10 Guard Dogs You Wouldn’t Mess With – (Best Guard Dogs For Security and Families)

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Added by December 3, 2017

While many dogs will bark to let you know something’s going on – a visitor, a squirrel, a leaf, some dogs are bred to take action, and these are the real guard dogs. They’re loyal, brave and extremely protective of their territory. Here is our list of 10 guard dogs you wouldn’t mess with –  the best guard dogs for security and families.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a very large dog breed. Originating with the nomadic cultures of Tibet, India, Mongolia and Nepal, this intimidating-looking-dogs are used by local tribes of Tibet to fend off dangerous predators like lions, bears, large mustelids, and even tigers to protect their livestock. The powerful Tibetan Mastiff is naturally a protective and territorial dog. This means he will consider your property (house, yard, car, other pets, etc.) and your person as worthy of protecting. However, for most families, this can get a bit out of hand. Strangers and other animals walking by which aren’t part of the “Pack” are a threat and activate the dog’s guard mode. Tibetan Mastiff is absolutely a beautiful-looking-breed in person but, don’t be fooled by that big-teddy-bear look. They take their duties very seriously. Solid and secure containment areas are a must with this breed. Tibetan Mastiff exhibits an extremely independent, stubborn nature and a wondrous depth of intelligence and character. He does not tend to show any of the attributes of the more obedient or trainable breeds that can be taught to perform simple or complex routines. Leash training is a must. While other more domesticated, people-pleasing breeds may enjoy fetching games, the primitive Tibetan Mastiff focuses on his working abilities which include guarding, alerting through barking, patrolling and basic territorial or dominant behavior. This breed has been bred for thousands of years to do so, and it is unwise to think that you will change that.

Doberman Pinchers are extremely loyal, and very well tuned to their owners commands if properly trained. Pinchers are a great size, very agile and athletic. The breed is very alert and cautious of people it is not familiar with, but will respect the command of their owner and this makes them great for protecting families. Their growl and bark are equally intimidating, and intruders will certainly think twice before entering your home. The Pincher was first bred in Germany around the turn of the 20th century. They were bred to be guard dogs, and have maintained those instincts till date. In world war 2, the US marine corps made extensive use of the Doberman, and dozens of the animals lost their lives while protecting their handlers and their marines. And till date, they still very popular and still gain employments in marine and police services and as full-time guard dogs. The Pincher was bred from a wide range of breeds, but are believed to most closely resemble greyhounds and terriers. This mix gives them their great athleticism and loyal attitude. Doberman Pinchers are short-haired breeds that require little more than exercise and food to thrive in a home. They can be difficult to train, and need to be dominated at an early age to establish control and command of these dogs throughout their lives.

The giant schnauzer gives an impression of power and determination. This breed is not only intimating due to its size, but they have a menacing bark and fierce bite. I have known owners of these dogs that could not have company over because they were overprotective and under socialized. Originally bred as a multipurpose farm dog for guarding property and driving animals to market, this breed has done a lot of different tasks over the years. They have been used as a military dog in the wars, watchdog at factories, breweries, butcheries, and stockyards. They have been also used to maintain law and order with the police, and more recently has branched out to drug detection and search and rescue. Giant Schnauzers tend to be reserved and suspicious of strangers, a trait that makes them excellent guard dogs and quite territorial. They instinctively feel their job is to protect their family, and they assert their suspicions by growling and barking. The giant schnauzer is a powerful dog and needs a great deal of exercise. A bored Giant Schnauzer is a destructive Giant Schnauzer and can become very difficult to handle. This dog needs walks, playtime and would love to accompany you while jogging. If you don’t give a giant schnauzer enough exercise, he will invent his own games. Yes! Running through the house with toys, chasing the kids, getting in the way and basically being a pest are the ways a giant will display his boredom and restlessness.

Some people may overlook this dog when they think about protective dogs. Brave and attractive, the Akita is loyal, devoted, extraordinarily affectionate and sensitive to kindness. This dog breed originates in Japan where he is described as tender in heart, strength and loyalty. The story of Akita helps demonstrate his royalty. Every morning Akita would accompany his owner to the train station and would sit there patiently until the end of the day, ready to greet him upon his return home. When the owner died unexpectedly at work – leaving Hachiko waiting, watching trains arrive and hoping for a reunion that would never come. Over the next 10 years, the loyal dog continued to hold vigil each day for the owner at the station, scanning faces. The Akita is loyal to family and friends and is unusually tolerant and patient with children, but is reserved and aloof with strangers. The owners of this breed has realised this breed is not only royal and loving, but also makes a good guard dog. Their alertness means they check out any strange sound and they have a knack for searching high and low to sure no one and nothing has intruded on their territory. The mere presence of a powerful Akita serves as a deterrent to most who would cause trouble. It does not back down from challenges and does not frighten easily. Yet he is also an affectionate, respectful, and amusing dog when properly trained and socialized.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a considered a livestock protector or guardian dog. As such, he was developed to live with the flock and adopt it as his own. He is a rugged, self-confident guardian who knows how much protection or intimidation is necessary in any situation. The Anatolian has been working independently for centuries, making decisions regarding threats to his property. As a puppy, he adopts whomever he lives with, be it a family or a herd of sheep; as he grows, he takes on the protector gig. It doesn’t matter to the Anatolian whether his “flock” is human or animal — he is extremely protective and possessive, and he backs up his guardian nature with presence. The Anatolian is a large dog, weighing as much as 150 pounds. He has a short fawn coat and a black mask. He appears intimidating, and if necessary he is — capable of wrestling a full grow-up to the ground. Not surprisingly for a guard dog, the Anatolian Shepherd is suspicious of strangers and reserved with those outside his “flock.” He takes his job seriously — this dog is no clown – and when his owner isn’t home, he is unlikely to allow even friends or extended family members whom he’s met before to come onto his property. At the same time, the Anatolian is a very intelligent, loyal and steady working dog. He’s highly trainable, though he’s likely to consider whether or not he will choose to obey a command due to his independent nature. He needs an owner who is strong, kind, and consistent as a pack leader. The Anatolian typically does not respect children as pack leaders, but, he is tolerant of older children and is good with them. To him they are, of course, part of the flock that needs guarding, along with the rest of the family.

The Bullmastiff has excellent instincts and thrives in family settings, as they learn quickly who their “pack” is and will do everything they can to protect it. They are very aware of everything going on around them, and their intimidating look makes them a great choice at fending off intruders without putting your children at risk. Whereas some guard dogs will growl and bark if threatened, the Bullmastiff will show great attacking qualities and can easily take a full-grown man to the ground. To get the most out of this breed, it should be raised early with the family and trained constantly through its growing stages. With that being said, once it is familiar with it’s home and who it’s family is, this breed is gentle and loving, and will do great at being a part of your family. As their name implies, the Bullmastiff is a combination of a bulldog and a mastiff. It was first bred in England and was a fantastic tracker, especially at night. It worked quietly, and made short work of most escapees and criminals. Bullmastiffs, like most dogs on this list, need to be trained early and needs to be raised as a subordinate. Passive owners will lose control of their Bullmastiff, and it will dominate the home with little regard to command and direction. If not raised properly, this breed does not do well with other breeds, as it can see other animals as threats and will growl and bark. They require frequent exercise, as well as a strong and disciplined owner.

Like the dobie, the rotty can probably get away with guarding your house just on his looks. Intimidating to look at, the Rottweiler is sweet and easy-going with his family. But don’t be fooled, if he feels you are threatening his family, he can turn fierce quickly. The breed originated in Germany, where it was used to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers. That heritage is reflected in the Rottie’s broad chest and heavily muscled body. When he moves, he displays strength and stamina, but when you look into his eyes you see warm, dark-brown-pools reflecting a mellow, intelligent, alert, and fearless expression. A well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident. He’s typically aloof toward strangers but never timid or fearful. Rottweilers exhibit a “wait-and-see” attitude when confronted with new people and situations. When these characteristics come together as they should, the Rottweiler is a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition who is successful not only in police, military, and customs work, but also as a family friend and protector. Rotties have a natural instinct to protect their families and can be ferocious in their defense. It’s essential to channel their power and protectiveness by providing early socialization, firm, fair, consistent training and leadership, and a regular job to perform. When this doesn’t happen, Rottweilers can become dangerous bullies rather than the companionable guardians they’re meant to be. If they aren’t carefully bred for a calm, intelligent temperament and properly socialized and trained, they can become overprotective. That might sound like what you want, but, a Rottie who lacks the ability to discriminate is dangerous to everyone he encounters, not just the bad guys.

The slow, rolling gait of this unique breed might be described as lumbering, but, there’s no mistaking the power in each stride. As he approaches, his massive size, loose skin, and thick facial wrinkles evoke speechless awe, followed by the question, “What type of dog is that?” This striking gentle giant is the Neapolitan Mastiff, also known as “The Mastino.” The Neapolitan Mastiff dog breed is a family and guard dog who was developed in southern Italy. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance. Steady and loyal, his primary goal is to be with his people. He’ll defend them with ferocity if need be, but he’s typically not aggressive without reason. The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely barks unless under provocation, renowned for sneaking up on intruders as opposed to first alerting them of its presence. While his appearance is unnerving, looks are deceiving. The Neo, as he’s often nicknamed, has a reputation for being an affectionate 200-pound lap dog. He is a constant guardian with an intimidating stare that he directs toward strangers, but, he’s far from being a fighting dog. Neapolitan Mastiffs, as a breed, are extremely intelligent dogs with a tendency to be independent thinkers. They learn quickly, which is both good and bad, since this guardian breed needs extensive proper socialization to learn to accept strangers, especially within the home; without proper early socialization and training, these dogs are likely to become aggressive towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs. The Neapolitan Mastiff is not a breed for most people, and certainly not a dog for beginners.

German Shepherds, in our opinion, top the list of best family guard dogs due to their natural instincts to listen, learn, and obey. They are both menacing in their appearance, and loving in their nature, but will respond to a command on any moments notice. They are very understanding of their homes, and will be wary of intruders. They have fantastic size and can take down any sized human without much trouble. They are also the most famous dogs in show biz. Developed primarily for the purpose of guarding and herding a shepherd’s flocks, the German Shepherds has held many jobs other than movie star: leading the blind, chasing down criminals, sniffing out illegal substances, serving in the military, visiting the sick, and herding stock are just some of the jobs held by this versatile breed. The dog has even taken on the role of national hero. German Shepherds were the search and rescue dogs crawling through the ruins of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking for survivors and comforting rescue workers and families. The German Shepherd may embody some of the best traits of dogs, but he’s not for everyone. This is a high-energy dog who needs a lot of activity and exercise. Without it, he’s likely to express his boredom and frustration in ways you don’t like, such as barking and chewing. Today, German Shepherds are the most common police dog. Their excellent responsiveness to commands and fantastic senses of smell make them perfect companions for K9 units on the force.

This is a huge; ferocious; naturally aggressive guard dog! Historically; these Caucasian Shepherd dogs, also known as “Caucasian Ovcharka” were trained for guarding and safe-keeping of herds, flocks and human dwellings from beasts of prey, predators and strangers. Firstly, despite looking like an adorable cuddle monster – this is not a family pet! Caucasian Shepherd Dogs have strong bones, muscular build, a relatively short coat and tall-looking with a light physique. Most of them weigh around 120 to 160 pounds. The average height of a male dog is 29 inches and bitches are 26 inches. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a strong-willed, daring and fearless dog. By default, these dogs hate strangers, and so, caution is recommended. Unless properly trained to behave, the Caucasian shepherd can be unruly, ferocious and unmanageable. It resents strangers, but, has a powerful urge to defend its owner, their family members, children, cats and other dogs. He is a formidable guard dog who is only suitable really to protect property such as large commercial estates, in prisons and by the Military. The steadfast loyalty and unwavering dedication of this dog has made it an ideal police and guard dog throughout Europe and the erstwhile Soviet Union member states. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a natural protector. Very little training is required to teach him this. If he feels threatened or feels that his property or family are in danger, then he will attack. He attacks by running at the intruder and knocking them to the floor before attacking them whilst they are down. This mountain dog instinctively knows where the most vulnerable part of his victim’s body is, and will aim for there. He also stands on his back legs to reach over six feet in height in order to attack someone’s face. This dog needs a lot of socializing and training. It communicates its displeasure with growling and occasionally biting. Unfortunately, many people think that the “Caucasian Ovcharka” is a family pet, and we have to tell them that it’s not. This breed is not for the ordinary person, but for someone who has dedicated a large part of his life to dogs.


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