Top 10 Lovable Lap Dogs

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
Lap dogs have a way of making you feel loved, needed… and warm! Snuggle up this these lovable pooches.

The term “lap dog” is often used to describe dogs whose favorite resting place is their owner’s lap. Lap dogs can often be found following closely on their owner’s heels, craving attention and, more often than not, spent curled up on their owner’s lap. If you’re look for a cuddly companion or a snuggle buddy, here are our picks for Top 10 Lovable Lap Dogs.

Cocker Spaniel: One of the most playful and loving breeds you’ll ever encounter is the cocker spaniel. These dogs have medium-length curly coats and plenty of love to give. These lap dogs love to curl up on the couch and they love nothing more than to spend the day in the presence of their human companion. (Photo credit: azgek/

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an easygoing breed that simply loves to spend time with family. Given their friendly disposition, these lap dogs love the quiet life. His temperament makes him a wonderful companion for any kind of person or family – he’ll get along anywhere, as long as there’s an open lap. (Photo credit: Liliya Kulianionak/Shutterstock)

Chihuahua: Though the Chihuahua has a reputation for being a little high-strung, these little dogs form strong bonds with their owners. He tends to be quite protective of his human (and lap), and he’ll want to spend all his time with you. These lap dogs are dedicated to you… and expect you to be just as dedicated to them! (Photo credit: Eric Isselee/Shutterstock)

Pug: A laughable and lovable breed, the pug is known for being a bit of a clown. These dogs love to spend time with family and they are perfectly content to spend most of the day lounging on the couch. When he’s not making you laugh, he’s keeping your lap warm and looking up at you with those irresistible eyes that plead for a butt scratch! (Photo credit: Utekhina Anna/Shutterstock)

Maltese: The Maltese has a soft white coat and big black eyes that are impossible not to love. This little dog is playful and loving by nature, and is ideal for the first-time dog owner. Once play time is over, this pooch will be happy to spend the day snoozing on your lap. (Photo credit: Eric Isselee/Shutterstock)

Toy Poodle: This variety of the poodle was made for lying on your lap. These lap dogs bond tightly with their owners and they get along well with both children and other pets. And if you’re looking for a fellow couch potato who won’t make your sneeze, you’re in luck – the Toy Poodle is hypoallergenic. (Photo credit: Jagodka/

Shih Tzu: One of the oldest breeds in existence, the Shih Tzu is known for its long, flowing coat and for its lovable nature. These dogs get along well with children and other dogs and they love to spend time with their families. Lazy and lovable – two traits that ensure for a great lap dog! (Photo credit: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock)

Papillon: This French breed was bred for the sole purpose of being a companion pet. These small, delicate dogs have long, silky hair and big erect ears. Not only are they friendly and affectionate with their owners, but they are intelligent and easy to train. (Photo credit: Sergey Lavrentev/Shutterstock)

Bichon Frise: The Bichon Frise has a white, curly coat and a friendly nature. These little dogs get along well with both people and other dogs which makes them an excellent family pet, not to mention a great lap dog. Cheerful and friendly, it never takes a Bichon Frise too long to make himself comfortable in any willing lap. (Photo credit: Viorel Sima/Shutterstock)

Brussels Griffon: A frequent companion for Belgian coach drivers in the 1800s, it’s no wonder the Brussels Griffon makes such a wonderful lap dog. This is a wonderful breed for older dog lovers, as the Brussels Griffon loves attention and a comfy lap to curl up in. These furry little lap dogs just want your love and are happiest when spending time with their owners. (Photo credit: Jagodka/Shutterstock)

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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