Rommel tolerates hugs I think. It really depends on his mood. He is more of a snuggler. He has to be touching me all the time, even if it is just the tip of an ear or a paw. But he doesnt like arms being wrapped around him unless he clearly comes into your arms. He is FOR SURE a head on shoulder dog though. He LOVES to rest his head on my shoulder and press his face against mine, he probably does it 10 times a day. He loves to rest his head in my lap,and he loves to give kisses. He would bathe me if i would let him. I use him as a pillow sometimes, or put my arm around him while he lays next to me, but not both around the neck, he will back up...usually. He is still a VERY loving affectionate dog though, just in other ways.