11 Least Loyal Dog Breeds

Loyalty is all about environment, temperament, and socialization; if a dog isn’t well socialized, trained, or has an instinctive behavior of not being loyal, chances are it won’t be. This doesn’t mean, though, that these dogs aren’t affectionate or loving, it simply means that they don’t prefer any one person over another. Take a look at this list of the 11 least loyal dog breeds and decide if loyalty is something you must absolutely have in a canine companion.

Ibizan Hound

This silly breed is known for its clownish personality, but not for its affection. This doesn’t mean that Ibizans don’t like to cuddle with family members, but rather that they are reserved. This is a very athletic breed that’s best talent is jumping high and far despite its size. They have a tendency to turn into couch potatoes due to their moderate need for exercise. Its not out of the ordinary for this breed to snuggle up to you on the couch, but they would rather chase prey than your attacker.

Cesky Terrier

Like most terriers, this is a very independent breed. One of its more defining traits, though, is the fact that it is far more loyal to food than it ever will be to you. They are notorious for stealing food and begging which puts them in danger of obesity. They are also very affectionate, on the other hand. They tend to wreak havoc on your home if they are left alone for too long due to their short attention spans–they may also mistake the leg of your kitchen table for a really big bone. They’re typically happy dogs and take better to strangers than most terriers do, although they are still a bit reserved upon first contact–that’s their short attention span kicking in, again.

Sealyham Terrier

Sealies are very confident and curious creatures, although they are far more docile than their other terrier cousins. They are outgoing and friendly, but they are reserved towards strangers and tend to bark at just about everything. They also have a great sense of humor in the sense that they will follow a command, but, much like a child, will add a little something extra to get a reaction out of their audience.

Irish Wolfhound

The last word that an owner would use to describe their Irish Wolfhound is aggressive. They are very friendly and although they are aware of their surroundings, they aren’t suspicious of much. Bear in mind, this breed loves to give and receive affection from just about anyone. They also respond well to positive reinforcement such as praise and treats when it comes to training, but be careful not to criticize this breed or they will do the complete opposite of what you ask or cower in fear and shut down.

Norwich Terrier

Another terrier on this list is the Norwich Terrier. This breed, like many others on this list, is affectionate and people describe them as hardier yorkshire terriers. One of the smallest in the terrier breed, you can expect your Norwich to be very active and bark for its own entertainment. They make great watchdogs in terms of their alertness and habitual barking antics, although don’t expect them to bite at the ankles of an intruder. The loyalty factor comes into play when you consider their affection habits, they don’t tend to attach to one person over another.

Chinese Shar-Pei

This is one of the most independent breeds around, although they love their family. They tend to be quite aloof with people they don’t know. Even though they like to spend time with members of the family, their independence will always take first place. They make great guard dogs thanks to their pit-fighting roots, but this can be a problem if they aren’t socialized and trained properly. They are especially known for their aggression towards other dogs and animals.

Chow Chow

Another proud and independent animal, Chows are a bit aloof, but can also be known to be extremely affectionate. The words to describe Chows would probably be independent, stubborn, intelligent, and a bit narcissistic. Although, one would never use the words aggressive or timid. They tend to mind their own business and enjoy their playtime with other people, but they are rather indifferent towards strangers unless they perceive them as a threat. This is another breed that needs intense socialization and training in order to ensure they grow up with a personality that you most prefer.

Afghan Dog

This dog is equally unique as it is elegant and they know it. They are especially challenging to train due to their independence and lack of motivation with food. They also aren’t people-pleasers and they work best in a one or two-person household. They have an incredibly strong indifference towards others and strangers making them a terrible watchdog, but this doesn’t mean that they will be indifferent toward their owner.


No, that wasn’t a typo. This breed’s name is pronounced, “show-low-eats-queent-lee” or “show-low” for short. A Xolo is quite the unusual looking animal being that it is completely hairless aside from a mohawk on top of its head and a has a rat-like tail. Xolos are known for being especially calm and aloof towards strangers but showers its family with affection and love. They are pretty aggressive towards other dogs, but only due to territorial instincts rather than protection of their family.

Portuguese Water Dog

This interesting looking dog has some amazing qualities in its personality, although loyalty and protectiveness are just not some of them. They have intense stamina and love to have a good time with their owner and they also have a nice sense of humor. They’re very intelligent dogs and have very clever, silly ways of getting your attention. Be aware, though, if you’re not a water bug then this may not be the breed for you. If you turn your back for too long then you may find your water dog doing what they love the most–swimming.


Despite their name, this breed has a short coat and resembles a Beagle. In fact, they’re often referred to as “super Beagles” that were bred for hunting hare, hence their name. Traditionally, this was a pack dog and, so, they have no problem being around other dogs and are never aggressive. In terms of loyalty and protection, if you’re home and have an intrusion, your Harrier will certainly let you know by barking at the intruder. Although, if you’re not home, don’t expect them to do anything more than sit back and watch them come and go. They are outgoing and friendly with just about everyone and they are also very independent and stubborn like most other hunting dogs.

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