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Why Are Dogs So Loyal? – Animal Psychology

Without any doubt, all of us know dogs are renowned for their loyalty. Their helping behavior is what human beings can learn from them. There have been many discussions about why are dogs so loyal?

Meanwhile, many theories are published. We have explored some more interesting facts on the loyalty of dogs and other traits.

Why are Dogs so Loyal

Let us see what we have found more interesting about our best companion.

Characteristics of Dogs

Dogs have the coolest characteristics than other animals. They know too much about human behavior. They can guess what’s happening in their owner’s life. Here are some interesting traits:

  1. Dogs feel jealousy when they don’t get much attention.
  2. They are hunters for many ages.
  3. Dogs have been and still being used by the police for investigation.
  4. They can read the sentiments of human beings close to them.
  5. Dogs know when a person is lying.
  6. Interestingly they can sense smell.
  7. Fun fact! they like to accept the challenge and solve them. Smart pups.
  8. They avoid those people who are mean to their owners.
  9. Isn’t it amazing dogs are calmed by classical music.
  10. It is observed that employees who work with their dogs are happy and feel less stress at the workplace.
  11. They prefer new toys. Dogs get bored with old toys.
  12. Dogs like cuddling!
  13. Last but not least. Dogs are the most loyal animal.

Why Are Dogs So Loyal?

People say dogs are loyal only because you serve them food and shelter. No, it is not the only fact. They are dependable because they are social than other animals. They like to live in a pack. A pack either made up of dogs or human beings.

Two main psychological and scientific reasons tell why dogs are faithful.

Dog Psychology

Dogs are not loner animals. They feel sad when they lose their pack or a family member. This behavior is important to survive. A member in a pack depends on another. That is why the pack mentality leads a dog to be loyal.

In a pack of dogs, the head is known as alpha. Every dog in a pack follows alpha. Whereas the last dog is known as omega.

dogs traits

Hence when a dog obeys and is being loyal to you they see you as alpha. Moreover, when you treat your dog good.  Naturally, a dog shows more affection towards you, unlike other animals.

Scientific Explanation

Some observations considered oxytocin levels in dogs.  Oxytocin is a hormone in the body that plays an important role in making social relationships. Hence when we cuddle with our pups level of oxytocin in humans and dogs is increased.

It is also a reason dogs are loyal.

pups loyalty

Another study shows that when a dog sniffs the owner’s scent. The caudate nucleus is activated that opposes to sniff different scents. As a result, the dog can easily recognize its owner’s smell and shows a positive response towards it.

The caudate nucleus is present in the brain. It uses information from past experiences for performing future actions.

The Most Loyal Dog Breeds

There is no fixed way to tell how a loyal dog looks like. Some breeds of dogs are more loyal and friendly than the other. Below is a list of dog breeds that are famous for being friendly and loyal:

  • Akita
  • Chihuahua
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Brittany
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • The Great Pyrenees
  • German Shepherd
  • Kuvasz
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • St. Bernard
  • Rough Collie
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Skye Terrier

The Least Loyal Breed of Dogs

A list of the least loyal dog breeds is mentioned below:

  • Chow chow
  • Shar Pei
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Ibizan Hound

loyal dogs

The dog has been helping humans for ages. He is a companion in any way. Over the years we have a dog as a pet animal. This adds more to develop a human-dog relationship.

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