Top 10 Best Guard Dogs


Akitas are strong because of their size (look at that head!). Early socialization with family and friends helps kids distinguish playmates from intruders.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Appenzeller Sennenhunds are agile and energetic, making them good guard dogs despite their size. If you have land, their intellect and obedience may work double duty.

Australian Shepherd

Medium-sized Aussies are bold and gorgeous. These canines are natural herders and thrive on ranches and rodeos. They're also lively family playmates.


These huge, powerful Bulldog-Mastiff hybrids are super-sized. They like fenced-in yards to avoid conflicts with other animals and people. Bullmastiffs are fantastic for strolling but not running.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

These adorable canines have unusual coat patterns and markings. Catahoula Leopard dogs start acting like adults at 10 months.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Don't overlook these enormous pups' fluffiness—they know how to react to threats to your home or family. If you have kids and other animals, Caucasian Shepherd dogs are kind and careful towards trusted humans.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Its wavy, waterproof coat distinguishes this muscular retriever. However, Golden Retrievers and labs will remain loyal and lively. Chessies are polite yet wary and not excessively loving with strangers, making them good watchdogs.

Doberman Pinscher

Don't let a Doberman's sleek physique deceive you—they're powerful, swift, and fearless, making them ideal house guards. If you don't want a mess, take them on lengthy walks.

Estrela Mountain Dogs

Portugal's oldest breed, Estrelas, are named after a mountain range. They'll fit into a close family because they're kind and protective.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are popular police canines and pets. They'll guard your home and bond with you. Look no farther for a dog you can teach anything.

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