Top 10 Most Popular Loyal Dog Breeds In America

Many of the most popular dog breeds in America hail from other parts of the world. But there are also some quintessentially American dog breeds that originated right in the United States. A U.S. president chose Portuguese water dogs to live at the White House. Even America’s very favorite dog breed, the Labrador retriever, hails from Canada. And another popular breed, the German shepherd, comes to us via Europe.

10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds In America:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Beagle
  • Rottweiler
  • Bulldog
  • Chihuahua
  • Dobermann
  • Brittany

1. American Staffordshire Terrier

Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 10 – 15 years
Temperament: Tenacious, Devoted, Loyal, Friendly, Attentive, Courageous
Weight: Female: 28–40 kg, Male: 28–40 kg
Height: Female: 43–46 cm, Male: 46–48 cm
Colors: Black, Brindle, Fawn, Sable, Blue, Brown

American Staffordshire Terrier: Top 10 Most Popular Loyal Dog Breeds In America

In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1936 and should not be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier of the United Kingdom.

According to the American Kennel Club "The American Staffordshire Terrier, known to their fans as AmStaffs, are smart, confident, good-natured companions. Their courage is proverbial. A responsibly bred, well-socialized AmStaff is a loyal, trustworthy friend to the end."

2. Labrador Retriever

Life expectancy: 10 – 14 years
Origin: Newfoundland
Temperament: Intelligent, Kind, Agile, Outgoing, Trusting, Even Tempered, Gentle
Weight: Male: 29–36 kg, Female: 25–32 kg
Height: Male: 57–62 cm, Female: 55–60 cm
Colors: Black, Chocolate, Yellow

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, Labrador or just Lab, is a medium-large breed of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog in many nations. As both the most popular breed by registered ownership and also the most popular breed for assistance dogs in several countries, there have been many notable and famous Labradors since the breed was recognized.

Labradors are an intelligent breed with a good work ethic and generally good temperaments. Common working roles for Labradors include: hunting, tracking and detection (they have a great sense of smell which helps when working in these areas), disabled-assistance, carting, and therapy work. Approximately 60–70% of all guide dogs in Canada are Labradors; other common breeds are Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. Labrador Retrievers have proven to have a high success rate at becoming guide dogs. A study was recently done on how well four different breeds (Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix, and German Shepherds) trained to become guide dogs. In this experiment, German Shepherds had the highest chance of not completing it. Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix had the highest success rate. However, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers had a higher success rate after going through longer training than the training required for Labrador Retrievers.

3. Golden Retriever

Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Intelligent, Kind, Reliable, Friendly, Trustworthy, Confident
Colors: Cream, Dark Golden, Light Golden, Golden
Weight: Female: 25–32 kg, Male: 30–34 kg
Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, Scotland, England

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a medium-large gun dog that was bred to retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. The name "retriever" refers to the breed's ability to retrieve shot game undamaged due to their soft mouth.

The breed is a prominent participant in conformation shows for purebred dogs. The Golden Retriever is popular as a disability assistance dog, such as being a guide dog for the blind and a hearing dog for the deaf. In addition, they are trained to be a hunting dog, a detection dog, and a search and rescue participant. The breed's friendly, gentle temperament means it is unsuited to being a professional guard dog, but its temperament has also made it the third-most popular family dog breed (by registration) in the United States, the fifth-most popular in Brazil and Australia, and the eighth-most popular in the United Kingdom. Golden Retrievers are rarely choosy eaters, but require ample (two or more hours a day) exercise. The breed is fond of play but also highly trainable.

4. German Shepherd

Life expectancy: 9 – 13 years
Origin: Germany
Temperament: Intelligent, Obedient, Curious, Loyal, Alert, Confident, Watchful, Courageous
Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Sable, Red & Black, Grey, Black & Silver
Weight: Male: 30–40 kg, Female: 22–32 kg
Height: Male: 60–65 cm, Female: 55–60 cm

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, the breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog. German Shepherd Dogs can stand as high as 26 inches at the shoulder and, when viewed in outline, presents a picture of smooth, graceful curves rather than angles. The natural gait is a free-and-easy trot, but they can turn it up a notch or two and reach great speeds.

There are many reasons why German Shepherds stand in the front rank of canine royalty, but experts say their defining attribute is character: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones. German Shepherds will be gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but, the breed standard says, there’s a “certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.”

5. Beagle

Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Amiable, Intelligent, Determined, Excitable, Even Tempered, Gentle
Colors: Lemon & White, Tri-color, White & Tan, Chocolate Tri, White & Chocolate, Red & White, Orange & White
Weight: Male: 10–11 kg, Female: 9–10 kg
Height: Male: 36–41 cm, Female: 33–38 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, England, Great Britain


Not only is the Beagle an excellent hunting dog and loyal companion, it is also happy-go-lucky, funny, and—thanks to its pleading expression—cute. They were bred to hunt in packs, so they enjoy company and are generally easygoing.

There are two Beagle varieties: those standing under 13 inches at the shoulder, and those between 13 and 15 inches. Both varieties are sturdy, solid, and “big for their inches,” as dog folks say. They come in such pleasing colors as lemon, red and white, and tricolor. The Beagle’s fortune is in his adorable face, with its big brown or hazel eyes set off by long, houndy ears set low on a broad head.
A breed described as “merry” by its fanciers, Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, and companionable—all qualities that make them excellent family dogs. No wonder that for years the Beagle has been the most popular hound dog among American pet owners. These are curious, clever, and energetic hounds who require plenty of playtime.

6. Rottweiler

Life expectancy: 8 – 10 years
Origin: Germany
Temperament: Self-assured, Fearless, Devoted, Steady, Good-natured, Obedient, Alert, Confident, Courageous, Calm
Colors: Black, Tan, Mahogany
Weight: Female: 35–48 kg, Male: 50–60 kg
Height: Female: 56–63 cm, Male: 61–69 cm


The Rottweiler is a breed of domestic dog, regarded as medium-to-large or large. The dogs were known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs, because their main use was to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat to market.

Rottweilers are a powerful breed with well-developed genetic herding and guarding instincts. Potentially dangerous behaviour in Rottweilers usually results from irresponsible ownership, abuse, neglect, or lack of socialisation and training. However, the exceptional strength of the Rottweiler is an additional risk factor not to be neglected. It is for this reason that breed experts declare that formal training and extensive socialisation are essential for all Rottweilers. According to the AKC, Rottweilers love their owners and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are required.

According to the American Rottweiler Club:

For us, Rottweilers are the best breed in the world, but we firmly believe they are not a dog for everyone. Rottweilers require a calm, stable and firm “pack leader” or they will assume that role for you. Puppies AND adults need socialization, exercise and stimulating mental challenges. With these things, you will have a wonderful companion; without them, your Rottweiler may become destructive and out of control.

7. Bulldog

Life expectancy: 8 – 10 years
Temperament: Willful, Docile, Friendly, Gregarious
Colors: White, Fawn, Piebald, Fawn & White, Brindle & White, Red & White, Red Brindle, Red
Weight: Female: 18–23 kg, Male: 23–25 kg
Height: Female: 31–40 cm, Male: 31–40 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, England


The Bulldog, also known as the British Bulldog or English Bulldog, is a medium-sized dog breed. It is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. The Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, and the United Kennel Club oversee breeding records.

Bulldogs have a longstanding association with English culture, as the BBC wrote: "to many the Bulldog is a national icon, symbolising pluck and determination." During World War II, Bulldogs were often likened to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his defiance of Nazi Germany. When the English settled in the Americas, their Bulldogs came with them. Dedicated bulldog fanciers formed The Bulldog Club (England) in 1878, and the Bulldog Club of America in 1890.

8. Chihuahua

Litter size: usually 2–5
Life expectancy: 12 – 20 years
Origin: Mexico
Mass: 1.5 – 3 kg
Coat: Short-haired (smooth coat) and long-coat
Temperament: Devoted, Lively, Alert, Courageous, Quick


Because Chihuahuas get cold easily they tend to love their dens and will often burrow themselves in pillows, clothes hampers, and blankets. They are often found under the covers or at the bottom of the bed, deep in the dark and safety of what they perceive as their den. Chihuahuas also enjoy time in sunlight.[32] Chihuahuas sometimes act like cats and climb up to the highest point on a couch, usually on top of the pillows, and curl up into a ball. Chihuahuas have their own type of personality. They tend to be alert. Chihuahuas typically do not show fear; even though they are a smaller breed, they do not view their size as a disadvantage.

9. Dobermann

Life expectancy: 10 – 13 years
Origin: Germany
Temperament: Fearless, Energetic, Intelligent, Obedient, Loyal, Alert, Confident
Colors: White, Black, Fawn, Red, Black & Rust, Blue, Red & Rust, Fawn & Rust, Blue & Rust
Height: Male: 66–72 cm, Female: 61–68 cm
Weight: Male: 40–45 kg, Female: 32–35 kg


The Dobermann, or Doberman Pinscher in the United States and Canada, is a medium-large breed of domestic dog that was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany. The Dobermann has a long muzzle. It stands on its pads and is not usually heavy-footed.

Dobermanns are known to be intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. Personality varies a great deal between each individual but, if taken care of and trained properly, they are generally considered to be loving and devoted companions. The Dobermann is driven, strong, and sometimes stubborn. With a consistent approach, they can be easy to train and will learn very quickly.

10. Brittany

Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 14 – 15 years
Colors: Roan, Piebald, Liver & White, Orange & White, Tri-color, Black & White
Weight: Male: 14–18 kg, Female: 14–18 kg
Temperament: Intelligent, Agile, Adaptable, Happy, Attentive, Quick
Height: Male: 47–52 cm, Female: 46–51 cm


The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a spaniel, the breed's working characteristics are more akin to those of a pointer or setter.

Brittanys are generally healthy and hardy dogs. The median lifespan for Brittanys in France is 12.6 years. A UK Kennel Club survey puts the breed's median lifespan at 12 years 11 months, with about 1 in 5 dogs dying of old age at an average of 14–15 years. Brittanys have no undercoat and need minimal grooming or bathing. However, their floppy ears tend to trap moisture in the ear canal and should be cleaned regularly.


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