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Which 15 Dog Breeds Are Most Loyal to Their Owners

Unlike with other animals, dogs aren’t just “nice” to us because we give them shelter and food. We share a special connection with them and that is why they are so loyal. An experiment by ScienceDirect about a canine behavior discovered that the part of the brain, associated with enjoyment and positive emotions, lit up when the dogs could smell their owner’s scent. That’s the same part that is connected to love in humans!

Bright Side would like to show you our top 15 dog breeds that show unconditional loyalty!

1. Akita

Akitas, as described by the AKC, are profoundly loyal and fully devoted to their families. They are a Japanese breed, and you can expect affection, respect, and entertainment from them!

It comes to no one’s surprise that the most famous and faithful dog in the world — Hachiko — is an Akita.

2. Golden Retriever

Goldens are the most popular breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, and for good reason. They are friendly, intelligent, sweet, and also “fiercely loyal” to their owners.

3. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are also an incredibly famous breed, and loved by many people. They are some of the most intelligent and courageous in the world. Apart from that, they are one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world too. After all, there’s a reason why the police, the military, and the blind trust them with very important jobs.

4. Beagle

According to the AKC, they are not only trustworthy, but also very friendly, curious, merry, and easygoing. Beagles are very rarely aggressive or violent, it’s not in their nature. However, they have loud voice and are known to howl.

5. Collie

Collies are yet another very famous dog breed, mostly thanks to the legendary Lassie. They are described as devoted, graceful, and proud by the AKC, but when it comes to their loyalty, intelligence, and character — for them, they are “stuff of legends.”

6. Boxer

These big, goofy, bundles of joy are the whole package. They are friendly, great with kids, very fun-loving, and devoted, but also very patient and alert. This blend of great personality traits is perfect for young children.

7. St. Bernard

St. Bernards are another very popular dog breed that is great for you, if you have kids or other pets. They are playful, charming, and fall under this category for a reason. They are also very responsible, which is why they are used as rescue dogs so often.

8. Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees are yet another majestic dog breed, that will truly surprise you with their unconditional loyalty. They have been used as herding dogs, and are truly a guardian to their herd or family. Don’t think that they are not cuddly, though, because they are. They are patient, intelligent, cute, and affectionate, and they love their home.

9. Labrador Retriever

Labs are sweet, outgoing, and very intelligent dogs that are great with kids and full of affection! They are so devoted to you that they won’t leave your side, even if you are stuck in bed with a cold or just watching TV.

10. Doberman

They might be big, but they are a great family dog breed. Dobermans are not only faithful, but very fearless and alert.

11. Dachshund

The so-called “wiener dogs” are small, but definitely act like a big dog, in a good way! Daschunds are friendly and curious, but fierce, as well as very devoted and attached to their families.

12. Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhounds are the definition of a gentle giant. Don’t let their massive size fool you, they are actually very calm, kind, and affectionate. Their faithfulness is another characteristic that makes them such a special breed.

13. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are a playful, loving, confident, and dedicated dog breed. They might look serious, but they can be huge goofballs, always ready to entertain and play with their humans.

14. Chinese Shar-Pei

Shar-Peis are very independent, calm, and trustworthy. They make for a great companion and guard dog due to their physical characteristics.

15. Chihuahua

These small “purse dogs” don’t believe they are tiny. Chihuahuas possess that big-dog attitude, alongside a lot of charm, gracefulness, sassiness, and devotion.

Did you see your dog on this list? Please let us know what breed of dog you have and share your stories of loyalty with all of us!