16 Most Loyal Dog Breeds That Originated In Germany

1. Dachshund


These cute little animals are often called "sausage dogs" because of their short legs and long bodies. They are very gentle, intelligent, and easy to feed.

2. American Eskimo Dog


Despite its name, the American Eskimo Dog originated in Germany. It was bred as a family companion and watchdog, and became popular in the United States in the 1930s.

3. Great Dane


The Great Dane, also called German Mastiff, is a dog breed used for hunting and guarding. They are one of the tallest dog breeds.

4. Rottweiler


The breed is used in police and military work and rescue. They are very dominant and protective dogs that can make great companions.  

5. German Shepherd


The German Shepherd is probably the most iconic German Breed originating in the late 1800s. They were used as a sheep tending dog but eventually became one of the most prevalent police and military dogs.

6. Poodle


The Poodle dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. They are very intelligent dogs that excel in a variety of dog sports.

7. German Pinscher


The German Pinscher is the ancestor of many other German breeds. They were used to guard coaches and eliminate vermin in homes.

8. Pomeranian


The Pomeranian is still one of the most popular dogs owned today. They are gentle and active dogs that do well with families but should nevertheless be supervised when around children.

9. German Spitz


The German Spitz is a small spitz dog that is known for its pointy ears and curly tail. They were developed in the German Pomeranian region.

10. Hovawart


The Hovawart is a medium to large size German dog breed. The breed originated in the Black Forest region and is used today in jobs such as rescue and tracking.

11. Keeshond


Keeshonds are very playful dogs that do well with children and continue to be found in family homes today.

12. Eurasier


Eurasier are from Germany in the 1960s. They are gentle-natured but also alert and make great watchdogs.

13. Leonberger


The Leonberger originated in the 1980s as a working dog. They were used for general purpose farm work, guarding, and draft work. The breed is very intelligent and gentle.

14. Weimaraner


The breed originated in the German Court of Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar. They are gentle and intelligent.

15. Schnauzer


The Schnauzers were used as guard dogs and rat catchers. They originated in Germany in the 15th century.

16. Affenpinscher


The Affenpinscher is sometimes known by the English translation “Monkey Terrier”. They now make very cute pets.

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