Twelve Great Dog Breeds to Protect You

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1. Bullmastiff

This breed is known for its physical strength, protection instincts, courageousness, and extreme family loyalty.   If you happen to have an intruder around you’ll want this dog around.  Often time they’ll knock the intruder right over.   They happen to make great household pets and are known for their loyalty.  They’re also quite docile!

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  • Mark G

    Clearly you aren’t familiar with the history of the Great Dane. This dog was originally bred to be a hunter and guardian. While it seems like an oversized lap dog, don’t be fooled. This dog is 150lbs or more of guard dog if required and it will guard members of it’s family or core family with it’s life. They are amazing dogs that may hide behind you during a thunderstorm but they will leap to action of one of the members of their family is in danger.

    • Noni Kateus

      I’m with you on this one, Mark G; these big dogs are sweet-tempered but will do whatever it takes to keep their family safe from any sort of threat. The same dog who is ok with little ones tripping over their paws and sitting on top of them will climb or jump an enclosure to protect a kid under threat.

  • Ed Mulrenan

    Irish wolfhounds are a good breed as well Gentle around active-curious children. Will protect a family if need be..

  • TJDestry

    Ridiculous list. I’ve owned two of the breeds here and neither one is described accurately. Several of the dogs listed here are very protective but far too touchy and would be a disaster in a house where kids from outside the family might come over and rough house or just run around yelling. Look, posting click bait is a good way to make some money, but giving people genuinely harmful advice is uncool.

  • azbob49

    Catahoulas are very territorial and great protectors.

  • Pixel

    KomoNdor, not Komodor.

  • http://stoplynching.com Suki49

    ALL dogs (and there is no such thing as “pure” bred – they’re just inbred mixed breeds) are loyal and protective.

    • Amy

      here here!

  • Dave

    The American Bulldog should be at the top of this list and its not even on it at all??? huh??

  • Amy

    I think your claim that the bull terrier being confused with the pit bull is really inaccurate. As far as I understand it, experts have never agreed on the difference between bull terriers and pit bulls. Pit bulls (despite their name) were bread from the Bull Terrier to be working dogs. Many are dual registered as Amstaffs with the AKC and Pits with the UKC. I have a ten year old pit bull and two young children. He is protective of our yard and of my children but is in no way aggressive. He loves children, other dogs, even cats. And you know what? His behavior is typical of his breed. I have no doubt that there are countless families like mine who have a loving, affectionate and trust-worthy pit bull and only a select few that own aggressive pits. I’m really disappointed that an article about the best breeds to protect families–featured on a website that is supposed to be an advocate for dogs–would basically add to the misconception of pit bulls by making such a careless, inaccurate statement. I am by no means one of those crazy bully breed advocates (despite how I may sound here) but the little quip about confusing the breeds really struck a nerve. The statement inferred that Pit Bulls are NOT family-friendly dogs and therefore added more fuel to the anti-pitbull fire. A better article would have been “10 characteristics to look for when selecting a family-friendly dog” as opposed to taking something so subjective and treating it like a fact. Clearly, the comments below indicate that there were several noteworthy breeds that were not mentioned. What makes a giant schnauzer more family friendly than an Irish Wolfhound? Or a golden retriever? Let’s be honest: the only thing that really makes a good family dog is a good family.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      I got a picture today of my calico cat (who’s in heat) climbing onto the back of my 9 yr old 85 lb pit bull. He just laid there and let her walk all over him.

      • A rottie’s human

        That’s so sweet. You should put pics like that out for everyone to see just how good these and most dogs really are! Most people with negative comments just don’t know any better and go by what they have been taught by an uneducated media….We have to show them the truth!

    • cal3301

      The article was 12 breeds that will PROTECT you, not family friendly. Any breed of dog, when treated correctly, is family friendly. Not all will go that extra yard to protect.

    • Michael P Reed Sr.

      I so agree with you Amy. I have three Pit Bulls, and they are as family friendly as any of the dogs mentioned. I treat mine like they are part of the family and have done so since I got Breanna the first Pit. I have never chained my Pits up outside. They live in the house with us.They grew up with my boys who were 16, 14, 12, and 10 when Breanna came to live with us. She is now 14. I have a granddaughter that all three Pits dote on. Gotti is 13 and Chocolate is 12. They go nuts when my granddaughter comes over. I think they love her more then me now.

  • Pamela Lamb

    My fullblooded. American Bulldog gets a bad rap since everyone thinks she is a pit bull she has gotten shot at dog catcher has tried to pick her up, Both of my dogs are always on a tie out that is only on my property, mind ya, my last Am.Bulldog was 12 or 13 yes. But someone gave here something not sure what but she had a heart attack an died… Now my dogs are only out when I’m out or it’s morning afternoon evveing & just before we go to bed just because I don’t want anything else to happen.. my other is whip pit/lab (30lbs 8yrs) she has also gotten bad rap sweet dog was a service dog to my mother with Alzheimer’s, she has been shot in the hind quarter & her chest she is terrified of anyone… she was a dump dog, that just showed up when she was a puppy… It is people who make animals bad…

    • Ben

      Not always Pamela. I respect your opinion but there have been a multitude of attacks by pits that were unprovoked. They have a bad rap because they can kill an adult man. They have a very strong prey drive and are typically not all that good with other animals. Fact is, some owners think their dog is the greatest and force them on others. I have an idiot at they gym who let’s his unleashed pit walk around while he’s lifting. So you’re right in some respects but the pit has killed more than any other dog.

    • TennesseeRedDog

      Just saw your comment. I rescued an American Bulldog dropped on the road in Calhoun Georgia last year. Great dog, the vet even wanted to take him but I eventually gave him to a neighbor with a 13 year old girl who loves him. In the summers he escorts kids walking the street, even a neighbor who rides a sulky drawn by a pony. It’s hilarious. He walks them all like he’s a parade band leader.

      • Lovey

        That is such a great story!! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I don’t know how anyone can do this, but shame on that man. Look at all the joy he missed in his life! smh!!!

    • Casey Painter

      where are you living that your dog would get shot

      • Quinn Harbin

        The south I bet…. Lots of dogs are shot in the south. Lots of dogs are running loose, whether they have owners or not. Rural shelters have horrific conditions and so many dogs are pts, even gassed. Sad situation.

        • James Graves

          I live in the south and I’ve 3 times had someone try to shoot my rat terriers. For God’s sake they are ten pounds. If you kill my dogs something unpleasant is going to happen to you.

    • Patch

      We have an AB, who is quite large for his breed. He weighs more than his mom and dad put together @ 140lbs. He is quite the lounger around the house type of dog. Has even has his own recliner. However, out where we live his protective instincts are very welcome. He was raised with a stray who is larger than he is. Between the two of them it’s quite a full house. Our AB has also been accused of being a Pit Bull. I can’t tell you how many times i have heard “that’s the biggest pit bull I ever saw”. He will bark, and carry on with strangers, but once the stranger is introduced to him as a friend, he will remember this person forever. His canine buddy is a mix of a St Bernard, and German Shepard. When these two get to playing, it best you stay out of the way. The extra exercise they provide each other is a very good thing. We live out in the country, and these guys get a lot of exercise. Strangely enough we have to protect them in return, since we have snakes, coyotes, wild burrows, big horn sheep, and cougars in the area. As large as our guys are, they are no match for most wild critters. I think owners of large dogs forget this sometimes.

    • Amy Crowell Ryen

      You are so right! It’s people who make dogs nasty! It’s all in the training! I’m so sorry you have had to deal with all the hatred!

  • D. R. Cultivator

    I like our 4 P W Corgi’s. Don’t laugh…These little big guys keep tabs on our farm better than any other breed, many on this list, has in 35 years.

  • Lt_Scrounge

    I had a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix when I was living in Colorado. My wife called the police about getting obscene phone calls. When the police arrived, the dog went crazy when anyone came to the door. She opened the door to the police officer and the dog sat down right at the edge of the carpet. The cop took one look at him and told her to call them if there was anything left when the dog got done with them.

    • therealrockstone

      Great story. I have an RR mix I got from the pound 7 years ago. Best dog I’ve ever had.

    • Richard David Grey

      When they bred a Male Boxer with a Female English Bulldog they created a new breed referred to as a ” VALLEY BULLDOG “. It did away with bad genetics associated with the English Bulldog while retaining it’s physical stature minus the extremely baggy face. They also have twice the life span. My dog Joe is a GREAT watch dog and loves every kid he meets.

      • Arthur B

        Richard, may I make a request for more pics of Joe? with some full body shots? I have a Boxer, and I’m a big fan of English Bulldogs and I’ve always wondered what would a “Bullboxer” look like :) Thanks!

        • Richard David Grey

          For more pictures of Joe, go to AOL’s website ” Cutest pets ” and click on the top right hand box – ” Cutest Pets ” . Then explore the pictures. When the page comes up with a large picture of him as a pup on the left side of the screen you will notice small triangles in the middle on each side of the picture. Click on them to see various pictures of him. He will be 4 years old in November & he weighs 51 pounds. When you scroll half way down the page you will notice 4 catagories of pets. Joe is #1 in the ” All pets ” & the ” All dogs ” catagories. Plesae cast a vote for Joe. Thank you for your interest in Joe !!!

        • Richard David Grey

          If you click on the picture above it will display his entire head shot !!!

          • Arthur B

            Will do! Thanks Richard

  • Rick

    ADOPT!!!! It’s simple. You provide your new shelter friend with their basic necessities, and they in return give you unconditional love. Sounds like a pretty good deal!

  • clownkiller

    Dutch Shepherd, will protect, herd and amaze you with it’s intelligence.
    Great family dog, but needs a yard to burn off energy.like’s eating birds
    right out of air also, so watch it’s diet.

  • pd32235

    Very true!

  • Andrew Hagues

    In all these articles … the ones about the most protective dogs, the best for families, kids, apartments, active families, etc. I have yet to see mentioned the best dog (In My Humble but also really Partisan Opinion) in the world, the Bouvier des Flandres.
    When fishing, my Bouv would follow me out to the middle of any river, then fret because my wife was on the shore and I was far out. He wanted us together so he could both protect and herd. I have never met a more loyal, smarter dog.

    • A rottie’s human

      LOL. My rottie does this too. I love all the comments from people who love their dogs as much as you obviously do yours. Of course, like our children we all think ours is the best ( mine really is-hehe). The bond you can have with that special dog makes me wonder how anyone can hurt them.

    • Warren

      I also wondered why they didn’t mention the Bov. I owned two over about 18 years and trained both in Schutzhund. Their characteristic jump straight up into the face of an intruder can stop ones heart. Once had two guys climb over our privacy fence which was to isolate our back yard along on a lake. I saw them at the fence and start to climb. Then saw my Bov tense his feet (he was lying on the patio) but to the casual observer he gave no indication of attention. He waited until they reached the point of no return across our yard and then he looked like he was shot out of a cannon. It was “loose the Kraken”! They wanted no part of him and decided the lake was a better choice and dove in. They swam to a safer location. It was hilarious!

  • John

    I don’t know how the Boxer didn’t make the list. Incredibly entertaining,loyal,great with kids and babies.

    • Billca

      Aside from being a bit slobbery and snotty nosed, Boxers are great dogs.

      • Pablo makes fun of mental midg

        I have had seven boxers in my lifetime and not one was slobbery or snotty.

        • http://www.apple.com/ Jony Ive

          My two don’t slobber either. Some drooling when a treat comes out but thats about it

    • therock101

      had six of them over the years——each was a constant source of entertainment—-maybe one more.

    • Laurie Knotts

      The list is about dogs that are best at protecting humans. I’ve never had a boxer so I don’t know how protective they are. I do have rotties and they are extremely protective which is why I have them :)

      • Ronald R. Johnson

        Have had both both great dogs bith woukd protect ne and family to the death!

      • http://www.apple.com/ Jony Ive

        Boxers are very protective of their family. I have 2 and they guard both the house as well as the kids when they are outside playing.

    • ray

      My wife and 3 kids from 1958 until 2005 have had 7 Boxers . I type slow so i can’t tell you all the qualities these dogs had in their lifetime. I never had a negative thought or concern or wonder how these Boxers. with our kids coming up would react to anything that could and did come up. They did all good things listed in these post plus too much more to list. Since then we’ve had a Alapaha Blue Bulldog [ plantation dog,South Georgia all purpose working dogs, the breeders have passed on now.} but dogs listed on the net in Calif. for big bucks, Beautiful dogs. Now i have a Rottweiler, all our dogs have been female ,She is a wonderful dog maybe a little overly protective,very strong and big like most Rottweiler .I recieved her because her owners had a young child and either the dog didn’t respect the baby or was so big when she got close she didn’t pay attention to the baby and would knock her down.This type mistakes never would or did happen with any Boxer we had. But we love her,[miss rocky] She guards my wife like i was paying her to do so. Who ever run these studies has no knowledge about Boxers . Lots of great dogs out there , and i certainly don”t know most of them, I believe i do know Boxers and what more would anyfamily w/kids want? They just always seem to get it right and thats what i like.

  • rubagreta

    Staffordshire terriers/pit bulls, when raised by a nice family, are one of the LEAST AGRESSIVE breeds out there. And of course, like any dog, they will protect their family. But if a burglar climbs in the window and nobody is home, the only thing the burglar has to worry about is being licked to death. A German Shepherd would kill him.

    • Ayla Falcone

      yep, do not trust those GSD’s. If anyone ever watched the show “pit boss”, there’s an episode where this guy had to rescue three pit bulls abandoned in a home. He took a baseball bat to break the window, climbed into a house with 3 pit bulls and came walking out with these 3 pit bulls on a leash. Classic example of how great of guard dogs these dogs are.

  • A rottie’s human

    It’s the owners that make a dog vicious. Take the time and responsibility to train your dog of any breed. If by chance you have a dog that is stubborn or aggressive to certain people then take responsibility as the pack leader to protect your dog and others. I have owned rotties and pitbulls for 40 yrs. I have 6 children and have never had an incident. Children should never be allowed to hurt an animal. Humans are usually the problem. Don’t get any dog if you aren’t going to do what you need to do. Small dogs bite too. They can kill a baby or bite an artery. You have just shown how an ignorant statement has turned a whole breed of dog into being labeled “bully breeds”. There is only irresponsible owners and stupid people who don’t think before they act. All of our family and friends know that we have dogs, so they give us a heads up before just walking in. Our pets do protect us as they have been trained to do so. Nobody will get near the kids unless invited in. Trust your dogs judgement about people. They sense when a person is not good or trustworthy. A fact mine have proven many times.

  • elizabethrc

    Your description of the Great Dane is spot on. I’ve owned, bred and shown them for almost 58 years and I’ve been burgled once. (Turns out that particular Dane was afraid to go down stairs in the dark!!!). They are a loving breed which bonds very deeply to it’s family. Unfortunately, their life span averages about 8 years. The longest I’ve had one is 10 1/2 years.

    • Meowhiss

      I have had 2 and both were very protective of the family… very protective.

      • elizabethrc

        I still have a picture of my first dane protecting my baby brothers. He allowed the mailman to come into our fenced front yard, but always stood between him and the boys. He was deathly afraid of kittens, though.
        Go figure!

    • Norman Purcell

      I had a brindle great Dane several years ago. Your description could have been describing my Dane (Zeus). He thought he was the town greater– had to be careful when the school bus came around as he would try to go with them.
      He was impressive if you didn’t know him, but if you knew where the chocolate cookies were hid, he was your best friend.
      One thing that is not mentioned, he would like to lean on anyone standing still, and his drool is probably still on the ceiling.
      My best friend!!!

      • elizabethrc

        I hope you had a lot of great years with him. The leaning thing is peculiar to brindles and it just makes them more loveable.

        • KBAnderson

          The “leaning thing” is most certainly not peculiar to brindles. It isn’t even peculiar to Danes. My blue boy was a HUGE leaner (and lap sitter). And I have had labs, goldens, poodles, pitties, rotties, and pretty much every other bread I’ve ever come into contact with lean on me. It’s dog thing.

          • elizabethrc

            You’re likely correct, but among my friends who breed and show, the brindles seem to hold a title of sorts for leaning. Harls do it, as well.

      • B.P.

        We have a Blue GD named Sir Elliott — very protective of the entire family and the house. He loves Loves LOVES chocolate– so much so that he ate 2 boxes of 60 chocolate candy bars each and lived to hear the stories we tell about it..LOL His favorite snacks are raw carrots and green beans. He is so loyal and has such a neat personality. He loves going for rides in the cars and hanging his giant head out– it looks too funny. We always get comments about our “horse”– we hope he sticks around for awhile. He is already 4 years old.

        • Dee Wheat

          He may love chocolate….many dogs do….but the fact that he survived a massive amount of theobromine, although he may not have gotten as much as you thought because many “‘chocolate” candy items are really “‘chocolate flavored”. However, you might want look into getting him some carob, which tastes like chocolate but is safe for him.

    • RossPoldark

      One of my male Danes lived to be 12. I was very fortunate in that regard. My male Dane Conquistador was very particular about people. He seemed to be able to sense if someone was of dubious character. I remember as a young pup, he would not let my neighbor’s husband touch him. He would growl every time. It turns out the man was very abusive to his wife. She finally divorced him. Another time, we had a painter painting our home. I told him not to start on the outside unless I was there, because Conquistador was very territorial and protective of my home when I was not present. The painter did not listen, and attempted to paint the back of the house when I was not present. Luckily, I just happened to be arriving home when I heard someone cry out ‘help me.’ My Dane had the painter cornered and would not let him move. Once I was there, my Dane backed down and was ok with the painter. He sensed, that since I was ok with the painter, he too was ok with the painter. Great Danes seem to be very intuitive about he Karma people exude. Danes make excellent pet therapy dogs.

  • Gina007

    My two Chihuahua mixes are loyal and highly protective. Adopt and save a life!

    • Amy Crowell Ryen

      My chihuahua will take someone’s ankles off if they come in without permission!! Lol

  • ThomasVanHoesen

    Malinois , GSD, BRT, American Bulldog , Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers, Doberman Pinchers, Bouviers , Boerboel ,Cane Corso , Am Staffs……in any order you prefer. But these dogs are agile, mobile and are loyal. I’m sure I missed a few other but most of these I’ve worked with at one time or another. Mastiffs are very slow usually. I like dogs that can move , jump and have stamina.

  • IHateLibs

    Just a Mastiff is a SUPER Dog . They don’t have to be Bull mix

  • bob snow

    My Fila Brasileiro (Brazillian Mastiff) puppy weighs 115 lbs. and is showing signs of knowing when to become defensive. She has been extensivly socialised with friends and neighbors especially children. My old and declining English Mastiff was slow to do this in his younger days but “Katie bar the door” when he did.

    • Julie Deschenes

      My Fila is 11 years old and 125 lbs. I socialized him outside of home and he is safe to take out in public, but a terror at home. As we rarely have company over, it works well for us. He is also protective of our cats. Great Pyrenees are good protectors as well.

  • Monty Saylor

    I have a 10 month old Giant Schnauzer he’s the most calm dog I have ever seen:he can be inside the house looking out the storm door and stay quite while a dog is walking down the street 30 feet from him.On the other hand if he hears something out of the norm he’s on the top of the coach growling and barking.Besides being a good watch dog I would recommend this breed for inside living because you rarely see loose hair.

  • Arthur Shatus

    Great Danes are house dogs. They do not like to be left outdoors. They are real goof-balls. If they roam free, they cover a radius of 4-5 miles. They have a metabolism different from other dogs and do not “eat you out of house and home”.

  • wiseoldindian

    My last dog was a large rott. He was a very dangerous animal, with his tongue. He could give you a slobber bath in 3.2 seconds.
    But he did know when to get defensive so he made me feel better leaving my wife and daughter at home when I worked at night.

  • Meowhiss

    The great Dane is an excellent watch dog and so is the boxer and so many more not to mention some great mixes out there. So many good dogs out there but my preference is of the mastiff line …

  • Raphael_USA

    I’m not certain how the Newfoundland didn’t make the list. They look a bit like a bear and are certainly big enough to scare someone. I have a sign posted on my fence gate that says “This Home Protected by a Newfoundland, Please Be Careful Not to Trip”. Did I say big and imposing???

    • BaffoonPolice2

      Raphael – Newfys are great dogs and I love them to death but Labradors are much more docile. Labradors were bred from Newfoundlands in the 1800s as breeders were looking to develop a dog that had many of the same characteristics of the Newfoundland but more laid back and would also make a good upland bird dog. They were breeding the Newfoundland with Setters/Retrievers and end up with the modern day Labrador originally known as a St.John’s retriever. There are many books on the development of these 2 breeds that explains what the breeders where looking to develop and what we ll ended up with. Essentially the Lab is a mini Newfy with many of the same characteristics of a Setter. Problem is the Lab wants to play all the time like a Setter

    • Yo Man

      My Newfie, Bear was protecting me one day from a neighbor’s big Chocolate Lab that they trained to be mean, and bite folks. He stood up on his hind legs and started snarling and walking and waving his paws at the Lab. The Lab backed down and ran off. Bear was a loyal companion for an unheard of 14 years. He loved to swim and we would swim across the Smith River CA. to the sand dunes near the mouth at the ocean. I have a video of him playing with a young Poodle. They were both on leashes about 10′ apart, and were playing catch with a ball. One guy walked by and he couldn’t believe it. Of course they were tossing the ball at each other and not catching it in the air. My BEar loved the ball so much he would approach strangers with a ball in his mouth while barking at the same time. Then he would drop the ball at their feet and want to play.

    • Ayla Falcone

      “be careful not to trip” LMAO! good one.

  • Debra Hamer

    Boxers should have been on the list. I grew up with them. They are very protective, very tolerant and patient with small children, and extremely intelligent.

  • Pearl A

    I was raised with Great Danes. They are very gentle and loving. The are VERY protective of children.

  • Nancy A Bilzing

    I just rescued 2 female Boxers two weeks ago.
    I’ve always had Greyhounds (in some ways they aren’t dogs LOL) And I had a 3/4 Newf 1/4 Lab (140 lbs) for my last service dog.
    The Boxers are a riot!! I absolutely adore my girls already! I think the feeling is mutual.
    I don’t think they’ve ever been on a leash though… Oh Boy… Not going to be able to walk them together for a while! One by one leash training starting today!

  • David Durden

    When I read the article today, there wasn’t a bull terrier but, instead, a Staffordshire Terrier . . . and there was discussion on it being confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier.

    IF the article means the American Staffordshire Terrier (and not the Bull Terrier), then there is a good reason for the confusion. Mainly the confusion comes from the fact that the AST is a “manufactured” breed created for the AKC who didn’t want to recognize the APBT. From the records I’ve seen, ALL AST bloodlines originate from APBT with a gamedog named Primo being a foundational dog (and he was a fine APBT).

    Currently, people differentiate between the AST and the APBT due to purpose and trait more than looks. The AST, by reputation, is the “show” version of the APBT while the traditional APBT is a working dog. Both, when bred properly for accepted behavior and health are FINE dogs.

    Also, for the record, a dog can be both. There is nothing keeping a dog from being dual registered with the AKC as an AST and with either the UKC or ADBA as an APBT. Technically, the dog can be both.

    Note I’m not referring to some of the old Staffordshire Terrier lines from way back when nor am I referring to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (another FINE breed). I’m limiting this to the AST and APBT.

    Of course, it’s all pretty much fluff discussion since most people involved in either (or all) of those three breeds will note some differences in some individual dogs, but they all fall under the proud and proper pit bull banner.

  • CarlT

    what ? They missed Irish Wolfhound ?

  • kirk allen

    Rotties are the best !

    • Laurie Knotts

      My female and male rotties are the most loyal dogs I’ve ever owned. As the article mentions, mine like people more than other dogs and once they get to know you, they are very affectionate. Besides being my first line of protection.

  • jjhemi

    you forgot belgian malinois. should be #1. Law enforcement and navy seals think so too

    (and incredibly sweet family dog)

    • sueb30

      Ma;inois are great dogs, but too much for the average family. Thses dogs are highly driven and active needing a good trainer and a full time job or become nuerotic and destructive. Far too many people get them and give them up in less than a year. There are too many young ones with behavior problems in rescue and shelters.

      • Calamity Jane

        A friend of mine adopted one that was supposedly trained as a security dog for a hospital. Unfortunately, one day, he was needed to attack and when his handler gave the command and released him, he hid behind the handler and trembled. Too people friendly for that job. Unfortunately, as he was a security dog and used to spending his entire day around people, he was found to have horrible separation anxiety. He was also a houdini. Sweet boy- loved kids- but too smart and very high maintenance. They gave him to another family that had someone home at all times, which worked out well for everyone.

  • curt

    Most wont agree. I have a 3 yr. Old weimeraner, who hunts and tracks deer. (Originally breed for big game like deer and bear, now mostly birds) anyone comes near house you will know it. No one can go near my wife this breed very loyal and very smart but thinks he is a 70 lbs. Lap dog he puts himself between you and the danger without hesitation.

    • kavemann

      Spot On ! 3 yr.s with my 2nd Weimaraner… 1st died of twisted gut – no symptoms until it was too late. This breed will willingly die for family against all odds. 1st trip to my brother’s ranch with 2 young kids, they went to corral to pet horses, when I went to retrieve them, my then 2 yr. old Weimaraner spotted the horses which to him could have been alien GIANTS. When the horses weren’t scared or intimidated by his barking and stance between kids and them, he went behind them in attempt to draw them away from kids. Despite being kicked (knocked yards away twice) and bitten when horses (who’d been raised around dogs) teamed up (3) to fend off my dog, he didn’t give up until I made kids run bk towards the house. My dog only then came out of the corral, looking ?ly at me like “What took you so long, they were kill’n me !” He was bruised and a little bloody, but all-good in couple days. Both have been BEST dogs of my 62 yr.s and many other breeds. Loving, and after 1yr and half to mature, CALM and focused. Very quick to LEARN ANYTHING, and problem solvers. Extremely CLEAN, very careful and attentive to babies and the frail elderly. Would recommend female over males for families w/ kids, and are not prone to roam beyond line of site.

    • Ayla Falcone

      “no one can go near your wife”? So you can’t go near your wife? What if a small innocent child wanted to go near your wife? Why does your wife need so much protection? Sounds like your dog is overprotective and dogs that are overprotective usually don’t have a strong leader. If my dog felt the need to protect me from something silly I would step up to the plate to let the dog know, dog, I can protect myself from that little kitten. Thanks.

  • forwardthinker2

    My chows are amazing watch dogs and extremely loyal and loving. They do not care about other dogs they walk right past them and enjoy their walk. The only problem we ever come across is other breeds who want to attack us totally unprovoked and that being a pit bulls, boxers and a shepherd. Pits are especially crazy when they see us walking–a few owners who could not control their dogs no longer can walk them in public.

  • ilr1950

    I have two pits, a pit St Bernard mix (yes a Pitnard) and a German Shepherd. And if need be they can keep an intruder busy until mama shows up with her dear friends, Smith and Wesson.

  • Cary Marshall Felton

    The Puli’s dreads are better than mine.

  • disqus_sHpdKf43Om

    Doberman Pinscher, there is no other for me.

    • Raz Moreno

      Just recently got my first dobbie and I am absolutely in love with him, super friendly with the family. Gets along with other dogs very very well, and he hates large men. Had never seen him get so vicious until he met my 6″5, 280lb. african american male friend and would not keep his eyes off of him for about 3-4 hours. He has not visited us since, I guess you could say it is a good and bad thing.

  • Madison Link

    What, no English Mastiff? Extremely loyal, protective, yet renowned for being gentle toward family even in the heat of the moment. Plus, 260 lbs. If you’re going for “scary looking,” the most massive dog in the world should get a nod.

  • teria1107

    I have 2 English Mastiffs and they are awesome, loving, think they are lap dogs but very protective. We do not have a fenced yard but they do not leave their grounds, they sit on the top of the hill watching everything that goes on. Great security for my beautiful girls !!

  • Andy Dodd

    Great Danes can be affectionate giants, but of you threaten their family … watch out, our great Dane almost killed a pit bull once.

    • Arthur B

      Great Danes are so regal, they clearly are the monarchs among dogs, but they are not good fighters, simply because its physique, as big (tall) as it is, lacks muscle mass and agility. :(

      • Paul

        Who said anything about fighting? They have a protective nature. They were also bred for hunting wolves.

  • samnjoeysgrama

    My mother always maintained that if you have the choice of a black dog and any other color of dog for a guard dog, pick the black dog. I have had black labs and yellow labs, none were aggressive, but would bark when people came. People would wait in the car when it was a black lab. They would get out and pet the yellow lab. I guess looking like a giant sugar cookie isn’t very intimidating.

  • Kioga

    Where dose the Ovicharka fit in to this mess, Ollie ? Read numerous articles that pretty much says they’re intensely loyal, sensitive, fight bears, and downright nasty to anyone who threatens their family ! Reckon feeding them expensive raw steaks might have thrown them out of the running ?

    • Arthur B

      its “ov-charka” not “ovicharka”, which is the word for “shepherd” in Slavic languages (eastern europe, balkans), so which “ovcharka” are you talking about?

      • Kioga

        The Dog,, though I’ve never seen it spelled with a hyphen.First read about it in one of Brad Thor’s Books.

        • Arthur B

          Its not spelled with a hyphen, I was trying to emphize the correct spelling of the word….Brad Thor is not a cynologist, and I wouldn’t use his novells for canine related refferences.

          • Kioga

            The word is Novels, not Novells. You asked a question , I answered politely, so don’t get stuffy on me, I quite frankly don’t care to be a cynologist and you should call/write someone else to have any further discussions on this, because I’ve seen the Dog & the rest I don’t give a damn about !

  • James Aud

    Hands down, for protection there is none other then the Japanese Akita

  • terry murphy

    A patient trainer can turn just about any intelligent dog into a security system. Some will just warn you, others can do a lot more. My wife does animal rescue and we work with lots of different breeds of dogs. We also deploy dogs for livestock protection against bears and coyotes. While the list is good and it is damn hard to beat a German Shepard there are a couple of other breeds worth noting. American Bull Dog, Airedale, Border Collies, Blue Heelers, Aussie Shepherds, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Catahoulas, Akbash, and Bluetick crosses. I am sure there are others but I just have not worked with.

  • Laura C

    My Chinese Shar Pei have been fantastic at protection, especially my first girl. Had three so far and will probably be what I have for the rest of my life.

  • focus503

    Protection dogs. Nope.

  • Christopher Harmon

    I’m shocked to not see a Lab on the list. I own one now and have owned several in my life. They literally wouldn’t hurt a fly. I have had litters of kittens use my Lab as a chew toy. There is only one exception to how docile they are, if my family or house is threatened they can be terrifying. With the size and strength to knock down a full grown man and jaws that can crush bone I don’t even lock my doors at night.

  • Bert Tainow

    I would have to say a 185 Lbs Male Saint Bernard is a very good protector.Only house in my area never robbed.Will not let anyone come near me except my wife.His bite pressure is over 500 lbs.The most of any dog breed.Not all Saints are like the ones you see in the movies.

  • Casey Painter

    aw hey my brittany is loyal…well he likes my gf more than me now. so maybe not

  • Brad Sharp

    As announced in New York every year: “The peerless watchdog” is the Scottish Terrier. And it is correct.

  • Ayla Falcone

    I agree with you I don’t want a dog killing my neighbors either!.. which is why I have a pit bull not a german shepherd. But understand that just because a dog is big, does not necessarily mean it’s aggressive. Small dogs can me just as aggressive, if not more. There’s plenty of cases of small dogs killing humans. But, yes adopt. And if you adopt an adult dog (big or small) you have a much better idea of the dogs overall temperament.

  • John M Dolan

    I don’t understand saying that Great Danes are not guard dogs as far as personality but just the sight of them would scare away attackers. I have had Great Danes for 12 years. They are gentle giants. They love people and other dogs as long as they are socialized. They will also fight to the death to protect their family. They will even let other dogs pick on them but if that same dog acts aggressive to the Danes family, he will tear them apart. At least this has been my experience. I have been ruined for any other breed.

  • Lee McBrayer

    It is Dobermans for me, all the way! Her name was Taza. She seemed to be unaware of anything other than me. But not true. A single hint of behavior from myself or a stranger would not be missed. She at all other times ignored all people and other animals, including dogs. She was capable of all wolf, all at once if needed.

  • bertasis

    I have a Cane Corso she is 7 months old My friend is a breeder and gave her to me for my birthday! I have watched my friend with this breed for the last 10 years and she has always praised this breed for intelligence, loyalty, and protection! I myself have normally had Dobermans, Rotties, and always Bostons. Needless to say I am in awe of this dog! She shows complete trust to my husband and myself! You must socialize this breed as they can be very dominant! I have never felt more safe in my home!

  • Beau

    My Golden Ret. is ferocious, He will disarm anyone with his big smile.

  • tbest

    #4 and #5 could also double as a mop of sorts…

  • Runner1977

    When I was 9 to 11 years old, I had a Dalmatian, I named her pepper. The love of my life. Inseparable. She would walk me to school, stop with me at the street corner across the street from school. Watch me cross and go into the building, return home, then be there when school was out to walk me home. She would not let my parents nor my older sister strike me. It they were going to spank me, they had to take her out of the house. When I was almost 12 we moved and they gave her away. My heart still aches for that dog. I am 57 now. They say you only have one good dog in your life, I have never tried to replace her.

  • Cynthia Buxton Nagel

    Really quite surprised you didn’t include Great Pyrenees. They are the consummate guardian dogs, not just for livestock but their humans and pack family.

  • Ricky Babcock

    I lost my Parson Jack Russell last Oct. She was the best dog I ever had. Smart, great with kids and death to moles. The neighbors always wanted me to bring her over to kill off the moles in the yard.

  • Peter Stern

    Dogs aren’t dangerous, certain owners are dangerous.

  • ladont

    I had a Ridgeback and she was amazing. Wonderful with women and children and very protective with strange men. And like Lt_Scrounge below, she would have eaten anyone who was a “bad guy”.

  • Anton

    LOL, Five of the 12 breeds are German dogs… Doberman, Rott, Giant Schnauzer, GSD, Great Dane… I would add the Weimaraners to the list too, they are very protective and loyal. Don’t know what it is about German breeds, the Germans bred their dogs to be smart, loyal and protective… As a K-9 dog trainer I love all dogs but my personal favorites are German breeds, from GSD to German short hair pointers to Rotts, love them all, even Dachshunds

  • http://nowhere.com Steven Gold

    Most of the breeds on this list are also some of the mostly likely to bite and cause serious damage or even a fatality.

    Now, before people start giving their own anecdotal accounts about how wonderful their dog is, not that I’m not saying your dog is the same as others, it may be a great dog.
    I had one of these breeds (G. Shepperd) and was a great dog to have, very smart and protective.
    But I know it was more breed inclined to attempt to bite a person or even another dog and so I took responsibility to protect against that (5 foot chain link fence, socialization dog classes, a head control leash for walking) because I did not want my personal feelings for the dog to obscure the facts that is is a dog that as breed to be more aggressive on average.
    People that say their dog would never do such and such are much like parents of kids that say similar things.

    • Chanell

      Best comment Ive seen in a long time!
      Other then the whole most likely to bite.comment but I never think that is a fair (nor supported by real statistics) statement to make
      Unless you meant most likely to cause damage/death from their bites,,Then the whole thing is perfect to me!
      This post is from a truly responsible dog owner! If.people would actually take the time to learn about the breed of dog they choose to own..and tho there are exceptions to the rules dont assume your dog is one!
      The personal feelings thing..also perfect! Most of us love our dogs like they are one of our kids. that does not make them human! They are dogs.
      These traits/jobs have been bred into these dogs for years and years..Some for centuries! you are setting the dog up to fail if you think for a min that..a GSD wont herd/guard or that a Lab wont retrieve..or a Pit bull wont fight another dog!
      Seriously..It really is pretty cool..to understand certain things your dog does and why they do it..
      Knowledge is power!

      • http://nowhere.com Steven Gold

        The sources were not specific on that. I agree on the point of bite with damage. For example Chihuahua’s are listed as being more likely to be aggressive towards people. But they are much less likely to cause major damage with a bite.

  • MPLees

    WhaT???? No pitt bull??? I thought they were supposed to be so protective.

  • Javelina Ben

    I’m disappointed you did not list one of the best family protectors who is often used in jails to watch inmates and assist guards/police. They are protective of children and look out for their well being, both on land and in the water. The Bouvier des Flandres. Ours would knock down a great dane and play with it, not letting it up. He did the same thing with one of my mechanics who weighed 240 lbs. Chaska had a 27″ collar. Loved out baby boy and would watch over him as he slept on a blanket on the LR floor.

  • Margaret

    The most dangerous breed? Out of control humans that believe they have the right to bastardize anything into what they want – for their own greed, stature, pleasure. You can start to curb this problem by getting rid of these people – all of them.

  • Nabil Abu-Amirah

    I would ad Presa Canario’s and Himalayan Mastiff to the list

  • James Graves

    I had a Great Dane and 3 times he defended me or my brother to the point that nobody would mess with us and we had to get rid of him. You severely underestimate them.

  • Susan Shea

    I had a fawn great dane in the 70’s and she was about the best dog in the world. Loved to play with children,loved it when my children crawled all over her. Very protectve over my brand new babies. She was the Best, RIP Fancy Girl!!!! <3

  • charles17121

    I grew up around Great Danes . Their size frightens a lot of people and they will protect children but they are just a big old lap dog . Sad to say their life span is a very short one . ( 7 to 10 years max )

  • yellowdogdemocrat

    Two breeds are missing that are number one and two on my 10 Best list; the Caucasian Ovcharka and the Turkish Kangal. Watch their videos on youtube and you will see why I have them at the top.

  • Amy Crowell Ryen

    My beautiful red & white husky protects my family very well! He makes sure I know if my children try to leave the yard! He runs to them if they scream or cry. My chihuahua also will take someone’s ankle off if they come in without permission!

  • Arthur B

    Puli makes the list, Boxer doesn’t…Mr.Berman, how could you??

  • Steve

    Really enjoy reading all the comments and hearing about so many great dogs. Sure, this list leaves off many breeds, including Pit Bulls, but brings one basic principle to light. Some of the biggest, fierce looking dogs are actually the most lovable, trustworthy ones out there. About 5 years ago I adopted a German Shepard mix (not sure of the “mix” part). She is a great girl and immediately became part of my family. My 5 year old daughter considers her her older sister. When my wife and I had our second child, our dog took right too him and doesn’t want to leave his side. My son hugs our dog and our Shepard doesn’t move in fear of knocking him over. All I can say is I would rather have my Shepard walking around the house should anyone ever try to break in then any other security measure or gun. I know she would give her life to protect her family.

  • Tsukoyomi

    this FURRocious guy and gal protect me

  • Thomas Pierce

    When i was about 15 I had a Siberian Husky that knew when aggression was necessary. A neighbor that had to register as an offender just walked into my home when my 13 year old sister was home alone. Nothing is scarier than a husky in full protection mode, Looks exactly like a wolf cornering prey. Would lick anyone to death in any other situation, but she knew he was up to no good. That guy never came to our house again. Awesome animal. I really miss her.

  • Pemigewasset ex pat

    I’d have thought the standard poodle would have made this list.
    Much hullaballoo in the social media world about dangerous breeds; training & discipline is the key- & that goes for kids & visitors too. The majority of incidents are due to people treating dogs like people & dogs responding as they would to another dog. Be smarter than the dog y’all!

  • Dana Marie Sutton

    does any one have any pics , of a king corso mixed with a pit bull I was told that’s what my dog is.and I cant find any on internet
    thanks

  • crustyone

    We never had a need for a doorbell when we had our two big boys (Great Danes) who let us know when someone was at the front door.

  • Seele VonDoogenstein

    GSD FTW!

  • Seele VonDoogenstein

    Pittbulls are great….unless they kill someone.
    With every other breed an “accident” means stitches, with pittbulls it means a coffin. I am sure that the owner of every pittbull that ever killed a child talked about how kind and loving it was. I am sure that is a huge comfort to the mourning parents.

  • Smile

    my favorite is the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the pit bull , both are excellent breeds with my kids and I also used as working dogs

  • Meg

    unfortunate boxers aren’t on the list…..they are incredibly loyal, goofy but definitely know how to get serious when they need to. Years ago I was single, living alone, had a broken ankle in a cast…strange guy comes into my backyard ….Alec went after him, warned him first, but once the guy didn’t walk away, it was on. Even the cops were shocked when they arrived Alec took him down like nobody’s business. I learned then they WILL protect and can be all business when they need to.

  • zzzdjh

    I have a 9mm to protect myself. I’ll take my Golden Retriever over any of these dogs anytime. Would not trust them around anyone.