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Does your dog like to cuddle? Your dog may be just like a lot of other doggos and enjoy cuddling. However, not all dogs like to cuddle. Have you ever wondered why some dogs love cuddling while others don't?
Before you begin reading, it's important to clarify one thing: this article is specifically about dogs and cuddling, not hugging. There's a lot of debate over whether or not dogs enjoy being hugged, but that is not the topic we will be discussing here.
This is about cuddling. Those moments when our dogs choose to be right next to us, the times when our dogs initiate closeness to us. So why do dogs like to cuddle anyway?
Why Dogs Like Cuddling: It Provides Warmth
You know what's the cutest thing ever? A pile of puppies snuggling together! And it's not just adorable, it's also a smart survival tactic from an evolutionary standpoint. As the definition suggests, cuddling is all about seeking warmth, comfort, and affection.
When it's chilly outside, we grab a cozy blanket or an extra layer of clothing, but for our furry friends, snuggling is their natural way of keeping warm. That's why your dog loves cuddling with you - it's a way to stay toasty and show affection at the same time!
Did you know that cuddling played an essential role in the domestication of dogs?
Early dogs helped us hunt and guard against danger, but we also formed a special bond by snuggling up and keeping each other warm. And on those bone-chilling nights, humans relied on the warmth of their furry friends, so much so that the term "three dog night" was coined to describe the nights when three dogs were needed to prevent humans from freezing to death! So next time you cuddle with your pup, remember that you're continuing a tradition that goes back thousands of years!
Why Dogs Like Cuddling: It Provides Affection
Cuddling is not just a way for dogs to stay warm, but also a way to express affection and strengthen their bond with us! By cuddling and showing affection, our furry friends demonstrate their love and trust for us.
In fact, studies have shown that dogs prioritize bonding with their owners more than other pets do (sorry, cat lovers!). So when your pooch snuggles up to you, take it as a sign of their affection and appreciation for all the love and care you give them.
Why Do Some Dogs Cuddle More Than Others?
Well, genetics is certainly one factor. Some dog breeds have been bred to be more independent and less affectionate, while others have been selectively bred to be super snugglers! It's all in the genes! So, if your furry friend is a cuddlebug, it might just be part of their genetic makeup. But remember, every dog is unique, and their personality and preferences also play a big role in determining whether or not they like to cuddle.
Did you know that some dog breeds, like the Maltese, Pomeranian, and Yorkshire Terrier, have been specifically bred to be lap dogs? These furry friends are not only small enough to fit on our laps, but also tend to have a temperament that makes them great snugglers!
But it's not just genetics that determine a dog's cuddle potential. Some dogs are just naturally more affectionate than others.
While certain breeds may have a predisposition towards cuddling, there are plenty of dogs out there who don't snuggle much, if at all.
It all comes down to the individual dog's personality and preferences. So, if your furry friend is a cuddlebug, enjoy those warm and fuzzy snuggles, but if they're not, don't worry, there are plenty of other ways to bond with your four-legged companion!
Is your doggo a cuddle-bug? Let us know in the comments below.
Original story courtesy of Puppy Leaks
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