The Akita is a highly regarded dog from Japan. The first of this breed to travel to and stay in the United States was the Japanese government’s gift to Helen Keller. Since then Akita has become fairly popular among American families.
One reason why this dog breed has become one of the most favorite canine breeds among families is their extreme loyalty to their humans. These dogs develop such close and intense bonds to their adoptive families. This level of devotion was even captured in the semi-biographical film Hatchi: A Dog’s Tale.
In the movie, a loving and protective Akita who had joined his human every day on his daily walk to the train station waited outside the said station for years after his owner’s death.
2. Neapolitan Mastiff
A Neapolitan Mastiff has been featured in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In this movie the Neapolitan Mastiff played Hagrid’s dog, Fang, a fictional canine characters who’s quite devoted to and protective of his master, just like the real deal.
Neos are known for their bravery and strength. Once used as hunting dogs, their skin is characteristically loose, allowing them to ward off injuries caused by dueling against jaguars, bulls, and bears. Even their wrinkled face serves a specific purpose; to aid blood flow away from their nose and eyes, thus preventing their crucial senses from getting compromised during fights.
The Neo’s protective instinct is something they won’t think twice to apply if their owners are met with any kind of danger.
The Rottweiler was originally used to protect and herd livestock during the Roman Empire. As the empire grew throughout Europe, the Rottweiler as a canine breed also became more widespread. This breed’s population significantly declined when trains came into being, making cattle transport more convenient.
Fortunately, Rottweilers did not go extinct. Now they are found in the homes of families, serving as loved and loving pets. Their protective instinct still makes Rottweilers wary of strangers, thus making families across the world safe from malicious intruders.
4. Dogue de Bordeaux
This does not sound like a familiar dog breed for most people. But if you’ve seen the film Turner and Hooch at least once, then you’ve seen a Dogue de Bordeaux. Now if you are having a hard time pronouncing this name, you can just switch to French Mastiff, which is so much easier to say..
If you want to know how protective this dog can get, you can take a cue from what happens in the aforementioned movie. In Turner and Hooch, Hooch The Mastiff eventually died so that his owner’s life could be saved. If that’s not loyalty and devotion, then nothing is. Although the movie is of course fictional, it does capture the lengths the Dogue de Bordeaux will go to show love to their humans