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The 10 Most Protective Dog Breeds

Dogs, in general, are thought of as loyal and protective guardians to their human family. While most dogs will, in a bind, protect, some breeds were originally bred for some type of protection work, making them the best protectors around. Here are ten of those breeds. If you are considering one of these breeds, remember they must be properly socialized early on in order to be okay with people outside of their family.

#1 – Bullmastiff

This breed had an unusual beginning. They were bred to keep large estates free of poachers by tracking and pinning without causing harm. A silent guardian, they known being fearless and confident (www.akc.org).

Image source: @EranFinkle via Flickr
Image source: @EranFinkle via Flickr

#2 – Chinese Shar-Pei

The Shar-Pei was bred as a perimeter guard dog and are still known today as being the ultimate protection dog. In fact, they are so protective, owners must be diligent about socializing their puppy, otherwise you will end up with a dog that only the family can be around.

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Image source: @M.Peinado via Flickr

#3 –  Tibetan Mastiff

Bred for family and property protection they are known for not liking anyone but their family in their home. Originally kept inside during the day and then turned out at night, they are quite well-mannered inside, though extremely independent and not to be trusted off leash outside unless confined (www.akc.org).

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Image source: @mathiabaert via Flickr

#4 – Standard Schnauzer

Another breed bred for family protection, as well as protecting the livestock and managing the vermin population. They are a very protective breed and if not properly socialized will not tolerate anyone entering their home.

Image source: @SG via Flickr
Image source: @SG via Flickr

#5 – Great Pyrenees

Although bred as a livestock (mostly sheep) protection animal, the Pyrenees make a great protection and alert dog for any home. This also means he barks…a lot. Keep this in mind when deciding if one is right for you.

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Image source: @DonDeBold via Flickr

#6 – Doberman Pinscher

The dobie makes a great protection dog. After all, he was bred to be a personal guardian. Like the Pyrenees, he also makes a great alert dog.

Image source: @AndreaArden via Flickr
Image source: @AndreaArden via Flickr

#7 – Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Developed in Switzerland as an all-around farm dog, including draft work, herding, and guarding, the swissy makes a great watchdog. They will protect anything on their property from harm.

Image source: @JohnMPKnox via Flickr
Image source: @JohnMPKnox via Flickr

#8 – Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Like the Great Pyrenees, the Anatolian was bred for herd protection. He should be watched around children, as rough play can cause him to go into “guard mode.”

Image source: @JonMountjoy via Flickr
Image source: @JonMountjoy via Flickr

#9 – Cane Corso

Often confused with the Pit Bull due to a similar appearance, the Cane Corso was bred in Italy as a watchdog and hunter. Although affectionate to their family, they take their watchdog job seriously and therefore need proper socialization to be good canine citizens.

Image source: @ankusia via Flickr
Image source: @ankusia via Flickr

#10 – German Shepherd Dog

Bred for tending (a type of herding where the dog travels the border to keep the flock in the right place), the GSD has also become a natural guardian of whatever he sees as his “border” (i.e. your property). You can feel safe at night knowing your shepherd is on the watch.

Image source: @HaroldMeerveld via Flickr
Image source: @HaroldMeerveld via Flickr

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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