Even though all dogs can be quite sensitive every now and then, it is more likely for some breeds to display this trait than others.
Sensitive behavior usually derives from a dog’s past experiences, which is why rescue canines are generally more expected to have a sensitive soul, although that doesn’t always have to be the case.
On the other hand, some breeds are naturally predisposed to being the ‘souls of their families,’ as their behavior is, by default, in tune with their owners’ emotions.
Consequently, sensitive doggos are, by definition, very loving, caring, and loyal companions that have a natural gift to provide comfort and soothe their hoomans the best way possible, but they require a bit gentler treatment themselves.
Does this sound like the perfect description of your own pooch?
Let’s find out!
#1 Labrador Retriever
Sure, Labs are bouncy, tail-wagging, and probably one of the happiest canines in the world, but did you know that they’re also extremely sensitive?
Labs are great at reading their hoomans’ emotions, and there’s nothing that they can’t do to make you feel better! They’re easy to train and an extremely intelligent breed, but keeping them content is probably your top priority!
They respond excellently to positive reinforcement training techniques, which is a great place to start!
#2 Golden Retriever
Aside from being one of the best family doggos in the world, these Golden beauties are masters of emotional support and quite awesome mind readers!
Golden Retrievers have a natural talent for cheering up their hoomans whether by snuggling, walking in the city, or playing in the back yard.
They need to be constantly encouraged so that they know they’re doing a good job. If there’s one motto Golden Retrievers would like to display on their collar, it definitely would be: Pet me, Praise me, Reward me… Hooman!
#3 Pit Bull Terrier
How many times have you heard that Pitties are not for everyone due to their naturally violent behavior?
While the first part of this statement might be true, as Pitties indeed are not for every soul, the latter part is a product of wrongful representation and the negative image this breed has.
The vast majority of Pittie owners forget that their dogs are biologically determined1 to be violent, and instead perceive their dogs as highly affectionate, sensitive, and caring.
Sure, they might come across as sturdy and intimidating, but once you get to know their beautiful charm, you’ll see there’s nothing but a sensitive soul behind their muscles!
#4 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Aside from their exquisite, most unique colors, Cavaliers are also known to be one of the greatest lap dogs in the world! This title is fairly deserved due to their highly affectionate and gentle nature they exhibit towards their owners.
They might not be the best athletes and follow you to the most demanding mountain tops, but they sure will know how to comfort you in times of hardship!
They love spending time with their hoomans and making sure that they’re doing great! Otherwise, they might share your sorrow and feel down as much as you do.
Are you surprised to see a Greyhound on the list?
Well, the truth is, these athletic beauties might seem independent from time to time, but that doesn’t exclude them from being one of the gentlest breeds in the world!
According to the American Kennel Club, these doggos are known as noble, sweet-tempered companions. They have a mild temperament and require a gentle approach in training.
The thing that sets them apart from the other dogs is that these canines prefer doing things with you more than doing things for you. Their companionship is unquestionable… you just need to hit the right tune!
#6 Border Collie
Collies, being an active breed perfect for country living, are probably one of the best and sweetest family doggos ever!
They enjoy being in the field and doing their daily chores, and even though they’re naturally outgoing, they still need a certain amount of socialization. Collies that lack this training segment might get fearful and timid, and that’s certainly not their original habitus.
On the other hand, neglecting their needs might lead to various outbursts, such as anxiety, stress, and self-destruction. So, if you have a Collie, make sure you always have a new game prepared up your sleeve!
Despite the fact that Rotties are one of the smartest breeds in the world, they require a patient owner with lots of time prepared to invest in dog training.
According to Hill’s Pet, these canines “need a firm, patient hand and a knowledgeable owner.” Otherwise, they might get stubborn and hard to maintain.
The main reason why Rotties are put on this list is their extra sensitiveness to their owners’ feelings. They might seem a little reserved at first, but once you get to know them, these powerful Roman workers are nothing but big, gentle nannies!
So, there it is, PupViners! The list of our top picks for the most sensitive breeds ends here, but these seven canines certainly do not have the exclusive right to this attribute!
There’s a whole bunch of other dog breeds that might be just as sensitive due to some other external factors, such as their past, trauma, previous owners, etc.
However, these seven have the most naturally-given chance to be sensitive, but at the end of the day, it’s all about your touch!
- Patronek, G., Twining, H., & Arluke, A. (2000). Managing the Stigma of Outlaw Breeds: A Case Study of Pit Bull Owners. Society & Animals 8(1), 25-52. DOI