10 “Velcro Dog” Breeds That Crave Constant Companionship

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Each dog is different, and just like humans, they have their own personality that makes them unique. But one thing is true for all of them: Dogs are not like cats. They are not programmed to be independent and aloof. Most of them desire constant attention and pampering.

Some dogs, however, will get more attached to their humans than others, so much that it has earned them the term “Velcro dogs.”

What is a Velcro dog?

The term “Velcro dog” refers to certain dogs that need constant companionship and are likely to get separation anxiety when left alone. They get deeply attached to their human, just like Velcro.

Velcro dogs will probably follow you around the house, even if it’s just from the bedroom to the kitchen. They will wait for you outside the bathroom door. They will sit next to you on the couch. A Velcro dog always has their eyes on you.

Although each case is to be observed individually, let us discover the 10 dog breeds more likely to behave like Velcro dogs and stress out when left alone.


We obviously love that pretty, soft, lush white coat! Maltese are so full of life and energy. By the way: they’re known to be great dogs for people with allergies, since they produce less dander than other breeds.

However, it’s important to note that Malteses are high-dependency dogs. They often show anxiety signs if they feel alone… and it doesn’t take much for them to feel like that. They’re said to have a “pack mentality.” which means they need to be with their pack at all times.


Pugs are adorable and they will adore you back. They are both fun and funny, so they’re the perfect friend for whoever needs a regular dose of joy. Also, beware: pugs are serious cuddlers!

But they will suffer (truly suffer) a lot if you are away. If you have to work a lot or won’t be around much, this may not be the one breed for your lifestyle. 


The world’s smallest dog will be happy to be carried in a bag if it means they can come anywhere with you. Luckily, their size allows for this. 

Even those not all Chihuahuas have an extreme need for companionship, a lot of them do. Chihuahuas are assertive dogs who seem to know very clearly what they want; and often what they will want is to be with you!

French Bulldog

A small breed with the biggest of hearts! French Bulldogs have an unmistakable charm and a very expressive face. They are great for apartments or small households, not only because of their size but because they don’t demand a lot in terms of movement and activities. 

They clearly prefer to be close to their human family and they constantly look for physical contact. So, even if they are known to be very adaptable, try not to leave them alone for long periods.

German Shepherd

If you see this dog often with the police or the military it is because German Shepherds are super intelligent, hard-working, and intuitive dogs. They develop a protective sense for their owners and families, the way a best friend would.

They can be quite clingy. They are just not the “independent” type. Remember that they can’t help it, it’s in their DNA. 

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is the perfect family guardian, therapy dog and rescue dog. They are loving, patient and super charming with their characteristic golden coat. No wonder kids love them.

But the Golden Retriever needs its family. They get deeply attached and a bit clingy. Being alone for extended periods is not the lifestyle where the Golden Retriever will thrive.


This Hungarian breed is also a little bit of a hunter. Vizslas are agile and have a muscular body that helps them excel in sports. They are also full of energy and require constant stimulation.

Vizslas are best suited for families or owners with a very active lifestyle, making sure they are entertained and attended to as much as possible. They crave to feel included in all family activities.

Labrador Retriever

Just like the Golden Retriever, the beloved Labrador is also prone to suffer from separation anxiety. Often described as the most popular dog in the world, this is an enthusiastic dog that brings joy to many families with their charm and loyalty. 

But Labradors love that family lifestyle way too much. They are devoted to their loved ones and even the slightest distance can make them anxious. Before adopting one, consider that they’ll always want to be by your side and will even follow you from one room to the other.

Border Collie

It probably needs no introduction: The Border Collie is known for being super intelligent and for having exceptional abilities. They have a highly developed sense of instinct and willingness. They are great for sporting activities and even work. 

But they’re not all brains: they are also affectionate and sensitive. They think deeply and feel deeply, needing company in the form of social interaction. A collie that feels lonely or bored (or both) can show odd behaviors like excessive barking or inability to rest.

Shetland Sheepdog

The “Sheltie” is a beautiful, medium-sized breed with a lush coat. They are intelligent, energetic and loyal. They show obedience and affection in a natural way. Shelties are great for families with children, since playing with the little ones will keep them stimulated and active. 

But the Shetland Sheepdog’s devoted companionship comes at a price: they ask the same in return. They bond strongly and forever with their human family and may feel distressed if left alone. 

How to deal with a velcro dog?

  • If you adopt one of the breeds mentioned above, you can start training when they’re still puppies. Set boundaries and use positive reinforcement only for the behaviors you are looking to promote.
  • Teach them the “stay command,” again, with positive reinforcement.
  • Introduce “alone time” little by little.
  • Provide plenty of toys to keep them occupied.
  • Keep them stimulated: walks, games and training.
  • For extreme cases, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

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