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Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Postby admin » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:52 pm

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Ever since early history, humans have developed a special bond with dogs. As pack animals, dogs have an inherent sense of loyalty to their pack and have a need for companionship, love, security and friendship. As humans, we share many of these same needs. Over the years, this has led to dogs cementing their place right by our sides, as man's best friend. While we as humans view our dogs as our friends, they view us as members of their pack.

All dogs are loyal and have the capacity to show great loyalty, but some may have stronger instincts for loyalty than others. Throughout history, there have been numerous stories of dogs displaying great valor in order to protect, save or remain alongside their owners. We've made a list of what we believe are the top 12 loyal dog breeds. Based on breeding and history, temperament and owner experiences, these particular breeds have proven time and again to be loyal and brave.



1. Rough Collie

Description
It should come as no surprise that Lassie tops our list! The Rough Collie is a herding breed that originated in Scotland. Just like the famed pooch was on the big and small screen, these friendly dogs are intelligent, active, and good with children and other animals. Rough collies have a history of being incredibly loyal and protective of their owners, making them excellent family dogs.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/collie/

Story of Loyalty
Sassy, a Rough Collie, is a therapy dog with some pretty amazing skills. In addition to being trained to perform typical tasks for a therapy dog, Sassy is able to tell if someone is going to have a seizure using her sense of smell. A family is hoping to adopt Sassy for their son who suffers from an unusual form of epilepsy, which can cause him to have several seizures a day.

Source: http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/153738 ... eizure-Dog



2. German Shepherd

Description
Commonly used by the police and military, German Shepherds originated from Germany dating back to the late 1800s. These highly active dogs have a willingness to learn and serve a purpose. As a working dog breed, German Shepherds are naturally loyal and bond well with familiar faces. They have a tendency to become overprotective of their family and territory, strong guidance and training is a necessity.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/german-shepherd-dog/

Story of Loyalty
One family avoided being robbed, and possibly even worse, because of their German Shepherd, Moti’s bravery! Moti jumped into action, barking and trying to protect his family when man with a gun broke into the family’s home. The intruder shot Moti and, rather than continue with whatever misdeeds he had planned, fled the home, leaving the family safe. Moti fully recovered from his gunshot wound, but his family will not likely soon forget his heroism that night.

Source: http://www.dogguide.net/25-hero-dogs.php


3. Beagle

Description
A hunting breed, Beagles are often used by homeland security personnel because of their incredible sense of smell. The modern breed has its origins in Great Britain but has even been mentioned in references dating back to Ancient Greece. They are known to be merry, kind, and gentle. They are pack animals and for this reason, they are very attached to their owners.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/beagle/

Story of Loyalty
When her diabetic owner had a seizure and collapsed, a Beagle named Belle jumped into action. She dialed 911 for her owner by biting into his cell phone so he was able to get the medical attention he needed.


4. Kuvaz

Description
Originating from Hungarian roots, this breed was known to guard livestock. In recent years, Kuvasz's have served well as house pets. Kuvasz's are an intelligent breed that has a clownish sense of humor. They are loyal pets that appreciate attention with a streak of aloofness and independence. The combination of their large size and loyalty to their family makes this breed a suitable guard dog.

Source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/kuvasz/index.cfm

Story of Loyalty
Due to his size and strength, a Kuvasz named Pilot is the perfect companion and assistant for his owner. His owner is unable to lift or carry anything that weighs more than five pounds due to injuries she sustained to her neck and shoulders. He helps his owner perform tasks she otherwise would be incapable of performing. Pilot brings laundry up from the basement and pulls the grocery cart, among other tasks. When his owner, who also suffers from dizziness and chronic pain, has a dizzy spell, Pilot is right there for her to lean on so she never has to worry about falling and injuring herself.

Source: http://www.akc.org/news/ace/2012/honorees.cfm#service


5. Labrador Retriever

Description
With roots dating back to Newfoundland off the east coast of North America, The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. It is known for its happy temperament, boundless energy, intelligence, gentleness, loyal and ease with children. The lab, as they are affectionately known, was bred for the superior game retrieval instincts, as well as to provide superior companionship, which has made them great family pets and hunting buddies.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/brittany/

Story of Loyalty
A Labrador Retriever named Patty saved her owner from drowning, and possibly hypothermia, after their boat capsized in freezing waters. Patty swam an unknown distance through a strong current, with her owner holding on to her tail, to get them to the safety of dry land where they waited to be rescued.

Source: http://www.dogguide.net/25-hero-dogs.php


6. Brittany

Description
Developed in the Brittany province of France in the 1800s, the Brittany is a hunting/gun breed that was originally bred for bird hunting. Brittanies are noted for being easy to train, sensitive and sweet natured. Their size and loveable nature have made the Brittany an increasingly popular family and companion pet to have.

Source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/kuvasz/index.cfm

Story of Loyalty
In the middle of the night, a couple was awoken by their Brittany, Cooper’s barks. Upon looking out of a window, Cooper’s owners saw that both of their vehicles had caught fire and were burning in their driveway. The flames got dangerously close to spreading to the house through a tree in between the drive and the house itself. The family believes that Cooper saved their lives!

Source: http://www.njeffersonnews.com/local/x53 ... egged-hero


7. Boxer

Description
The Boxer is a breed developed in Germany and originally used as a hunting dog on large wild game. Its powerful jaws and bite allowed it hold down boars and deer until the hunters arrived. Boxers are energetic, fun loving, extremely loyal, and low maintenance. They are harmless around family members but can be wary of strangers. This makes them good watchdogs, as they often will alert their owners when there is a stranger near their home. These faithful and affectionate dogs love to be outdoors.

Source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/boxer/index.cfm

Story of Loyalty
After somehow falling off of a 200-foot cliff, Roxy, a Boxer, waited for eight days with her owner, who was killed by the fall. Upon being located, it took the man’s daughter several attempts to get the dog to leave her owner’s side.

Source: http://www.care2.com/causes/two-stories ... a-dog.html


8. Dachshund

Description
The Dachshund can be traced back to Germany and often referred to as a wiener dog or hot dogs because of its long body. They were originally bred to hunt badgers, rabbits, and other small prey because of its strong stubby legs and large paws that were made for digging. A dachshund loves to have fun and play. These dogs may be small, but they are very protective of their families.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/dachshund/

Story of Loyalty
When JoJo, a Dachshund, kept leaving their sleeping daughter’s room and trying to get their attention, his owners knew something was up. As they checked their daughter’s room, they found the wall behind her bed to be giving off a lot of heat. It turned out that an outlet was incredibly close to catching fire. Not only did JoJo save the girl from potential harm, he saved his family’s home!

Source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/02/2 ... ni_popular


9. Golden Retriever

Description
The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland and used for retrieving game during hunting. Golden Retrievers have a happy-go-lucky demeanor and seem to be always smiling. They are known to be patient, fun loving, eager to please, highly trainable, and, Because of their love of being around people, Golden Retrievers remain consistently among the most popular choices for family pets, as well as for service and therapy dogs.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/golden-retriever/

Story of Loyalty
A Golden Retriever named Toby saved his owner from choking on an apple. She performed a sort of dog Heimlich maneuver, by jumping hard onto his owner. The force of Toby’s paws hitting his owner’s chest knocked the piece of apple lodged in her throat loose so she could breath again.

Source: http://www.dogguide.net/25-hero-dogs.php


10. Yorkshire Terrier

Description
The Yorkshire Terrier, or often adoringly referred to as Yorkie, are the smallest of the terrier breeds and bred in the 1800s in England. They are popular show dogs and companion dogs, and are fairly easy to care for because of its hypoallergenic coat. Highly energetic, bold, and very protective of their family, Often, these little dogs do not always get along well with strangers, making them great little watchdogs since they won’t hesitate to alert you that someone who doesn’t belong is around. They do, however, love to be close to their owners.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/yorkshire-terrier/

Story of Loyalty
A Yorkshire Terrier named Smokey was the first therapy dog! While recovering from an injury during World War II, a U.S. Navy corporal was given a Yorkie by a friend. Not only did little Smokey have an uplifting effect on his owner, he also helped the other soldiers who were recovering from their injuries. Dr. Charles Mayo began taking the little pooch along on his rounds to brighten the soldiers’ days.

Source: http://animal.discovery.com/pets/10-sma ... y-work.htm


11. St. Bernard

Description
Beethoven, the title and star of the movie, is by far the most well known St. Bernard. But all St. Bernard’s tend to have the gentle and friendly nature portrayed by dog in the film, which makes them a great family pet. Originally bred as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps, this breed’s huge size and resistance to cold it was able to keep people who were trapped by avalanches warm when it pulled them to safety. These instincts tend to translate over to protecting and looking out for their family, even if they are a pet, not a rescue dog. Their loyalty is attributed to their eagerness to please their owners.

Source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/saint_bernard/index.cfm

Story of Loyalty
A St. Bernard named Hercules showed his thanks at having been adopted by a family just six hours after his adoption. Apparently a man was attempting to break into the family’s home through the basement. Although he had been relatively quiet since his new family had brought him home, the gentle giant suddenly started growling and, after forcing his way out of the screen door, Hercules bit the would-be intruder, chasing him away before any harm could be done.

Source: http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_news/ ... opted.html


12. Bulldog

Description
Bulldogs was originally bred in England and used in bull baiting, hence the name. The sport was so savage that it also required the dogs to be vicious and brave. However, it is also known for its stamina, strength, speed, intelligence and many came with their owners when North America was being colonized. Bulldogs are steady and dignified, with calm dispositions. They form strong bonds with children, while being gentle and protective. They also have a strong sense of dedication to their families.

Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bulldog/

Story of Loyalty
A Yorkshire Terrier named Smokey was the first therapy dog! While recovering from an injury during World War II, a U.S. Navy corporal was given a Yorkie by a friend. Not only did little Smokey have an uplifting effect on his owner, he also helped the other soldiers who were recovering from their injuries. Dr. Charles Mayo began taking the little pooch along on his rounds to brighten the soldiers’ days.

Source: http://animal.discovery.com/pets/10-sma ... y-work.htm
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Re: Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Postby admin » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:16 pm

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Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds. They are frequently featured in advertising, television, and movies. Not only are they beautiful animals, but they make great pets. Are you thinking about adding a beagle to your household? Here are some facts about your new best friend.
1. They’re Historic

Beagles have been helping their human counterparts longer than records show. In fact, the first appearance of the breed is unknown. The best guess we have is that their roots go back to the 5th century BCE. Yes, you read that right. Dogs of a similar size were used for hunting in Greece and are considered early ancestors to beagles, despite not being named at the time.

The hound went through a few different versions from the St. Hubert Hound to the Talbot Hound before the first dogs we would recognize today as beagles came about. There’s only one difference; they were tiny. “Pocket Beagles” arrived in the mid-18th century. However, their larger counterparts were preferred, leading to the extinction of the pocket-sized dogs in the early 20th century.

2. They’re Champion Smellers

Take a beagle for a walk, and you’ll notice their nose barely leaves the ground. This is because a beagle’s sense of smell is far better than that of you or I. In fact, a beagle’s olfactory lobe (the part that processes scents) is 40 times larger than ours. Combine that with them having 45 times more scent receptors than us, and you have a machine built for smelling. It’s estimated they can smell about 1,000 times better than us (with some estimates putting that multiplier as high as 10,000).


Beagles have a great sense of smell.

Their brains may be suited to interpret scents as if designed specifically for that purpose, but that’s not the only thing they have going for them. The physical characteristics of a beagle help them not only locate a scent, but direct it to their powerful noses. Their necks are strong which gives them the ability to quickly drop that nose to the ground to find a scent. Their short legs help with this, too.

My favorite example of their physical construction helping them smell better has to be their soft, floppy ears. The way they will often border their face is undeniably cute, but even that serves a purpose. They can angle their ears to trap a scent near their face and direct it to the nose. The ears act as a bit of a sail that traps passing scents.

3. They’re Stubborn

If you’re looking for a dog you can take for a jog without a leash, a beagle may not be your best fit. Beagles are not only built to find a scent, they are also inherently curious to the point they will follow that scent despite any pleading from their owner. Instances such as this are why the breed has been labeled “stubborn.”


A beagle and her friend.

Beagles can be difficult to train when they are young. Although they respond well to food rewards, persistence and patience are a necessity on the part of the owner. Beagles can be house-trained as well as any other trick you might want to teach them, but it will take a while.

That’s not to say there won’t be any slip ups every here and there. A beagle left alone may get bored and get into some trouble.

4. They are Prone to Obesity

Beagles don’t have a lot of illnesses inherent to the breed, but one of the biggest threats to their 12-15 year life-expectancy can be linked to one thing: Obesity.

Beagles have a proclivity for gaining weight, and this can bring a host of health issues, from heart disease to diabetes. Hip dysplasia is a frequent problem for beagles which can be worsened by extra weight.

Those big brown eyes staring up at you while you’re eating dinner might make it seem like they haven’t had a piece of food for a decade, but it’s those table scraps that often lead to a beagle gaining weight. Proper diet and exercise are the best way to avoid this common pitfall for the breed. On average, an adult beagle weighs between 20-25 lbs and they stand a little over a foot tall.

5. They Have Their Own Scent

Beagles might be good at smelling, but sometimes, they also smell bad. Proper bathing and hygiene can lessen this, but the breed carries its own inherent odor.

All dogs have a unique scent to them, so don’t expect a beagle to have a nose-cringing, putrid scent. In fact, after living with a beagle, this news will come as a shock to you. But there may be a moment of confusion for the uninitiated as to where that smell is coming from.

The smell comes from their hair follicles. It’s true that dogs don’t sweat like we do, but they do excrete oils carrying a chemical odor which varies between dogs.

6. They Have a Disputed Name

As the breed themselves predates records, their name is also a bit of a mystery. The name “beagle” could have a few different origins and they are all from the time before electricity.


Forever watching you in the kitchen.

One theory is that the name comes from the French words meaning “open throat” and mouth,” which certainly fits one of their more apparent traits. It could also be a reference to the Gaelic word for “small,” or the German word for “to scold.”

7. They Just Want to Love You

Beagles are great for family households because of their pleasant disposition. They are kind, playful, and verifiable cuddlebugs. Gentle with children, the beagle is a great addition to any home that can keep up with their physical needs. A well-exercised beagle will habitually curl up next to you on the couch and jump into your lap the moment you come home.


A beagle’s favorite place.

Their loyalty extends to all members of the family. They get along well with other dogs and relating back to their hunting roots, have a desire to please. They might get into trouble from time to time, but their kind hearts show through in everything they do.

8. They’re Experienced Hunters

Beagles were more widely used for hunting in the 1800’s, but they are still used today for rabbit and hare hunting.

Their strong noses and quick speeds make the beagle great for small game like rabbits. Not only can they find the quick animals, their incessant barking and baying rounds the game up for the hunter to do their work.

9. They’re Loud

Even if trained properly, a beagle is going to be loud. A knock at the door, a request for attention, a desire to go outside; a beagle is not shy about getting its needs addressed.


Taking a break from howling.

The barks are often not the stereotypical dog bark. Beagles have a tendency to emit a prolonged “woo” sound, also known as a howl. Another frequent noise is known as a “bay,” and is a shorter half-howl. Other sounds not specific to the breed are frequent, including whining and reverse-sneezing. Familiarity with these sounds and what they mean helps in understanding the beagle’s needs.

10. They’re Famous

Beagles are frequently used in popular media. The most famous beagle is probably Snoopy from the Charlie Brown cartoons. Snoopy’s likeness has not only been included in cartoons since 1950, he’s also appeared in Metlife commercials and even been featured on their blimp.

Other notable beagles include Odie from the Garfield franchise, Underdog, and Gromit.

11. They’re Award Winners

It might have come as a shock to those in attendance, but a beagle won the Westminster Dog Show twice in the last ten years. The most recent winner, Miss P, took the blue ribbon in 2015. The only other time a beagle has taken the high honor was in 2008 by Uno.
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