While any dog breed or mix can be affectionate, some breeds, such as Labrador retrievers, beagles and golden retrievers, have a reputation for being extra friendly. Other dogs like huskies require a little more interaction and attention in order to earn their affection, which gives them a less-affectionate reputation.
All dogs require attention and the proper training and care. Some breeds, such as Portuguese water dogs and German shepherds, have a predisposition to become destructive or look for an escape if not given enough attention or activity while others may require less activity and maintenance. German shepherds are so loving and affectionate of their owners that they experience separation anxiety when left alone for too long. Caring breeds known to be easy to train include the cavalier King Charles spaniel, bulldog, Bichon Frise, Welsh corgi and Newfoundland.