15 Traits Of A Lap Dog And How You Can Be One Too

by Sherry Riter in Bella {a dog's story}  ,Family

A lap dog is literally a small dog that may be held in the lap. However, the slang definition of lap dog is a servile dependent or follower. In other words, a brown nosing suck up.

I have a lap dog that doesn’t have to brown nose although her nose really is brown. Bella just loves me and enjoys my company no matter what I’m doing or not doing. I find her to be a great comfort especially since I spend so much time without other people around.

small red poodle lap dog

Traits Of A Lap Dog

There are a few basic traits of a lap dog that are quite obvious if you think about them.

  1. Snuggly – Lap dogs like to snuggle.
  2. Satisfied – A lap dog is quite satisfied just sitting in your lap.
  3. Peaceful – No chaos and hyperness surrounds a lap dog while they are sitting peacefully in your lap.
  4. Comforter – Lap dogs are naturally comforting because of the nature of their peaceful, satisfied snuggliness.
  5. Any Size – Most people think of lap dogs as being tiny dogs, however, some tiny dogs are definitely not suitable as a lap dog because they are fidgety. Also, some big dogs don’t realize that your lap is smaller than their body. So lap dogs come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
  6. Attentive – Don’t even try to be secretive because lap dogs notice every single thing you do.
  7. Involved – Not only are lap dogs attentive, but they want to be totally involved in whatever you are doing.
  8. Quiet – As long as the lap dog is lounging in your lap, they are quiet and often snoring. I can’t promise that quietness will continue after they get up to roam around.
  9. Loyal – While sitting in your lap, a lap dog is extremely loyal to you. If they often sit in your lap, they eventually won’t even open an eyelid when someone else walks into the room.
  10. Sleepers – A lap dog has no problem sleeping. You can move around and they still just keep on snoozing.
  11. Trusting – After being in your lap repeatedly, a lap dog will trust you. You can get up and leave the room, but the lap dog knows when you return, he can plop back down on your lap again and you will welcome him.
  12. Self-Entertaining – It doesn’t take much to occupy the attention of a lap dog. They will often bring a toy to accompany them in your lap. Even a small thread or tiny rip in your clothes can occupy them while sitting on your lap. Of course, the rip might become a giant hole before they leave your lap.
  13. Aware – Just because the lap dog has his eyes closed and is actually snoring doesn’t mean that they aren’t aware. Try opening a candy bar and watch how fast their eyes pop open.
  14. Warm – If the lap dog is in your lap, you’ll stay toasty warm.
  15. Patient – No matter how long it takes you to do something, a lap dog will patiently wait for you to do it especially if it involves the possibility of getting food.

How You Can Be A Lap Dog

I’m not going to tell you how to actually become a lap dog because you are a human being and definitely larger than a small dog. However, the traits of a lap dog are attainable and applicable to people too.

I think that by becoming more like a lap dog, happiness is easier to find. If you start with patience, everything else will fall into place.

Which trait are you going to start working on first?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Cunningham November 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Great tips! Every writer should have a dog. We have to spend so much time in our heads.
As a brunette who puts red in her hair, I salute you.


2 Sherry Riter November 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Thank you! LOL We do spend lots of time in our heads! I wonder if Bella can read my mind? LOL


3 Skip_D November 25, 2012 at 7:00 am

the alpha & omega of lapdog traits:

Snuggly… a trait I have no need to develop but enjoy every opportunity to practice 😉

Patient… a trait both valuable & dangerous – an excess can lead to a loss of ambition & purpose, while a shortage may end in failed efforts & disappointment… yet the lapdog successfully navigates these Scylla & Charybdis straits effortlessly…

a delightful list of the lovable traits of that most perfect companion! 🙂


4 Sherry Riter November 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thank you Skip!

It is true…Dogs are the perfect companion. Even now, Bella has once again decided that my lap is where she wants to be and her spirit is peaceful. Well, except that she just heard a noise outside and leaped down to bark ferociously out the window. (rolling eyes) I’m sure she would bark like that even if it was a dinosaur because that’s how big she acts! LOL


5 Joan November 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

I have to agree! Dogs are the perfect companions and a friend for life! 🙂


6 Sherry Riter November 29, 2012 at 5:35 am

Yep! Yep! Yep!


7 Lap Doggy October 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

A great write up of lap dog traits… While I agree, I feel that if something catches the dog’s attention one or all of these traits can go out the window! I know my girls get excited if the phone or door bell rings. Or if somebody knocks. Or if there is even a dog or other animal on tv. They’re a bit crazy. But once they’re calmed down, they’re back to the check listed lap dogs. Love them to death.


8 Sherry Riter October 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

😀 Yep! Their attention can slip away fast!


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