Nine Great Dog Breeds for Protection

Throughout history, domesticated dogs have served as protectors for their owners against unwelcomed people and animals. There are many dogs that instinctively behave as guardians of the home, but certain breeds are known for having the necessary traits to ward off unwanted guests.

Because of their strength, bravery, temperament, pain tolerance, and loyalty, professional dog trainers consider the following nine breeds to be some of the top guard dogs.

  1. Doberman Pinscher Do you have a lot of property that you want to protect? A Doberman Pinscher is a dog worth considering because it is extremely fast; this breed can reach an invader in a short period of time. Dobermans are loyal, courageous, and vigilant. They're also one of the smartest dog breeds in the world.
  2. Rottweiler Rottweilers have a reputation for being fierce protectors, and they're also very powerful, alert, and intelligent. Rottweilers may not be very welcoming to strangers (at first anyway), but they make excellent guard dogs.
  3. Bullmastiff Bullmastiffs are known for their instincts to protect, physical strength, fearlessness, and unwavering loyalty. When a trespasser crosses its path, a Bullmastiff will normally use its power to block their path or knock them down. Bullmastiffs are very laid-back in a family household, so they make great pets as well as protectors.
  4. Puli Pulis seem to have a suspicious nature; they stay on alert, and they bark to alarm their owners about something that seems out of the ordinary. They have bulky bodies with thick coats, but Pulis are very fast and nimble. Pulis make good guard dogs because they're very protective of their master and their territory. They also make great companions for families that lead active lifestyles because Pulis love to run, hike, etc.
  5. Giant Schnauzer Giant Schnauzers are innately suspicious of strangers, and they can be extremely territorial. Schnauzers can be easily trained, and they are fiercely loyal to their owners. Although Giant Schnauzers are normally reserved, they do have the potential to be aggressive.
  6. Komodor Komodors, which have a tradition of being used as sheep protectors, naturally possess the instincts of a guard. Komodors are calm and cool when everything is normal, but if they sense trouble, they can become very defensive.
  7. German Shepherd German Shepherds are naturally very curious, which makes them great as guard dogs. They are calm when in a household, but they can react instantly if they detect a threat to the home or family. In fact, some German Shepherds that are not correctly socialized can become over-protective. However, they quickly learn commands because they are very intelligent, and they're also obedient.
  8. Rhodesian Ridgeback Like most of the dogs listed in this article, Ridgebacks are very loyal, and they have characteristics that make them natural watchdogs. It is said that Ridgebacks bark selectively, so when they bark, you should pay attention. Ridgebacks need to be trained properly because obedience doesn't come natural for them.
  9. Kuvasz Kuvasz is a large breed of dog that instinctually feels compelled to guard its home and family. Anyone with a low tolerance for lots of barking should not buy a Kuvasz. Many of them perform their role as guardian by giving very vocal warnings of perceived threats. Some are prone to extended bouts of barking.

Last Word

Do not get a guard dog unless you are ready for the added responsibility of having one. Dog breeds that make the best guard dogs tend to naturally be more aggressive than others.

The nine breeds above can be great family pets, but the dog that you choose must be properly trained and socialized, and it's important for them to see their owners as the pack leaders.

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