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15 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

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Everyone likes to say that their family dog ​​stands out above all the rest, and the Drummonds are no exception. Ree Drummond recently shared a cute Instagram video of her daily ranch walk with the dogs, which revealed a bit of a pup that’s her real ride-or-die: Lucy, the Labrador retriever, stays close to Ree while she walks in the light of a beautiful Oklahoma sunset. “The other dogs are several steps ahead, collapsing and running back and forth,” Ree said on Instagram. “But Lucy never leaves me.”

To put an end to the age-old debate, we spoke to the American Kennel Club to find out the most loyal dog breeds. “The most loyal dog breeds usually go hand in hand with the best dogs for families,” says Brandi Hunter Munden, AKC vice president of communications. “Some dogs are more protective of their owners, but dogs show their devotion in different ways.” This means that they are friendly with others, but have a soft spot for their owners. Dogs with a history of working closely with humans, whether as guard dogs or working on ranches, have a stronger bond with them that is passed down from generation to generation. And don’t let the size fool you: small dogs are loyal companions too! So when you’re looking for a new furry friend like Lucy, consider these loyal dog breeds.

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Labrador Retrievers

There’s a reason Lucy is so loyal! “A great choice for families with young children or other dogs, Labs get along well with everyone and love their owners to infinity,” says Munden. According to the AKC, they are the most popular breed and are as high in happy energy as they are loyal.

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Despite their sometimes gruff appearance, Bulldogs are a friendly and calm breed which makes them an excellent companion. I mean, who doesn’t love that squishy face? They make a popular companion dog, despite their 50 pound size!

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Golden retriever

Golden Retrievers are probably at the top of the list when you think of friendly and devoted family dogs. Throughout history, these dogs have been known to be outgoing and powerful hunting companions with endless energy and loyalty.

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german shepherds

You may recognize Rin Tin Tin from TV shows, but the original German Shepherds were bred to be the perfect working dog for their human companions. These smart, well-trained, and confident puppies are huge family dogs (great with kids!), and their loyalty definitely rests with their humans rather than other dogs.

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If you think this cutie looks like some of Drummond’s dogs, you’re on the right path: Ree’s beloved beagle and bassets both descend from the Saint-Hubert dog. Used as hunting dogs throughout history, Beagles are incredibly loyal, funny and expressive little dogs!

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According to the AKC, Pugs “live to love and be loved back,” which makes their sparkling eyes and expressive faces irresistible to animal lovers. Pugs are fantastic tiny family dogs and very adaptable too, happy to live just about anywhere as long as it is with their person.

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Irish Setter

Another dog bred to help humans hunt, Irish Setters are very loving to their humans. Their outgoing and gentle nature makes them friendly, happy to play with young children and eager to please adults. Additionally, they are particularly famous for their soft, reddish coat.

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Brussels Griffon

This guy may look like a little monkey, but he’s actually a little toy group dog! Brussels Griffons are smart and alert but wary of strangers so they will stick by your side because they trust you so much. Just note that they are not the best with very young children or other dogs.

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Beneath the bear features and fluffy coat of the Newfoundland hides an extremely patient and dedicated pup. Friendly is an understatement – they love to cuddle up with families and are super sweet. Don’t underestimate their size: they were originally bred to help fishermen haul in nets and haul wood.

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french bulldog

Families really love their Frenchies! They are charming dogs and surprisingly also excellent guard dogs. Although they enjoy making new human friends, their loyalty will always lie with their owners first.

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The first word the American Kennel Club uses to describe collies is “devoted.” Remember the classic novel Lassie comes home? In the story, Lassie the collie travels many miles to find the boy she loves, making this breed famous for being playful, protective, and affectionate with the children in the family.

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Australian shepherd

We may have found Drummond’s next dog! These beautiful puppies have been called the “cowboys’ favorite sheepdog.” They are trainable, tireless, and remarkably intelligent, and once they have bonded with someone, their loyalty is unwavering.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Retrievers are often among the most loyal dogs, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are no exception. Go hunting with these dogs or participate in a similar bonding activity, and they will feel very close to you and make great outdoor companions. Appropriately for their namesake, they love water.

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Great Pyrenees

Majestic and vigilant guardians of families, the dogs of the Pyrenees often weigh more than 100 kilos! They are usually described as gentle but very protective despite their calm nature. They are devoted to their humans and their safety and can do best with older children and adults.

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Saint Bernard

Talk about a gentle giant! Saint Bernards are actually known to be nanny dogs because they are alert and patient with children. They are quite open to strangers and other dogs, but are mostly attached to their humans.

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