5. Labrador Retriever
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. The lab, as they are affectionately known, was bred for the superior game retrieval instincts, as well as to provide superior companionship, which has made them great family pets and hunting buddies.
Story of Loyalty
A Labrador Retriever named Patty saved her owner from drowning, and possibly hypothermia, after their boat capsized in freezing waters. Patty swam an unknown distance through a strong current, with her owner holding on to her tail, to get them to the safety of dry land where they waited to be rescued.