10 Dependable Dog Breeds That Will Protect You

Dependable Dog Breeds That Will Protect You

Protective dogs

One of the most rewarding experiences in life is to have a dog for a pet. Besides offering unconditional love, a dog gives you a sense of security. As a matter of fact, dogs are protective in nature and that’s true for any other canine. They gladly land themselves into trouble if that means saving the life of the master. They are highly skilled in sensing a potential threat and therefore, can avert it by quickly plunging into action. This, however, is a skill that some dogs are better at than others. Here is a checklist for you to identify the superior performers in the lot.

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  1. Temba

    April 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Liked the article, as someone who is looking at having a puppy

    • Ldhkah

      April 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Adopt a dog from a shelter! They’ll be able to match you up with the perfect dog for you.

    • Jason

      June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      No bulldog on this list and I have never had a dog love my family as much and be as protective like my Kronos

      • TheLoneWolf188

        December 16, 2015 at 9:11 pm

        Are you a Percy Jackson fan? Any of you?

        • HowdyJack2134

          December 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

          I am a Percy Jackson Fan! Are you?

      • hollisbryte

        March 27, 2016 at 8:16 am

        I rese arched .American Johnson Bulldog extensivelyrics found in trestle in 6 breeds and AJB Is to rally Awsome they were catch dog grabbed steer held for cowboy They are unlikely to bite randomly but they will courageously guard you and your home to the death.I just rescued a15 month 100 lb he new nothing 3 week ago now housebroken c omes stays on property my daughter loves him especially his head dry mouth we have 2 other dogs read up solid muscle jump 3ft from standstill an 6to7 ft in run doberman is liability GSD sane to many unnecessary BITES $$$$$$

  2. Yoshi Sung

    April 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    You forgot the Dachshund!!! Mine weighs 13 lbs. and is a little bigger than a mini, but has the heart of a lion. One day, one of my 17 year old son’s friends was trying to sneak up on me to scare me. This would not have been good for me as I have many bad health problems. This little dog, that I always thought would only offer voice protection, growled and took off like a flash, baring her teeth, and viciously chased the young man away from me. He was screaming for help!!! She didn’t bite him, but she saved me from a potentially bad situation. Next time, don’t forget the faithful Dachshund!!!

    • Tom E P

      May 6, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      I love my Doxies and they are a naturally fearless dog….. As a side note,,, the Dachshund sends more people to seek medical attention than ANY OTHER BREED
      INCLUDING the wrongfully maligned Pit.

      • Robert Hughes

        May 10, 2015 at 12:40 am

        true, but minor damages. no cases of a dachshund sending someone to the county morgue. (not talking bad about dachshunds because they are awesome) some of the dogs on this list have lived up to that.

    • caes

      October 25, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      True dachshunds are brave a guy tryed breaking into my sisters house while they were gone the guy broke the back sliding glass doorand her dachshund wouldnt let him in stood his ground and barked and even with rocks being thrown at him stood her post , they looked at the security cameras and seen it alll and guy was caught but didnt step foot in the house little lions

  3. Bruce

    April 10, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Where is the boxers? I have not found a more loyal and protective breed yet. a Breed with great patience with children and NO patience with those that the family doesn’t except as well as an understanding of it’s surroundings and duties. True I have not had any experience with a Bull Mastiff. But with a Dobie What a bad breed,It scared me and my children many times and the neighbors is the biggest woos I have ever seen. An Akita is a snappy dog with a bad attitude if not properly work CONTINUALLY.

    • Stephanie

      April 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Bruce be careful to judge the dobermans. Mine saved my life one night when someone broke in our house! Also a boxer attacked my mother in law. So they’re not all sweet!!!

      • Geeky

        April 25, 2015 at 12:39 am

        Actually, you’re very wrong about boxers, I had one when I was younger at my dad’s house, his name was Jace. He was very playfully but was always careful not to harm me or my younger half-siblings but wasn’t properly house trained so my step-mom often threw BF’s because of him. He was the first dog my dad’s newest family had, and was the largest, my younger sister was always scared of animals but grew slightly fond of Jace even though he accidently pushed her down but that can be expected from just about any breed of dog and he was still in the range of puppy-juvenile age. Personally, I really like boxers, they’re some of the most perfect companions, and even though Jace ran away(most likely becuase the way my step-mom treated him), there was no problems with biting of any kind, he had no problems with the cats and there was no such thing as destroyed furniture around with him.

        • Connie

          May 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

          Geeky…. Very well said!! Couldn’t agree with you more!!!

          • RJ

            June 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

            Boxers are hands down Americas family dog. They were bred by crossing mastiffs and bulldog breeds. They are smart loyal and definitely not to mess with ones family. That include a the cats in the house!!! Best breed with kids. My boxers are 9 and my cat 10. Daughters 6 and 3. If you want to rob my house send your 8 and 10 year olds. Boxers are suckers for kids. Anyone else ,,,, I would call first!!!! They are smart , loving, clean, and they just want to play and take care of there family. Best decision I’ve ever made

        • Reb

          May 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm

          Actually, any breed can be faithful, or vicious. I like Boxers myself. I have 3. 1 is your typical Boxer that only shows signs of aggression when her territory (the dog pen) is approached. However, her daughter is terrified of people and has to have a muzzle on her whenever she is taken outside her pen. The momma Boxer’s son, who was brought up with the vicious sister, is HUGE. He weighs in about 115 and I am 6’1″ tall and do not have to bend to pet him. He is great around people and protective of family. 3 dogs, 3 different personallities, and all raised together.

        • Alkida

          February 8, 2016 at 2:29 am

          I have a golden retriever and he is good with the cars he is a good dog the only problem is that he will let anyone in the house unless the gus starts to stack us then he trigers himself to attack mode…

      • Christian

        May 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        Exactly, my kid brother was once bitten on the arm by his armpit ny a boxer.

    • Richie

      April 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Don’t be judging Akitas either. All dogs can act out in a negative manner if not socialized properly. My Akita is a loveable, goofy dog.

      • Michael

        April 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

        Boxers are great dogs, but as for protection/guard dogs, the German Shepherd, Akita n the doberman are my top choice! Look up Llahsa Apsa and their history! Only 15lbs avg., they may just be the smartest to alert you of a stranger than any dog. Of course, they are NOT going to protect you physically which was the main goal of this article. That is also where the Boxer would fail.

        • Crystal

          April 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

          Actually that is where you are wrong. I have owned a boxer and he was a great guard and watch dog. Kept everyone who was not supposed to be on my land out. One time a person though they would come into my house without knocking (Yes, he was warned to knock and ask for permission before entering. That my dog would be in the house with me, while he was repairing the hot water heater outside.) and my dog charged him, while barking/growing with teeth bared. The reason you need to knock was my dog was on duty and needed the okay personally from me to let it all hang out. When he is not working he was a goofy loveable dog, that liked to give kisses and loved everyone from animals to infants. However, they did for get the rotts.

        • Connie

          May 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

          I disagree with Michael too, Crystal!!! I’ve had two boxers & Ive seen both of them physically attack 3 people that were going to cause bodily harm to me! In my opinion, the Boxer should have been listed as one of the Top 10 Breeds to Protect your Home!!!

    • Mellissa Wingate

      April 19, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Bruce
      You are so very correct. I’ve had many of them. Wonderful family members.

      • Connie

        May 3, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        I second that Mellisa Wingate!!!

    • pjb

      April 20, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      We have had four dobies, they are the best!!! We have a male that will go 120 lbs loves kids. When he was young my Grandson would lay with him when they came to visit, even sit on him when he was laying down. All I have to say is ” your buddy is coming ” he goes to every door looking for him. Diffently, my choice…

    • Ldhkah

      April 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Your blaming the dog when it’s the owners. It’s all in how they’re treated and raised.

      • Kevin

        May 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm

        That is the ultimate key. How a dog is raised, trained is ultimately how they react to strangers, children, and other dogs. Anita’s were Japanese dogs of loyalty when Ghangus Khan was terrorizing. Families would leave them to babysit their children with no human supervision. Staffordshire terrriers seem like they have the best instincts about people and how shady they are. I let them choose people I hang out with, if my two pits don’t like somebody I am weary of them, because they have proved that their instincts are rite on sooo many times. And they would fight to the death for me, a good dead bolt and a good dog is better than any security system on the market.

        • Tony

          May 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm

          I have two pits that sleep with my kids almost every night, they are the sweetest dogs with us. However I pity any intruder that would dare break in our house which is why I sleep like a baby. Hands down I trust my pits above any other dogs I’ve had with my family, they really live up to their “nanny dog” title.

    • Connie

      May 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Bruce… I agree 100% with you about “Where are the Boxer’s”?? I wondered that myself after seeing which dog breeds were the most protective!! I’ve had two boxers which my last one I had to have put to sleep bc of a brain tumor, but I have had a lot of other breeds of dogs, but NEVER have I had a more loyal, protective dog than the Boxer!!!! And they are quite comical at times too!!!

    • bob

      May 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Akita’s are bad with kids. They lack patients and become snappy with children, a lot of times ending in a biting. German Shepherds, dobermans,and rottweilers are about the most loyal and protective dogs around and are excellent with children. The problems people have with protective breeds are usually the result of improper or lack of socialization.

    • kim

      December 27, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      so wrong you have obviously never owned a Dobie, Ive had four now over 35 years and each and every one of them have been loyal and wonderful with my children as they grew up, one even protected me from a crazy guy when my son was a baby and she instinctively knew he was a danger from a long distance away – they are amazing dogs as long as they are trained well and brought up as part of the family, you could not ask for a more loyal companion!

  4. Stephanie

    April 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Edit to add to my comment: I have two dobermans and the female is the one who saved my life. The guy had a gun but she pinned him on the ground knocking the gun loose. So I grabbed it and held it to him and called the police. She did not hurt the intruder and has never hurt anyone. They are protective but just because they scare you doesn’t mean they are bad dog’s. The boxer that attached my mother in law was put down but I don’t think they’re all bad. There’s bad dog’s in every breed just like the human race. I personally think it’s how they’re raised. Our Dobies are very social. I’m glad mine are protective but I can trust them with children, intruders not so much.

  5. theresa

    April 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    They forgot rottweilers!!

    • john petzold

      May 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Agreed,this can’t be a serious list without the loving loyal to a fault
      ROTTWEILER, W.T.H. DOESN’T INCLUDE A ROTTWEILER!

  6. valda

    April 13, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I have had many breeds of dogs ,big and small from a German shepherd to a pekinese in my life and loved them all,the German shepherd,-Boss,was a beautiful protective dog ,I was talking to my neighbour at the fence and he decided to jump over ,Boss charged and got in between us,my neighbour got a fright and Boss did know him ,he didn’t bite or attack he just let him know not to come any further,my favourite dog ,little dogs are good watch dogs ,my little Pekinese Rocky was the loveliest litte boy he had 2 front crippled feet ,apparently because the mother wasn’t fed properly when carrying him and was deficient in some thing -backyard breeders,all dogs if treated right are great companions and best friends.

  7. ARLENE

    April 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    We have had Boxer for the last 40 odd years and have never had a moments concern with any of them.They are really affectionate good with children and are very protective especially when my children were small.Will give a warm welcome to anyone that they know whilst barking loudly at callers that they don’t know.We have never had intruders but I think that the two of them would be very vocal if anyone broke in and looked suspicious and perhaps would growl etc but surely if you break in to someones property you can’t expect a welcome!Hopefully the noise would scare them off!
    The regular milkman and postie however don’t raise a sound which is good as the milkman delivers at 4am!
    When raised from puppies they trust you implicitly and the overtop welcome when you get home warms your heart!
    I do think it is how you treat any dog that matters!

    • Connie

      May 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Again, In going to have to give Arlene a ✔️✔️✔️✅✅☑️☑️. So very true about the Bozer Breed. I have known people to walk completely to the other side of the street when they would see my Boxer, Lucy standing at my front door or we would be meeting someone on the sidewalk walking…..

  8. John M

    April 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Forgot the number one protection dog -the Belgian Malinois, the NUMBER ONE POLICE DOG IN THE WORLD. Smart. athletic and social when raised in a family environment. Been training police dogs for 35 years and there’s no better dog to bet your life on.

    • Nick

      April 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      John,

      I have to disagree with you. I’ve trained police dogs for 25 years and the German Shepherd is still the go to K-9. I also work at the MWDS and the majority of the dog bite incidents are due to the Malinois.

      • Ken

        April 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        I believe that is because they are so emotional. How do you tell the Mal’s in a group picture of police k9’s? They are the ones with that crooked posture when they sit, in order to maximize the amount of their body presses up against the owner. Velcro. The dog I had that we thought may become a fear biter was abused, my other was loved. And the one I got at seven weeks and is sitting, now on the sofa next to me, play fought with me from day one, while her sister wouldn’t even freaked out my arm in her mouth in play. I’ve heard just what you say about mals, and it is a result of a heavy hand. But I stand my ground. Mals, like MANY of the breeds you work with, are NOT for 90%+ of prospective owners for one reason or another.

    • Ken

      April 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      My Mal, who will be 15 years old Tuesday, is sleeping on the chair as I type this. I know dogs, got her at 7 weeks old, and she is perfect. I lost her sister in November to cancer at 14 and a half. I got her at 14 months of age. The breeder BEGGED me to take her. Her first owner just HAD to have on of the pups from the legendary police dog, their father, who had just retired. At her first vet visit, the vet was afraid he would have to some day put her down for fear biting and anti social upbringing. After four hard years, she was out summers swimming in the pool with the neighborhood kids, and was a goofy marshmallow…unless she felt someone in the home was threatened. Bottom line, if you don’t have at least 5 acres like me (mine never left the yard in 14+ years, have someone in the family home all the time (vacation? they NEED you,) and can firmly train a dog without ever even threatening to lend a on her, do not get a mal. Sorry for my rant, but I love Mals, but after the publicity Nitro got from the Bin Laden raid, I’m afraid the wrong people will cause a fad, like pits.

    • stormy

      April 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      I was wondering why this breed was omitted. I have seen them in action and I currently own one, a retired MWD. Social in home and out but carries self with authority and very protective.

    • bob

      May 31, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Sorry, but Belgian malinois have very unstable temperments. Maybe you haven’t read any of the many counts in the news where the Belgians get loose from the handler and start attacking innocent people.

  9. David

    April 15, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Don’t know much about some of the breeds mentioned but I would say they need to do some research on other breeds. But I have 2 BoerBoels (from South Africa) and they are the best Mastiff type breed i have ever had the pleasure of calling family members. Male does all the heavy work, rarely barks unless he is on the job, and the female does the alarm / lookout work. She changes her bark to a higher pitch when she wants the bigger heavier male to come and take care of business. And needless to say the slightest noise out of place in our property gets her attention. It seems as if she knows her surroundings well and wont bark at all events. Only the ones she feels is suspicious.

  10. Mark

    April 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    No mention of Labradors, our Labby has been with our family 8years since pup and always been alert when something suspicious arises in the yard or near the gates… we once brought in a friend for him to play with but this friend was a 1year old pitbull of which we had to get rid of as we’ve noticed that our Labby physically pushes him away from our kids(twin girls aged 3, boy 6) when they play in the yard… those were the signs we as humans have to read and understand that when your dog is smelling something fishy with another dog especially around kids… Take note!

  11. Karen

    April 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    We have 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks – the best breed of dog in our eyes. They just love us to bits and are very protective over the whole family. As far as big dogs are concerned, I would not consider any other breed!

    • Cole

      May 19, 2015 at 2:39 am

      I agree! I trust my ridgeback with my life and she has proven her ability and intellect. Probably the sweetest dog I’ve ever met too. However this article had a lot of errors as far a ridgebacks.

      • Tom

        October 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm

        Cole, what errors do you believe there are? I am looking into getting a ridgeback. I’m a 24 year old active male- hike, run, bike etc. I do live in a decent sized two bedroom apt. with a roommate who would help take him/her out when i’m working (our schedules are very different). Just trying to get more info on if this is a good breed for me.

  12. Shayla

    April 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    My family currently owns a Doberman. She is an AWESOME dog. She is always very alert to our surroundings when out walking, and is always the first to the door if she hears a sound. She’s fantastic with my 4 kids as well. LOL…if my husband and I play fight she gets in the middle and forces my husband to back off. It’s nice knowing she has my back.

    I had a massive Rottweiler who attacked my ex-husband once. Douche deserved it though as he physically attacked me first. (the ex) Max literally took that asshat to the ground and pinned him there.

    I also had a Boxer who was one of the most protective dogs I’ve ever owned. He was my then 2 yr old son’s shadow. If anyone tried to come on the property he would make a HUGE fuss; barking and snarling until I would tell him “off”. At that point he was completely calm.

    Guess we tend to like “aggressive” breeds…

    • Connie

      May 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Shayla…. I agree also with what you said about the Boxer!!! Most protective dog I’ve ever owned also, & I’ve owned ALOT of dogs!!! I think they should be added to this list for sure!!!!!!!!

  13. aimee james

    April 19, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Airedale Terrier our boy very protective with a big fierce bark. He was big and all muscle,over100lb.To us he was a big loving clown. Strangers would not get out of vehicle until we had him . I always said as long as I’m ok he’s ok. Need to be able to run around. Ours very hard on vermin too. Hated raccoon and groundhogs. Killed them with ease. Smart and affectionate,never had a dog bring so much joy and happiness to my life. Miss him so.

    • Roger Reichel

      April 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      The best guard dog and family dog is an Airedale…hands down. I owned a 70# male, Baron Aaron, who was the nicest dog I have ever been around. He had an instinct in knowing good people from bad. When he was in the yard my 2 year old daughter could play without us worrying about her. He would give his life to protect us and my daughter.

      • Glenn

        May 10, 2015 at 4:25 am

        I agree wife and I love our airdale, best dog I have ever had hands down, when our children were little we never had to worry about them outside playing with her on guard, she would even break up fights between our sons by getting between them so they couldn’ punch each other.

  14. Sam

    April 21, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    In my life, I have experienced partnership with most of the breeds here. I keep going back to Great Danes. Trouble with most of the giant breeds is the shorter life span. Danes are loveable giants that adapt well to most living conditions. They don’t have to show aggression as the size commands respect from any near do well. My current Dane loves everyone, but will block the near approach of any stranger until she knows no threat exists. No aggression, just a big body between family and strangers.

    • Gwen

      May 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Oh, I love my Dane! He’s a big blue with a European block head that is 180#’s of pure love. I especially have trouble walking him if we are passing a car that just parked and people are getting out of it, because he seems to think stopped to make friends with him! He will try to get away with pulling me over so he can meet them in all of his slobbery gloriouness, (easy to do since I’m barely 110#) so I have to be quick with the heel command!! One night though as we were taking a walk a guy in his late teens maybe early twenties walked up from behind us, on the other side of the road and asked me an innocuous question. My Dane immediately placed himself between the two of us. Never growled or became outwardly defensive, but left no doubt that if this guy was intending on hurting me, he had to go through my dog first. I had never seen him like that, and never even knew that he possessed such protective traits. That incident just makes me love my gentle giant even more 🙂

  15. Karen Ann

    April 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Are Dalmatians a good choice for a family with a big yard and three children under 5 years old? They want one so badly but I’ve heard some negative things about them.

    • celeste

      April 28, 2015 at 2:14 am

      I have read that Dalmatians are not good with kids. But it all depends on how they are raised. The breed does have hearing issues. Do a Google search, read books, & talk to reputable breeders. Not backyard breeders, they just want money.

    • celeste

      April 28, 2015 at 2:25 am

      dalmatians.us/dal4you.htm This website has information about Dalmatians. Hope it helps.

    • michael

      May 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      we owned a Dalmatian once when I was young and it bit my little sister just with the small children part I wouldn’t, personally I own an akita he’s 5 now had him since he was puppy but wouldn’t trade him for anything incredibly smart and protective but same time is just a big furry goofball

      • Debra

        May 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

        We had a Dalmation and she was the best dog in the world. She was protective of our family, but also knew when to be. My toddler son would put his hand in her mouth and food, yet she did nothing. My son would get out of his crib at night, bring his blanket, find our dog, and go to sleep with him. Too cute, and she was always gentle!

  16. mike

    April 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    In my 70 years of owning dogs and 40 years of training the Border Collie, German Shepherd and Standard Poodle are the most proficient when presented a complex, multi step problem to resolve for the first time. This is not to be all inclusive of breeds or of these breeds. These breeds are simply most consistent in “reasoning in the shortest amount of time.

  17. bob

    April 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    i like dogs

  18. Geeky

    April 25, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Me personnally, I prefer labradors, but I would definately get an akita if the opourtunity and money presented it’s self. The partial reason akitas are my favorite dog breed is because of their rich, long, Japanese history. Being someone who is an otaku(a term commonly used for big fans of Japanese culture and anime/manga more specifically) I would love to have an akita as well as just about anything Japanese. I met a couple at a convention in a panel and they were just complete darlings. I learned alot about them and found that they would be a perfect dog for me. Akitas are very sweet, and you don’t have to worry about accidental nipping when hand feeding them because they’re so gentle. They can be a bit wierd, but that’s one of the many reasons I love them so much. Labrador retreivers are my second favorite mainly because I grew up with one till I was 13-14 and we had to put her down due to health problems and being to old to use anethstetic to perform any kind of surgery. Labradors are the sweetest dogs, and Jessie would always follow me around, hardly barked, was a bit playful suprisingly for an elderly dog and when we had a small chiwahwah-daschund mix, she took to him very well and there weren’t any problems, she kept him in line and was a pretty good leader for any dog we had at our house. Although I’m sure Jessie favored me out of my immeadiate family, she was always quick to greet me and would really only listen to me. Once a lab has a pack leader, they stick to them. Labs are pretty goofy, I’m not sure about protective though I’m sure they’d make great gaurd dogs as Jessie sometimes got jealous of the chiwahwah mix cx I strongly recommend Akitas and Labradors to any new dog owners. They make great companions and can be real cuddle-bugs. But with akitas be sure to start submission training when they’re puppies or they may have a hard time seeing you as alpha and get pretty hard headed.

    • Natalie imbrogno

      May 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hi I agree with everything you said. But I have to correct your spelling: its’s chihuahua. I am a teacher. And I can’t help myself when it comes to incorrect spelling. Thank you. Natalie

  19. Pixie

    April 25, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I really disappointed that Rottweiler was not anywhere in this list. They are inbred to be fiercely loyal to their owners. And, in addition, they are an incredibly intelligent breed. They are happiest when their owners are happy and, due to their intelligence and loyalty, are one of the easiest dogs to train. They can be very aggressive if not socialized with people as well as other animals so it’s important to introduce them to people and other animals. They make a great family pet. Rottweilers do need to be exercised every day. Maybe a walk around the park, meeting other people and animals, would be a great outing for them. Rottweilers have a thick undercoat of hair that keeps them warm but also causes them to shed. They will need to be brushed every week or every other week to keep the amount of shedding to a minimum. Rottweilers are playful and enjoy chew toys like thick knotted rope and squeaky toys. However, if you’re going to buy them a soft, fuzzy you, make sure it’s the kind without the stuffing as they will shred it in a matter of minutes. They dont bark a lot but, when they do, it’s usually because someone is at your door, in your yard, or because of a loud noise. These dogs are known to be guard dogs but they are also herding dogs. When put in a situation with animals such as sheep, chickens, etc, they will instinctively start herding. There are 2 different sized Rottweilers. They will range from 75-85 pounds and, the larger Rotts, from 130-180 pounds. The larger Rotts do drool more than the 80 pound Rotts. These dogs are fun, entertaining, loyal, intelligent, not to mention, beautiful dogs. They are a dominant breed and, therefore, needs an owner who will take charge or your dog will run the house. If you’re lucky enough to own a Rottweiler, take the time to spend with your dog ‘cuz nothing means more to these dogs then spending every moment with you.

    • john petzold

      May 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Said well!

  20. Lauren

    April 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    All dogs can be trained to protect. Certainly it’s in varying degrees of effectiveness. A tiny dog is a great alarm, but can easily be kicked and severely injured. Big dogs are better for “protection” but my advice is get a black dog. I have a kerry blue terrier and he’s an amazing guy. He alerts. The breed can be trained for protection but then they can become highly aggressive towards animals and strangers.

  21. Steve Berrios

    April 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I believe the Chow Chow is a very good choice! I had one she loved kids, but showed your aggressiveness when guarding property.

  22. Ken

    April 25, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Does anyone out there own an Anatolian? I’m considering one, and I’ve heard they really need their space (I only have five acres, ten if you add the neighbor) I was hoping for some personal experience.

  23. mark le

    April 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    All dogs are loyal and cute if trained right…. i lovem all. Excpet chihuahuas… theyre stupid

  24. Lisa Hyde

    April 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    What about Rotties? They should be one of the top three. Very instinctively protective, great family dogs, and easy to train.

  25. Robb`]

    April 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    One glaring omission, the dog most used now by the military and the police-the Belgian Malinois, basically the most well tempered, intuitive, and smartest protector of them all.

    • bob

      May 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Belgian malinois isn’t even in the top 10 of smartest dog breed. They are unstable dogs(remember they get loose from handlers and go on biting rampages?)

  26. Deb

    May 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve had several dogs over the years. Border Collie, pit bull, rottweiler, doberman, great dane and this boxer/pointer mix I currently have. Rots both had to be put down at fairly early age due to one having a brain tumor, the other a degenerative spinal issue. doberman and great dane had been hit by cars and died. all were good dogs. This boxer/pointer mix i have now I believe would be a great defender should I ever have a home intrusion. She is very alert to sounds outside when she’s in the house at night with me. When she’s outside in the yard though, she can get a bit annoying barking at rabbits hopping about, but we’re working on that. She’s actually a very entertaining dog with some of the silly things she does. She loves to play fetch….and actually brings her bone back and drops it at my feet like i’ve trained her to do. When she wants to play, she’ll go get the bone and drop it on the floor near me and use her nose to nudge it closer to my feet until I notice!!! 🙂 She has, however, over the past few months as she’s gone from puppy to 1 1/2 year old, become less tolerant of other dogs and/or overly protective of me. She has never showed the slightest bad behavior tho towards people. I am considering getting a simple muzzle and taking her around other dogs to get her more socialized in that way. So overall, she’s a good dog, she requires a lot of exercise which she gets in the yard all day long and now that shes growing out of the puppy stage she’s much better behaved in the house. no chewing on anything but her toys and she’s lays on sofa looking out window at the birds a lot. She’s a good girl and does train rather easily.

  27. Robbie

    May 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Catahoulas & BMC’s should’ve been on this list.

  28. Mike Davis

    May 6, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I too have owned many breeds dogs I now have an 11 year old boxer he is the best companion ever. Everybody loves him. He’s very protective, extremely intelligent and he has the biggest personality. Bigger than most people I know. I love what my boss says about him: I like your dog and he’s got two of his own that he doesn’t really care for. Everybody on my job loves him. He goes to work with me everyday. He knows his job is to walk the perimeter of the job site and keep everybody safe. I feel sorry if anyone tries to come in my home while we are out. Although when the truck leaves the home he’s usually in it 99 percent of the time. Believe it or not he actually knows how to roll the window down and pull the headlights on in my truck. I have a Digital watchdog monitoring system with 4 cameras. I don’t feel like we really even need those when he’s home. I do pity an intruder if they try to come in my home. We have no doubt that he understands every word we say and he has even developed his own way of answering us when he shakes his coat all over that means yes when he puts his paw on your arm he wants your attention or he wants something and he’s very quick to let you know what it is. Had no trouble housebreaking him whatsoever. He has never chewed on anything in his life. Everyone should have a friend like Luke

  29. Mike Davis

    May 6, 2015 at 1:14 am

    one more addition to my comment he has been awesome with our grandchildren he was raised with them we got him when he was 4 months old and he would back up and let them go out the door before him rather than knock them down 2 of our granddaughter too close to the road so he went in front of them and gently knocked them down to keep them from walking into the road he saved our life twice waking us up with the house on fire one time while we were on vacation he was in the back of my sons SUV and a four year old girl was walking behind us my son had put the truck in reverse and was about to back up when Luke went ballistic my son slammed the brake on we all turned around to look to see the child standing right behind the back tail light it could have killed her I’m sure he saved her life as well

  30. dyl

    May 6, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Pitbulls are number one

    • Christian

      May 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Not worth taking a chance around kids.

    • Sarah

      May 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      I had a pittbull until about a year ago and the only reason I had to give him a new home was because we didn’t have enough yard space where we moved to. He was great with kids. My sister had just had a baby and my Pitt would just watch him and if he cried give him kisses and whine. It’s sad that people believe that all pittbulls are mean, their not. It just depends on how they were raised. But yeah I was really surprised that they weren’t on this list.

  31. Elle

    May 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

    It saddens me that my dog is never on these lists, even though he is a rare breed. I have a German Pinscher, he’s one of the dogs that was used to breed the Doberman, they look almost exactly alike but mine is only about 30lbs (no he is not a min pin!). He is the perfect balance between playful and loving and protective when he needs to be. I got him when he was about a year old from a shelter, he was so abused, he didn’t even know how to play. By the end of his first week home he had learned all of his commands and after he finally understood he had a home now and bonded with me, he wouldn’t leave my side. I learned most german pinschers are “Velcro” dogs, always making sure he’s right next to me, touching or leaning on me in some way. If he decides he wants to go play somewhere else, he runs to me every few minutes, just looks at me and runs back out. They never, ever bark unless something is wrong, I’ve stopped my apartment from being broken into a few times due to him. He’s even scared off the jerk who won’t leave at the end of the night- if someone so much as raises their voice to me he stands in from of me and barks, growls with his hackles up and teeth bearing. He does the same thing to anyone who comes to the door, if it’s someone he knows, or I tell him it’s ok, he stops instantly but still keeps a watchful eye out. Anyone he doesn’t know who doesn’t have permission to come in isn’t getting passed him. I know everyone who truly loves their dog as part of the family says this, but he’s the best dog ever (I’ve fostered and adopted several dogs and he’s still the best). Definitely a breed that should get more recognition, if not to just help get them adopted, apparently the black ones go last, never knew that (them looking like Dobermans doesn’t always help).

  32. Kate

    May 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I have a Pekingese Shih Tzu Mix. Although this is not the type of breed one might think of as a guard dog, they sure are. She weighs 25 pounds. She is a great loving family dog however, is very protective. I live in an apartment and whenever someone is walking up the joint steps I share with my neighbor, my dog barks loudly. She looks so sweet and innocent but when you hear her bark, she frightens strangers. Many people run away when they hear her bark and cannot believe that bark came out of such an innocent looking doggie. When I walk her outside at night she stands guard as I unlock the door. She is very alert and sees moving objects outside long before I do and alerts me to them. She is the sweetest dog to those she knows but is on the defense to those she feels pose a danger to me. For a 25 pound dog with the sweetest face, she sure is protective over those she loves. Don’t mess with my Pekingese Shih Tzu Mix!!!

    Note: My dog is a rescue who was previously abandoned but now has a loving home with me and my family. As the result of a DNA test we know that this is her breed. She also appears to be a mixture of other larger dog breeds since this mix isn’t usually 25 pounds.

    I truly believe that each dog is unique and cannot be judged by it’s breed. How owners treat their dogs is another major factor in that particular dog’s behavior.

  33. Erika

    May 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    from the research I have found they are wrong about the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They are extremely high-energy, they take lots of exercise, and will tear things up if they don’t get out their energy. They were bred to be lion hunters in Africa, so they will go all day for hours at a time. They are the best dogs! I have a mutt that is part Rhodesian Ridgeback and Staffordshire terrier. They make for the best family dogs and guard dogs! I love my Baxter!

    • Cole

      May 19, 2015 at 2:44 am

      You are right they are very high energy, and very intelligent. Sweet as can be to family but don’t threaten their pack

  34. Major

    May 7, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Blue heelers are in my estimation worthy of this list. they are unstoppable and loyal

  35. chris

    May 8, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I have a great Dane who shattered my glad front door to protect my fiance. I also have an old english sheep dog also very loyal and protective dogs they are both very jelous dogs they also get along great together play all the time great for family but if their was an intruder their will new be a dead intruder if the size of the great Dane didn’t scare them to begin with

  36. Kit

    May 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Our Belgian Sheepdog is a wonderful watchdog, but takes constant and consistent training. She is most definitely a herder. At 5 years old, she’s been a great dog.

  37. Wolfman

    May 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    first of all get your breeds right as one dog is a Pug ?

  38. joyce

    May 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Another dog that will protect you is the zolo. I know first hand no one will try to get anything over on you with this special breed around. Mine was so loyal to our family just saying hello to a stranger sent her reeling. I was her master and trainer and no one could touch me that’s how loyal she was to me.had her for 12 years before she died. I miss her greatly. And another fact, she was a rescue dog. Adopt, you never know what you get for saving a dog’s life.

  39. MyPetMag

    May 22, 2015 at 7:07 am

    out of the research I have discovered they are wrong about the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They are incredibly high-energy, they take plenty of workout, and will rip things up if they don’t get out their strength.

  40. Allison

    May 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    There are many many other great protective breeds, but there should be distinctions between the property guards and people guards. Some breeds excel at both, while some are often better at one or the other. For instance, mastiffs and pitbulls will eagerly protect their family, and pitbulls will even protect strangers as they generally don’t like seeing violence, but if no one’s at home, neither breed is a very good property guard. If no one’s home, a mastiff is often indifferent to intruders and pitbulls often walk off with them and let themselves be stolen.

    Some other serious contenders I’d recommend are the black russian terrier, anatolian shepherd and kangal dog, caucasian mountain dog, dogo argentino, fila brasiliero, chow chow, st bernard, leonberger, jindo, etc etc. So many serious breeds.

    • Allison

      May 22, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Filas are actually so mistrustful of strangers that they haven’t been welcomed to dog shows outside of south america because part of their breed standard allows for them to not allow strangers to touch them.

      But …obviously I wouldn’t recommend the Fila or a good many breeds to most people

  41. Julie

    May 24, 2015 at 11:42 am

    How could you forget the most faithful, protective breed of all : the Fila Brasileiro. They will do anything for their person, are obedient, and protect all who live in that house, including other pets.

  42. corinne de Palma

    May 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    You forgot the Bouvier de Flanders. They are the greatest watch dogs, loyal and great with kids!

    There is a movie about one made by Walt Disney.
    It’s called Bouvier de Flanders. Adorable.

    Corinne

  43. Cheddar bob

    May 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I have a Shepard which I love to the fullest but I’m surprised the Rottweiler isn’t on here.

  44. Audrey Ann

    June 29, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I have 2 Dobermans and I fall in love with this breed. They call ‘velcro dogs’..very affectionate because they was create to protect owner.Im a very active person and they follow me everywhere. I do canicross, bikejoring, we climb a mountain with them, camping etc. When you socialize your dog and you are the pack leader..you have a good dog…good owner, good dog!

  45. Shane

    July 24, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Dogs relate to humans in the way that they all have different personalities. Saying a breed is bad or a breed is good is like saying a particular race of humans is good or bad. It comes down to the individual. There is no point having disagreements on the nature of a breed when every single dog is different. You can only assume the nature of a dog by the statistics. Like a dog might be prone to violence the same way a human may be prone to mental health. Its possible but not always certain.

    • chris

      January 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      You go witcher “smart sounding” self

  46. Darius

    March 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Can’t believe the cane corso wasn’t up here the best dog ever in my opinion hands down will protect in a instict.

  47. Gareth.

    May 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a very energetic breed. The article is wrong, Actually they need lots of exercise.

  48. Lerumo molefe

    August 31, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Hello
    I need to buy a german sherpard pappy, do you know where i can get one.

  49. Allie

    December 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    My soon to be 8 month old, not over 10lbs., Toy Poodle astonishes me at how loyal and protective he is of me. I doesn’t bark out of necessity, only to alert me if something isn’t quite right. Works out well, living among sketchy neighbors.

  50. Karlos

    January 15, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I have a Korean jindo and it’s a known fact there the most protective and loyal dog in the world. They have a very loving side aswell but bring and sh”t to the front door and your in trouble.

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