Dogs that are willful and loyal

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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Huge and abundantly wrinkled, mighty Neapolitan mastiffs can be sweet, loyal companions requiring little exercise. Learn more about living with Neapolitan mastiffs.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: brindle, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof, protective
Created as a hunting and herding dog for the Louisiana bayous, the Catahoula leopard dog will thrive in an active, working environment.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
English setters, the “gentlemen of the dog world,” are good-looking, athletic dogs who can impress in either the show ring or hunting in the field. This medium-sized dog requires a decent amount of grooming, but in return gives you a loving, loyal companion. 
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, fawn, black, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
A long way from their brutal origins, Staffordshire bull terriers have become renowned as loyal family dogs.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, gray
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Loyal but independent, an affectionate Australian cattle dog is a great match for anyone who shares his intelligence, high energy, attention to detail, and activity level. Learn more about this exceptional herding dog.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, black, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful
Greater Swiss mountain dogs are extra-large pups who often top 100 pounds. Their energetic, outgoing, and friendly nature makes Swissies excellent family dogs.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, gray, fawn
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful
Affenpinschers are intelligent and playful dogs with unique faces you’re not likely to forget. They love socializing and learning new skills—though sometimes on their own terms.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, apartment-friendly, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, black, white
  • patterns: sable, bicolor, merle, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, timid, willful, playful, anxious
Chiweenies are small dogs with big personalities. Their penchant for barking and need to be the center of attention can make them a handful, but with proper training they’ll be a lap dog for life. 
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof, protective
Giant schnauzers are loyal, intelligent, and hard-working dogs who are great companions for those willing to train this high-energy breed. Here's hoping you have the time for long walks and playtime in the yard.
  • 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, protective
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: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
The cane corso is a large, dignified Italian dog breed that's extremely loyal and excels at working tasks. Learn more about living with the cane corso.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues
  • colors: fawn, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful, anxious
Norfolk terriers are spunky, affectionate, and energetic small dogs who make great travel companions and outdoor adventurers. Happy and social, they thrive with active families.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, anxious
Cairn terriers are loyal, intelligent, and playful little dogs who are just as happy snuggling on our laps as they are accompanying us on hikes. Learn more about cairn terriers’ behaviors and traits here.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, cream, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
The Chinese shar-pei is easy to recognize because of her loose, wrinkly skin, sandpaper fur, and a "hippopotamus" muzzle. This independent and loyal breed is best for experienced dog owners.
  • 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: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, strong loyalty tendencies, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Big, brainy, and boasting a shaggy double coat, the Bouvier des Flandres is a versatile working dog and family companion. But because of his intense grooming and activity needs, he’s not for everyone.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted, flecked / ticked / speckled, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, friendly, aloof
German wirehaired pointers are energetic, intelligent, loyal dogs that love spending time outdoors and are easy to train. If you're an avid hiker, a GWP might be for you.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle, willful
The Alaskan klee kai is an active, intelligent, and loyal breed who loves spending time outdoors with her family. Learn more about living with these pint-sized huskies. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, good hiking companion, hot weather tolerant, apartment-friendly, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water
  • colors: gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: merle, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly, long
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, willful, gentle
An intelligent, athletic crossbreed with oodles of love to spare, Aussiedoodles could be a terrific choice for active pet parents who want a low-allergen pooch.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gray, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, tuxedo
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, willful, protective
Not only will Pomskies win you over with their darling dainty faces, but they’re also fiercely loyal companions who will follow your every step. They can be willful, yet cheeky, and love to make their families laugh.