They always seem to know when we’re having a bad day or how to just make a good day better. Since the beginning of time, dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend.” This title is directly related to their loyalty to their human counterparts. As a tribute to our furry friends, we have compiled this list of the top 12 most loyal dog breeds of all time.
Whether you are looking for your next furry companion or just curious if your own dog made the list, keep reading to count down the most loyal dog breeds of all time!
Starting off the list is the ridiculously adorable Dachshund. Also known as “weiner-dogs,” these guys fit into any family and are incredibly loyal to their people. While they were originally bred for hunting rabbits, they spend most their time cuddling on couches or posing for web-worthy photos these days!
#11 Yorkshire Terrier
While they may be small, the Yorkshire Terrier definitely doesn’t come short in the loyalty department! Their size allows them to be taken almost everywhere their person goes. Although their yapping can sometimes be frustrating, the Yorkshire Terrier truly believes they are protecting their family and home from any threat.
This Japanese-bred dog has seen a recent increase in popularity all over. We see why — it is hard to resist that curly tail and sweet face! The Akita is more than just a pretty face, they earn their spot on this list for their insane amount of loyalty to their families.
#9 English Mastiff
Though this dog breed was depicted as a vicious kid-eater in the hit film The Sandlot, anyone who has ever come into contact with an English Mastiff knows this isn’t the case! These gentle giants get along well with adults and children alike and while being heavily protective of their family when necessary.
#8 St. Bernard
This dog breed has been saving humans since the beginning. St. Bernards are best known for snow rescues, making them not only insanely loyal, but also beyond intelligent. Their eagerness to find and rescue stranded humans easily puts them on this list! St. Bernards aren’t just hard workers, though, they also make a great addition to any household!
Although they may look grumpy, any Bulldog owner knows they are happiest with their owners! Bulldogs are so popular, they exist as both British and American types — that’s twice the love! Whether it’s in the states or across the pond, this breed definitely earns its spot on the list.
Best known for their keen abilities as watchdogs, it should come as no surprise that the Boxer breed wound up on this list. While they can look intimidating, any Boxer owner knows these rambunctious dogs are as gentle as they are loyal! Keep reading to crack the top five on the list, starting with a movie star!
#5 Rough Collie
The hit movie “Lassie Come Home” brought this lovable dog breed into the spotlight. The Rough Collie originated in Scotland before warming its way into hearts all over. Not only are they loyal, the Collie is also incredibly intelligent and cunning as seen by their frequent careers working on farms.
Rough Collies aren’t the only dog to be featured on the big screen. Beagles had their own debut in the movie “Shiloh.” These small but mighty dogs get along well with children and are a great addition to any family. Think it couldn’t get any more loyal than this? Think again!
#3 German Shepherd
Known for their usefulness working as police dogs, the German Shepherd is as loyal as it is brave. In addition to being the exclusive breed of K-9 units in the United States, they are one of the top choices for serving the disabled as well as make great family pets.
#2 Golden Retriever
Though they have played a part in creating numerous other famous dog breeds, few rival the loyalty of the original Golden Retriever. Their iconic golden coat and easy-going disposition make them instantly recognizable in crowds all over. It’s hard to believe it could get any more loyal than this…
#1 Labrador Retriever
Number one on the list holds the title of America’s favorite dog breed. The Labrador Retriever is the most commonly owned breed in the States for good reason. In addition to making incredibly loyal companions, they are great with kids and intelligent enough to be employed by service organizations all over.
While every dog is certainly “man’s best friend,” these 12 breeds come in at the top thanks to their incredible amount of loyalty to their human companions! Were you surprised by the number one loyal dog breed on this list? Did your dog’s breed make the list? No matter what, we are sure your pooch deserves their own honorary spot here!
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