10 Dog Breeds That Are Most Loyal to Their Owners

10 Dog Breeds That Are Most Loyal to Their Owners

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For thousands of years, dogs and humans have coexisted. According to one study, published in Nature Communications, dogs may have been domesticated as far back as 32,000 years ago. Regardless, for some of us, they have become an integral part of our lives. We consider them as our friend and family and in return, they give us their unconditional love and protection. Without a doubt, we share a special bond with our canine friends. According to an experiment by ScienceDirect, the part of the brain associated with enjoyment and positive emotions lit up when the dogs could smell their owner’s scent. This is the same part that is associated with love in humans! Today, we are listing a select few dog breeds that show unconditional loyalty to their owners.

1. Akita

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The Akita is a bold and willful dog. While they are naturally wary of strangers, they are extremely loyal to their family. The fully devoted family dog is a Japanese breed, from which you can expect affection, respect, and loads of entertainment. You probably know the story of Hachiko, Japan’s most famous dog. So, you know what to expect. Just like the shiba inu, these dogs are clean and groom themselves. According to Mental Floss, they have an almost cat-like obsession with cleanliness. (source)

2. Golden Retriever

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The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Not only is their nose extremely powerful, but their sense of smell is among the best of all dog breeds. Because of this, they are often used on search and rescue teams for tracking. They are incredible swimmers and also have two layers of fur. While the inner most layer keeps them warm, the outer layer is waterproof. Apart from being the third most popular dog breed in America, they are considered to be the 4th smartest dog breed. Golden Retrievers are also quiet, calm and very lovable, thus making them one of the most popular dogs in the history of the United States. (source)

3. German Shepherd

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German Shepherds also manage to be on the top of the list as one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are intelligent, agile, and spirited and are great service dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, they can understand a new command after only five repetitions and follow the first command given to them 95 percent of the time; making them the third smartest dog breed of all time. They are also said to have 225 million scent receptors in their nose, which is one of the reasons why they are mostly employed by police and military forces and as search and rescue dogs. (source)

4. Great Pyrenees

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Great Pyrenees are calm, well-mannered, serious dogs, known for their great devotion to family. They are generally trustworthy, affectionate and gentle, but if there’s a need to protect their family, they would not hesitate. In fact, the Great Pyrenees was bred to be a livestock guard dog for the farmers in the Pyrenees Mountains of Europe. According to the AKC, Great Pyrenees instinct is to be kind and patient with all vulnerable animals. However, because they were bred to guard the flocks at night while the shepherds were sleeping, they are naturally nocturnal. (source)

5. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite breed and according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed has taken the top spot in its rankings of most popular breeds for 24 consecutive years—the longest reign of any breed in AKC history. The loyal dogs are known for their ability to run fast, and according to the Animal Planet, they can reach 12 miles an hour in just three seconds. They are also the most commonly used breed for guide dogs. (source)

6. Beagle

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Beagles make great family dogs and they are great with large groups of people. They are extremely friendly, curious, merry and playful, which also means they require lots of attention and exercise. They are very rarely aggressive but are highly alert at all times. This means that if they hear even a small noise from outside, they would alert you. Beagles are independent thinkers and require training to obey their owners. Once trained, they become loyal and see a person as their alpha dog and master. (source)

7. Collie

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Collies are fun, energetic and intelligent dogs that are best known for their long fur coats and majestic sense of poise. They’re herding dogs that have loving and sensitive personalities, which makes them easy to train. Like many breeds, Collies have double coats that keep them warm in the winter. According to Mental Floss, they were bred to be independent problem solvers, capable of solving complex tasks. (source)

8. Boxer

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Boxers are a bright, fun, loving, loyal and active breed. They prefer to be in the company of their owners and will fiercely guard their family and home against strangers. However, they hate to be left alone in the house and require lots of activity and exercise every day. If their needs are not met to expel some energy, they can become destructive when left alone. (source)

9. St. Bernard

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The dog breed was first used as rescue dogs by monks in the Swiss Alps. They are capable of clearing paths through thick, snow-covered mountain ways, predicting incoming avalanches, and their keen sense of smell allows them to search and rescue people. While they can grow up to 3 ft tall and weigh up to 200 lbs, they are loving, gentle and tolerant. They are good with families and eager to please, making training easier. (source)

10. Doberman

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Doberman pinschers are powerful, energetic and people-oriented. If trained properly, they are affectionate and sweet with people, however, some Dobermans’ bond only to one person. The breed does require training from a young age and experts often advise against special guard training, since they could become alert and noisy at times. They are however, extremely brave and will fend off any intruder in your home or property. They are considered the fifth-smartest dog breed in the world. (source)

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