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The 10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

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.

#1 – Great Pyrenees

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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