There are some dog breeds you just KNOW want to be snuggled, held, and sit on your lap. Others...might surprise you. These are 5 shockingly snuggly dog breeds and their histories that led them to the ultimate lounge partner:

Greyhound. Despite their aerodynamic frame and history of speed - greyhounds are actually quite lazy and often looking for a couch to ‘potato’ on. In fact, greyhounds are thought to be one of the oldest purebred dogs, owned by Pharaohs and other royalty in ancient Egypt. Until the 1700s, owning a greyhound was only allowed by ‘nobility’. Perhaps it is their history of extreme privileged lives that instilled a need for cuddling in their DNA.

Cavalier King Charles. Though royal in name, this breed is not unapproachable in nature! This breed is such a cuddler, there is record of them being called ‘carpet spaniels’ as the smaller of the litters would serve as a lady's lapdog. Though the larger of the litter would be used in the field as bird hunters. No matter the size, the Cavalier King Charles, similar breeds like Cocker Spaniels and Welsh Springer Spaniels, as well as mutts with traits of the CKC, are fantastic cuddlers.

Pomeranian. If you can’t decide between a big dog and a little dog, maybe you should get a Pomeranian. Big dog mindset in a tiny dog body, this breed is actually a descendant of larger sledding breeds. At first sight, their fluffy coats are an immediate giveaway for their cuddly nature. Poms, mixed Poms, Pom-adjacents...all are good options for a snuggle buddy.

Staffordshire Terrier. These pups are given a bad wrap due to the reputation of their cousin, the Pitbull Terrier, and the historical mistreatment and use of the breed in dog fighting. Despite what some may believe (and the stocky frame of the breed) the Staffordshire terrier thinks it’s a lap dog. Staffies, whether purebred or mixed, are super affectionate, great with kids, and an all around cuddly family dog.

Great Dane. They're called gentle giants for a reason! Great Dane's are clingy and loyal, wanting all the attention they can get from their families. They first emerged in Germany as wild boar hunters about 400 years ago, but the only thing a modern Great Dane is hunting for is treats and pets.