What are the Most Loyal Dog Breeds?


Do you have a dog that’s always by your side?  A dog that will alert you to danger?  A dog that will protect you when they think something is wrong?  In other words, do you think you have a really loyal dog breed?  Many of us thankfully do but we wanted to focus on dog breeds that throughout the years have shown a propensity for being loyal to their owners.   That’s not to say that a dog breed that’s less likely to be genetically loyal won’t, it’s just that if you’re in the market to adopt or buy a dog that you want to be a loyal breed then the following dog breeds might help you narrow your search.   In the pages to follow, please enjoy these selections for the most loyal dog breeds……


German Shepherd – The German Shepherd Dog is hailed as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, however, this dependable breed is more than its 9-to-5 job. Consistently one of the United States most popular breeds according to AKC Registration Statistics, the German Shepherd Dog is also a loving family companion, herder and show competitor. The breed is approachable, direct and fearless, with a strong, muscular body. The GSD may be most colors, but most commonly is black and tan. – source. These dogs have done anything from save soldiers, police officers, rescue children from fires, you name it.


Rough Collie – The Collie is a devoted family dog, especially with children. Although they require daily walks, they can also be couch potatoes. The exact origin of the Collie is uncertain, but they have existed for centuries as herding dogs of Scotland and England. They were used primarily as a drover dog, guiding cows and sheep to market. We know of the Rough Collie because of the show Lassie and this breed has proven to be just as good as the TV dog!


Beagle – A sturdy hunting dog, the Beagle should look like a foxhound in miniature. His hunting ability, combined with a merry personality, has made the Beagle one of the most popular dogs in the United States. The most famous Beagle of all is Snoopy from the comic strip “Peanuts.” Since they lived in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans.


Labrador Retriever – This versatile hunting breed comes in three colors – yellow, black and chocolate – and because of his aptitude to please his master they excel as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams or in narcotics detection with law enforcement. They are easily trained dogs and are excellent companions.


Kuvasz – While he is devoted to and protective of his family, the Kuvasz may not be overly demonstrative with his affections. He is often especially polite and reserved when meeting strangers. One of the larger working breeds, he is well-muscled and agile. He’s also an amazing looking dog don’t you thin


The Brittany – This dog has surged in popularity in the last 50 years due to its talents as both a hunting and show dog. Originally called the Brittany Spaniel, it is now referred to simply as the Brittany. He is a happy and alert dog who possesses willing attitude. Regular brushing is important, but their shorter coats need minimal maintenance.


Boxer Dog – Boxers are energetic, fun loving, extremely loyal, and low maintenance. They are harmless around family members but can be wary of strangers. This makes them good watchdogs, as they often will alert their owners when there is a stranger near their home. These faithful and affectionate dogs love to be outdoors.


Dachsund – They were originally bred to hunt badgers, rabbits, and other small prey because of its strong stubby legs and large paws that were made for digging. A dachshund loves to have fun and play. These dogs may be small, but they are very protective of their families.


Golden Retriever – Golden Retrievers have a happy-go-lucky demeanor and seem to be always smiling. They are known to be patient, fun loving, eager to please, highly trainable, and, Because of their love of being around people, Golden Retrievers remain consistently among the most popular choices for family pets, as well as for service and therapy dogs.


Yorkshire Terrier – hey are popular show dogs and companion dogs, and are fairly easy to care for because of its hypoallergenic coat. Highly energetic, bold, and very protective of their family, Often, these little dogs do not always get along well with strangers, making them great little watchdogs since they won’t hesitate to alert you that someone who doesn’t belong is around.


St. Bernard – Originally bred as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps, this breed’s huge size and resistance to cold it was able to keep people who were trapped by avalanches warm when it pulled them to safety. These instincts tend to translate over to protecting and looking out for their family, even if they are a pet, not a rescue dog. Their loyalty is attributed to their eagerness to please their owners.


Bulldog – Bulldogs are steady and dignified, with calm dispositions. They form strong bonds with children, while being gentle and protective. They also have a strong sense of dedication to their families. They’re also adorable!


Honorable mention: It’s been said the Cocker Spaniels, Pitbulls, and Mastiff breeds are also amongst the most loyal of dog breeds. Do you have a dog that you think should be added to this list? We hope so! We’d also like to thank Entirely Pets for their amazing research as well.

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  1. Forgot to Mention the The Most Famous Loyal Dog in the World was Hachiko!
    An AKITA-INU, a strong, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members originially from Northern Japan.
    In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner’s life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Each day for the next nine years Hachikō awaited Ueno’s return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.

    Hachikō was the subject of the 1987 movie Hachi-kō (Hachikō Monogatari) ハチ公物語 (literally “The Tale of Hachiko”), directed by Seijirō Kōyama, which told the story of his life from his birth up until his death and imagined spiritual reunion with his master. Considered a blockbuster success, the film was the last big hit for Japanese film studio Shochiku Kinema Kenkyû-jo.
    Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, released in August 2009, is an American movie starring actor Richard Gere, directed by Lasse Hallström, about Hachikō and his relationship with an American professor & his family following the same basic story. The movie was filmed in Rhode Island, and also featured Joan Allen and Jason Alexander.
    Hachikō is also the subject of a 2004 children’s book entitled Hachikō: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, written by Pamela S. Turner and illustrated by Yan Nascimbene. Another children’s book, a short novel for readers of all ages called Hachiko Waits, written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira, was published by Henry Holt & Co. in 2004. Hachiko Waits was released in paperback by Square Fish (an imprint of MacMillan) in 2008.

    In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II. A 2nd statue, which was erected in August 1948, still stands and is an extremely popular meeting spot. The station entrance near this statue is named “Hachikō-guchi”, meaning “The Hachikō Entrance/Exit”, and is one of Shibuya Station’s five exits.

    The larger American strain of Akita is now considered a separate breed.

    1. A Japanese Spitz is. My family at home has two of them (my cousins all have one too), both think they’re human, one can be a little ditzy but the other is extremely loyal to our family. He doesn’t like strangers well, but he definitely would put his own life on the line for mine.

    2. The Rottweiler and Doberman breeds should be on this list. Specially Dobermans they fought in wars and protected our soldiers and saved lives. They are one of the most loyal breeds, I have had the honor of having. My Doberman who passed away in 2013 saved my life twice and was always by my side tell the moment he passed away lying next to me. He was the most loyal dog I know. I could not imagine not having a Doberman in my life. Rottweiler’s are loyal as well they are police dogs, protection dog, help out on the farm, pull carts. To me both breeds will do what ever you ask of them simply because they want to make you happy.

  2. I have a toy Poodle and not only is she loyal, she is smart and fun. No other dog will do. I guess there are loyal dogs in all breeds, depending on the individual temperament.

    1. no. the real danger is dying. In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls killed 203 Americans, about one citizen every 18 days. NO OTHER DOG BREED IS REMOTELY CLOSE!

      1. Where’s the proof that it was, in fact Pit attacks? Most of you screaming about Pits being sooooo aggro, don’t have an effing clue as to what they look like. Without DNA tests, you statement means sweet blue nothing.

    1. I think you and I are a little late on this article. I agree doggies are angels.
      I have two female German Sheperds. I live alone now since my husband
      passed away. They are both so loyal. I don’t know what I would do without

  3. How can they say Cocker Spaniels, Pitbulls, and Mastiff under the same voice are the one of the most loyal dogs. They were listing very good dogs until they said that. I personally do not agree wit pit bulls being loyal and I have my reasons. I’ve been around dogs all my life and I find pit bulls being one of the most troblesome breeds. C’mon the name alone will bring chills to your spine.

    1. pit bulls are a scourge upon the planet. fact: 42 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2014. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 64% (27) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up (only!) about 6% of the total U.S. dog population.

      1. Folks that post errant information are more of a scourge than any 1 pitbull. Those statistics are made of mongrels, mixed breeds that have nothing to do with a well adjusted pitbull.

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