My Canine and Me: One Person Dog Breeds (Loyalty Is Gem)

What dogs breeds bond with one person

When it comes to finding a loyal dog who will bond with a singular person, it’s not about looking for a certain breed so much as you’re looking for the best dog for you. Much the same with your close human friends, the dog you’re most likely to bond with is going to be the pup that best jives with your energy.

A fun-loving dog who shares your idea of what it means to have a good time, and who you can come home and snuggle with at the end of a long day. Find that dog, and you’re certain to find the one who will become your best friend.

If you’ve already got a pup in your life, but you’re looking for some suggestions on how the two of you can become closer, take a look through the list below!

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How to Create a Lasting Bond

  • Play games with your pup. Figure out which toy is their favorite, and encourage them to toss and run around with you. Not only will you keep each other entertained, you’ll log in some of that daily exercise, too.
  • A walk in the park. Make a point to leash up and get outside with your furry friend. Routine walks are a fantastic activity both of you can look forward to. Be it a stroll around the neighborhood, a visit to the dog park, or running through some trails, dogs love taking walks with their humans.
  • Spend time in the kitchen. Is there anything as satisfying as a home-cooked meal? The sound of a skillet sizzling and the wafting of all those delicious smells coming together? Trying sharing part of your culinary creation with your pup. You’re certain to garner their appreciation.
  • Snuggling buddies. Whether you’re settling in for your favorite tv show or curling up with a book, consider keeping your pup by your side. You can keep each other warm while enjoying some relaxing downtime with one another.
  • A little TLC. In addition to helping your dog maintain their coat through regularly scheduled baths and grooming sessions, make sure to spend an adequate amount of time scratching and petting them. Take special care to focus on their favorite spots, while respecting your dog by avoiding any areas you know make them uncomfortable.

Is it Bad to Have Only One Dog?

Not at all! On the contrary, there are some dog breeds out there who require single-pet households simply to get along. Be it a trait of their breed, or even if your furry friend happens to be an alpha, some dogs do better on their own. Especially in the case of rescue dogs, it can be tough to tell if your pet experienced difficult circumstances in the past with their previous humans.

Unfortunately, sometimes there is no way of knowing whether or not your dog had contact with other animals, or if they had any traumatic experiences.

While some shelters keep record of a pup’s history, other times your dog’s past may remain a mystery. If you find yourself scoping out your local shelters in hopes of adopting a dog, make sure to inquire with the shelter staff about any potential pet’s history.

The reasons for why a dog may prefer to run solo are as numerous as there are breeds, and sometimes it’s not even about the dog so much as it’s about their person. Perhaps you keep a small living space, where having only one dog is feasible.

Or maybe you only have enough time and attention to devote to one pup. Regardless of the reason, the only thing you owe is unconditional love to the one dog you’ve chosen to share a home with you.

 

What is the most dogs owned by one person?

The record for most dogs owned by a single person goes to Kubla Khan, the thirteenth-century Mongol emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. He’s said to have owned 5,000 Mastiffs, which he utilized in wartime and as hunting dogs.

This is made even more amazing if you stop to consider that Mastiffs are one of the largest dog breeds in the world. Can you imagine having the responsibility of cleaning up after and feeding an entire army of dogs?!

loyal are dogs

How loyal are dogs?

Dogs are fiercely loyal animals, and have even been known to sacrifice their lives for people on countless occasions. As pack animals, dogs are born social creatures and are naturally inclined to the company of others. By bringing a dog into your home, you can count on your furry friend to regard the humans in your family as part of their new pack.

It’s also worth noting that loyalty is more than an affectionate gesture from your dog. Canine pack mentality can be a defense mechanism that ensures the dog’s survival. In the absence of other dogs, humans can become part of the pack.

You may have heard it said that it’s important to establish dominance with your dog, lest they get the wrong idea about who is in charge. In other words–by demonstrating discipline with your pup, you mark yourself as the alpha instead of them. Not only does this inform your dog that you are the one in control, but it can provide a feeling of security that your dog needs in order to feel safe and thrive in its life.

 

Which is the most faithful dog breed?

Thanks to the research of archeologists and scientists, we’re able to estimate that the domestication of dogs may have begun as early as 40,000 years ago. As far as how it all began? Wolves who were bold enough to pick off the leftovers from groups of hunter-gatherers, but tame enough to get away with it.

It seems like it was only a matter of time before humans and canines, both pack animals at heart, established loyalties to one another. As for today’s most loyal dog breeds? Take a glimpse through the list below, and you’ll get an idea of which dog breeds you feel drawn to. Who knows? You may even get a peek at your next best friend!

 

The Most Loyal Dog Breeds

1. Boxers

Boxer

A lively and social breed, Boxers have a robust history spanning back thousands of years. Boxers as we know them are a talented herding and hunting dog, and have also enjoyed careers in military and law enforcement.

If you’re looking for an athletic dog who can keep up with an active lifestyle, who does well one-on-one with their owner, and who will take kindly to strangers, look no farther than the Boxer.

 

2. Brittany

Brittany

Brittanys are a gorgeous and multifaceted dog breed. Loyal and obedient, this dog trains very well, and is best matched to anyone with an active lifestyle.

Whether you’re a hunter or an outdoorsman who enjoys activities like camping and hiking, Brittanys are fantastic companions wherever you go. Brittanys will best appreciate an owner that can give them lots of attention, and tend to be barkers if ignored for too long.

 

3. Bulldog

Bulldog

Loving and docile, the bulldog is an excellent companion for anyone looking for a low-key dog to bring into their life. Just don’t mistake the Bulldog’s calm demeanor for lethargy. Despite having a calmer energy level, Bulldogs need routine exercise and delight in taking walks with their owners.

Regardless of being a social dog breed, Bulldogs generally do well being left alone while their owners are away at work or school for the day. If you’re looking for a dog who can hold its own until you arrive home, the Bulldog may be the best dog for you.

 

4. Corgi

Corgi

Don’t let the short stature or those little legs deceive you. Corgis are high energy dogs who excel in stealing the show wherever they go.

A highly intelligent and intuitive breed, Corgis were trained as herding dogs in the past, whose quick thinking and reflexes make them excellent nanny dogs. Corgis do best with owners who lead active lifestyles, who can give them lots of attention.

Whether you’re a one person household or have a bigger family, Corgis thrive around people and will offer you their loyalty all their life.

 

5. Dalmatian

Dalmatian

If you’re looking for a dog that prioritizes strict loyalty to its people, look no further than the Dalmatian.

An athletic breed built for stamina, Dalmatians were once bred as guard dogs to protect horses and coaches and will reserve its judgment with strangers. Dalmatians adapt well to owners with athletic lifestyles but also do well in household settings to create an alto.

 

6. Dachshund

Dachshund

The Dachshund may be a small breed, but what it lacks in size it makes up in energy and a willingness to give anything a try.

Occasionally referred to as wiener or sausage dogs, Dachshunds are an intelligent and curious breed that does not intimidate easily.

Brave and loyal dogs, the Dachshund packs an intimidating bark in its little body and makes an excellent watch dog and family dog. While the Dachshund isn’t built for strenuous athletic activity, they are effective hunting dogs and love a challenge.

 

7. French Bulldog

French Bulldog

Whether you’re looking to bring home a furry friend for your family, or it’s going to be just you and your pup, you can’t go wrong with a Frenchie.

With an easygoing attitude and requiring very little physical exercise or other maintenance, the French Bulldog is an easy dog to care for, loyal dog who will shower you with love and affection. Frenchies are also quiet, and make excellent lap dog.

 

8. German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Mention the German Shepherd, and you likely conjure several different images. Whether you envision a military dog, are reminded the many admirable traits shepherds are know for, or even if you imagine Rin Tin Tin, you’re thinking of trademarks of this breed.

Vastly intelligent and the genuine article of the loyal dog, German Shepherds will forge an unbreakable relationship with you and your family, that it will not reciprocate with strangers.

If your ideal breed is one of discernment, who shares your love of family, then look no further than the German Shepherd.

 

9. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

If you’re looking for breeds who want your approval as much as you want theirs, you can’t go wrong with the Golden Retriever. Smart and outgoing, sweet and people-centric, Golden Retrievers have endless love and energy, and truly become a family member.

Golden Retrievers are among the more popular breeds as they not only make great family dogs, but they become great family members, as well.

 

10. Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

If it’s a regal guardian you’re looking for, the Great Pyrenees may be the breed you decide shares your life with you.

Weighing in at over 100 pounds, these gentle giants are independent dogs who were initially trained to work as a guard dog protecting livestock. This dog requires moderate amounts of exercise, but otherwise tends to be a docile dog that prefers to conserve its energy until it’s needed.

 

11. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

A fast-thinking dog that’s also quick on its feet, the Jack Russell Terrier is a smart and athletic dog best suited to an owner who reflects that energy.

Originally bred for English fox hunting, these days the Jack Russell Terrier does best with someone who can devote enough time and energy to sate its needs. Given appropriate amounts of attention, this breed will do well with families with children and will thrive just as easily in a single-person home.

 

12. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Not to be mistaken for the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers have a sturdier frame than their cousin and come in varying colors. However, both breeds are known for their loving and friendly demeanor, and their propensity for getting along with both humans and other pets.

These are the same traits that make Labrador Retrievers great therapy dogs, but also cause them to experience separation anxiety if they go too long without their human friends. Among the more popular dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever is an easy-going dog that thrives off athletic quality time with its owners.

 

13. Mastiffs

Mastiffs

One of the largest dog breeds alive today, Mastiffs are enormous, haunting animals that can easily grow to be bigger than an adult man. Extremely docile in nature, Mastiffs are a loyal dog that make great family pets.

Despite their easy-going personalities, Mastiffs are very protective of their people and tend to be wary of anyone they consider to be strangers.

 

14. Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Often misrepresented as an aggressive breed, an appropriately bred and trained Rottweiler actually makes for a lovely family dog and guardian. While Rotties will often let their guard down have fun with their families, they have a tendency to button up around others.

If you’re looking for a dog who can show you their silly side, who can establish a relationship with their family and be a protector when necessary, perhaps the Rottweiler is the companion for you.

 

15. Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

A small and happy dog, the Shetland Sheepdog is a delightfully spunky dog who enjoys the company of people. Intelligent, empathetic and excited to learn, Shelties are excellent herding dogs, and transition well into home life.

While a Sheltie shares all of its love with its owner, they are far more likely to show discretion with strangers, and are forthcoming barkers in the presence of people they don’t know.

 

16. St. Bernard

St. Bernard

A gentle giant, St. Bernards are enormous dogs whose original occupation was to safeguard Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard, and to provide aid to lost and hurt travelers.

These days St. Bernards are among the more popular dog breeds and can be found throughout homes internationally.

You may be surprised to learn that despite the size of this breed, they can get by with only a moderate amount of exercise per day. St. Bernards have a very sweet and social disposition and feel best when they’re engaged in activity with their people.

 

17. Staffordshire Terrier

Staffordshire Terrier

If you’re a high-octave sort of person, looking for a dog who can keep up with your active lifestyle, then the American Staffordshire Terrier might be the pup for you. A medium-sized dog that packs a punch, this breed is equal parts energetic workout buddy, and consummate lap dog.

At the end of the day, their goal is to hold their owner’s affection and attention.

Be careful not to ignore your Staffordshire Terrier! Taking your eyes off of this breed for too long may result in them taking that untapped energy out on your shoes.

 

18. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

The epitome of attitude and class, the Yorkshire Terrier are a small and feisty breed that can keep up with its more athletic terrier counterparts. While Yorkies are well known for being barkers, it often comes from a territorial place, as they are fiercely protective of their families. the Yorkshire Terrier is easily trained and tend to be people-pleasers.

While Yorkies are an active breed, they only require a moderate amount of exercise, and routinely walking with your cute pup should suit their needs just fine. While your Yorkshire Terrier may not require as much working out as some of the dogs on our list, the beautiful and long flowing coat they’re known for will require an owner who can put in regular time grooming their Yorkie, and tending to their upkeep.


Mixed Breeds and Mutts

Dog Mix Breeds

There is absolutely no need to worry if after all of your research you still haven’t found the right breed of dog for you hasn’t shown up on this or any other list. Almost everyone has had friends who love their dog unconditionally despite knowing little to nothing about their pup’s breed.

Ultimately, you can rest assured that if you treat your dog to your unconditional love, they will end up being the best dog for you. Just as there isn’t a single answer to which dog breeds are the most faithful to people, there is no one answer as to which is the most loyal dog.

Show them unconditional love, and you’re sure to receive that love back. Help to assure them that while your time with one another is an important part of your day, that the two of you will survive doing your own thing around the house, too.

Prove to your dog that together the two of you constitute a family, and you’ll quickly learn that their breed is just another couple of words written on their paperwork.