Of course, dogs are affectionate pets by definition, but some dog breeds are particularly needy in affection. While this is often the number one criteria new dog owners seek in a dog, dogs demanding in affection can also become a problem. If isolated too much, these dogs can develop behavior problems, such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, etc. They will accept less easily to be left alone. Demanding dogs fare well in a one-dog-one-owner-relationship and are not recommended for multi-dog-households.

Please note that being very affectionate is not necessarily the same as being loyal. Many working dog breeds are extremely loyal and often have a very close, sometimes exclusive, relationship with their owner. However, they can remain at a distance when needed and can also spend hours on their own. The breeds mentioned on this page are dogs that will follow you as a shadow and suffer when they are not allowed to do so. They will also persistently beg for your attention. Note that some dog trainers, such as Cesar Milan, insist that affection that hasn't been earned and is shared at the wrong time can be detrimental to a dog.

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