When it comes to choosing a dog for you family, many people look for the quality of being loyal. Although most breeds express a certain amount of loyalty to their owner and family, some breeds have a better sense of loyalty than others.
Loyalty to you and your family may mean one thing to you and another, to a different dog owner, but essentially, loyalty from your dog means; obeying you and your commands. It means that the dog will protect you in a dangerous situation. And it means that he is always with you and wants to be with you above anyone else. When you think a dog who exhibits this type of loyalty, typically people will get a quick visual of the German Shepard breed, a Doberman or Retriever. Well, these breeds do fall into this category, but there are more and Here are 10 of the most loyal dog breeds available.
9. Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard breed was originally bred to be a guard of Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard. The large breed is most thought of, for its ability and loyal nature in rescuing injured people and people in despair. They were used in the mountainous areas where heavy snow and avalanches were common and could locate and rescue them. The breed eventually began to take notice in the US. They have migrated into homes across the US and have made exceptional family pets that take their loyalty and dedication to their owners, seriously.
8. Jack Russell Terrier
This little breed may be small, but don’t be fooled by his size and what he is capable of. This breed has a heart of gold and means very well when it comes to wanting to protect you from harm. He loves his owners and will always jump to your rescue to protect you from harm. He has a funny, quirky and bubbly personality, and he can be quite the clown and show-off. This is another breed that grew in popularity over recent years, and they are often seen in movies and TV shows, due to their ease in training, as well as their eagerness to learn and obey.
The Kuvasz is a large, breed that hails from Hungary. The breed is extremely loyal by nature. It was originally bred to be a royal guard dog as well as to guard livestock. Over the past seventy years, the dog began to become more of a house pet than for use in a guard position.
The Kuvasz has thick, white fur that is actually made up of two coats, the topcoat, and undercoat. Although its fur is very white, the skin of the Kuvasz should be dark in pigmentation and its nose should be black. These dogs love to be clowns and can have this type of personality on into adulthood. They are very intelligent dogs, however, you may need to work with them to get them to be at their optimum for obedience. They think for themselves and can be stubborn, which means training may be a challenge, but once they learn, they are excellent pets. This is not a breed recommended for first-time dog owners.
This breed is very large and very loyal. They are most recognized for their love of water and will take any risk to save someone from drowning, especially a family member. They have been known to jump in and rescue a family member who was just playfully swimming in the water, thinking they were drowning, which is just their love, devotion and loyalty shining through. These dogs weigh in between 130-150 pounds, which makes them one of the largest breeds, and not a good breed for apartment living. They require a lot of exercises, and you can expect a lot of drooling and shedding with this breed, however, if a super sweet disposition and loyalty are what you want in a dog, you cannot go wrong with the Newfoundland.
The Boxer is a very protective and loyal dog, not only to one owner but to the entire family. They love the entire family and will go to any length to protect them. They are a medium-sized breed of the dog plus its short, smooth coat make this a great dog for any type of environment or climate. They are very loving and have a very sweet disposition, which makes them one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the US. If you are looking for a loyal and all-around great dog for your family, you can’t go wrong with the Boxer.
Akitas are fiercely loyal dogs, especially to one owner. They will attach themselves to one family member, the main caregiver, and become very protective and loyal to them, for life. These dogs hail from Japan. They are medium-sized dogs with short fur, an athletic build, and are most recognized for their bushy tail that curls over their back. They do prefer the cold weather and seem to thrive in it, preferring to stay out in the cold, hunting rabbit and small prey during cold months. They do shed and require quite a bit of exercise, so they should not be cooped up in a house or apartment for long periods of time.
When you think of a Collie dog, most people immediately think of Lassie, the television show dog, and she really was a prime example of the breed, in general. This is a breed that was originally used to guard and protect herders flocks of sheep. They are very loyal dogs with an excellent personality and sweet disposition. The highly intelligent breed of dog is easy to train and always willing to please their owner. Collies make great family pets and are loyal to their entire family.
2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large breed of dog that falls into the hound dog category. It is a strong and muscular dog that has a very well balanced build from head-to-toe. Ridgebacks are very active and have a great deal of endurance and speed. Their temperament is affectionate toward their master, very loyal dogs to their owner, always wanting to please and be obedient, and will typically be aloof and reserved with strangers. They are known for their ridged back, which is where their name hails from.
1. Welsh Corgi
The Corgi was designed for herding. They are dedicated to their owner to be good listeners and care about getting the animals they are in charge of, home safe and sound. They want to please their owner, which is why they are considered to be very loyal dogs. Corgis are known for being the favorite dog of the Royal family. Many Royalties have owned several Corgis, which has also created a pique of interest with the breed here in the US. Corgis have funny little personalities and love to cut up. They like to run and play, even though it may seem that their short legs would mean a lounging dog. They like staying active and being with their owners, whether during play or snuggling on the couch.