Why Are Dogs So Loyal to Us?



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There are many of us who have both dogs and cats. While they both are fantastic pets that bring us love and joy, there are many differences. Dogs inherently are more loyal to their owners than cats. Cats do love their pet parents, but dogs tend to be more loyal despite the circumstances.

Dogs’ loyalty stems from their pack behavior

Cats are natural predators and are often seen alone out in the wild. This predatory nature makes them independent and sometimes aloof. Dogs, on the other hand, are pack animal and are genetically wired to focus on members of their pack. Because dogs want to bond with a group, they show loyalty to those who are or who could be part of their pack. And when they are home and bond with their owners, they become part of their ‘pack’ and fiercely loyal to the group or human family.

Dogs evolutionary past make them loyal

Dogs have been bred for thousands of years to work with humans and provide companionship. A dog is taught to understand humans, something that is unique to only dogs. What we might sometimes perceive as being loyal, a dog’s innate need is to work with and please us. Many dogs work or train with one person only and so appear to be loyal towards only them. Dogs and humans have had a history of unique, mutually beneficial relationship that has helped both of us accept the other as a part of their natural life.

Dogs are also similar to us in that their biological clocks are in tune with us. They tend to be active in the day and sleep with us at night further contributing to their loyal nature.

Dogs communicate with us and each other which increases their loyalty

Research shows that dogs are more human-like in their behaviors than any other animal, including earlier primates. Humans also can accurately interpret the meaning of dog barks, according to other studies. This ability to communicate with one another is developed from dogs’ reliance on each other and continues to increase their loyalty to one another. The innate behavioral traits of dogs, especially in certain breeds, make them even more compatible and loyal.

Dogs are naturally and unconditionally affectionate

A dog’s natural instinct is to want to bond. Dogs that fight or attack have been taught by humans to be that way. Dogs want to love and be loved by us. They want to be part of a family and protect the members of the family. Dogs like to be close to people and develop deep attachments to us. As we strengthen our bond with our dogs, they respond with a fierce loyalty to us and we love them for it!

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