Dogs that are loyal

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  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, cream, black, red, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
An ancient breed, Canaans are loving and loyal with their families but aloof with strangers. They are highly intelligent and a good fit for experienced dog owners.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Rugged, intelligent, and bred specifically to work closely with humans, English springer spaniels are people-pleasing family dogs who can get along with a variety of other animals and in many living situations.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, gray, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, anxious
The Jindo is a loyal, alert dog that originated in South Korea. This breed enjoys a lot of physical activity (hiking is his favorite!) with his family.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, sable, blue and tan, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent and naturally curious, English cocker spaniels are compact hunting dogs bred to flush and retrieve game. These cheerful pups also make great family pets—kids and seniors alike will find a loyal companion in the English cocker.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies, high prey drive
  • colors: red, fawn, black, white, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, anxious
Greyhounds are gentle, graceful dogs who are known for their sweet temperament and sprinting capabilities. These regal hounds enjoy the comforts of life and make excellent family pets.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, blue
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful, outgoing
Glen of Imaal terriers are independent, fun-loving dogs with big personalities. Learn more about living with these intelligent Irish pups.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, white, blue, gold / yellow, red, brown / chocolate / liver, cream
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, spotted, brindle
  • coat length/texture: hairless, short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Peruvian inca orchid is an intelligent, graceful dog that enjoys human companionship and an athletic lifestyle. Learn more about living with this often-hairless breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to train
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, willful, playful
The Chesapeake Bay retriever, the only American-bred retriever, is a loyal family dog who loves a job, whether that’s hunting, hiking, or splashing around in the cold water of his namesake. 
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, tendency to chew, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, fawn, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, tuxedo, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
American pit bull terriers are affectionate, loving, and energetic pups that make wonderful family dogs. Learn more about caring for pit bulls, a sweet and misunderstood breed.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. Sure, they’re terrific working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Berger Picards are a loving and active dog. They're fairly rare, especially outside of France, but have won the hearts of many with their big ears, sweet eyes, and silly nature.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners, high potential for weight gain, highly territorial
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, protective
American Eskimo dogs are intelligent, energetic pups with fluffy white coats. They are easily trainable and highly loyal to their owners.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Jagdterriers are smart, capable hunting dogs developed in Germany. If you're an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced dog owner, a jagdterrier could be the perfect companion.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, black, white, blue, gray
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Sweet-tempered and eager-to-please, Shetland sheepdogs, or "Shelties" as they’re affectionately called, are a popular hardworking, attentive, and affectionate breed.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tendency to chew, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, black, gray
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
The keeshond is an intelligent old breed that has long been raised as family companions and watch dogs. They are well-tempered dogs with lots of personality and a striking gray, cream, and black double coat.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, brindle, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, anxious
A cross between a Chihuahua and pug, Chugs tend to be confident, playful, affectionate pets. They are small dogs with big, fun-loving personalities.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: red
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
A handsome, affectionate companion and an exceptional hunting partner, the sweet, gentle—and talkative!—redbone coonhound is a wonderful breed for a person or family who loves the great outdoors.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, aloof
A loyal and independent hunting companion, the Karelian bear dog is a rare, medium-sized, Finnish breed that needs a devoted, experienced pet parent—and lots of outdoor exercise.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gray, black, white
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, willful, playful
A loyal family companion and an eager outdoor playmate, intelligent Norwegian elkhounds are an ancient dog breed that fits well into an active, modern lifestyle.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: aloof, gentle
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