Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Dogs are not called “Man’s Best Friend” by accident. Not only are they fiercely loyal, but dogs are also extremely affectionate. Quite similar to humans, dogs are social animals who want to bond, be accepted, and be loved. The tendency of dogs to lick their owners mercilessly is a prime example of showing affection.
While this is occasionally due to trying to lick salt from the skin, it is more often than not an illustration of affection and love. While it is true that some dogs are certainly more affectionate than others, the truth remains that this is primarily due to upbringing and the fault usually rests with the human owner. Even breeds considered to be overly aggressive, such as pitbulls or rottweilers, can turn into the most affectionate and cuddly softies if they're provided with a secure and loving home. From their endless licking to their tendency to basically tackle you with excitement every time you come home, there can be little doubt that dogs are one of the most affectionate pets.