including into the bathroom, check out ten velcro dog breeds below.


1. Labrador Retriever

These dogs are known for their loyalty and easy-going personalities. Always topping the list for most popular dog breed, labs loves people and attention. Since they need to be near humans and enjoy having a “job”, they make great service and therapy dogs.


2. French Bulldog

These wrinkle-faced pups with large ears are adorable but crave attention. They love to snuggle and are the perfect size lap dog, but they want something in return- unwavering attention. If they feel like they are not getting enough, they’re not afraid to demand more.


3. Papillon

This French dog breed with adorable butterfly ears will never leave your side or your lap. They stick to their owners like glue, but no one’s complaining.


4. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are one of America’s favorite breeds due to their exuberant personalities and devotion. These dogs are always right behind or alongside their owners, like a shadow. While their size is not ideal for a lap dog, that doesn’t stop them from trying to crawl into your lap.


5. Chihuahua

Don’t underestimate this small dog breed. They are fiercely devoted to usually one person and will defend them with their lives. Although they are tiny, they’ve larger-than-life personalities.


6. Shetland Sheepdog

This herding breed has a need-to-please personality and desire to be near their owners at all times. They’re an active dog that will entertain their person with tricks and excited barks.


7. Pug

Another wrinkled face dog breed that is happiest when cuddling with their special someone. Just like other clingy dogs, they yearn for attention and praise, but who could resist loving on these irresistible pups?!


8. Australian Shepherd

These ultimate velcro dogs will choose their owners over anything. Bred to herd and carefully watch over animals, it’s no surprise this breed is intensely loyal, and will focus solely on you. However, these are active dogs and need plenty of exercise.


9. Italian Greyhound

Some say this breed is ‘needy’ but others call it devotion. These dogs hate to be away from their owners and will do anything to be near them.


10. Doberman Pinscher

Don’t let their tough look fool you, Dobermans are sensitive dogs that just want to be indoors with their humans. Originally bred as a guard dog, they keep a close eye on their owners but just want to snuggle.


You may be surprised to see just as many large dog breeds as small on the list.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to experience the love and devotion of a velcro dog will say the lack of privacy in the bathroom is totally worth it.

If your dog’s breed didn’t make the list but they literally follow you everywhere you go, then it’s safe to say you are the owner of a velcro dog.

Anyone looking to add a dog to their family, please adopt don’t shop. Countless velcro dogs are patiently waiting in shelters around the country for a forever home and someone to follow around.

Additional Resources

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  • 10 Dog Breeds Commonly Found In Shelters
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    Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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