Most of us can agree that dogs are a man’s best friend. Everybody wants something a little different from their dog and many potential owners want a loyal dog to stand by them no matter what. Some dog breeds will love anyone who takes them for a walk or gives them a treat, other dog breeds need to feel a deep connection with their owners.
Please note that like any breed round up, all the following choices are subjective and are far from being exhaustive. We know there are many other dog breeds that could have made the list and the list is in no particular order!
Take a look at our “Top 10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds for Your Home” list below and let us know if your favourite dog breed features!
The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds for Your Home”
Temperament: Caring, Curious and Energetic
Fun Fact: Beagles were originally bred as hunting hounds and they were bred to hunt in packs.
The Beagle is one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. The Beagle is a loving dog breed that want to please their owner making them one of the best family dogs. Their loving nature means that they find it easy to bond with everyone in the family and consider them pack members. This dog breed is great with children and other animals. Beagles are a playful breed and their sturdy, compact frame allows them to be one of the best dogs for kids and families, and they can play without fear of injury to both themselves or the children. Beagles have an impressive sense of smell and are even used as detection dogs in some airports but due to their friendly nature they can do their job without making anyone uncomfortable! Beagles are one of our favourite medium dog breeds.
Due to the Beagles small size they require less upkeep then some of the bigger dogs. They can be happy in a flat as long as they are walked regularly. A back garden would be preferable, but be aware, a Beagle may wander off when it is following its nose so it is much safer if there is a fence!
The Beagle’s short coat requires regular bathing and daily brushing. Naturally, other care includes a balanced diet and regular exercise to prevent obesity. The Beagle is one of the longest living dog breeds, living up to 12-15 years.
Also, due to the Beagles strong sense of smell it easily becomes distracted by attractive scents, therefore the Beagle needs regular and consistent use of a leash when out for walks!
Temperament: Gentle, Kind and Trusting
Fun Fact: Labrador Retrievers have a great love for water and they love to swim. Their coats actually help them to swim!
Labrador Retrievers make great pets for first-time dog owners due to their affectionate and loyal natures. The Labrador is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and they are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism. They are known for being calm and gentle, meaning they are a great family dog as well as a great companion to share the home with as well as being one of the best dog breed for kids and families. In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds for seniors. Labrador Retrievers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their family, and develop bonds with each member, not just with one person. They are friendly to everyone they meet and get along with other animals in the household.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the most active dog breeds and need around an hour exercise every day. This could be running, swimming, or fetch. They are an intelligent dog breed who get great satisfaction out of releasing their energy in fun ways.
Labrador Retrievers are a double-coated dog breed therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.
Temperament: Alert, Courageous and Friendly
Fun Fact: You have to include the Akita in any most loyal dog breeds list due to Hachiko. Hachiko was a famous Akita who used to walk with his owner to the train station every day, however, his owner tragically passed away whilst at work and Hachiko waited for his owner at the train station in Japan for 9 years after his owner’s passing.
Originating from the Land of the Rising Sun, this Japanese breed is considered the National Treasure of the Country. The Akita of today is one of the most loyal dog breeds and they will watch over their master and their family members due in part to their roots as a guard dog. However, they can get defensive when it comes to unfamiliar people, places, and animals, so proper socialisation is necessary and they require their owner to be an experienced dog owner. The Akita is a fast learner and can be trained easily, however, they get bored just as fast, so a good training program should be developed to keep the Akita mentally stimulated.
The Akita is an intelligent dog breed as well as being one of the the most loyal dog breeds, however, their independence and stubborn nature can be a problem if they aren’t properly trained. Akita’s require lots of training in their early stages. Using high value and high frequency rewards to motivate them is important. Once trained, they are incredibly loving and protective. Unlike many other large breeds, the Akita doesn’t require hours of exercise, they are generally happy with long brisk walks!
Akita’s have a thick undercoat and this is something that needs to be maintained regularly as they are also prone to malt.
Temperament: Intelligent, Obedient and Protective.
Fun Fact: Lucca was a famous German Shepherd who was awarded the “Animal in War & Peace Medal of Bravery” for her 6 years in the US Military. In her 400 missions, no human fatalities occurred under her watch.
The German Shepherd was originally bred as a working dog breed. The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dog breeds which means they excel in their ability to follow command and their bravery. Their main mission was to serve and obey their master. The combination of their intelligence and their instinctual willingness to learn and obey makes them one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world as well as one of our favourite working dog breeds. When trained and socialised properly, their stable obedient temperament allows them to bond with all family members as they consider them to be part of their pack. This dog breed is one of the best guarding breeds and they will do anything, even put their lives at risk, to protect their pack. This makes the German Shepherd one of the best dog breeds for protection.
Due to their origins, they need to be kept occupied both mentally and physically therefore they require at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day to ensure they aren’t bored. German Shepherds have a lot of energy and require large amounts of movement everyday to burn their energy!
Like the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherds are double-coated dogs therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.
Temperament: Caring, Curious and Energetic
Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs breeds in the world right now. They offer affection, companionship and energy whilst also being easy to train and incredibly gentle. Just like the Labrador, they are excellent choices for therapy or canine assistance as they are one of the most intelligent dog breeds! They are a great family dog and the Golden Retriever develops a bond with each family member, not just one person. They are also one of the best dog breeds for beginners.
Due to their active nature, Golden Retrievers need a good amount of exercise to keep them healthy, dog games are recommended to keep this particular breed physically and mentally stimulated.
The Golden Retriever is known for being a great dog breed for kids and families and other dogs due to their gentle and kind nature. They have an instinct for protecting their pack from anything dangerous so they are great to take to the park with your children as they are another pair of watchful eyes!
Temperament: Alert, Courageous and Lively.
Fun Fact: The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog, and is named after the Mexican State of Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas are an entertaining and expressive little dog breed. The Chihuahua is absolutely brimming with confidence. Their personality makes them an adorable companion and they can really brighten up the mood in any home. Chihuahuas are one of the most loyal dog breeds around, so much so they are often described as “Clingy”; that’s how loyal this breed is in general! Their loyalty and personalities is just one of the reasons they are one of our favorite small dog breeds!
Due to their small size and expressive personality, chihuahuas don’t require the long walks that other dog breeds do, which makes them one of our least active dog breeds, they are equally as happy in a flat as they are in a massive yard, as long as they get as much attention as possible. However, their small size means they can quite easily be injured when playing so it is best to avoid having them play with children or larger dogs if possible. Another positive of their size is that they are very easy to maintain and need regular brushing.
The Chihuahua is also one of the longest living dog breeds. The Chihuahua can live up to 20 years old! In general, Chihuahuas live to be around 12 to 14 years. Chihuahuas are one of the oldest living dog breeds on the planet.
Temperament: Bold, Confident and Courageous
Fun Fact: Yorkshire Terriers were originally bred in England in the 19th Century to catch mice and rats in textile mills.
Like the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terriers make up for what they lack in size in personality. Yorkshire Terriers are one of the best dog breeds for beginners as they are funny outgoing dogs who generally enjoy spending time with their owners. They sometimes forget that they are such a small dog and are willing to take on any challenge! They are one of the best dog breed for apartments too!
Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their owners and they are an intelligent dog breed as well as a great companion on any adventure. All these traits make them one of our favorite small dogs!
Yorkshire Terriers long hair means that some grooming is essential. The Yorkshire Terriers coat needs to be combed or brushed regularly and they need to wash after one of their adventures as the dirt can easily get trapped within the hairs! The Yorkshire Terrier is one of our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds. An important point to note is that the hair on the top of the head gets very long, so many owners pull the hair back into a distinctive ponytail to keep the hair out of the dogs face!
Additionally, the Yorkshire Terrier is one of the longest living dog breeds, living up to 15 years!
Temperament: Calm, Friendly and Gentle
Fun Fact: Originally bred to assist in rescues by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border.
The St Bernard forms a close bond to their master and also forms very strong bonds to other members of their pack. They are one of our most loyal dog breeds because they have the ability to form deep relationships with many members of their pack. When they are raised with children in the home, they too become part of their pack. They will defend their pack if they are being threatened, however, they are not an aggressive dog; they are known to be calm, friendly and gentle. Their instinct to protect supersedes their general mannerisms.
Due to their origins, it is imperative that St Bernard gets a lot of physical activity. St Bernard are one of the most active dog breeds and they need regular exercise to stretch those strong and powerful leg muscles. The St Bernard will thrive on spending time with their pack and they do not handle themselves well when they are left behind. Therefore, it is best to either take them with you or have someone around the house if possible.
Both the short and long haired breeds need moderate care as their cots shed constantly, whilst the long-haired breeds can easily mat. They need an occasional bath to remove the water-resistant oils from their coat.
Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious
Fun Fact: Many of the best border collies have one common ancestor, a dog known as Old Hemp.
Border Collies are a real family dog, they are one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. The Border Collie is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world as well as one of the most active dog breeds. They have ranked as the smartest dog breed in the world in many studies. With this level of intellect comes deep loyalty to their masters as long as they are mentally and physically stimulated. They are a friendly breed who love to play, which makes them one of our favourite medium dog breeds.
They need lots of space to run, a big back yard or a farm is the best place for them after all they were originally bred for herding livestock! The Border Collie could become very bored in a small apartment or somewhere where they could not let their mind and legs run free. They also thoroughly enjoy playing games with children, which makes the Border Collie one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.
Border Collies are an energetic and lively dog breed. Due to this, their coat needs a lot of maintenance to ensure that there is no dirt and debris in there from their day-to-day activities.
Also, the Border Collie is one of the best herding dog breeds.
Temperament: Affectionate, Fearless and Strong Willed
Fun Fact: The Great Pyrenees was bred to guard the flocks at night while the shepherds were sleeping and predators roamed about. Therefore they are nocturnal by nature!
The Great Pyrenees is very protective of its family and can in some cases be territorial. They will place their pack above everything else, which makes them one of the most loyal dog breeds ever. Sometimes they are reserved with strangers and can be aggressive to animals that do not belong to their pack. The Great Pyrenees can make great family companions due to their loving nature whilst also being gentle and patient with children.
Originally bred to be used as a livestock guardian, they need lots of space to run. Their size alone means they are harder to keep in shape than other dogs. They are one of our favourite working dog breeds as well as one of our favorite herding dog breeds. We recommend at least a good long walk daily to keep them in shape as well as a healthy balanced diet.
Grooming a Great Pyrenees can be a lot of work due to their size and their thick coats. The coats need to be maintained regularly.
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