Dogs aren't just "kind" to humans because we provide them with food and shelter, in contrast to other animals. They are so devoted because we have a unique bond with them. In a ScienceDirect experiment on dog behavior, it was found that when the dogs smelled their owners, the area of the brain linked to happiness and pleasant feelings lit up. That is the same region in humans that is linked to love!
Top 15 dog breeds that show unconditional loyalty!
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...
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.
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.”
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.
They might be big, but they are a great family dog breed. Dobermans are not only faithful, but very fearless and alert.
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.
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.
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.
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