Best Guard Dogs for Families with Children (Part I)


All guard dogs are very good at detecting possible threats and responding correctly. Though, some are better at this than others are. However, not all dogs should be kept inside with your family, particularly if you have small children. When their fuses go off, some dogs can get so aggressive that they will attack little children. In fact, the news is typically filled with horrible stories of children been killed by the family dog.

If you have children at home, consider just those dog breeds that are friendly with children and everyone in the family. If you want a friendly dog that will be a cuddly companion and display unwavering dedication, go for any of the dogs listed below:

Saint Bernard

Despite its gentle spirit, this dog is quite powerful, very smart, and very strong. It would never waver in its dedication to protecting you and your family from threats since it is very loyal. Most crucial, it adores children.

These gentle giants are big enough to intimidate but loving enough to be perfect family dogs.


This dog is friendly with not only children but also with other domestic animals. For example, if you have other pets at home, the Newfoundland is no threat to them. Also known as “Newfies”, Newfoundlands are quite gentle, and they have a big appearance that could threaten and knockdown intruders. Not to mention, they are very easy to train.

Bernese mountain dog

These dogs, similar to the Newfoundland, are gentle with children and tolerant of other animals. It is no doubt your ideal choice if you want a dog that is very gentle, but whose presence is enough to scare off an intruder.


A very energetic, but friendly dog, the Boxer is ideal for families with older children that are very active. Although not very big, this dog is a powerful protection machine in the face of threats. The Boxer is quite smart, making it easy to train. Though, this dog can sometimes attack small kids, particularly when it feels threatened. Therefore, it might not be ideal for families with small children or infants.