If you’ve been thinking about getting a new dog then you’re not alone – Kennel Club figures show that the number of people looking for puppies has surged to record levels in the last few years.
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest four-legged addition – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
Snoozing alongside your furry friend is many people’s idea of a perfect night’s sleep, but there are common downsides that come with sharing a bed with your dog.
From finding drool patches on your pillow, deafening snoring, and endless amounts of dog hair left between the sheets, having your pooch in the bed can sometimes not be the dream scenario you imagined.
To help those thinking of having their pup in the bed, luxury bed linen brand Secret Linen Store has published new research that revealed the best dogs to share your sheets with.
Analysing factors such as levels of drooling, shedding, barking, energy and cross-referencing that with size, the research reveals which breeds you’re going to have the best night’s sleep with.
Here’s what the resulting ‘pup all night’ scores indicated are the best canine bedfellows for a peaceful night’s sleep.
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Taking the top spot as the best dog breed to have in your bed are Maltese pooches, with their small size and lack of shedding and drooling, are officially the perfect dogs to nap with. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier scored well in all categories, only missing out on top spot because they can be slightly too energetic for long lies on a Sunday. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
A perhaps surprise entry in the list of best dogs to share a bed with is British Bulldogs. With low amounts of shedding, barking and a very relaxed temperament, according to the research these pups actually make pretty great sleeping companions – but do watch out for the drool. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
Tying with the Cockapoo in fourth place are another crossbreed - the Cavachons (a mixture of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise). They have fairly high energy levels but a quick walk around the block before bedtime should make sure they sleep through. Photo: Canva/Getty Images