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10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds


Don't be fooled by that ruff tuff mug. A Rottweiler is one the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., and it's because snugglebug is his middle name. Fans of Rotties coo about their companionship and dedication to family, especially when trained as puppies with proper socialization skills. (He's even the star of a children's book!) These hardy and clever working dogs are actually quite sensitive and don't like to be left home alone.


Oh sure, a Chihuahua will slip some sassy shade on you, but she's also most content tucked into the crook of your arm. This pint-sized pooch looooves her humans, and expects nothing less than glam strollers and gourmet treats in return. Chis are also some of the longest-living dog breeds, so you'll have plenty of time to treasure one another.

German Shepherd

Brilliant German shepherds could certainly write the loyal dog breed manual. Calm, confident, and ever faithful, it's no wonder so many heroic dog stories feature German shepherds going above, beyond, and through for their people. You've heard of 'Velcro dogs', right? Yep, these are them—always wanting to stick with their people like the connective fabric. Train, exercise, and love a German shepherd and they'll be your best friend forever.


Cocker Spaniel

Once you gaze into the soft brown eyes of a cocker spaniel, her sweetness completely washes over you, and that's a marvelous feeling. If you yearn for a loyal pooch who's absolutely happy to do whatever and trades snuggles with cats and kids, this silky-furred beauty is perfect. Apartments, condos, homes in the 'burbs—a cocker spaniel is so adaptable and good-natured, the neighbors will probably take their morning coffee with her!

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retriever, be he black, chocolate, or golden, nuzzles his way into your heart and never leaves. For 30 years, this pooch has held the first spot on the American Kennel Club's most popular dog list. That's three entire decades! Steadfast, true, and smart, he's a versatile buddy who does just about everything. Go on adventures? Sure! Comfort people as a therapy dog? Yes! Save you from a rattlesnake? Absolutely, but we really hope it doesn't come to that.

Great Pyrenees

All you need to know is in the name: Great Pyrenees. So great! Cherished by queens, kings (she was once the 'Royal Dog of France'), and sheepherders alike, this snowball of love is fond of her family. But as an independent thinker, she might want to go her own way once in a while, so consistent positive reinforcement training keeps her close. What else should you keep nearby? Grooming supplies, as this polar dog sheds a lot.

Saint Bernard

A trusty furred companion too proud to cling and too well-mannered to bark a lot, a Saint Bernard is a mighty dog with an even bigger heart. She has infinite patience for children who treat her kindly. Those slobbery kisses will wake you up, though! Because she's so bright, she responds well to gentle training and appreciates a casual stroll with you each day so you can share deep thoughts while she puts her sniffer to work.


Few sights are as wonderful as a greyhound sprinting. It's what they were bred to do. However, fans of this darling loyal dog breed say they're also the most smoochable '40 mph couch potatoes' you'll ever meet. Empty nesters can easily cozy up with this tender and mellow pup. Despite their history, greyhounds enjoy daily walks with you and exploring fenced backyards before resting their long snouts on your knee for head pats.


One of Japan's six treasured national breeds, if you approach an adorable Akita and she doesn't know you, expect a cold shoulder. She's 110 percent dedicated to her people, and playful and affectionate with them. The rest of us get a little side-eye. She might be happiest as an only fur child, but if she learns to adapt to other dogs and even cats in puppy kindergarten, she'll be more inclined to let them into your inner circle.

Golden Retriever

Of course merry golden retrievers love you. But Kelley says they tend to be hyper-outgoing and desire affection from anyone and everyone. This doesn't mean these sweet pups are disloyal, only that they enjoy being the life of the party. If you're also an extroverted and active pet parent, this trait won't matter a bit. Sing with him around the campfire, have him join your running group, or simply cuddle. It's all good to a golden!

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