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There are plenty of reasons to adopt a dog: there are little puppies you can cuddle, loyal pooches who can provide constant companionship, and even watchdogs to make sure your family feels safe and secure. ‘she is at home. If the idea of having a protective pet appeals to you, start your research by looking at the breeds that make the best guard dogs.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), some dogs have a natural instinct to protect their home and family, which makes them excellent watchdogs. Guardian races tend to be loyal, fearless, strong, and vigilant. But before you jump into adopting one of these dogs, be sure to take enough time to assess whether one of these large breeds is right for you: due to their strength and size, these breeds have need proper training, socialization and plenty of exercise. Most of these dogs are better suited to homes with yards than apartments or small homes.
Click through this gallery to find the best guard dog that’s right for you and your family. Once you’ve found your perfect pup, show your appreciation by giving him lots of love, dog treats, and even dog birthday parties to thank him for keeping you safe and sound!
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The name of this strong breed roughly translates from Latin as “bodyguard dog”. They are intelligent, trainable and assertive.
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These strong dogs need plenty of exercise. Just as their long legs and slender build suggest, they are incredibly fast and powerful.
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The Boxer has long been one of America’s favorite breeds. They are valued for their playful attitudes and watchdog intuition.
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German Shepherds are used as police dogs for a reason. Not only are they smart, but they are defensive of their loved ones.
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This loyal working dog breed is identifiable by its rough, tousled coat. They are known to protect their people and their property.
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This beautiful breed does not only have looks! They make excellent watchdogs thanks to their incredible trainability and lineage of tough working dogs.
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Rottweilers are known to be a bit aggressive around people they don’t know. This aloof attitude is sure to keep strangers away, if their large stature isn’t intimidating enough!
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Estrela Mountain Dog
This Portuguese dog was bred to protect livestock, making them natural watchdogs. They’re definitely not for small spaces, though: these fluffy dogs can weigh up to 132 pounds!
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Caucasian Shepherd Dog
This is a fierce guard dog breed that is probably not for first-time dog owners. This ferocity comes from their history: Caucasian Shepherds have been used for centuries to protect property from intruders and to protect livestock from predators such as wolves and coyotes.
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Don’t judge this breed by its small size. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are the descendants of dogfighting pit fighters in England, and they still have that fighting spirit!
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This ancient dog is called the “Supreme Guardian Dog” by the AKC. They are known to be calm and gentle around the house, despite their massive size.
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Thai Ridgebacks are an excellent medium-sized guard dog, if you want something smaller. They are very intelligent and make a loyal pet.
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Well-trained Beaucerons make excellent watchdogs, but they are not intended for first-time dog owners. The AKC says this breed is so cunning they may end up possessing you!
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Catahoula Leopard Dog
This spotted breed was originally bred in Louisiana. They are independent, territorial and protective.
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Just like a regular Schnauzer, only bigger! Just like their little companions, Giant Schnauzers are valued for their intelligence and loyalty.
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