While many dogs adore everyone who crosses their path, other four-legged friends will remain loyal to their nuclear family forever.
Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the American Kennel Club (AKC), says some dog breeds are more devoted to their owners than others.
She told Newsweek, “Every dog is different, but there are certain breeds that have been known to be reluctant to strangers and to stay close to their families.
“Some may even have a special person in their family who prefers them to everyone else.
“As with any breed, socialization is important for a well-rounded companion. Always do some research before introducing a dog into your life.”
Here is a roundup of the dog breeds that the AKC considers to be the most loyal to their owners.
The Akita dog breed is a loyal companion who is bound to the right person for a lifetime
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The Akita is a large and powerful breed of dog originally tasked with guarding royalty in feudal Japan.
As a result, these dog breeds are loyal companions who are tied to the right person for a lifetime. The AKC describes Akitas as “wary of strangers, but being silly and loving with family”.
Australian cattle dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is known to be extra protective of loved ones
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The Australian Cattle Dog is an extremely tough breed of dog that, as the name suggests, was developed by settlers to handle huge herds of cattle on huge ranches, where these canines are still used today.
Although reportedly a little suspicious of outsiders, this breed of dog has been known to be extra protective of loved ones, with the AKC finding that they are “very loyal to their family.”
The Neapolitan mastiff is now known as the “gentle giant”
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The Neapolitan Mastiff dog breed was developed in southern Italy as a loyal guardian of family and property.
This imposing breed is now known as the “gentle giant” with the AKC calling the dog a “massive guardian who is suspicious of strangers but very cute and protective of loved ones”.
The charms of the Chihuahua dog breed include their petite size, larger than life personality, and undying loyalty
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The charms of the Chihuahua dog breed include their petite size, larger-than-life personality, and impressive agility and obedience.
The AKC describes the Chihuahua breed as: “Loyal dogs who love spending time on their favorite person’s lap.”
Afghan hounds are deeply loyal and love their families
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This most elegant breed with a unique appearance comes from the vicinity of Europe and Asia and is considered to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs.
But while some Afghan enthusiasts describe the Afghan Hound as both aloof and comical, the AKC notes, “This breed is deeply loyal to and loves its family.”
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Anatolian Shepherds are very devoted to their families and protect everything they call their own
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Anatolian Sheepdogs originate from Turkey, where they were bred as shepherd companions and cattle herders.
The AKC, also known as the Anatolian Karabash Dog or the Kangal, told Newsweek, “These dogs are very devoted to their families and protect everything they call their own – family, livestock, other pets.”
The Chinese Shar-Pei race are very loyal to their families and tend to be aloof towards strangers
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Though originally bred to guard, hunt, herd, and fight, the Chinese Shar-Pei dog breed is now known for its characteristically sweet, wrinkled skin and devotion to its adoptive family.
The AKC notes, “They are very loyal to their families and tend to be aloof from strangers.”
The Cane Corso breed is extremely loyal to humans
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This historic Italian breed of dog was originally developed to protect human property and to hunt large game such as wild boar.
And while these powerful purebred dogs are best suited for seasoned pet parents, the AKC states, “This breed is extremely loyal to its humans.”
The Briard is suspicious of strangers and is very protective of his family
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Under the long, shaggy fur of the purebred Briard dog breed, there is a spirit of adventure and an impressive intelligence.
The AKC says, “The Briard is suspicious of strangers and protects his family, especially children. They regard children as their flock.”
The Brussels Griffon doesn’t like to be alone and the dog breed stays close to their owners
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Originally bred to hunt vermin, these small but lively purebred dogs are as energetic as they are intelligent.
The AKC writes, “These human-like little dogs don’t like being alone and being close to their special human.”
The mastiff dog breed is an adorable, protective companion who is suspicious of strangers
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The mastiff is one of the oldest breeds of dogs, and although the variety was originally used in combat, the modern purebreds have a far quieter personality.
The AKC states, “Eternally loyal Guardians, this breed is a lovable, protective companion who is suspicious of strangers.”
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is very protective of loved ones and affectionate with those he trusts
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback breed originated in Africa, where these lovely dogs were used as versatile hunters and protectors of property.
The AKC states, “The Rhodesian Ridgeback is very protective of loved ones and affectionate with those they trust.”
Dalmatians are reserved and can be aloof towards strangers, but loyal and loving towards their preferred humans
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The Dalmatian has a history dating back hundreds of years and this black and white breed of dog has been used in numerous roles, including hunter and circus performer.
The AKC writes: “Dalmatians are reserved and can be aloof from strangers. They are loyal and loving to their preferred people.”
Dobermans are extremely loyal and protective of their people
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Doberman Pinschers originated in Germany in the late 19th century, where this mixed breed was primarily used as guard dogs.
The AKC told Newsweek: “Dobermans are extremely loyal and protective of their people. You thrive as part of a family. “
Great Danes are loving breeds of dogs that need human company
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Despite their rather imposing proportions, Great Danes are, in reality, widely known as one of the most good-natured breeds of dogs.
Describing these dogs as meek, the AKC writes, “These gentle giants are loving and need human company.”