7 Lap Dog Breeds We Love

If you're looking for a dog who's content to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with you, lounging on the couch, reading a book — well, you'll be doing the reading, and the dog will be doing the lounging — you've come to the right place.

From the Pug to the Shih Tzu, we've rounded up seven affectionate breeds who excel at being lap dogs.

These Dogs Are Content to Cuddle

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The cheerful grin of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is no poker face; these small companion dogs love hanging out with their people, whether that means cuddling on the couch or going for outdoor adventures. The Cavalier is in the Toy group but falls on the larger end of that size scale at 13 to 18 pounds.

Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu

The regal Shih Tzu has been a lap dog since the beginning of his much-celebrated existence, especially as the prized companion of Chinese emperors. He doesn't need a palace to live in, though — these can be great apartment dogs as long as they get their daily exercise.

Italian Greyhound

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Italian Greyhound

The charismatic Italian Greyhound has no idea that she's a tiny dog, weighing only 7 to 15 pounds. Just like her larger sighthound relatives, the IG loves to chase, so don't be surprised if one minute she's snoozing in your lap, and the next she's launching out of it when she sees something moving in the backyard.

Havanese

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Havanese

The Havanese, Cuba's national dog, will be quite content to sit in your lap as you attend to his daily grooming needs. His beautiful coat requires brushing every day and occasionally may need to be professionally groomed. But that's OK with him — if it means getting the love and attention he knows he deserves, he's cool with it!

Pug

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Pug

Ah, the Pug. Is there any dog breed that's more synonymous with affection than this kindhearted, wrinkly-faced canine? We think not. After his easy-to-fulfill requirement of light exercise each day, the Pug will be happy to perform the job he was born to do: sitting in your lap. Just remember, as with all brachycephalic breeds, he's sensitive to heat, so whether exercising or snuggling, make sure to keep him cool.

Maltese

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Maltese

The Maltese is a whole lot of dog packed into a very little frame. Her fluffy white coat may give her a prissy appearance, but don't be fooled — this is a courageous canine with lots of spunk. Originating in the Southern European country of Malta 2,000 years ago, the Maltese quickly became known throughout Europe and Asia for her charm.

French Bulldog dog breed

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French Bulldog

If you're looking for an adaptable dog who's happy to call just about any lap his own, look no further than the French Bulldog. (Make sure that lap is in a room with air conditioning, though, as flat-faced Frenchies are very sensitive to heat.) He's extremely fond of his people, and he's glad to join you in whatever you might be doing!

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