The 13 Least Affectionate Dog Breeds

The 13 Least Affectionate Dog Breeds
January 28, 2019

If you were expecting this list to be filled with bull breeds and watchdogs, you may be in for a bit of a shock. It turns out that the least affectionate of breeds are actually some of the most popular breeds around which are often highly desirable as pets.

But think about it, dogs who develop strong bonds with their owners are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety, and depending on your lifestyle, it may be hard to ensure that you are spending a sufficient amount of time with your pet to keep them happy. Whereas some dogs can be a lot more self-reliant and independent. That isn’t to say that they don’t still make the perfect pets, it just means they might be a little more aloof with you! One dog which has made the list is even comparable to a cat!

We’ll run you down from the least affectionate breed first!

  1. West Highland White Terrier

Although the West Highland White Terrier may look incredibly cuddly, you’ll find that they are a lot less socially inclined than other dogs, so they may not be the best breed to consider if you have an incredibly busy family home where it will be hard for the West Highland White Terrier to relax.

  1. Welsh Springer Spaniel

I’m starting to think the fact that the first two entries on the list are to do with the fact that they first originated in the UK! Maybe it’s the weather? Anyway, a Springer breed is usually quite energetic, and the Welsh Springer Spaniel is too, just don’t be too surprised if they do their own thing!

  1. Tibetan Terriers

Originally, the Tibetan Terriers were bred to keep Tibetan monks company, although they never were the friendliest of breeds! That’s not to say they don’t form strong relationships with their human owners – they are however incredibly wary of strangers!

  1. Smooth Fox Terrier

Terriers all seem to have a bit of a one-track mind, this has never been truer than in the instance of the Smooth Fox Terrier, they seem to have a very default mode which is set to hunting, chasing and catching. If you’re happy with that instead of looking for a ‘cuddly’ dog, you’ll get along just fine!

  1. Silky Terrier

Yet another terrier makes the list. You’ll have seen the silky terrier as a loyal companion to many people as a lap dog, and they can be affectionate, yet they don’t seem to demand all too much attention when put in comparison with the most affectionate breeds.

  1. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s have quite the reputation for being snappy, irritable, and not the best dog to have around small children. Yet, every dog isn’t the same, so if a Shih Tzu is well socialised and brought up with children they will be a lot more tolerable.

  1. Shiba

The Shiba is a Japanese breed which historically was never used as a companion pet, instead, they were put to work in the field and they still require those challenges. If the Shiba believes you’re not in charge, you’re going to be in a lot of trouble! They will need an incredibly firm hand.

  1. Scottish Terrier

Yep, another Terrier makes it on the list, this terrier is probably the least affectionate you can get! They are incredibly intelligent and self-assured, they are very much taken on doing their own thing, so you’ll need an assertive voice to get them to play ball.

  1. Saluki

Saluki’s not only rank highly when it comes to speed being one of the fastest breeds on the planet, but the Middle Eastern breed is also incredibly aloof, if you’re looking for constant cuddles off your pet, the Saluki probably won’t be for you. They like a lot of down time and space on their own.

  1. Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is similar to the Saluki breed when you think about their regal stature and aloof nature. If you take into consideration that they were bred to wander the mountains alone it makes sense that they wouldn’t be hard-wired into wanting to spend time with humans!

  1. Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute has made the list merely because of its tendency not to take no for an answer. You’ll need to be sure that you are able to command respect from this breed, lest you end up with a dog who doesn’t listen to a word you say!

  1. Australian Shepherds

The Australian Shepherd breed is generally only happy when they have a certain job to do, when they’re left to get bored through lack of mental stimulation and exercise they definitely won’t be likely to come to you for affection!

  1. Shar Pei

The Shar Pei wasn’t bred to be friendly, they were bred to be protective and great guard dogs, and that they were. Their lack of affection doesn’t mean that they don’t care about their owners, just that they care about them in a very different way!