Dogs that are willful and loyal

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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow
  • patterns: saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs that are ideal family companions. With their gentle nature, shining coats, and charming smiles, they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America. Learn more about living with these people-pleasing pups.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, black
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Australian shepherds are intelligent, loyal, energetic dogs that love spending quality time exploring with their owners. Learn more about living with Aussies.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, blue, cream, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted, merle, blue and tan, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Easily recognized by its long body on stubby legs, the small and spunky dachshund has long been a family favorite. Learn more about living with doxies.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof, protective
Small but mighty, Shiba Inus are an ancient Japanese dog breed that walk to the beat of their own drum. They’re completely satisfied roaming the house without much human attention, but they still love to entertain and make their owners laugh.
  • 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: 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: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, liver and tan, black and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Known as a national treasure in Japan, Akitas have wooed American dog lovers with their loyalty, watchfulness, and graceful strength. Learn more about living with the Akita.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. They’re terrific guardians and working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof
You know that jowly face, those floppy ears. Basset hounds are excellent tracking dogs, but they're just as happy to spend time napping with your family. Learn more about living with basset hounds.
  • 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: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, saddle / blanket, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, tuxedo, merle
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Border collies are intelligent dogs full of energy and a strong desire to herd anything—and everything—around them. Learn more about living with border collies.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
Bloodhounds are talented trackers who live by their noses, require dedicated care, and love their humans. Learn more about living with a bloodhound.
  • 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
Bull terriers are loyal, rambunctious, and endearing companions. This playful breed can also be a bit mischievous and certainly draws attention with their unique physique. Learn more about living with bull terriers.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, prone to health issues, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Muscular, athletic boxers are fun, cuddly, loyal dogs that love being part of an active family. They thrive in social environments and are powerful protectors. Learn whether these playful pups are the right fit for your lifestyle.
  • 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: 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, protective
The cane corso is a large, dignified Italian breed that is extremely loyal and excels at being a guard dog. Learn more about living with the cane corso.
  • 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: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Few animals balance fierce protection with friendly playfulness quite like dogo Argentinos. They’re loyal, independent, high-energy dogs that rely on their human companions for support and guidance. Learn how these sporting dogs respond to family 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: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
German shorthaired pointers are agile, athletic dogs who are always up for an outdoor adventure. Learn more about German shorthaired pointer puppies and dogs.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • patterns: bicolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Great Pyrenees are smart and serious dogs that enjoy lots of space and make excellent guardians and family pets. Learn more about living with Great Pyrenees.