Dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend” not only because they are cute and cuddly companions. Many people cite their pup’s loyalty as the reason they love their dog, but the breed of dog you get can affect how loyal they really are.
Whether you’re thinking of making your own furry friend or wondering how loyal your pet is, these are 10 of the most loyal dog breeds.
Duke (L), a Great Pyrenees dog, watches over goats that graze on a hillside as part of fire prevention efforts September 26, 2019 in South Pasadena, California.
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According to the Applachian Great Pyrenees Rescue, these large and fluffy dogs are natural watchdogs and go out of their way to protect both their owners’ families and other animals in the family’s care, which makes them ideal for farms. “He feels responsible for you and your family and your property. He is your friend and not your slave. This is the characteristic of a dog who is very protective of his territory and everything in it,” it says on its website the AGPR.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex (in her role as Patroness) meets ‘Blitz’, a border collie dog, as she visits the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices charity shop to help sort sales items and the Christmas window on the 9th, England.
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Most people probably know the most famous collie: Lassie. Similar to the Pyrenees, wire-haired collies had a history of guarding livestock in the 19th century, according to Dogster. The breed was also used to herd sheep. Possibly because of his loyalty, a handful of notable personalities such as Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, and Queen Victoria have owned collies.
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While large German Shepherds may seem intimidating to those who don’t know them, once they become familiar with you, they become loyal companions. The American Kennel Club describes the breed as “gentle and loving” towards their own families and notes that they enjoy being in the company of their owners.
A beagle is seen in a private garden in Pfullendorf on July 27, 2020.
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Beagles are one of the most common and popular breeds in the country, but they tend to devote their loyalty to only one person. According to Beagle Care, this is due to the breed’s long history of having a hunting dog that often accompanies people to sniff out and hunt prey.
Storm, a Labrador Cross Golden Retriever, awaits the arrival of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Patroness of the Medical Detection Dogs, during a visit to the charity’s training center where tests are currently being carried out to see if dogs can be used as diagnostic tools for COVID-19 on 09.09.2020 in Milton Keynes, England.
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Labs are one of the breeds most commonly known for their loyalty. According to Wag, these pups are often trained to be loyal from birth, with some being used as guide dogs or by law enforcement, both of which require firm loyalty.
A Rottweiler is presented during the fifth Ankara National Breed Standards Competition, which is organized by the Dog Breeds and Kinology Federation (KIV) in Golbas ?, a district of Ankara, on August 25, 2019.
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Similar to some of the other breeds mentioned here, Rottweilers are often used for herding, but that’s not the only job they’re known for. The American Kennel Club notes that Rottweilers love to work and were used centuries ago to protect butchers’ money when they left the store.
Akita Inu Championship at the CACIB dog show in the Nuremberg Exhibition Center on January 14, 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany. (
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Much like German Shepherds, the Akitas of the Japanese breed may be hesitant towards strangers but enjoy close company with their families. Dogtime points out: “[Akitas] protect against anything that they perceive to be a threat. “
Fabio, a 13-year-old Teacup Chihuahua, curls his tongue at the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019.
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Although Chihuahuas are typically smaller than some of the other breeds on this list, they are still immensely loyal, which can be part of the appeal, along with their small stature that makes them easy to take with you. According to Wag, Chihuahuas tend to cling to a person instead of being sociable with other people and dogs, but they can be trained to be more sociable while maintaining a bond with a person.
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Like Chihuahuas, Dachshunds have a tendency to develop bonds with a single person. Although Dachshunds get jealous easily, even if they are a little stubborn, they are still lively and playful, according to the ASPCA.
A female boxer named “Danlow Chance Ya Luck” licks her owner’s face as she reads the show guide on Day 3 of the Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena on March 7, 2020 in Birmingham, England.
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While boxers can be big and daunting to strangers, they are often playful and happy dogs. Like other breeds, boxers had a job role centuries ago, often pulling carts, hats, and more. Boxers usually bond well with children and are attached to their families and other nearby animals, according to the Pet Health Network.