People own pets for a multitude of different reasons. Some individuals want companionship, others want humor and entertainment, while some like having dogs around to protect them and their loved ones. The best thing about the canine species is the variety of dog breeds that exist for different purposes. While someone would never choose a Bichon Frise to intimidate strangers, few people would enlist a Bernese Mountain Dog as a lap pup for the infirm. Learn which dog breeds are best suited for guarding and protecting their families.
Bullmastiff: There is no denying that one of the Bullmastiff (and other mastiff breeds) are some of the most physically strong dog breeds that exists. They bond deeply with their families and would be likely to charge and knock down any threatening stranger who threatens or trespasses. The Bullmastiff can be a calming and patient presence around the house, but he does need a firm leader in order to bring out the best behaviors and obedience.
Giant Schnauzer: These dominant dogs have a powerful presence, and would strike fear into the heart of anyone with their bellowing bark and mighty anatomy. They are loyal, fearless and determined, but only suit active and intentional owners, as these dogs need regular physical and mental stimulation.
German Shepherd: Many find German Shepherds to be the perfect guard dogs because of their bulk and size, their high intelligence and trainability, and their patient herding instincts. The German Shepherd is one of the most valued dog breeds in all of the canine world, and are relied upon not only for protection, but also for their gentler natures and quickness to respond.
Staffordshire Terrier: This breed was designed to be a fighter and bull baiter, making them a tenacious dog breed. However, unlike the Pit Bull Terriers they resemble, the Staffordshire Terrier is regarded as very reliable and gentle with children, as long as they are trained and socialized with young people from an early age. This combination of qualities makes them a beloved pet and a great family guard dog.
Rottweiler: The Rottweiler is an intelligent dog with strong pack mentality who responds well to leadership and firm commands. They were once bred to herd and protect cattle, and regard their families with the same devotion and loyalty.
Doberman Pinscher: These sleek runners have the intimidating presence needed in a guard dog. Their bark is as threatening as their bite, so be sure that they are trained regularly to retreat and return in case you find your Doberman racing with a vengeance toward a stranger. They have great speed and are wonderful dogs for people on large properties.
Rhodesian Ridgeback: These muscular dogs have tireless energy and dauntless determination. Originally bred to hunt and bait lions, the Rhodesian Ridgeback will go on the defensive if any danger arises near the family.
Puli/Komondor: Though their corded-coat fur might cause these pups to resemble a floor mop rather than a fearsome canine, this breed is loyal to the family and will charge any intruder will a howl to wake the deepest of sleepers. They do require steady and firm training as these dogs can be willful.
Note: Many of these dogs also appear on our blogs about potentially dangerous breeds that could behave aggressively toward children or strangers. Because of this, we urge dog owners to be aware of the responsibility that owning a guard dog can be, and provide the discipline and training necessary to produce the best behavior in these pups. Failing to do so would be both irresponsible and hazardous. If you own a protective dog breed, it is your job to protect others by training your pet.