20 Most Loyal Dog Breeds In The World

Dogs are our best friends and choosing to bring one into your life and family is an exciting time. Each dog breed brings its own unique set of personality traits and it’s important to carefully consider which breed will fit your family and lifestyle. If loyalty tops your list of must-haves in a canine companion, you’ll want to consider one of the 20 most loyal dog breeds in the world. These pups range from toy size to giant. Fiercely loyal, these furry friends will stay by your side no matter what.

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German Shepherd

 

One of the most recognizable breeds in the world, loyalty is literally bred into the German Shepherd. Well-known as working dogs, this breed can be found on the job alongside police and military personnel worldwide. However, they also make a wonderful family pet. They require regular brushing and exercise to stay healthy and happy. In return, they will unconditionally love and protect you and yours. They exhibit great dedication and gentleness with the adults and children in their families. If you’re looking for a steadfast family dog, you won’t regret welcoming a German Shepherd into your home.

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Great Pyrenees

 

If you’re looking for a gentle giant, the Great Pyrenees is for you. Intelligent and beautiful, this breed has it all. Eager to please and happiest when with its humans, this working breed makes a wonderful addition to any family who can provide the space they require. They are not well suited to apartment living. Originally bred to protect livestock, these dogs are dutifully protective and will guard you from any perceived threat (even those pesky leaves blowing across the yard). They are highly energetic and require regular exercise and lots of brushing.

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Pit Bull

 

Before you dismiss the Pit Bull, keep in mind they were originally called “nanny dogs” for their gentle and playful nature with children. These dogs are intelligent and highly trainable. With proper guidance, they make wonderful additions to many families. They are high-energy and require lots of exercise. They do especially well in households where they are the only dog and have lots of time with their humans. If you’re looking for loyalty, look no further!

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American Staffordshire Terrier

 

Don’t worry, this dog’s bark is bigger than its bite. They’re really just big teddy bears who love to spend time with their humans. With the proper training and socialization, they make fantastic companions. They are good with kids and only require moderate exercise. They are happiest when they have a job to do. This quality paired with their natural strength makes them excellent companions for distance runners or cyclists. A quick brushing keeps their short coats healthy and glossy. American Staffordshires are incredibly attached to their families, but often do best in households where they are the only pet. They are not particularly fond of other dogs or cats unless brought up with them from an early age.

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Boxer

 

Boxer’s are the ninth most popular dog breed in the world. Big and beautiful, they make exceptional family dogs. Boxers are devoted to their families and have cheerful and patient personalities, making them an excellent choice for kids. When they are puppies and young dogs, they need a lot of playtime and exercise as they are highly energetic. Long walks, taking care to mind the heat, are great for Boxers as are games of fetch in the backyard. A quick brushing is all that’s needed to keep them well-groomed. They are vigilant watchdogs and will alert you to anything out of the ordinary. With a strong human leader, Boxers are cherished members of many families across the globe.

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St. Bernard

 

If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy and don’t mind a little (or a lot) of drool, the St. Bernard is for you. These dogs are exceedingly faithful to their families, especially children. They exhibit endless patience with kids and their docile nature make them perfect childhood companions. Saint Bernards don’t require a lot of exercise and aren’t apt to play fetch for hours on end. Keep them happy with regular grooming and spending lots of time with them. They are good-natured and protective, the perfect combination if you’re looking for a laid-back and loyal four-legged companion.

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Shetland Sheepdog

 

Bred to protect and herd sheep and other livestock, the Shetland Sheepdog makes an affectionate and devoted pet. Their herding instinct is so strong that you may check on them playing outside with the kids and find they’ve all been “herded” to the middle of the yard. Shetlands love to be with their families as much as possible. They also do well with other pets. Particularly receptive to training, Shetlands make excellent frisbee dogs and are often top performers in agility competitions. They require a bit of grooming to keep their long coats healthy and un-matted. If you’re looking for a beautiful dog that’s loyal, energetic, and protective, look no further than the Shetland Sheepdog.

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Yorkshire Terrier

 

These are big dogs in a little dog’s body. While they are certainly lap-dogs, they are intensely loyal and protective of their humans. There are two popular ways to groom them, the long haired version (shown) which requires regular brushings and trips to the groomer or the “puppy-cut” in which their fur is kept shorter, making it much easier to maintain. Despite all that fur, they are a low-shedding breed making them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. They make great companion dogs and enjoy snuggling with their humans, however very small children may overwhelm them. If you’d like a small dog with a big personality, the Yorkie is for you.

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Akita

 

These dogs are intelligent, alert, and powerful. The Akita is profoundly loyal to its humans. They don’t require hours of exercise, but enjoy a long walk each day. They shed seasonally, so grooming is particularly important during that time. They are not well-suited to households with other pets and children, especially small children, should be supervised with Akitas. They are easy to train and you won’t find a more devoted breed.

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Doberman

 

These dogs epitomize loyalty and devotion. If you’re up for a high-energy breed that adores its humans, a Doberman is a great contender. Often mistaken as being aggressive, Dobermans never go looking for trouble. They will however, protect their family from threats. They are easily socialized with adults, kids, and other pets as long as you start when they are puppies. Originally bred by a tax-collector as a companion and protector, Doberman’s are the perfect faithful and steadfast breed for many families.

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Irish Wolfhound

 

Tipping the scales at 115 to 180 pounds, the Irish Wolfhound may seem intimidating at first. Upon closer inspection, we find that they are an incredibly friendly breed. They are quite notably attached to their own humans and welcoming to any visitors. They are not suited to apartment living and require a fenced yard. Irish Wolfhounds are easily socialized with other dogs and indoor cats making them perfect for multi-pet families. Their coats require a weekly brushing and they need daily exercise.

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Collie

 

If you want a true member of the family, consider a Collie. Initially bred to herd and protect livestock, they have become one of the most beloved family dogs around the world. They are energetic and trustworthy, quickly immersing themselves into the family. They are especially good with children and other pets, making them perfect for growing families. Easily trainable, you can often find them competing (and winning) in agility exercises. They require a fair amount of brushing to keep their coats silky and healthy. Highly devoted and intelligent, a Collie makes an excellent family dog.

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Golden Retriever

 

One of the top ten dog breeds in the United States, Golden Retrievers seem to have everything an active family is looking for in a dog. Loyalty, intelligence, beauty, and playfulness. These charming dogs make wonderful family pets. They do require at least an hour of play or exercise a day and need regular brushings to keep that golden fur from taking over the house. They have endless patience with children and love being with their humans; just look for their trademark golden smile. They ingrain themselves into their families and have a strong desire to be with them as much as possible.

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French Bulldog

 

Excellent apartment dogs, the French Bulldog will not disappoint. They pack a lot of personality into their little bodies. They are exceptionally fond of and dependant on their humans. They are good with kids and easily socialized when they are puppies. They only require light exercise and are happy to lavish their humans with love and attention. The love you give these little guys will be returned tenfold.

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Great Dane

 

A truly majestic breed, Great Danes are intensely loyal to their families. They are relaxed and laid-back with kids of all ages. Despite their giant stature, they often fancy themselves as lap dogs. Because of their sheer size, they are not well-suited to apartments. They do not require vigorous exercise, though they are more than happy to play every now and then. They require early socialization and training to polish their manners. They can be fiercely protective of their humans when called for, but generally they truly are gentle giants.

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Beagle

 

Happy, inquisitive, and devoted to their families, Beagles make great companions for adults and children alike. They are small enough to adapt to living in apartments and other small spaces, though they do require a fair amount of exercise. They love to follow their noses, and are still used by many to track game. They are an intelligent breed, but can be headstrong and require a bit more effort in training. Still, they remain one of the more popular breeds among families looking for a loyal companion.

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Labrador Retriever

 

America’s top breed, you’d be hard-pressed to find a trustier four-legged family member than the Labrador Retriever. They are people-oriented dogs who live to dutifully serve their humans. And serve they do; as therapy dogs, retrievers, and search and rescue dogs just to name a few. Their good-natured personalities make them a versatile breed suitable for many types of families. They do require regular exercise and a quick brushing each week. Loyal, intelligent, and highly trainable, Labradors are an excellent choice for adults and kids alike.

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Pug

 

Pugs are small and make great family dogs. They get along well with kids and adults. Little goofballs, they are a people-pleasing breed and can often be found showing off for their humans. They were originally bred to be lap dogs, so don’t be surprised when your Pug follows you like your shadow. Favor them with love and attention and they’ll give you their whole heart.

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Jack Russell terrier

 

Little bundles of energy, Jack Russells are highly intelligent and easily trained. They need early training and socialization as they can become quite a handful without it. They are loving and mesh well with adults and children alike. They require lots of regular exercise and are very playful making them perfect companions for the more energetic among us. They excel in obedience and agility training. Jack Russells are affectionate and sure to fill your days with laughter and love.

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Dachshund

 

These adorable little dogs pack a lot of punch. Originally meant to hunt badgers, Dachshunds are incredibly brave despite their diminutive stature. They tend to bond to a single human more than an entire group, so may not be best for a household with small children. They are loyal and very attached to their human(s). Dachshunds require minimal exercise and grooming, making them well suited to apartments and other small spaces. They should be trained and socialized early on. They are playful and inquisitive; sure to bring a smile to your face every day.

 

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