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Top 5 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

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Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM author of The 5 Most Loyal Dog Breeds
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Are you looking for a new dog? When you are looking for a new dog, you may be looking for a loyal companion that will fit in excellent with you and your family. All dogs can be loyal and protective of their family, but some breeds show these traits more than others. 

It is best to look for a loyal dog breed when picking your next pet. This article will explain the personality of the top 5 most loyal dog breeds.

Rough Collie

Rough Collies are the famous breed of the popular TV show dog character Lassie. These are very popular hearing dogs that originated in Scotland. Rough Collies are intelligent, highly active, and perfect for families with children. These dogs are commonly seen as therapy and service dogs, as they are very highly loyal and very intelligent.

These may be hard to train, but they are excellent learners. If you have time and patients, you can train these to be excellent service animals. These dogs are most known for their loyalty and herding abilities. These dogs will be a great loyal dog for your family if you are looking for a new loyal dog.

A typical adult collie will weigh about 50 to 75 pounds and usually live 12 to 15 years.These dogs will need normal exercise and frequent brushing to keep their fur from getting matted.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are usually associated with being police or military dog since they are highly intelligent and easily trainable. These dogs make excellent working dogs that will bond very tight with their family. German Shepherds usually have a pack mentality and will be very loyal to their families and will spend a lot of time with them.

A German Shepard can be easily trained but will always constant reminder of their training. They will usually challenge their owners to see where they can push the boundaries. Full-grown adults can weigh 60 to 90 pounds and live 7 to 10 years. German Shepherds can be a great loyal companion and guard dog for your family.


Beagles are great hunting dogs that origin is believed to be from Great Britain but also has some references dating back to ancient Greece. This breed makes a unique yowling sound that is known as the hallmark of the breed. This howling can be very cute as a puppy but can be very loud as your Beagle grows. Some dogs can be trained to not yowl as much, but some will never learn to not yowl.

Beagles are happy and active dogs. They have an excellent pack mentality. This helps them to be very attached to their owners and families. Beagles are the famous breed of Snoopy, the dog, the pet of Charlie Brown.

These dogs are highly social and quickly and firmly attach to the people they spend the most time with. These dogs as adults are about 20 to 30 pounds and will live 10 to 15 years. These are great smaller loyal dogs that would be great for your family.

Great Pyrenees

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The great Pyrenees are heading dogs that are very loyal and are very protective of their families. These dogs are very patients, which makes them a great choice to have in a family with children. These dogs will consider their humans as members of their pack and will hear individuals of their pack around the house.

The Great Pyrenees are active and highly intelligent. They will require a lot of effort to train and keep up with just like most herding dogs. These dogs do best if they have a lot of land for exercising and playing. They will need frequent brushing and lots of exercises to help keep them from becoming destructive. These dogs can weigh over 100 pounds and live 10 to 12 years. The Great Pyrenees would be a great loyal dog for your family.


Chihuahuas are easily trained due to their happy and enthusiastic personality. They are the tiniest breed on our list of the loyal dog breeds. They usually weigh no more than 6 pounds. This breed usually does not eat very much and is very easy to train.

Chihuahuas are extremely loyal to their humans and people in their families. They are always demanding attention and love from the main people in their lives.

Chihuahuas will instinctively protect their owner and are even known to be very mean to strangers because of this very protective nature. These dogs are highly intelligent, and consistent training will make great family pets.

This breed would be an excellent choice for elderly people and for children. Even though this breed can get very yappy if not trained properly, they would be a great loyal dog to have. Chihuahua’s usually have a very long life span of 14 to 16 years with very minimal health problems.

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Since you have now learned a little about these five loyal dog breeds, you can pick out the best dog breed for your family. When looking for a new dog, consider one of these five dogs, they are all very loyal. They would make a great new faithful companion for you to have. There are always many of these breeds in shelters or rescue organizations looking for a new home. If you want to adopt a new pet, you should easily be able to find one of these five loyal dog breeds in a shelter needing a forever home.

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Meet The Author 

Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM

Since she was a little girl, she knew that her dream was to become a veterinarian. With a tremendous passion and love for animals that makes her a great source of knowledge for others. She lives happily with her husband Greg and her babies Ruby the Schnoodle, and Bam-Bam the bunny.

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