Best Guard Dogs (Part I)

Some dogs have a basic instinct to protect their family and home, making them great guard dogs. Guardian breeds are strong, loyal, fearless, and watchful. If you want a breed that will let you know when a visitor arrives but will also know when to protect you from a deadly situation than guardian breeds are for you. These breeds need accurate training and socialization because of their size and strength.

The best guard dogs are brave, devoted, and know when to fight off an intruder. This doesn’t mean they are vicious. Provide them with training when they’re young, and these dogs will do all they can to protect you.


Akitas have a massive build which makes them strong. If you get them comfortable with friends and family early on in life, they’ll know who to be playful around.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Though littler than some of the other guard dogs, Appenzeller Sennenhunds still make a solid pick due to their energy and agility. They’re basically farm dogs, so their obedience and intelligence will impress everyone.


Bullmastiffs are great dogs to have for protection.

These muscular, big dogs are a cross between mastiffs and bulldogs. To avoid altercations with other people or animals, they’re best suited for homes with fenced-in yards.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

These dogs are known for the spots and unique patterns on their coats. If you aren’t sure if you can manage to raise a puppy, Catahoula Leopard dogs begin acting like adults at 10 months old.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

These huge dogs know precisely how to respond if they sense a threat to your family members or house. Don’t underestimate their fluffiness. The Caucasian Shepherd dog is a great choice if you have children and other animals since they’re careful and loving around their family.

Doberman Pinscher

Don’t be fooled by a Doberman’s sleek body! They are fast, strong, and brave, making them the ideal dog for guarding your house. They need lots of exercise, so be ready to go on long walks with your furry buddy.