Best dog breeds for companionship: 3 most loving pups to beat loneliness

August 18, 2021 – 2:07 pm BST

Georgia Brown

If Lockdown taught us everything, it’s the importance of camaraderie. As more people were isolated for months alone, there were over 3 million households in the UK domestic animal Owner since March last year.

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It’s not a secret dogs make the perfect four-legged companion – and their love goes beyond mere company. Whether you’re comforted at night, encouraged to go outside, petting you, and be the * best * keepers of secrets, dogs who are treated with love and respect can easily become lifelong friends.

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The decision to introduce a fluffy friend into your home shouldn’t be taken lightly – it’s a long-term commitment. So when it comes to breeds, which one should you choose if companionship is a top priority?

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Thanks to the latest research from Perfect-Pet Books, whose Essential Guides cover the “Essentials” for first-time dog owners, we now know the public’s most popular dog breeds for society …

If you want a dog that takes the phrase “man’s best friend” to a whole new level, you need a companion breed. These are the dogs that thrive in a human pack. Whatever activity you do, a service dog is less interested in herding and guarding and more interested in sitting with you. They are exceptionally loving, eager to please, and very companionable.

A service dog stays by your side whether you work around the house, watch TV, or go for a walk – the perfect single pet.

Best dog breeds for company



Although these petite pups have a reputation for being a bit fiery, Chihuahuas actually have very comforting temperaments. Chihuahuas are happiest when curled up on their human’s lap. They tend to form strong bonds with their owners and enjoy hanging out with them.

This breed adapts equally well to life in a house or apartment, but is quick to sound the alarm when someone new comes onto their lawn. Chihuahuas can be suspicious of strangers. So be sure to socialize them from an early age to develop friendly behavior.

French bulldog

French bulldog

The French Bulldog is an ideal companion thanks to its easy-going and friendly temperament. Due to their size, these puppies do not need space to run or a large garden, which makes them very popular with our apartment residents. Frenchies have well-balanced personalities, which makes them the perfect choice for anyone looking for a loving companion dog.

Shih Tzu


Shih Tzus, a historical favorite of the Chinese emperors, is believed to originate from Tibet. Potential intruders were thwarted when these little dogs sounded the alarm, and they made very successful lap warmers too. Human companions are an absolute must for Shih Tzus today – did we mention that they love to be cuddled?

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