Best Family Guard Dog Breeds – Protecting Yet Loving
For as long as humans and dogs have lived
together, humans have depended on dogs for
protection, whether that be livestock, land,
or the family.
Many breeds will protect their families, but
not all are exceptionally good at it while
still maintaining the role of a dedicated
We’ve singled out 10 Family Guard Dog Breeds.
Let’s see who they are.
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Before I get too far into this video, I’d
like to note that most of the breeds on this
list are not for timid dog owners.
All dogs need training, and that’s especially
true with the dogs on this list.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is certainly no exception.
The distinctive Rhodesian Ridgeback was created
in South Africa as a versatile hunter and
It’s a smart but sometimes stubborn dog,
who’s less likely today to hunt a lion as
it is to hunt a soft spot on your sofa.
Affectionate with family, yet mostly aloof
toward strangers the Rhodie isn’t going
welcome an intruder into your house, but will
most likely just be wary of visitors.
The Rhodesian is a high energy dog, with high
intensity and needs lots of exercise.
It’s not very well suited for apartment
It also needs lots of mental stimulation,
a bored Rhodesian Ridgeback is not an easy
dog to live with.
We suggest lots of obedience training.
The Komondor, also known as the Hungarian
sheepdog, is a large, white-colored Hungarian
breed of livestock guardian dog with a long,
Sometimes referred to as ‘mop dogs’, the Komondor
is a powerful dog that has a natural guardian
instinct to guard livestock and other property.
Komondors are large dogs.
A big male can stand over 27 inches at the
shoulder and weigh in excess of 100 pounds.
While the Komondor is affectionate toward
family, even children, this dog does not welcome
Being intelligent and easy to train, along
with a low intensity level makes the breed
a better choice for those not highly skilled
in dog training.
Obviously, this dog comes with responsibilities
You need to be a confident leader to win the
respect of your Komondor.
The meek, and the inexperienced dog owner,
need not apply.
Affectionate, loyal and brave, the Bullmastiff
is yet another large breed at between 100
and 130 pounds.
Fearless at work, docile at home, the Bullmastiff
is a natural guard dog, bred to protect poachers
in jolly ol’ England.
Large and powerful, the Bullmastiff has a
formidable appearance that’s a wonderful deterrent
to would-be intruders.
But it’s not all about looking the part.
It’s also a determined protector when needed
and a loving family companion for the rest
of the time.
This fearless family protector has a soft
spot for its loved ones, especially the kids,
but is usually standoffish toward strangers.
Despite its size, the Bullmastiff isn’t a
A couple of short walks a day will meet its
They are mellow enough to live comfortably
in an apartment or condo, as long as they
get their daily outings.
These are reliable dogs, but as with any large
guarding dog, owners must begin training and
socialization early, while the puppy is still
small enough to control.
If you let your Bullmastiff get its way, it’ll
soon be running the show.
American Pit Bull Terrier
Lumped in with the other “Pit Bull” breeds,
the American Pit Bull Terrier has surely gotten
more than its fair share of bad publicity.
But the American Pit Bull Terrier, often just
called Pit Bull is affectionate toward family,
good with kids and even friendly with strangers
if properly socialized.
The Pitty is easy to train, intelligent, for
the most part, although often derpy, and a
I’ll go out on a limb and say that most
of the fear of this breed is created by negligent
However, the breed is not for everyone.
You must invest time in training and socialization,
as we’d hope you’d do with any breed,
especially the large ones.
When raised with the proper training and socialization,
the American Pit Bull Terrier makes an excellent
companion for children.
It’s loving and gentle with people and often
makes a lousy guard dog because of its tail-wagging
eagerness to greet the person at the door.
But, the bad reputation can definitely work
in your favor.
Speaking of dogs with less than perfect reputations,
the Rottie definitely has its share of bad
press, as well.
But Rottie lovers know them as loyal, affectionate
and confident guardians.
A Rottweiler is a gentle playmate, and a powerful
protector within its family circle.
And no one has ever told the Rottie that it’s
not a toy breed.
It’s not uncommon for a 95-130 pound Rottie
to try to crawl into your lap for a cuddle.
A well-bred and properly trained Rott should
not be aggressive without cause and should
be aloof toward strangers.
Inside the home expect playfulness and downright
But, the Rott needs a confident and stronger
leader, or else it will take that role for
You don’t want that.
The Great Pyrenees is a large, powerful protector,
but likely one of the calmest and patient
dogs on this list.
They may have once guarded their flocks from
wolves and other predators in harsh mountain
terrains, but today the GP is much more content
to be a mellow companion and courageous home
Don’t let the zen-like calm fool you, however,
the Great Pyrenees is capable of jumping into
action if it perceives a threat.
Although affectionate with family, and good
with kids, this is not a breed for novice
The Pyrenees is not one of the easiet dogs
to train and its size, energy, and intelligence
can cause trouble for timid owners.
Let’s just say you don’t need an uncontrollable
160 pound dog.
Bright, fun-loving and active, the Boxer might
not be as large as the breeds so far at 65-80
pounds, but it’s the whole doggy package.
This intelligent, yet goofy dog, with the
work ethic of a pro has been among the most
popular dog breeds for a very long time.
Boxers are upbeat and playful and their patience
and protective nature have earned them a reputation
as a great dog with children.
But, they take the job of watchdog and family
guardian seriously and will meet threats fearlessly.
Boxers, originally bred to be medium sized
guard dogs, are one of the easier breeds on
this list to train.
They are both intelligent and malleable.
But, they also tend to retain many puppy-like
personality traits until about 3 years of
It’s a friendly dog, even toward strangers.
And this is a good thing, because you’re
going to need to be out exercising your Boxer
quite a bit.
They also do well in apartments, as long as
they get that daily workout.
When a dog can flat-footed stair you in the
face, it definitely gets the attention of
both friend and foe.
Standing on its hind legs, the Great Dane
is taller than most people.
But the Great Dane is friendly, patient and
as dependable as any dog breed.
This easy-going giant is a joy to live with.
Because, despite its imposing size, the Great
Dane is truly one of the most well-mannered
dogs around- a sweet, playful, affectionate
dog that adores children.
Because of its size and high need for exercise,
it might not be the best choice for any apartment
Don’t let the friendliness fool you.
This is an effective guardian, because if
the size doesn’t ward off an intruder, the
fearlessness of this breed will.
You might need something a bit more compact
in your home.
At 22-33 pounds, the Puli is certainly no
But, don’t mistake the small size as being
Best known for its long, corded coat resembling
dreadlocks,like the Komondor, the Puli is
a hardworking herding dog and family companion.
Energetic and lively, this moplike dog appears
much larger than it is due to that distinctive
And, thanks to its self-confidence and intelligence,
the Puli will have no problem being the center
of attention in your home.
With family, this small guard dog is friendly
With strangers not so much.
They’re also quite sensitive to the needs
of the elderly and sick making them great
The Puli is a highly intelligent and independent
dog, which is common among herding breeds.
Which also means that training is a must to
have a pleasant family member.
German Shepherd Dog
Although not for the timid dog owner, the
German Shepherd Dog is considered dogdoms
finest all-purpose working dog.
And the breed definitely finds its way into
a lot of homes all around the world.
This obviously German breed is a large, agile,
muscular dog of noble character and high intelligence.
Loyal, confident, courageous, and steady,
the German Shepherd is truly a dog lover’s
There are many reasons why German Shepherds
remain so highly adored, but their defining
attribute is character: loyalty, courage,
confidence, the ability to learn commands
for many tasks, and the willingness to put
their lives on the line in defense of loved
German Shepherds will be gentle family pets
and steadfast guardians, but there’s a “certain
aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate
and indiscriminate friendships.”
Like every dog on this list, the GSD needs
exercise and training.
Lots of it.
These versatile dogs need a job to do.
Give it that and you will have a family friend
that will do anything to keep you safe.
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