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22 Best Guard Dog Breeds

Best Guard DogsHow Do You Know Who Makes the Best Guard Dog Breeds?

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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.

Guard Dogs vs. Watch Dogs

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?

How did they become Guardians?

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.


Personal Anecdote...

We were in the process of house hunting in a new community and one house was on our list of "must see."

Unfortunately, the owners had two large Doberman Pinschers in the front yard.  Even though we had been given permission to enter the home, the Dobermans would have none of it. 

I think they might have killed my daughter who was three at the time.

Later in the week, we had another appointment to see the house and, this time, the owner was home.  The dogs could not have been more friendly and gentle. 

Unless I had known better, I would have believed they were different dogs.


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. 

Recommended Owners for Guard Dog Breeds

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.

22 Best Guard Dogs from Around the World

Listed in alphabetical order.

Akita Inu

Akita Inu
Read more about the Akita Inu

Belgian Malinois

Begian Malinois

Boerboel

Boerboel

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Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff
Read more about the Bullmastiff

Cane Corso

Cane Corso

Caucasian Shepherd

Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Read more about the Causcian Shepherd Dog

Chow Chow

Chow Chow
Read more about the Chow Chow Dog Breed

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher
Read more about the Doberman Pinscher

Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino
Read more about the Dogo Argentino

Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux

Fila  Brasileiro

Fila Brasileiro

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog
Read more about the German Shepherd Dog

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

Komondor

Komondor
Read more about the Komondor

Kuvasz

Kuvasz
Read more about the Kuvasz

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff
Read More about the Neapolitan Mastiff

Rottweiler

Rottweiler
Read More about the Rottweiler

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback African Lion Dog

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

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