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Unlike watchdogs that are all talk (bark), Guard Dog Breeds take action. The American Kennel Club suggests that good guard dogs be, "loyal, brave and extremely protective of their territory." I might also add, trainable, confident and reserved around strangers.
These characteristics, you might ask, relate to many different types of dog breeds. Many watchdog breeds share these same traits.
So what exactly differentiates watchdogs from guard dogs? It is almost entirely the size and strength of the dog.
Owners of four pound Chihuahuas might argue that they dogs are brave and loyal, act confident but not always outgoing around strangers. Why aren't they in the list of best guard dog breeds?
Some of the dogs on the list have been developed to be guardians and excel at the job because of their inborn tendencies, but also because they have been trained to do so. Not only were they developed to protect people, but they were also needed for livestock protection.
Historically, people lived on isolated farms or ranches where their nearest neighbor could be miles away. Visitors were few and far between. They depended on the dogs to alert and protect them if anyone came onto their property.
In some areas of the world, people's lives and livelihoods depended on the dogs. These dogs needed to be able to take down the large cats such as snow leopards in Asia and the biggest and most dangerous predators on the African safari.
Beyond that, most of the dogs that make our list have the right "look" that tells would-be intruders, "Don't mess with me." It could be their size, the color, their body posture. Or, it could be that people learn over time which dogs to stay clear of especially if their owners are not at home.
It should not come as any surprise that these guard dogs could also be called the most dangerous dogs in the world.
Their fierce sense of loyal, combined with their size and strength make them not only a brave guardian but a force to be reckoned with.
Guard Dogs can make good pets for the right kind of owners, but these breeds should not even be considered for the first time or inexperienced dog owner.
Guard dog breeds are almost always independent and dominant and unless the owners can fulfill the role of Alpha, the dog could become more dominant than you!
Dog owners who do not have the time, energy, stamina or desire to socialize and train should not own one of these breeds. These dogs need ongoing training and socialization throughout their lives and that requires a significant time commitment.
Listed in alphabetical order.