Put simply, dog's are the greatest thing put on this Earth! There is, of course, always going to be a debate on this and we, by no means, wish to belittle other things on the planet but here we'd like to put forward the argument that nothing represents unconditional love more than a dog. Nothing! Sure, freshwater fish and cats are more popular as pets, but when it comes to a dog, it's all about quality over quantity.
For one thing, dogs love attention, and so they appreciate the time taken to pet and feed them, unlike cats or...children, because they know what is good. Also, and we can't stress this enough, they have a literal indicator on them to signify when they are happy! You see that thing at the back end of them wagging back and forth? It means it's happy! What other animal has that? If only humanity had such a way of telling if we were jovial or not, then we'd all be more open about our feelings. Dogs, no worries! So here, we take a look at some of the most loyal breeds of dog so that you might find the perfect match as your next partner in crime.
Welsh Corgis, to give them their full name, were first bred as herding dogs and there are two breeds, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
The Queen of England is famed for her love of the breed and received her first corgi on her 18th birthday and has had them as companions ever since.
Shetland Sheepdogs were bred to stand guard for farmers on the remote Shetland Isles of Scotland in order to chase hungry birds away from crops, herd livestock and keep away troublemakers.
Now they are very loyal family companions.
Belonging to the Spitz family, Siberian Huskies are working dogs first bred in North Eastern Russia and can be recognizable by its thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings.
They were bred for their hunter-gatherer capabilities in the harsh winter snows of the region.
With an imposing stature, these shaggy characters can actually be quite languid. Originally bred for hunting wolves, these are one of the tallest dog breeds around and, as the name suggests, was bred for wolf hunting.
Despite this, they are rarely destructive and are often well-mannered pets.
Yorkshire terriers were bred in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills.
Hence their small size to get down at them and under the machinery.
These poor pups often get overlooked because they look intimidating and were used in war films as Nazi-trained animals, however, they are wonderfully loyal and loving dogs.
Originally bred as guard dogs, these long graceful animals are loyal and tenacious and can be very friendly when given the chance.
Often referred to as the most feline of dog breeds, these fiercely independent dogs are playful and chaotic, despite this, they will often form a very strong bond with one particular family member and never leave their side.
Small and agile, they were bred for mountain terrain in order to hunt and flush game.
Bred as a lapdog, these dogs crave attention and can be very protective of their owners. The Russian toy terrier was bred as a lap dog but was nearly wiped out twice.
First in the 1920s with the rise of Communism due to the toy dog's traditional link to the aristocracy and again in the 1990s with the influx of foreign breeds following the fall of the Iron Curtain.
This bulk of wags may have a jowly look but they're happy on the inside.
Enormous and size and with a massive head, these dogs are noted for their gentle and loving nature.It is the largest dog breed in terms of mass.
Is this a dog or a horse? Either way, this kitchen table with a wet nose is a wonderful family friend to have around the house if you have a home that's big enough to accommodate them.
Known as one of the tallest dog breeds, the record holder for the tallest dog was a Great Dane called Zeus (died September 2014; aged 5), that measured 111.8 cm (44.0 in) from paw to shoulder.
Big, bold and bouncy, Rottweilers are another breed that has an unfair reputation for aggression due to their power and use in security services.
Rottweilers were used to pull carts, herd livestock originally but can now be found in many police forces, as guard dogs and even as rescue animals.
Developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, Dachshunds are one of the top 10 breeds in the USA.
Despite their stature Dachsunds are noted as one of the more aggressive breeds and tend to not like other types of dog. However, they are fiercely protective of their own families and, with proper training, can be delightful pets.
Alert and attent, these brave souls are still used as working dogs worldwide.
Border Collies were bred specifically for their intelligence and obedience, they were and still are, used for herding sheep, particularly in hilly regions.
An ancient breed of toy dog, Pekingese dogs are often called lion dogs due to their resemblance to Chinese guardian lions of myth.
Favored by Imperial ancient in ancient China, they have been around for centuries.
Pitbull is a term that encompasses a few breeds such as American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, and the American Bulldog which have been used for fighting and baiting bears and bulls.
Short, stout and stocky, these dogs are very muscular and prone to turns of aggression if not cared for in the right manner. They are, however, fiercely loyal and loving when looked after.
Often painted in a negative light as aggressive dogs, the Bull Terrier has a high prey drive which can make them a problem for smaller dogs and animals but aren't actually that aggressive otherwise.
Because they have the leanest muscle of any dog pound for pound, they can become a menace if you lose control.
Very smart dogs, German Shepherds are used in police K-9 Units and are loyal, protective animals.
The problem with this is that they can become over-protective of family units if they are not socialized properly and well trained which could lead to attacks.
Related to the Siberian Husky, these dogs are used for heavy-duty tasks like pulling sleds or equipment. They need a lot of exercise to keep them happy and are hard to train because of their lack of focus.
As such, they can have behavioral issues, mostly brought on by boredom which can be troublesome in dogs of their stature.
Bright and animated dogs, the Boxer isn't particularly aggressive in nature but can become over boisterous if you don't know how to keep it in check.
That being said, they love to have fun and will form an extremely strong bond with those that find the time to play and care for them.
Independent animals that require a lot of attention and exercise in order to not let their minds drift, these dogs can become restless and that is when they are at their most dangerous.
Despite being aloof and indignant at times, they are wary of strangers and so tend to stick close to people they know and love and thus make good watchdogs.
So loyal, there are folk stories about this Japanese mountain dog but they are also territorial and cautious of strangers which can make them aggressive.
Properly socialized though, these can be incredibly friendly dogs.
While the Beagle is typically a friendly and loving breed of dog, they are often trained for hunting due to their uber-sensitive noses. As such, they can become aggressive when around food.
Proper training will sort this right out but if you don't know the dog, best to avoid bothering it whilst it is eating.
Jack Russel Terrier
The Jack Russell terrier is a beloved breed, known for its larger-than-life personality and cheeky playfulness.
However, as one of the most energetic breeds, they can easily turn violent if untrained.
Shar-Peis are courageous, loyal and display significant amounts of endurance.
Used to great effect as both a pet and guard dogs, these dogs, while being low-maintenance, are not canines you want to mess with.
The naturally aggressive and protective nature of the Belgian Malinois makes them easy to discipline and they are excellent with kids once trained properly.
They are often used for police and military work.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the UK and USA. are frequently trained to aid the blind, those who have autism, to act as a therapy dog and perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies.
Very greedy dogs that love their food, this can be used to the advantage of training them where they become very eager to please in return for treats. They have been noted for being susceptible to obesity and thus should be monitored closely so as not to become overweight.
A quiet yet playful breed, they were initial bred as hunting dogs and there are two distinct types in the American and English breeds of the cocker spaniel.
The American breed is typically smaller with longer coats.
A breed of Hungarian sheepdogs, they are often referred to as 'mop dogs' due to their distinctive coats.
Considered a national treasure in Hungary, they are protected from modification in their home country it is calm and steady when things are normal, but in case of trouble, the dog will fearlessly defend its charges. It was bred to think and act independently and make decisions on its own.
Despite the name, these dogs weren't actually bred in Australia but rather the West Coast of the USA during the Gold Rush and were used to herd and protect livestock.
Extremely energetic they are the perfect family animal if well kept but they must be run daily to get that energy out.