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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