12 Reasons We Love Our Dogs More Than Most People

We love dogs for endless reasons. After much debate, here are our top 12.

Updated September 7, 2023

Almost 40% of homes in the U.S. include a dog, and it’s no surprise why. Dogs are loyal, great cuddlers, and ridiculously cute. We can think of a million reasons why we love dogs, but for the sake of space, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 12. It was tough, but we did it. 

Your Dog Is Your Best Friend


Nobody loves you like your dog. No matter what you're wearing, how you smell, or what kind of day you've had, your dog will always be ready to hang out with you, no questions asked. They really are the epitome of unconditional love. 

Dogs Know How to Relax


A nap on the couch in the middle of the day... twice? Yes, please. Follow your dog's lead and learn to relax and slow down a little. 

Dogs Protect You


Nobody's going to mess with you if they have to go through your protector first. Dogs are incredibly loyal and will do anything to keep you out of harm's way. Yes, even the little ones! Plus, they act as a built in security system. 

Dogs Get You Moving


Forget about needing motivation to get outside and move around, because your dog's sad eyes urging you to go for a walk will get you moving. 

Dogs Love to Cuddle


Sometimes you just want a hug, and your dog will always be happy to oblige. Bonus: dogs are warm and furry, and that's the best kind of cuddle.

Dogs Are Incredibly Entertaining


Have you ever watched a dog chase their tail for hours on end? If that isn't entertaining, we don't know what is. 

Dogs Love to Travel


There's no other pet more willing to hop into the car and go on a road trip than a dog. They're eager travelers, so you don't have to slow down on vacationing just because a dog joins your family.

They Do What You Say


Properly train a dog, and you have a pal that will eagerly do your bidding on command. How cool is that? 

Dogs Give You an Excuse


You'll never again have to search for an excuse to get you out of things you don't want to do.

"Forgive how messy my house is. I have a dog."

"I'd love to help you paint your kitchen, but my dog isn't feeling well."

"I can't go to Aunt Myrtle's party because I can't leave my dog home alone for the weekend."

Dogs Think You Can Do No Wrong


Looking for unconditional love? A dog's the answer. Your dog is going to love you forever and will always make you feel like the most important person in the room. Where else can you get that kind of loyalty?

Dogs Get Excited About Everything


Life can get a little mundane and hard at times, but dogs never lose that sense of childlike wonder. They get so excited about food, going outside, or greeting people and with the same enthusiasm every single time. We can all learn a bit from that spirit.

Dogs Are Ridiculously Cute


Don't forget one of the most important reasons why we love dogs: they're ridiculously cute. Who can resist those floppy ears and big eyes? 

Too Many Reasons to Count


We love dogs because of the way they make us feel. When you’re with your dog, you feel appreciated and protected. And they feel the exact same way when they’re with you.

12 Reasons We Love Our Dogs More Than Most People