While this is often the number one criteria new dog owners seek in a dog, dogs that are particularly needy in affection may also become a problem when their emotional requirements are not met. However, they make the most loveable companion for families that provide them with the amount of affection and attention they need.

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These dog breeds will accept less easily to be left alone. If left along for longer periods of time, they can develop behavior problems, such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, etc. Demanding dogs fare well in a one-dog-one-owner-relationship and are not recommended for multi-dog-households. Most of them make excellent family dogs, provided they live indoors with the family and are the only pet in the household. More than other dogs they have a tendency to become jealous of anyone or anything that shares in receiving their owner's love and attention.

Please note that being very affectionate is not necessarily the same as being loyal. Many working dog breeds are extremely loyal and often have a very close, sometimes exclusive, relationship with their owner. However, they can remain at a distance when needed and can also spend hours on their own. The breeds mentioned on this page are dogs that will follow you as a shadow and suffer when they are not allowed to do so. They will also persistently beg for your attention.

Note that some dog trainers, such as Cesar Milan, insist that affection that hasn't been earned and is shared at the wrong time can be detrimental to a dog. This means that even though these dogs love to be pampered they also need firm training - 'an iron fist in a velvet glove - to keep their demands within acceptable boundaries.

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