15 Best Guard Dogs
If you are looking for the best dog for home protection, you came to the right place.
According to Wikipedia article on guard dogs, both guard dogs and watchdogs bark loudly to alert their owners of an intruder’s presence and to scare away the intruder.
The watch dog’s function ends here; a guard dog is capable of attacking, or restraining the intruder.
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Check out the best guard dog breeds:
1. German Shepard
The German Shepard is widely recognized as a symbol for a guard dog. Yet, it is more of a pop culture image that we accepted than the true nature of this breed. The German Shepard`s most important skill is its ability and the will to learn. Therefore, if trained, a German Shepard can indeed learn to do pretty much anything, guarding included.
2. Giant schnauzer
All schnauzers, regardless of the size, share the same pack of character attributes. Eager to learn, energetic, agile, protective of what they hold dear, but above all – they are loud. Whilst miniature schnauzers will not do much help when it comes to guarding and protecting, the giant schnauzers most definitively will.
The Beauceron shares a similar mindset of the German Shepard. These strong intelligent dogs have been used for herding the cattle, hunting and as a working dog in police and army. Happiest when given a task, if trained to guard – you may rest assured that everything will be in perfect order.
Not only is the Bullmastiff a huge and strong dog that can weight up to 150 pounds and that can easily overpower pretty much anybody, but also what makes bullmastiff different from most other breeds is its character when it comes to understanding the concept of guarding. They are not famous for being much of a noise maker, yet in the situations that they perceive as threatening – with little to no noise, jaws that can easily crush bones come to the stage.
5. Cane Corso
Unlike the German Sheppard that can become the ultimate guardian of you and your home through training, the Cane Corso is the breed that is genetically predisposed do guard. That, combined with the fact that we are talking about big and strong, loud dogs, can make the safety dream come true. Yet, if untrained they may become overprotective or even aggressive.
Devotion to their owners can at the same time be the Rottweiler`s best and worst feature. High-obedience rates may come short when dog perceives the situation as harmful to its master, even though in reality, it may be completely harmless. Therefore, these devoted giants need to be properly trained and socialized, especially with children.
Unlike the Rottweiler, which remains focused on protecting, the Boxer is a true family dog. Devoted, playful and energetic, yet still very strong and capable of keeping an eye on the family and property, and more than capable to defend them.
8. Black Russian Terrier
Black Russian Terriers are, it’s fair to say, some of the most amazing working dogs on the globe. What makes them so special is their ability to adjust to conditions that they are exposed to – they can be guard dogs like no other (to the level of cruelty), as well as cuddly family pets. Black Russian Terriers, opposed to their stunning beauty, tend to have a mind of their own, therefore in order to prevent instinctive aggression towards strangers, they need training.
Do not underestimate this amazing dog`s ability to guard only because of its dreadlocks-like appearance. The Komondor was originally used for herding sheep and for protecting them from the wild animals. Unlike breeds that enjoy being given tasks, Komondors may appear stubborn in their instinctive need to protect what they hold dear even if told otherwise.
The Doberman is a dog that is characterized with self-control and personal discipline like no other breed. Eager to learn, and even more, eager to fulfill the task to the very maximum of its potential, a trained Doberman is a guard dog that you can rely on in any situation.
The Malinois is widely accepted as a dog breed that can be trained to do a vast spectrum of jobs. Eager to learn, easily trainable, with amazing body agility and sense of smell. Therefore, among other things, Malinoises can be perfect guards and dogs for personal protection.
12. Caucasian Shepard
Originated from the mountains of Caucasia, these dogs were bred to endure long sharp winters and protect the farm and sheep from wolves and bears. Therefore, these dogs are not to joke around with. They can be THE guard dogs, yet it is hard to combine tasks for dogs with such strong instincts. If trained, they can be devoted family pets, but even then, when the protective instinct kicks in, the potential burglar is probably going to the ER for a long time.
13. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally used to hunt lions. That information alone should be enough to provide you with an insight in what powerful, agile and fearless dogs Ridgebacks are. In the conditions that do not include hunting for lions, they are more than capable of keeping an eye on you, your family and hour home.
14. American Staffordshire Terrier
Agile and devoted, the American Staffordshire Terrier can be a perfect family dog, yet the nature of a terrier is ever-present and the AST are constantly on alert, which makes them perfect and reliable watch dogs, more than willing to react in order to protect whom and what they hold dear.
Bullterriers were originally bred for fighting. Luckily, this is ancient history. Although nowadays Bullterriers are common family pets, fun-loving and devoted to the family, tremendous jaw strength and alertness at any moment is still present. Sleep tight if you have a Bullterrier watching over you…
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