The 13 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Oct. 20, 2015

There are many factors to consider when looking for just the right dog breed, with loyalty being high on the list.

There's a reason dogs are known as man's best friend that goes far beyond a wagging tail, endless energy for games of fetch and morning face licks. There's also loyalty. Dogs make great companions to the young and old, and bachelors and families, and loyalty is one of the reasons why. If you're in need of some furry friendship, here are 13 loyal dog breeds to choose from with some background information on each from VetStreet.

  1. Labrador Retriever

    Labs are one of the most popular dog breeds year in and year out. In addition to being smart and friendly, they're outgoing and make great companions for active seniors.
  1. Golden Retriever

    Staying on the subject of retrievers, if there's one dog that defines the word friendly, it's a golden. These easygoing, gentle dogs make ideal family pets and are super loyal. Because of their loyalty, many goldens are also service dogs.
  1. German Shepherd

    German shepherds are synonymous with loyalty because they have the ability to protect. In addition to serving the police and the military, they also make great guide dogs. These devoted dogs will not only protect your home but they enjoy one-on-one time with you as well.
  1. Saint Bernard

    Don't let their size fool you. Saint Bernards are oversized gentle teddy bears. Calm and patient, these big boys will love you and your children.
  1. Collie

    Collies make themselves part of your family from the first time they step a paw into your home. They love your children as well as you. Since they think everyone is their friend, collies will even get along with your other pets (maybe even the cat!). Now that's loyalty!
  1. Akita

    The mission statement for these loyal dogs starts with family protection, especially the youngsters. Though he might not follow you from room to room, rest assured he knows where you are.
  1. Bulldog

    Bulldogs are as loving as they are cute. Another dog that likes to spend time with his owner and loves kids too, bulldogs are as loyal as they come and make great pets.
  1. Bichon Frise

    Despite a lack of size, these furballs make outstanding watchdogs as they always have their eyes on their surroundings. And they're always up for a good cuddle, given their super affectionate nature.
  1. Dachshund

    Though these dogs are small on size, they're big on spirit and loyalty. Dachshunds make excellent watchdogs and have no problem exercising those vocal chords if something or someone arouses their suspicion. They can make great family dogs as long as they're raised with young kids.
  1. Puggle

    Some breeder sure knew what he was doing -- if the goal of crossing a pug and a beagle was to breed the perfect companion dog, that is. Blessed with a pug's affectionate trait, puggles love their owners and enjoy spending lots of time with them. They're great family dogs too. Just make sure young kids are careful not to grab the dog's floppy ears.
  1. Neapolitan Mastiff

    Raised as a guardian breed, Neapolitans have incredible protective instincts. Those even extend to other family pets.
  1. Rottweiler

    Rottweilers are similar to German shepherds in that they're big, strong and very recognizable. They're also very territorial and won't allow strangers onto your property without your approval.
  1. Great Dane

    Don't let the size fool you. Even though a Great Dane can weigh as much as 175 pounds, he's a big teddy bear who loves some couch time with his owner. And he'll love your children.

The fact of the matter is, many other breeds will be loyal, loving pets as long as they're raised that way. But if you're thinking of adopting a dog, you can't go wrong with any of the loyal dog breeds listed above. Just read the tips from How Much is that Pup in the Window? Costs for Potential Pet Owners to Consider when looking for a new best friend.

Steve Auger is freelance writer whose venture into the world of dog lovers began shortly after meeting his wife, Lauren, and her adorable puggle, Layla. He quickly learned that some of the best friends people will ever have are those that walk on four legs.

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