When it comes to loyalty, courage and physical strength, there are certain breeds of dog that excel at being guard dogs. They make it their mission to protect whatever property they are trained to guard and they do it really very well! However, some small breeds make wonderful watchdogs too, the only problem is their size which means intruders might just get the better of them but sometimes at their peril!
Below is a list of 10 breeds that are renowned for the prowess at being the greatest guard dogs ever.
This handsome dog is strong and very territorial. The Kuvasz is a natural when it comes to protecting things. They can be a little bit shy around people they don't know however but they are loyal and very affectionate dogs when they are with their owners, so much so a Kuvasz loves to sit leaning on their owner's legs whenever they can!
The Rhodesian Ridgeback boasts being a superb hunting dog, they are independent by nature and highly intelligent. The one thing about the breed is that when they bark, you know there is something wrong – because they don't usually bark for nothing which makes them great watch dogs to have around – as a bonus they make wonderful family pets!
Staffordshire Terriers have earned themselves an unjust reputation for being a bit ferocious. However, they are known to be incredibly loyal dogs which means they usually only display any aggression when they believe their owners are being threatened. They do make great watch dogs, but all Staffordshire Terriers need to be well trained and socialised from a very early age so they become happy well-balanced dogs that are a pleasure to be around.
This docile looking canine is in fact a very active and energetic dog that was bred to herd sheep, something they do very well. Pulis are very intelligent and by nature, they are quite suspicious of strangers which makes them great guard dogs. They are incredibly loyal to their owners and will protect them no matter what!
The Komondor is another very skilled herding dog that also boasts being a fantastic watch dog. They are always prepared to look after their owners and their property. Komondors are incredibly loyal and courageous, always thinking fast on their feet which makes them very capable of working things out quickly!
One of the most popular guard dogs in the world, the German Shepherd has a lot to boast about. They are extremely intelligent, very protective and yet wonderful around children. They have to be right up there as the world's number one watchdog!
The Giant Schnauzer is a powerful, dominant and large characters which makes them very good watch dogs, but only if they have been well trained and socialised from a very early age. They need a very firm hand when they are being taught things which needs to be done consistently so as not to confuse them – they are not the best choice for first time dog owners because of this.
For a long time the Rottweiler has been used to guard properties which is hardly surprising because they are highly intelligent, and they are very brave with it. However, they are wonderful family pets that on the one hand are gentle giants but on the other will protect the people they love without a second thought. Rotties need to be trained and well socialised from a very early age so they are well balanced characters when they are older. They will guard and home as well as be a loving family pet!
Another wonderfully proud breed of dog, the Doberman has for decades been one of the most popular breeds that people choose to have as guard dogs in most countries on the planet. However, a Doberman's temperament can differ from dog to dog, with some being real softies whereas others are braver and more protective. One thing a Doberman does well is take care of the people they love and they property!
The Bullmastiff is another breed that is right up there with the best when it comes to guarding people and their property. They are incredibly loyal and courageous, never afraid to defend what they consider to be their territory. They are also quite wary of strangers which is another reason they make sure great guard dogs as well as wonderful family pets and they are extremely good around children!
If you're are considering adopting or buying a family dog that would make a great guard too, the list above will give you some idea of which breed of dog to look for. However, if you decide to get a puppy, remember they will need to be trained and socialised from an early age – if you don't think you have the time to do this, then adopting a rescue dog could be a better route to go down. Like this you know they dog has been taught all the rules which takes a lot of pressure off you when it comes to training them!