We have all heard the saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” and there are good reasons for that. Dogs have been used throughout history to work, guard and protect valuable things and in this article we are going to talk about the best breeds of dogs for protecting the most valuable things in our lives, our property and our family.

What makes a good guard dog is its size and historical breeding purpose. Some dogs have been bred to sit on your lap and cuddle. Without further ado we will list off in no particular order what dog experts consider the best dogs for home protection.

1. Bullmastiff

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The Bullmastiff is one of the largest guard dogs you can own reaching up to 130 lbs full grown. Although it was developed in the UK by gamekeepers to guard estates don’t be fooled by its size, in a family environment this dog is typically a gentle giant but when it needs to protect you it will use its size and strength to get between you and a stranger. The Bullmastiff comes in red, fawn and brindle.

2. German Shepard

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The German Shepherd, you guessed it, comes from Germany and is a medium to large sized breed reaching up to 88 lbs, originally used for sheep herding. Like many guard dogs, German Shepherds are great for families and an ideal choice for home protection because they are alert, obedient and loyal. German Shepherds are a colorful breed and come in black, grey, sable, black & tan, red & black, black & silver.

3. Doberman Pinscher

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Like the Rottweiler, the Doberman Pinscher is often seen guarding junk yards in movies because it tends to have an aggressive temperament and is very energetic. Of course, this dog’s aggression can be tamed with the proper commitment and training turning it into a fantastic family pet. It is very protective and was bred in Germany for just that, personal protection. Weighing in upwards towards 100 lbs, this breed comes in colorful variations of black, white, red & rust, blue & rust, red, fawn, blue, fawn & rust, black & rust.

4. Rottweiler

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The Rottweiler was bred for cattle protection and is a great companion for home protection. Originally bred for butchers to pull carts of meat to the market, the rottweiler is a large breed due to its history as a working dog. These animals are physically very strong, loyal and great family companions. Rottweilers get up to 110 lbs and are found in only a few color schemes, black, mahogany, tan.

5. Komondor

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The Komondor isn’t an obvious choice at first glance for a guard dog but it is a sheep dog so it is bred to protect the herd. The Komondor has been declared one of Hungary’s national treasures and can get up to 130 lbs (50 lbs of hair). Not the best dog to own with small living space, this breed would be better suited for rural areas where it has some open spaces. It’s long corded hair was developed to protect the dog from wolves bites interestingly enough. Komondors are great for kids and wary of strangers but will be nice to them once trust has been established by the owner. These dogs come in a grayish white.

6. Puli

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The Puli is much like the Komondor but in a miniature version. What makes this dog a great choice for home protection is that it is very alert and suspicious of anything out of the ordinary and will be very vocal to alert its owner. Puli’s come in black and brown and gets up to 30 lbs.

7. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Got big security problems? The Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred to hunt lions. Not exactly the best choice for guard dog if you are an inexperienced owner, the ridgeback can be a nice family pet if committed to. The ridgeback will tend to ignore strange visitors rather than be aggressive to them right off the bat so you are less likely to run into unwanted aggression. This is a medium to large breed dog which can get up to 90 lbs. The ridgeback colors are light wheaten, red wheaten and wheaten.

8. Staffordshire Terrier

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The Staffordshire Terrier also known as a Pit Bull is a wonderful breed but has sadly gotten a terrible reputation.  This is because of terrible dog owners over breeding them and abusing them for fun. This dog, like every dog, can be very aggressive if trained improperly.  But will definitely be a family pet if you give it love and effort. The pitt bull can get close to 90 lbs and comes in a variety of colors, black, fawn, brindle, sable, blue and brown.

9. Kuvasz

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This is an ancient hungarian breed designed for protecting livestock. It is a large breed dog that gets to be around 110 lbs and is great for protecting property and children. If you want a nice big cuddly animal that is calm most of the time but will protect you when the time comes the Kuvasz is all yours and it comes in white!

10. Giant Schnauzer

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The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed dog much larger than its miniature versions reaching weights upwards of 75 lbs. This Schnauzer is extremely loyal to family but requires constant attention. And will also need a bit of training in order to get the most obedient dog. This Schnauzer comes in black and salt & pepper.

This is a short list as there are many other dog breeds with fantastic tendencies to guard your domain. Such as the Akita, Chow Chow, Great Pyrenees, Black Russian Terrier, Belgian Malinois, Neapolitan and Tibetan Mastiff. Others include Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Sheepdog, Cane Corso or the Dogo Argentino.

Remember that any dog can be trained. Along with this they can be cared for to demonstrate the desired behavior. So it is important to realistically evaluate the effort you will be able or willing to put into your dog before making your choice.

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