Loyal dog breeds
Let’s be clear, as pack animals, all dogs have an inherent sense of loyalty to their pack and crave love, companionship and security. Yet, some dog breeds are known for being hyper focused on one human or the entire family. Loyal dog breeds just might be the perfect fit for first-time owners who are looking for a devoted companion. Some dogs on our list are known for being super affectionate, while other dog breeds take pride in guarding their family. The most loyal dog breeds are the ones that are always by your side, no matter what life brings you. Though our list is by no means conclusive, here some of our favourites tell you about themselves in their own words.
1. Great Pyrenees
Just last week, I heard a little kid say, “Dad look at that big dog. It’s as big as a horse!” The kid’s right. I am big! As one of the biggest dog breeds, I tip the scales at around 45kg, give or take. But hey, a lot of that is due to my abundant, super thick and waterproof coat. I used to protect sheep from sneaky, sly wolves, so it’s in my blood to feel responsible for protecting my family and property. Yet, you could say I fall into the gentle giant category because I’m pretty mellow, gentle and affectionate with my human family.
2. Basset hound
Admit it, you’re kind of surprised to find me on this list. I have a reputation for being lackadaisical, preferring to be a spectator of life instead of an active participant. But loyal? You bet your buttered biscuits I am. Being loyal is part of my temperament. And I’m also charming and patient except when I want food. My vocal range is enviable among other breeds, and I use it to my advantage by howling, grumbling and whining (it’s adorable, really) for food, treats and affection – three of my favourite things.