One of the best attributes of a canine companion is the instinct to protect. Whether you have a big family and live on a large rural property, or you are a single person in a city apartment, having a live-in guardian can be very reassuring. However, some people make the mistake of assuming that an aggressive dog will make a good guard dog, but that is not always the case. Breeds such as Pit Bulls are born fighters, but they have been known to actually cause more problems than the ones they solve. Find out which breeds are the most even-keeled and reliable when it comes to keeping your home free from intruders. If you feel like a fraidy-cat in need of a good guard dog, here are the top breeds who will prove to be loyal defenders of you and your family.
Guard Dog Breeds
Rottweiler: This underrated breed was originally bred to as a shepherd’s companion to protect flocks and cattle. While they may be aloof around strangers or in unfamiliar places, these dogs are one of the most loyal breeds, and will defend their owner at any cost. When well-trained and socialized, Rottweilers are good protectors of children as well.
Bullmastiff: Due to their size and stature, any intruder would think twice about crossing this breed. Bullmastiffs are inclined to using their sheer force and weight to attack enemies, and protect anyone from danger. They are loyal to a fault, and have a gentle presence around the home.
Giant Schnauzer: These highly responsive dogs require rigorous training, but when they are taught to know who the boss is, these dogs will function well in the post of protector. They are large and intimidating pups with immense poise and body power. Provide them sufficient mental and physical stimulation, train and reward them, and this dog will guard you and your family with his life.
German Shepherd: An undisputed favorite, there is not a lot the German Shepherd dog cannot accomplish. German Shepherds are dauntless, fearless and tireless; they work with unparalleled devotion that has won them the respect of policemen, soldiers, and families for decades.
Rhodesian Ridgeback: These dogs were bred as lion hunters, and their abilities merit such a title. Though they can be fiercely independent and in need of training, there is no match for the Rhodesian Ridgeback when trouble is afoot. When they bark, the owner must take this rarity as a warning, as the watchful eye of the Rhodesian rarely misses a beat. Fortunately, in spite of their acute prey-drive, these dogs are also very affectionate family pets.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Those that love Pit Bulls but are wary of risking their children’s safety should consider the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They are aggressive fighters when they have to be, but are also loving and nurturing to children. If they are trained from an early age, these pups are often valued as family members, and have the protective instincts to become fantastic guard dogs.
*Other recommended breeds: Doberman Pinschers, Pulis, Komondors, Akita Inus, and numerous other Mastiff breeds.