Adopting a dog is a wonderful experience on many levels. In addition to a cuddly companion, you get unconditional love and unwavering devotion. In most cases, you also get your own personal security detail. Canines are naturally protective of their families, happily putting themselves in harm’s way if it means saving the life of a loved one. That is, assuming your pet is able to identify a potential threat and respond appropriately. It’s a skill that some dogs are better at than others. In the pages to follow we present 12 dog breeds that are particularly good at protection…..
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!
2. Doberman Pinscher
A Doberman Pinscher is a great guard dog for you and has historically always been so. They’re great if you have large tracts of land as they are incredibly fast and are able to reach any target in a short amount of time. They are also known to be one of the smarter breeds out there. They can be fierce but are extremely loyal dogs.
Rottweilers are known to be relentless protectors of their Pack. And once you are in their “Pack” then you’re in for life. Some of these dogs like humans even better than dogs! They are an intelligent breed and extremely loyal to their owners. While they don’t like strangers, if they get used to you they can be very friendly and affectionate.
The Komodor possesses a natural guard dog ability because of their original use. That was to protect cattle way back in the day. This breed is active, courageous, loyal and known for its dignity and strength. While they can be great protectors they can also be great pets as well. That is, if you properly train them which needs to be done from a young age.
Pulis are known for their distinct coats of hair. However, they’re also known to be a suspicious breed. They are always alert and will bark to alert their owners of anything out of the ordinary. Pulis are very smart and require constant companionship. They make great additions to families with active lifestyles, as they love hiking, running, and outdoor activities.
6. Giant Schnauzer
These are dogs that require strict training. They need constant attention and need to know who is in charge otherwise they might take over. Giant Schnauzers are powerful, compact, and intimidating. But what makes them such exceptional guard dogs is their loyalty to their owners.
German Shepherds are one of the most popular guard dogs around. It’s simply because they are fearless. In addition, they are extremely intelligent and easily trained. You can teach them commands very quickly. They are one of the ost favorite police dog breeds. German Shepherds have a calm demeanor when in a household but can quickly react when their family or home is threatened.
8. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Just one look at this beautiful dog and you can see why it’s a guard dog. Very strong and definitely imposing. This dog even looks like a statue. Originally bred to hunt lions, this dog has a strong prey drive and tends to be independent in nature. Ridgebacks are loyal and make natural watchdogs. They are said to be selective in their barking so when a Ridgeback barks, it needs to be taken seriously. Rhodesian Ridgebacks must be properly trained and managed, as they are not naturally obedient. The breed loves to cuddle and often thinks it’s a lapdog.
This breed is very territorial and has a strong instinct to guard its family and home. The Kuvasz tends to be aloof with strangers but craves affection from its family. You need to train these guys from a very young age. But they are most awesome when it comes to family protection. Don’t mess with these guys.
10. Staffordshire Terrier
Often confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier was bred for bear and bull fighting. That alone make them pretty tough. Thankfully they don’t fight bulls or bears these days but that origin helps make them super tough. Their aggressive and protective natures make them excellent guard dogs but require them to be properly socialized and trained from an early age. Staffordshire Terriers make great household pets, known to only be aggressive when protecting a family member.
If you’re looking for a guard dog that doubles as a nanny, an Akita may be the perfect pet for you. This large breed has strong protective instincts and will immediately investigate any hint of an intrusion into his family home. But unlike most other dogs, the Akita usually investigates quietly. If it barks, that probably means something is seriously wrong.
12. Great Dane
If you’re in the market for a family guard dog that looks like a fierce predator but acts like a gentle giant, look no further than the Great Dane. This friendly, easy-going breed is somewhat lackadaisical and loves to lounge around the house. He really isn’t much of a guard dog in terms of personality. But the mere sight of him would send any criminal running for the hills,