The symbiotic relationship between dogs and humans can be dated back thousands of years. With that period of time, studies reveal that dogs have evolved along with humans. They now have the capability to empathise with humans through body language as well as facial expressions. To what extent will these furry companions go for their humans? Ask no more as we go through our list of most loyal dog breeds.
In no particular order . . .
1. German Shepherd
There is a reason why the German shepherd serves as the face of police or military dogs. They naturally excel on just about any jobs that they are tasked to, not only as military dogs but as search-and-rescue canines, guide dogs, and others. It is unsurprising why they are one of the most famous dog breeds in the world. They naturally stand out in a pack and of course, they are highly praised for their best quality—loyalty and intelligence.
This brave and powerful canine is likely overprotective with their family and territory. As such, they should be provided with strong guidance and proper training in their early stages.
2. Brittany Spaniel
Despite being bred as a hunting dog, the Brittany spaniel makes an ideal family dog. They thrive for human companionship and can get along well with young children. With their sweet and lovable nature, this pooch can be easily trained. Regardless of having a strong prey drive, they can be taught to live peacefully with cats when properly introduced and socialised. However, with their limitless bundles of energy, they can be prone to excessive barking and destructive behaviours when not provided with enough exercise.
Beagles are gifted with an exceptional sense of smell, which is the reason why we often see them as security personnel canines. As they have retained their instinct to hunt in packs, they enjoy the company both humans and dogs. They are believed to become easily attached to their humans.
Further, they are also prized for their loyalty, and when properly trained it can be a good combination with their other traits—determination and stubbornness. Treats significantly contribute to a beagle’s training as it helps them focus more on the task.
One of the most famous dog loyalty stories is about an Akita named Hachiko. The news about Hachiko’s incredible love and loyalty, waiting for the return of his dead owner for nine years, was known worldwide. As such, this breed was made famous for its loyalty to its humans. Moreover, Akitas are affectionate and entertaining as pets. However, they are generally aloof to strangers.
5. Rough Collie
Next is a fine-looking dog breed that earned its title as a devoted and loyal companion. They are known to be overprotective to their people. With that said, they do not easily warm up to strangers. Aside from being a family companion, rough collies make great service dogs for people with disability as well as being rescue dogs.
6. Labrador Retriever
Did you know that the first dog to detect diabetic episodes was a Labrador retriever? Yes, and its name is Armstrong. Indeed, this breed is legendary amongst humankind. They are also famous for their temperament, making them one of the best family dogs and service dogs. In fact, there have been many stories circulating about their heroic acts with their owners. Nothing beats their intelligence, gentleness, and loyalty that lie with their family, including children.
7. Golden Retriever
The goldens effortlessly capture the hearts of millions with their lovely personality and of course their wise- and gentle-looking face, not to mention their strikingly golden coat. Despite being a friend to everyone, their loyalty to their family stands out. They may not be one of the bravest of all dog breeds, but they are capable of going through lengths just to keep their family warm and safe. They definitely make a good four-legged friend by your side.
8. Yorkshire Terrier
If you think all brave and bold dogs are gigantic, you have not met a Yorkshire terrier. Often called as Yorkie, it is the smallest breed amongst the terrier variety. Despite their small size, the Yorkies are very protective of their family. In fact, they prefer to always stay by your side and would love to follow you around the house. They would love the job as a watchdog since they will not hesitate to alert you as soon as they hear something amiss. They generally do not mix well with strangers.
9. Great Pyrenees
Great Pyrenees are also recognised as the Pyrenean mountain dog. It is praised for its loyalty and courage, two best traits not only as a livestock guard dog but as a family companion as well. However, it will not stay like any other breed to alert you of threats or strangers. Instead, it acts as a proactive guardian that likes to investigate and prowl around its environment eyeing for anything awry. As such, it is best to keep it in a larger area than in an apartment. For that same reason, it is not safe to walk it without its leash as its curiosity will likely take over.
Sporting its menacing look, boxers are one of the great family guard dogs. They are affectionate, gentle, and patient with children. They crave human attention and companionship, and when it comes to protection, they are unstoppable. They are known to be protective amongst their humans, which makes them a reliable watchdog.
Loyalty is earned.
This list of dogs may be popular due to their remarkable loyalty, but it is worth noting that every dog could be the most loyal dog to you. As long as you give them the necessary training and care, the bond will be formed with your patience and love, and you will have the most loyal pooch by your side.