Ever since early history, humans have developed a special bond with dogs. We share a common need for companionship, love, security, friendship, and loyalty. Based on history and owner experiences, these particular breeds have made it to the list of most loyal dog breeds. However, we believe all dogs have the potential to be on this list as long as they're treated as part of the family.
Don't be surprised that Lassie is on this list. The Rough Collie is a herding breed that originated in Scotland. These friendly dogs are intelligent, active, and good with children and other animals. Rough collies are loyal and protective of their owners, making them excellent family dogs.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Eye Disorders
Commonly used by the police and military, German Shepherds are working dogs that originated from Germany dating back to the late 1800s. These highly active dogs have a willingness to learn and serve a purpose. German Shepherds are naturally loyal and bond well with familiar faces. They have a tendency to become overprotective of their family and territory, strong guidance and training is a necessity.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Arthritis
Beagles are often used by homeland security personnel because of their incredible sense of smell. The modern breed has its origins in Great Britain but has even been mentioned in references dating back to Ancient Greece. They are known to be merry, kind, and gentle. They are pack animals and for this reason, they are very attached to their owners.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Prone to pick up fleas, ticks, and worms
Originating from Hungarian roots, this breed was known to guard livestock. In recent years, Kuvasz's have served well as house pets. Kuvasz's are an intelligent breed that has a clownish sense of humor. They are loyal pets who appreciate attention with a streak of aloofness and independence. The combination of their large size and loyalty to their family makes this breed a suitable guard dog.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip Dysplasia
With roots dating back to Newfoundland off the east coast of North America, The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. It is known for its happy temperament, boundless energy, intelligence, gentleness, loyal and ease with children.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip and Joint Problems
Developed in the Brittany province of France in the 1800s, the Brittany is a hunting/gun breed that was originally bred for bird hunting. Brittanies are noted for being easy to train, sensitive and sweet-natured. Most Brittanies do not let a chance to give a kiss or the famous "Brittany hug" get away. The Brittany is a popular family and companion pet to have.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Ear Infection
The Boxer is a breed developed in Germany and originally used as a hunting dog on large wild game. Its powerful jaws and bite allowed it hold down boars and deers until the hunters arrived. Boxers are energetic, fun-loving, extremely loyal, and low maintenance. They are harmless around family members but wary of strangers. These faithful and affectionate dogs love to be outdoors.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Cancer and Heart Disease
The Dachshund can be traced back to Germany and often referred to as a wiener dog or hot dogs because of its long body. They were originally bred to hunt badgers, rabbits, and other small prey because of its strong stubby legs and large paws that were made for digging. A dachshund loves to have fun and play. These dogs may be small, but they are very protective of their families.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Spinal Problems
The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland and used for retrieving game during hunting. Golden Retrievers seems to be always smiling and happy to be around people. They are known to be patient, fun loving, eager to please, highly trainable, and a great family dog.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip Dysplasia
Yorkshire, or often adoringly referred to as Yorkie, are the smallest of the terrier breeds and bred in the 1800s in England. They are popular show dogs and companion dogs, and are fairly easy to care for because of its hypoallergenic coat. Highly energetic, bold, and very protective of their family, these little dogs do not always get along well with strangers. They do, however, love to be close to their owners.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Skin Allergies
Beethoven, the title and star of the movie, is by far the most well-known St. Bernard. It was originally bred as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps. Because of its huge size and resistance to cold it was able to keep people who were trapped by avalanches warm when it pulled them to safety. They have a gentle and friendly nature that does well around children. Their loyalty is attributed to their eagerness to please their owners.
Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Bulldogs were originally bred in England and used in bull baiting, hence the name. The sport was so savage that it also required the dogs to be vicious and brave. However, it is also known for its stamina, strength, speed, intelligence and many came with their owners when North America was being colonized. Bulldogs are steady and dignified, with calm dispositions. They form strong bonds with children, while being gentle and protective. They also have a strong sense of dedication to their families.
Common Ailments of this Breed:Heart Disease