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The 10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on July 13, 2014

Whether they are sitting by your side each day, saving you from harm, defending your home, or protecting those that fight along side them, these breeds are known for being loyal to the point of risking their own lives for your safety. As family dogs, they’ll stay close and keep you and your loved ones safe the best that they can. Do you have one of these loyal breeds in your home? Tell us about your faithful companion on Facebook!

#1 – Great Pyrenees

It’s no surprise this breed is considered one of the most loyal dogs out there. A supreme livestock guardian, they will protect their charges (whether it’s sheep or kids) at all costs.

#2 – Shetland Sheepdog

There is not one sheltie owner out there that doesn’t refer to their dog as a personal “shadow,” following them from room to room and always within reach. Often reserved or even shy of strangers, this breed lives 100% for its owners.

#3 – German Shepherd Dog

There is a reason this breed is one of the most used police and military dogs out there – they are loyal to the core. They will drag a wounded soldier out of harm’s way, protect their police handler, or save your children from an intruder.

#4 – St. Bernard

The St. Bernard is loyal to almost anyone, even strangers. And it’s no wonder – they were originally used in Hospice (a refuge for travelers crossing the treacherous passes between Switzerland and Italy) as a guard dog and to rescue travelers trapped in the snow. (Source: American Kennel Club)

#5 – Rough Collie

Often seen as the larger version of the Shetland sheepdog of the “Lassie dog”, the collie is known for being just as loyal as the sheltie, without the reserved nature. While the sheltie will save its family, the collie would save anyone in need. However, like the sheltie, the collie is also a “shadow dog,” staying close to his family.

#6 – Kuvasz


This breed was originally owned by royalty. In Turkish, his name means “armed guard of the nobility,” and he takes his job seriously. Aloof with affection even to his own family, he is a devoted protector through and through. (Source: American Kennel Club)

#7 – Akita

Anyone who saw the moving Hatchi will attest to how loyal this breed can be. They are intelligent and strong-willed, but will do anything to protect their family.

#8 – Brittany

A high energy happy hunter, the Brittany will loyally follow his two-legged hunting partner for miles upon miles without straying. Their devotion and will to please make them easy to train for any sport.

#9 – American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire terrier is so loyal to his owners, that he will do anything that is asked of him. Unfortunately, this very loyal nature has made them a great pick for fighting dogs, since they will do what is asked of them, regardless of how they are treated or what they are being asked to do.

#10 – Mastiff

An ancient breed owned by Caesar himself, the Mastiff has a long history of being strong, courageous, and loyal. They have been used in wars, as palace protectors, and by peasants as livestock and home guardians. Although an intimating size, they are known for being gentle and devoted to their family.


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