If you’re looking for a guard dog, don’t just settle for any breed. Though Great Danes, Doberman pinschers, and German shepherd dogs are enormous, they are not the only breeds that make great guard dogs. There are certain breeds that were made to be loyal, fierce, and protective.
Here’s a list of the 10 most protective dog breeds that you can depend on to keep you, your family, and your property safe. These amazing ‘personal protection dogs’ will be there for you whenever they sense trouble or see intruders they don’t recognize:
The Pit Bull can get pretty big but they still think they’re lap dogs. They’re friendly, outgoing, and very observant, which makes them a great watchdog. They typically bark out of excitement because they’re eager to make new friends.
This doesn’t exactly make them the best watchdog in the traditional sense, but they’ll let you know of unwanted guests in their own way. If their family is ever put into a bad situation with an intruder or anyone else who tries to hurt them, pit bulls are fiercely brave and loyal and will protect their people at all costs. Be wary of this breed however. These were originally bred as hunting dogs which would bite and hold large animals on the face and head. They can be very aggressive and because of these traits they were often used in dog fighting competitions. This may not be the best family dog but would certainly be a challenge for any challenger!
9. The Akita Dog Breed
A bold, strong-willed dog and Akita is intelligent and loyal, all traits which make him a good guard dog and a great family dog. Akitas don’t bark as much as some other breeds but will make enough noise when the situation warrants it.
Akitas are stubborn and a little difficult to train and might be a bit much for a first-time dog owner. These watch dogs need plenty of exercise or they will become bored and get themselves into trouble, usually by destroying their owner’s house.
8. The Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed
Doberman’s are smart, loyal, and trustworthy but they also know how to loosen up and have a little fun with their family. These dogs are natural guard dogs that will become aggressive when he feels that his pack is under attack but is generally a docile, loving companion.
Dobermans are busybodies and like to be physically and mentally active. Because of their tendency to be fiercely defensive of their family, it’s important to find out from your breeder about the temperament of parents and siblings.
You don’t want to be stuck with a dog that is unable to control himself around all strangers. Pick one that’s neither aggressive nor shy and you’ll have a guard dog that will protect you with all his heart.
7. The Chow Chow Dog Breed
It’s been said that Chow Chows have the personality of a cat. They like their family but tend to ignore strangers, acting aloof and minding their own business unless they feel that someone is threatening their family, which is why they make excellent guard dogs.
Chow Chows do best when they grow up with a family. If they’re raised with young children, they learn to respect each other and figure out how the relationship will work. But this is a semi-serious dog that doesn’t particularly like to play rough so it might not be a good idea to introduce them into a family of school-aged children who have never had a dog before.
6. The Rhodesian Ridgeback
As they get older, Rhodesian Ridgebacks mellow a bit. They’re great guard dogs because, while they don’t bark excessively, the will warn you when something is going on. They love their people and are somewhat cautious with outsiders.
5. The Rottweiler Dog Breed
Rottweilers are aloof, yet confident and brave. They love their family and are quite affectionate but don’t warm to strangers very easily. They have a strong desire to protect their family and their home but shouldn’t be aggressive without a reason unless they’ve been bred to behave that way.
Males are a little more standoffish and observant than females, who can be a little more open and friendly. They’re stubborn dogs that can be trained by an experienced dog owner. You’ll need to put a lot of time and effort into training your Rottweiler. Because they have a reputation for aggression, it’s easy to overlook or avoid this breed. Check with the breeder about incidents of aggression in the dog’s lineage.
You might want to consider another breed if you have small children in your home. A well-trained Rottweiler shouldn’t just attack anyone, but it’s a little difficult for young kids and Rottweilers to understand each other. If you do bring one into the home, do not let children play with the dog unsupervised.
4. The German Shepard Dog Breed
German shepherds are laid back and don’t get excited very easily. They’re fiercely loyal and, once they have made a friend, they’ll be protective of them. They are affectionate and loving with their people but aren’t afraid to do what they have to do to defend them if trouble arises. You can depend on a German shepherd to be an excellent guard dog.
They’re smart, easily trained, and get bored easily. They like to work and have a purpose and can be taught to do almost anything. German shepherds not only need physical exercise, they also like to use their brains. They don’t like to be left alone and can get frustrated and occasionally destructive when they are.
3. The Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed
The Giant Schnauzer is an ideal companion and guard dog—loving and present with their family, assertive and bold in the face of the unknown. They’re protective of their territory and don’t trust strangers but know how to loosen up and have fun when around friends.
They’re quite smart which makes them a little difficult to train. They like to be in charge so it’s important that their owner is able to give them consistent guidance so they know who’s the boss.
2. The Boxer Dog Breed
Boxers are fun, clownish dogs that like to make you laugh but they also have a serious side. They’re observant and always paying attention and confident, but wary of strangers. They’re great with children because they’re patient and playful and polite to strangers unless they sense a threat. Boxers are loyal to their owners and will defend them no matter what.
1. The Bullmastiff Dog Breed
The Bullmastiff is the ideal guard dog. They’re brave, self-assured, and generally a large dog that can look quite formidable. They’re smart and dependable and always want to make their owner happy. They were actually bred to be watchdogs although they don’t bark a lot. They don’t need to. Any intruder who came face to face with a bullmastiff would surely go running in the opposite direction.
Protective Dog Bread Training Resources
Once you get your protective dog bread, you will need to train them to be effective in time of need. Check out the following book as great resources to train your dog:
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