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39 Best Lap Dog Breeds: Ultimate List Of Ultimate Cuddlers

39 Best Lap Dog Breeds: Ultimate List Of Ultimate Cuddlers

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‘Lap dog’ means just that – a dog made to sit on your lap and provide you with soft, warm, and fluffy company. And, there is no other job or duty that this dog has to do. It is not a breed, but a lot of breeds that are suitable for such a task.

To get on the list of the best lap dog breeds, a dog has to be small for the first instance because how would he otherwise fit on a lap? Then, he has to have a nice temperament, so he won’t bite his owner.

He also has to know how to comfort and cuddle, and he has to be cute. Many lap dogs are within the toy breed group, and you can find them among the breeds that are accepted by the American Kennel Club.

Their popularity is not recent. These dogs were beloved on the European royal and less royal courts. And, they were the favorite companions of many queens, princesses, and dutchess back then.

Here is the list of the best lap dog breeds I could find. Now, come with me… we have to pet them all!

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy sitting in grass

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is what I think of when someone says lap dog. They are the prototype of one, and they truly are royal.

These dogs got their royal title because they actually were lap dogs of the dutchess of the Marlborough while she was waiting for her beloved husband to come back from the battlefield.

These adorable dogs were her only comfort during those hard times. One of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel colors – Blenheim, is named after the Duke of Marlborough.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are indeed small dogs, and therefore, they are considered toy breeds. But, there is an even smaller version – the Teacup Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

The lifespan of these Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is under question because they are more prone to diseases and genetic issues.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

2. Shih Tzu

black and white Shih Tzu looking at camera

‘Shih Tzu’s name means little lion, and there is a story hiding behind this name. Shih Tzus, as the story says, saved Buddha from robbers on one occasion by transforming into a lion.

I bet that he started off as a lap dog exactly in Buddha’s lap.

In order to prolong a Shih Tzu’s lifespan, feed your dog with the best food. Quantity is also important, and you can check how much you should feed him in this Shih Tzu feeding chart, so it can grow happily, of course.

Do not worry – your cute little pup will stay little even as an adult. You can check this in the Shih Tzu growth chart. There will be plenty of time to snuggle.

There is even a smaller version called the Imperial Teacup Shih Tzu. I know that Shih Tzus are low-shedding and hypoallergenic, but make sure you bathe it regularly in order to keep your Shih Tzu hairstyles sharplooking.

Besides great food, in order to cuddle with your Shih Tzu as long as possible, one must take care to choose the right Shih Tzu breeder.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

3. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise standing outside on grass

‘Bichon’ means little dog, and ‘frise’ means curly. And, that is exactly what you imagine when someone says the name of this breed. The Bichon Frise comes in all shades of white, but there are a few more Bichon colors.

You can pick a male or a female Bichon Frise. Or, you can even choose some of the Bichon Frise mixes. Whichever you choose, you will do no wrong because they are all great lap dogs.

This dog has a French name, but it is of Spanish origin. Both countries had strong royal houses, and it was royalty once again that popularized this breed as a court companion dog.

And, we can’t blame them – these toy dogs are almost irresistible.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

4. Havanese

Black & Tan Havanese

This supercute watchdog is the perfect family pet. It is a popular choice of many dog lovers out there, no matter if it is a female or a male Havanese.

They are almost the perfect lap dog because there are a few more traits to them except for just being cute. Havanese are hypoallergenic, which makes them perfect family dogs where there is someone with allergies.

This pooch is the kind of dog that needs fine Havanese haircuts to stay sassy. That means regular grooming, too. Make sure you get the best brushes for your furry friend to keep his silky coat at point.

Your sweetheart from Cuba will not grow big (you can check this in the Havanese growth chart), but still make sure you feed him with the best food to prolong his health, and at the same time, prolong the Havanese lifespan.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

5. Maltese

Maltese puppy sitting on carpet

There is no way we could not include an aristocrat Maltese on the list of the best lap dog breeds. This dog has had his status for a long time because this popular dog breed has existed for a long time.

This royal lap dog has some spicy numbers behind him, meaning the Maltese cost as royal as he is. Make sure to choose your male or female Maltese  from a reputable breeder.

This low-maintenance dog comes to you with a beautiful white coat that is low-shedding, but also needs the best brush to remain pretty. Maltese colors are… well, typical, to be honest, but that does not take away anything. It is one gorgeous white dog.

To keep your royal lap dog strong and healthy, make sure you give him the best quality food adjusted to keep him living long and beautifully.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

6. Pug

cute pug looking at camera

Remember those dogs from the commercials that were advertising serums against wrinkles? Well, those are our little friends here. These dogs are well known because of their smushed face. They need some extra skin care because of their skin problems.

It would be wise to get the best brushes and shampoos for a Pug in order to keep his Pug colors shiny and on point. Since health comes from the inside, it is of great importance to provide your dog with the best Pug food out there.

The Pug is the ultimate lap dog, and this happy pooch will become your best friend in no time. Make sure you choose the best Pug breeders to purchase from because a Pug cost is not low. That will give you plenty of playtime with your cute dog. Get a few toys for your Pug immediately.

Even though Pugs are considered as cute and feisty dogs, and they definitely are among the best lap dog breeds, maybe you should get a quality collar and the best harness to keep him on guard. There are some people who are equally afraid of both large dogs and small ones.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

7. Chihuahua

happy Chihuahua looking in camera

Do you know how big a Chihuahua can get? Well, not very big – it is one of the small dog breeds. I think it is considered the smallest, actually, which makes it perfect as a lap dog. Yes, I know it has the reputation of a dog with an attitude, but a Chihuahua is a softie when it comes to its favorite human. It is strangers that it does not prefer.

But, there is an even smaller dog than a regular Chihuahua, and it is a Teacup Chihuahua. It is a dog that is prone to a lot of genetic issues, so it is utterly important to get it from a responsible breeder. Chihuahuas cost a bit, so that is another reason.

This dog has a reputation, and many wonder why Chihuahuas are so aggressive? However, it has fairly good health, and a respectable lifespan. But, there are a few issues it could encounter. Some Chihuahuas can even get fat.

But, all in all, no one can deny that this popular dog is so cute. I do not know if that is because of their personality or their smallness or just because they are so fluffy.

To keep them so cute and fluffy, it is important to take care of their double coat. Chihuahua shedding can be a problem if there is an irregular grooming schedule.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

8. Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

Besides being on this list of the best lap dog breeds, you will find this dog on the list of best spotted dog breeds, too. These interesting looking dogs are perfect companions for an afternoon siesta.

They are native Mexicans, and therefore, they like to get some rest during the hot hours of the day. Even though they have all the abilities, and they are agile, you won’t see them jumping around unless it is necessary. They are more of a couch potatoes.

This is perfect if you prefer a dog for non stop cuddling. Being a toy breed with a silky coat or without a coat makes it perfect for that role.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

9. French Bulldog

cute bulldog sitting outside

Well, this is not much of your common bulldog – this French version can sometimes get aggressive, but only when there are other dogs or small animals around. But, this does not mean they are not well suited for our best lap dog breeds list.

These dogs make perfect lap dogs for a few reasons. French Bulldogs are hypoallergenic, there is even a fluffy Frenchie, and even the Frenchie mixes are equally adorable.

But, it is a pricey dog. A French Bulldog’s cost is pretty high, so make sure you get one from a reputable Frenchie breeder. And, when you do, feed your Frenchie with fine food to prolong his life.

No matter if you have a male or a female French Bulldog, get the best collar and keep him on a leash because he has a drive for small animals. And, get him a fine brush that will help you keep his coat on point.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

10. Pekingese


Besides being among the best lap dog breeds, you will find this cute to be among the best medium energy dog breeds, too. The first thing you notice about this sophisticated dog of Chinese royalty is that he is utterly cute.

A friend of mine has this dog, and it is named “Flippy”. It is very old now. I believe he is like a hundred years old when you translate it into human years. It is the most endearing creature once you get to know him.

He is not actually very friendly with strangers, which makes him perfect as a watchdog. They have an aristocratic attitude, and this is no surprise because this breed is used to palaces and royal treatment.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

11. Dachshund

brown Dachshund in nature

Oh, isn’t it the most adorable pup ever? It is the cutest and funniest looking dog breed ever. Even Dachshund mixes are equally adorable, and they come in many colors. Do you wonder how it is to live with a Dachshund? I bet it is a delight no matter if it is a male or a female Dachshund.

There are a few undesirable traits like a Dachshund’s barking, and the fact that they can be a bit aggressive, but hey… who doesn’t have some undesirable traits. No one.

It is one fine lap dog. A Dachshund won’t grow very big, which means it will always fit in your lap. Just make sure you get him good Dachshund food, a soft bed, and a lot of fine toys in order to keep him healthy, and to prolong your Dachshund’s lifespan.

There is one common problem that Dachshunds have – sometimes they shake. But, doesn’t that make you want to hug and pet them even more?

Even though they are small dogs, some people can be scared of them – not to mention that they have a high prey drive, so better get the best harness because if some small animal comes around, you will have to chase them both.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

12. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound looking up

It is not all gray in Greyhounds because they can come in a few more Greyhound colors. There are certain differences between the Italian and the regular version. One thing is certain, though, at least when it comes to its coat – the Greyhound doesn’t shed a lot.

Whether you are getting the regular or the Italian version, make sure you get it from a reputable breeder.

The Italian version is the one that is like a shrunken version of the regular Greyhound. And, that makes it perfect for sitting on your lap for endless cuddling.

It is a proud and elegant dog that has many good traits, like alertness and fine manners.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

13. Pomeranian

Pomeranian standing outside

Pomeranian – a name that immediately melts our heart. This is a small dog that won’t grow much, and it will remain equally cute. And, there is no end to surprises. If you think it couldn’t get any smaller, then you are wrong because there is a Teacup Pomeranian.

No matter whether you get a male or a female Pomeranian, make sure you do the right thing. Maybe it is best to save one by adopting it from one of the amazing Pomeranian rescues.

When you get one, it is important to provide him with a good night’s sleep in the best bed for a Pomeranian, and to give him high-quality food.

This beautiful dog is perfectly fluffy for a whole day of cuddling, and he certainly deserves the title of one of the best lap dog breeds.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

14. Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier lying outside

There are two reasons why the Boston Terrier is called this – his impeccable manners, and his tuxedo-looking coat. You can find this small breed in more coat varieties, or, should I say, tuxedos. There is a Boston Terrier “dressed” in a red and blue “suit”. It is too bad that they don’t have a hypoallergenic coat. That would certainly be a plus.

Whether you choose a male or a female Boston Terrier, you can be sure that your Gentleman pup won’t grow much, which is perfect if you are looking for a small dog that can fit in your lap.

And, if you want Boston Terrier variety, there are many Boston Terrier mixes that you can choose from that are equally adorable pups.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

15. Papillon

The Papillon sitting on grass

A list of small, fluffy dog breeds, and a list of the best dog breeds can be made without a Papillon on it. It is a tini-tiny dog breed with an extravagant look.

This dog is called ‘Papillon’ for a reason. This word has a beautiful meaning in French: it is a butterfly. Remember that movie? He is probably called that because of his ears that look like the wings of a fluffy white butterfly.

It has both the face and the body. It is super sweet, and it is sporty. And, it is perfect to put him on your lap and pet him all day. Adorable!

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

16. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are true Terriers – an old-school type with everything that Terriers represent. It is a dog with an attitude, a little bit of a sassy and bossy temperament, and also bravery. Did I mention how small it is?

You know how sometimes small dogs exhibit big-dog behavior. Well, Yorkies are the prototype of that. But, they also show their gentle side, and they can be perfect lap dogs.

They got that role after Queen Victoria noticed this hard-working pup in mills and mines, and offered him a position on her court – a position which the Yorkie gratefully accepted.

Whether you get a male Yorkie or a female, make sure you get one from a reputable breeder. A Yorkie’s cost can be an indicator of quality, along with some other traits.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

17. Bolognese


No, it is not a mistake. We are not talking about Italian dishes here, even though his name suggests so. We are talking about Italian dogs.

This is a fluffy dog that can end up both on the list of the best shaggy dog breeds, and best lap dog breeds. It is a playful breed that likes to rest on your lap, too.

He is an utterly cute dog that comes from the town of Bologna, in Italy, and he will devote his life to you and his whole white fur, too. It is a noble breed, beloved for centuries by the Italian noblemen.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

18. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

When someone says ‘Brussels Griffon’, I instantly think of some mythical, intimidating creature with wings, a robust body, and an ugly head – something you can find in stories from ancient Greece.

But, I could not be more wrong. This breed is everything but intimidating or scary. It is actually scary how cute it is… such an adorable pup. And, small, of course… small enough to fit on your lap and cuddle all day.

When you are in the process of getting a Brussels Griffon, find a reputable breeder first. You do not have to visit Bruxelles, in Belgium, to get one because there are a few fine Brussels Griffon breeders in the USA.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

19. Miniature And Toy Poodles

black toy poodle sitting with gray background

No matter if it is a Standard Poodle we are talking about, or a Miniature or a Toy, when it comes to their haircuts, there is no dog that is more extravagant than a Poodle. There are not many people who will stay immune to Poodle haircuts.

Being so posh and cute, Poodles have all the dispositions to be the best lap dogs out there. And, with Miniature and Toy versions, we have even met the demand for their size.

Poodles are utterly loving creatures that will cuddle with you all day. Just be sure you get your Poodle from a reputable breeder. There are many amazing Miniature Poodle breeders and Toy Poodle breeders out there.

There are so many Poodle colors you can pick from. For me, black Toy Poodles are the most special creatures, and they have one of the best traits. Poodles have a hypoallergenic coat, which means you will not sneeze while having it in your lap.

These Poodles are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

20. Cocker Spaniel

cocker spaniel in blanket

Cocker Spaniels are among my most favorite dogs of all time, and it is no wonder. They are loving and sweet creatures that are equally good at sports and giving cuddles.

Some people have some doubts about getting one. Do Cocker Spaniels shed? Are they hypoallergenic? How much do Cocker Spaniel eat? Are Cocker Spaniels expensive? Do they bark a lot? Are Cocker Spaniels aggressive?

Truth is that Cocker Spaniels are versatile dogs that have many desirable traits that are packed in their cute and furry package. They are always ready to jump on your lap and get some sugar.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

21. Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

Besides the list of the best lap dog breeds, you will also find the Japanese Chin on the list of the best Teacup dog breeds. This means that if you thought this dog can’t get any cuter, you are wrong. There is even a teacup version, which has the same level of cuteness in half the size.

It is the cutest teeny-tiny dog breed that has the attitude of a nobleman. But, it is actually a very nice pooch with the manners of the far East.

I promise you that you will not resist this cute dog once you get the opportunity to hold him.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

22. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer posing for photo

Do not be fooled by their size, Miniature Schnauzers are just as good of watch dogs as their bigger namesakes. And, they have another quality – these dogs are great lap dogs. They can fit in your lap, and they like it there.

Schnauzers are hypoallergenic, which is another awesome trait for a lapdog. Who could resist that mustache on this small, but serious pooch. He looks like a serious old man looking at you, which makes this dog even more adorable.

If you have decided to get a Miniature Schnauzer for yourself, make sure it is from a reputable Miniature Schnauzer breeder because this is the first step toward lifelong happiness.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

23. Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

Did you think that there is only a battle between the English and the American Cocker Spaniel? Now, there is another Spaniel in the game – meet the Tibetan Spaniel!

His name is there for a reason. It is a dog that guarded Tibetan monasteries. And, he had a special role. He guarded them from intruders and ghosts. I bet they were scared to pieces of this little lion-looking pup.

But, I am not scared – I am just amazed at how cute this dog is. It has the most loving eyes and beautiful fur, so you just want to pet it all day. Luckily, it likes humans and wants to make a true connection.

Another interesting fact is that it is not actually a Spaniel – not in the manner of the Cocker Spaniel or the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – he is more like his Far East cousin breeds, such as the Lhasa Apso or the Pug.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

24. Affenpinscher


Photo from: @resilientstripes

His name says it is a “monkey dog”. Maybe he got that name for being so goofy and comedic. Though some say that it looks like some science fiction creatures from Star Wars that are called Evoks.

But, Affenpinschers are not science fiction at all. They are true sweethearts that are brave and courageous as much as goofy. And, he will immediately make friends with anybody.

He has that amazing trait to be liked by anyone he meets. And, he is so small and cute that there is no other option but for him to end up on the list of the small, fluffy dog breeds, and also on the list of best lap dog breeds.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

25. Russian Bolonka

Russian Bolonka

It is the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka that we have here, actually. And, if this is not a lap dog we are talking about here, then I do not know what is.

The name of this dog in the Russian language literally means “colored lap dog”. And, they were bred to be perfect dogs for this cause.

These dogs are super cute. They are small, so they can both fit on your lap and into your apartment. You might think that it can be aggressive since it comes from the rough north, but it does not show signs of it, and above all, it is a smart dog that will love you as much as you love him.

26. Toy Manchester Terrier

Toy Manchester Terrier

Photo from: @nuit_toyman

Here is another dog that can easily end up on both lists. It is a Terrier, so it is a kind of gwatcher and guardian; therefore, he deserves to be on the list of small guard dogs. On the other hand, he is little and cuddly, so he deserves to be on the list of the best lap dog breeds, too.

Of course, he got his name after the beautiful city in England, and he got the English attitude as well.

Just as his bigger namesakes, the toy version is equally good at all activities that these Terriers are specialized in. Besides being athletic, spicy, and smart dogs, this pooch is also loveable and endearing.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

27. Corgi

cute corgi

If you are wondering how big your Corgi will grow, stay still because even as an adult, this dog will still be your fluffy pet, perfectly fitting in your lap.

Make sure to make him happy, too, just as he makes you. An occasional treat for your Corgi or some funny Corgi toy will do the trick. And, do not forget to make him look pretty. All you need is a safe shampoo and a good brush and some grooming tips.

I do not believe there is anybody who could resist the loving eyes of the sweet Corgi or that fluffy fur that comes in a variety of Corgi colors.

I bet you now want one if you don’t already have one. If you have set your mind on getting one, then I suggest you check out some fine Corgi rescues and give a loving, new home to this small and adorable creature.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

28. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

It is another terrier we have here, and it comes right from Scotland. You can call him simply the Westie, and it will suit him well. Such a cute dog deserves an equally cute name.

He looks small, but he is a capable working dog. He has all the Terrier traits you can imagine. He is a smart pooch that is alert and attentive at the same time, and also very trainable.

And, best of all (and the reason why he ended up on the best lap dog breeds list) is that he is a fluffy, cuddling ball of fur.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

29. Lowchen


This is a small dog with a heart of a lion, and that is how he got his name. I mean, he resembles a lion a bit… a little lion, though. And, that is what his name actually means – a little lion.

It is a German breed with a German name, and this breed has been exposing its bravery and smartness for more than 500 years.

It makes the perfect lap dog that is cute and capable. Owners like to make his fur look like a lion’s mane, so that he truly embodies the spirit of the mighty King of the Jungle.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

30. Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Whether you get a male or a female Basset Hound, or the European or American Version of this dog, you will not regret it. These dogs have many positive traits, and the best one is him being so soft and cuddly with those sad but loving eyes.

It is a dog, though, that will shed a lot, and it is best if you get a good harness for your Basset Hound if you want to take him on long walks. Also, make sure to give him the best food in order to prolong your Basset Hound’s lifespan as much as you can. It is your aim to have those cuddles for as long as possible.

If you don’t have this sweetheart already, and you want to get one, think about adopting one from Basset Hound rescues. You will do a good deed indeed.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

31. Jack Russel Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier sitting on grass

There are a lot of Terrier dog breeds out there, and Jack Russells are one of the most prominent among them. If you want a hunter that is small and looks like a toy, then here it is.

It is a breed that was developed for hunting foxes, and it used to be the perfect companion for Englishmen who were into hunting games. And, this dog also likes the game. It is a truly playful dog.

He is also the best companion for cuddling. He is a sweet and loving pooch that will melt your heart. Make sure to treat him well in order to prolong the lifespan of your Jack Russell Terrier for as long as you can. And, if you want your Jack Russell spiced up a bit, then you can choose from many Jack Russell mixes out there.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

32. Xoloitzcuintle


This is a dog that usually ends up on weird dog breeds lists. This is sometimes because of his unusual name, and other times for his unusual appearance.

And, yes… there are places where you can find this dog. There are a few fine breeders of the Xoloitzcuintle, but first, let’s get to know him.

Besides this one-of-a-kind name (it is the only breed that starts with X), this dog is maybe the best among the best lap dog breeds because it is considered to have healing powers.

Aztecs used to think that this dog had the power to cure ill parts of the body by putting him on them. He has a bit of a higher body temperature, which makes him preferred that way.

So, put this dog on your lap and let him heal your soul and heart.

Oh, and one more thing – these cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

33. Coton De Tulear

Coton De Tulear

If you want to get yourself a super cute white dog that is loyal and that gives love in huge amounts, then the Coton De Tulear can be your pick.

It is as soft and cuddly as cotton, and as white as cotton as well. And, do not worry because there are plenty of ideas on how to name a white dog.

One might assume that this dog came down to earth from some cloud in heaven, but it is actually from Madagascar. And, he is running right from that African island to land on your lap to be your faithful companion for life.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

34. Whippet


The Whippet has the nickname of a “Poor Man’s Racehorse”, but I must say that we are lucky to have this breed because it actually makes our lives richer and more colorful.

He is a truly loveable dog that is an old soul, proud and gentle, and a loyal and faithful companion for his human. He is a graceful dog that is both beautiful on the inside and on the outside.

He is also very fond of resting, and a true hedonist, so he is the perfect companion for your relaxing time on the couch. I do not know what you are waiting for. Check out these Whippet breeders.

And, I almost forgot – these cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

35. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

It is unbelievable that this beauty had been hiding in the Himalayan mountains for more than a thousand years. It was a good guardian of Buddhist monasteries and temples, in whom priests put a lot of trust.

It is not a common breed that you can find around every corner, but there are a few respectable breeders in the USA. I bet no one could stay immune to the appearance of this stunner.

But, it is not all about looks with this dog. Lhasa Apso is a comedian that will make your life brighter and more colorful. And, certainly one would like to spend their whole day with this dog in their lap, petting his long, sleek fur.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

36. Beagle


Beagles are small dogs in both varieties. They are dogs that like the company of other dogs preferably of the same breed. They are pack animals whose favorite hobby and occupation is hunting. This means they are of the hound type.

You can see how big he can grow in the Beagle growth chart. Before getting any puppy, it is good to check out prices and dog costs. I certainly recommend this dog just as many Americans do because it is one of the most popular dog breeds in the USA.

Whether you get a male or a female Beagle, treat him well and pet him as much as you can. You want to prolong your Beagle’s lifespan as much as possible.

This dog is equally eager for play and for cuddling because he can be both energetic and calm.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

37. English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel

Photo from: @sandra.dream99

To me, the English Toy Spaniel looks much like the Pekingese, but it has nothing to do with this Chinese dog. Though, they are equally cute.

I mean, look at those cheeks, eyes, ears, and nose. And, oh… those colors. There is so much choice – you can’t decide if this dog has a more beautiful personality or appearance.

This dog has manners. It was raised on English courts, and it was the right hand to the King. You can tell that immediately because this little aristocrat is craving to be pampered.

And, he does his purpose well. He is the perfect lap dog that will sit on you and spend hours just cuddling, and, of course, melting your heart and winning you over with his cute face.

But, underneath all that cuteness is also a capable dog that likes to play.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

38. Miniature American Eskimo

Miniature American Eskimo

Photo from: @chois_photography

Oh, is there anything more fluffy than this white dog? It comes in three size versions, and I can’t decide which one is more appealing. But, here we are talking about the middle one.

This breed is beautiful and smart – all that you want in a dog. The white fur, black eyes, black nose, erect ears, I-want-to-please-my-master looks – everything is here.

And, he is very affectionate toward his family. Not much toward strangers, though. He wants your company all the time, and he is very sad when you are not around. And, if that lonely period lasts a bit longer, then he can develop some unwanted behavior.

So, make sure there is always someone around to pet this dog or take him on a walk.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

39. Schipperke


Photo from: @molly_schipperke

This is a Belgian breed that is a sheepdog as well as a lap dog. They call him the “little captain” back in his homeland. This dog is all black, but it suits him very well.

There is a belief, and some researchers say, that this dog is among the smartest dog breeds. You will not have a boresome time with this happy dog. He is equally as eager to play as he is to cuddle.

These cute dogs are purebred, and are AKC-registered with their own breed standard.

Conclusion Of The Best Lap Dog Breeds

I bet that you recognize many dogs from our best lap dog breeds list. And, they are all super cute. I just can not decide which one is more adorable. What is your pick on this topic?

Some of these dogs are fluffy, some are hairless, some are bigger, some are smaller, but they all have one thing in common – they all make the perfect cuddling companion.

I can’t deny that there are some large dogs that act like lap dogs, and are huge softies that like to be petted. But, we have included only the dogs that can actually sit on your lap.

I bet there are many more cute dogs out there that deserve to be on this list of best lap dog breeds. Which one is your favorite?

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