For as long human and dogs are live together humans are dependent 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 family companion.Have singled out 10 family guard dog breeds.
Let’s see who they are.
Before I get into this article I would 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 guardian dog.It’s a smart but sometimes stubborn dog, who is less likely today to hunt a lion as it is to hunt a soft spot on your sofa.
Affectionate with family at mostly aloof to word strangers the rhodie isn’t going to welcome an intruder into your house, but will most likely just be very of visitors.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is high energy dog with high intensity and need lots of exercise.
It is Not very well suited for apartment living.It also needs lots of mental stimulation.
A broad 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 coloured Hungarian breed of livestock guardian dog with a long corded coat.
Sometimes referred to as ‘mop dogs’, the komondor is a powerful dog that has a natural guardian instinct to guard livestock and other property.
Komondor are large dogs.A big male can stand over 27 inches at the soldier and weigh in excess of 100 pounds.While the komondor is affectionate towards family, even children, this dog does not welcome strangers fondly.
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 though, 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 hundred and 130 pounds.Fearless at work,docile at home, the bullmastiff is a natural guard dog breed to protect poachers in Jolly ol’ England.
Large and powerful the bullmastiff has a former table 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, specially the kids, but is usually standoffish towards strangers.Despite its size, the bullmastiff isn’t a high energy dog.
A couple of short walks a day will meet its needs. 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 garden 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 will soon be running the show.
7. American Pit Bull Terrier
Lumped in with 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 to the word family, good with kids and even friendly with strangers if properly socialized.
The pity is easy to train, intelligent,for most part although often derpy and a people pleaser.I will go out on a limb and say that most of the fear of this breed is created by negligent owners.
However the breed is not for everyone.You must invest time in training and socialization as we had a hope you would do with any breed, especially the large ones.When raised with the proper training and socialization the American Pitbull 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 to 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 towards strangers.Inside the home expect playfulness and downright silliness.
But the Rott needs a confident and stronger leader or else it will take that role for you.
You don’t want that.
5. Great Pyrenees
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 guardian.
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 owners.
The Pyrenees is not one of the easiest dog 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 to 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 breed for a very long time.
Boxes 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 garden seriously and will meet threats fearlessly.
Boxes originally bred to be medium sized guard dogs are one of the easier breed on this list to train.
They are both intelligent and malleable. But they also trained to retain many puppy like personality trends until about 3 years of age.It’s a friendly dog, even towards strangers.
And this is a good thing because you are 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 work out.
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 Dene 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 though.
This is an effective guardian, because if the size doesn’t ward off an intruder, the fearlessness of the breed will.
You might need something a bit more compact in your home.
At 22 to 33 pounds the pulley is certainly no giant.But don’t mistake the small size as being a weakness. Best known for its long, corded coat resembling dreadlocks , like the Komondor the pulli is a hard working herding dog and family companion.
Energetic and lively the mop like dog appears much larger than it is due to that distinctive coat.
And thanks to its self confidence and intelligence the pulley will have no problem being the center of the attention in your home.
With family this small guard dog is friendly and affectionate, With strangers not so much.
They are also quite sensitive to the needs of the elderly and sick making them great therapy dogs.
The pulley is a highly intelligent and independent dog , which is common among herding breeds.
You are which also means that training is a must to have a pleasant family member.
1 .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 delight.There are many reasons why German Shepherds remains so highly adored, but their defining attribute is character, loyalty , courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands from any task and the willingness to put their lives on the line in defense of loved ones.
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 friendship.”Like every dog on this list the GSD needs exercise and training.Lots of it.
These versatile dog needs a job to do.Give it that and you will have a family friend that will do anything to keep you safe.
There is another thing most of these breeds have in common.They are power chewers.
My German shepherd and my American Pitbull terrier mixed destroy any toy you give them.