18 of the Best Guard Dog Breeds

The best guard dog breeds are those that stop at nothing to protect you, your family, and your possessions. When it comes down to which breed is best, there’s no one answer because there are several factors.

Did you know that in the United States, crime is rising and at a steady rate? Did you know that every 10-15 seconds a house is broken into! Surveys of burglars reveal that dogs in the home especially large-sounding barking dogs definitely help prevent your home from becoming a casualty.

But the question is, which are the Best Guard Dog Breeds? Well we have 18 of the best guard dogs that we think will stop at nothing to protect you and your family!

My top 18 Best Guard Dog Breeds

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10. The Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a big-boned Italian Mastiff used by the Romans as war dogs. They were also used to herd, hunt, and protect the handler from danger.

The Cane Corso is a great guard dog for families because they are also known to be gentle and affectionate pets. So if you want Cane Corso for a personal protection dog, it will need to be trained to be a guard dog.

Cane Corsos Traits

  • Weight – 70-110 pounds
  • Height – 23-27 inches tall
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Extremely active – needs lots of exercises
  • Coat Colors – Black, Black & Brindle, Fawn, Tan, Chestnut
  • Shedding – light
  • Brushing – 1x/wk
  • Bite force PSI – 600 lbs
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9. The Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff has the perfect temperament to be one of the Best Guard Dog Breeds. It is possessive, territorial, and loyal, bullmastiffs seem to have a sixth sense of knowing who belongs in and around the house and who does belong there. The Bullmastiff also has a very big soft spot for their family members and friends and is not afraid to show it when they are with the family members.

Given their protective temperament, you’ll need to establish rules from day one with your new bullmastiff puppy in order to socialize and control him. Your Bullmastiff will need to know its place in the family hierarchy. The worst thing to happen is if the owner cannot control their dog.

 Bullmastiff Traits

  • Weight – 110-130 pounds
  • Height – 27 inches tall
  • Lifespan – 9-10 years
  • Exercise needs – Needs a lot of exercises
  • Coat Colors – Red, Fawn, and Brindle
  • Shedding – light
  • Brushing 1x/wk
  • Bite Force PSI – 150 – 180 lbs
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   8. The Dobermann Pinscher

The Dobermann was created in 1860 by a German Tax collecter. They are fast, sleek, protective, and have earned their reputation as one of the Best Guard Dog Breed! They need early socialization, stern rules, love, and attention when they are not on guard.

 Dobermann Pinscher Traits

  • Weight – 70-100 pounds
  • Height – 24-26 inches
  • Exercise – 30 – 45 mins daily.
  • Coat colors – Black and Tan
  • Shedding – Light to medium
  • Brushing – 1x- wk
  • Lifespan – 10-13 years
  • Bite Force PSI – 305 lbs
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7. The Boxer

The Boxer is one of the Best Guard Dog Breeds! Boxers has a broad head, and short muzzle the Boxers were made in Germany for dogfights, and as a herder.

They have a strong bite and iron jaws to hang on to large prey, Boxers are bright, playful, energetic, they are also active strong dogs.

Great with children and often times very protective they need plenty of excessive, they will also need some reinforcing of rules while puppies and as an adult.

In general, the Boxer requires little grooming, a house with a yard (though they can live in an apartment), and they are protective and loyal to you and the family.

 Boxer Traits

  • Weight – 55-75 pounds
  • Height – 22-25 inches
  • Exercise – Very strenuous
  • Coat Colors – Brindle, Fawn, and White
  • Shedding – Light to medium
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Brushing – 1x wk
  • Bite Force PSI – 230 lbs
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6. The German Shepherd

The German Shepherd has instinct, loyalty, protectiveness, and is always on the alert and are easy to train. If properly socialized and trained the GSD is not excessively aggressive, they are high energy dogs though. They are also great with small kids if trained at an early age they need at least 30 minutes minimal of running.

German Shepherd Traits

  • Weight – 60 – 90 pounds
  • Height – 24 – 26 inches
  • Exercise – 30 – 50 minutes
  • Coat colors – Black, Sable, Black & Tan, Grey, Black & Silver, Black & Red
  • Lifespan – 7 – 10 years
  • Brushing – 2x wk
  • Shedding – heavy
  • Bite Force PSI – 269 lbs
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 5. The American bulldog

The American Bulldog is seen as a relatively new breed of dog American Bulldog are descended from the Old English Bulldog.

American Bulldog is built for working, whether that is hooking up to a small cart to their harness. And or sending them out to patrol the yard, the American Bulldog is ready for anything as well!

A lot of these dogs here in this article have a high pain tolerance. But the American bulldog has a higher threshold for pain, they are also very attentive to every bit of their surroundings. The American Bulldog is friendly, loving, caring, and gentle to family and friends.

The American Bulldog is very gentle and loving on children never becoming rough or rambunctious. If you get the American Bulldog, make sure to give them plenty of exercise in their body and mind.

American Bulldog Traits

  • Weight – 70-120 pounds
  • Height – 20-26 inches
  • Exercise – 30 – 45 minutes
  • Coat Colors – White, Fawn, Brindle, and Brown
  • Lifespan – 10-15 years
  • Brushing – 1x wk
  • Shedding – light
  • Bite Force PSI – 305 lbs
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4. The American pit bull terrier

They are very intimidating and are perfect for scaring off and defending against any potential thieves. The American Pitbull does not weigh very much, but their fierceness, bravery, high pain tolerance, and sheer bullheadedness make up for everything else.

American Pit Bull Terrier Traits

  • Weight – 35-60 pounds
  • Height – 18-21 inches
  • Exercise – 45 – 60
  • Coat Colors – White, Black, Brindle, Fawn, Tan, Blue, and Brown
  • Lifespan – 8-15 years
  • Brushing – 1x wk
  • Shedding – light
  • Bite Force PSI – 230 lbs
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3. The Great Dane

Imagine that your a thief and your walking down a driveway and the dog door opened and you see a Great Dane charging down the driveway. What would you do? I know for a fact I’d run like hell.

Just for the sheer size and weight, I’m putting the Great Dane as the third Best Guard Dog Breed on this list. The Great Dane is soft cuddly, and a goofball to the family but is wary and ready for a fight. Which makes him a great guard dog.

Great Dane Traits

  • Height -32 inches when standing on hind legs they stand taller than most humans
  • Weight – a whopping 140-170 pounds
  • Exercise – 50 – hour & a half
  • Coat Colors – Black, Mantel, Brindle, Fawn, Blue
  • Lifespan – 7-10 years
  • Brushing – 2x wk
  • Shedding – heavy
  • PSI – 238 lbs
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2. The Great Pyrenees

The great Pyrenees coat is dense and water-proof, today they are tallied as zen-like dogs, happy go lucky. But when the time calls for protection, the Great Pyrenees doesn’t disappoint. The Pyr will not do well in an apartment, he needs a large house, with open space to run about.

Great Pyrenees Traits

  • Weight – 100 pounds and up
  • Exercise – 50 – 1 hour 15 min.
  • Coat Colors – Tan, and White
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Brushing – 20 – 30 minutes
  • Shedding – heavy
  • PSI – 556 lbs
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1. In the Number One spot is the Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is the Top Guard Dog Breed, originally used as herders, the Romans took them and used them as war dogs. This breed of dog is a robust, alert, self-assured, aloof, protective, smart, weary. Early socialization is needed, but other than that the Rottie is the perfect guard dog, for some thief’s a Rottie will stop them in their tracks.

Rottweiler Traits

  • Weight – 95-135 pounds
  • Height – 24-27 inches
  • Exercise – 30 -50 min
  • Lifespan – 9-10 years
  • Coat colors – Black & tan
  • Shedding – Heavy amount
  • Brushing – every other day
  • PSI – 328

Bonus! The Giant Schnauzer

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Because of their strength, temperament, resistance to pain, courage, and loyalty. I just had to add them to the Best Guard Dogs, you know the cool thing! you don’t even have to train him to be a guard dog!

The Giant Schnauzer needs to be the only pet in the house due to its aggression and tendency to chase smaller dogs and cats. They need to be either in a fence or in the house when exercising they need to be on a leash and never off it if walking outside of the pin. While its a baby it is imperative to socialize it, even if it is meant to be a guard dog.

When stepping into your house with your new dog, you MUST immediately sit down and go over commands with everyone and after those commands are set upon everyone must use them. Here is an example If someone says “Give the leash” while the other person says “Drop the leash” the Schnauzer will not know what to do.

Giant Schnauzer Traits

  • Weight – 65-85 pounds
  • Height – 26-18 inches
  • Exercise – 45 – 60 min
  • Lifespan – 12-15 years
  • Coat color – Black
  • Shedding – medium
  • Brushing – two times a week
  • Brushing needs – regular

Labrotties as Protective Dogs?

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So most Labrotties are good protective dogs. Whether or not they make the best guard dog depends on their individual temperament.

However, if you have a Labrottie or Rottweiler dog already, it will certainly help keep you and your home safer, even if your beloved Rottie hides under the bed while barking!

If you would like to know more about the Labrottie temperament and characteristics we have that article here!

Uncommon Best Guard Dog Breeds from other parts of the world

The following six dog breeds are more known in Europe and Russia, where they are the favorites of many.

1 Caucasian Shepherd aka (The Russian Bear.)

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  • Weight – 130-200 weight
  • Height – 26-28 inches
  • Exercise – Many hours
  • Lifespan – 10-11 years
  • Coat color – Black, White, Fawn, Cream, Rust
  • Shedding – Heavy
  • Grooming – Brush daily during some seasons
  • Bite force PSI – 700

This dog may look like a cuddle bear! But is really best suited for these three options, huge properties, prisons, and or use in the military.

The Caucasian Shepherd is a very formidable guard dog. They are strong, protective, and very aggressive with unfamiliar people.

The Caucasian Shepherds will become aggressive if an unknown person comes to the yard. They also were used and still are being used to fend off wolfs, and bears as herding dogs.

Their thick fur keeps them well insulated from the sub-zero cold. They stand thick and tall and are ready for literally anything.

If you can’t put up time, dedication, and training every single day then please move on to the next dog. This dog can be a handful at the best of times and DEADLY at the worst.

The Rottweiler has a bit of 328 PSI (I.E Per Square Inch,) while the Caucasian Shepherd has 700 PSI.

2.East European Shepherd

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  • Height – 24-30 inches
  • Weight – 66-110 pounds
  • Exercise – Many hours
  • Lifespan -10-14 years
  • Coat colors – Black and tan or black and red
  • Shedding – heavy
  • Grooming – Brush a lot during the shedding season
  • PSI – Unknown

The East European Shepherd otherwise know as VEO, is derived from the German Shepherd, and mated with either the Caucasian Shepherd or the Central Asian Shepherd along with a wolf.

The VEO is bigger than its ancestor, they have a longer and thicker neck, they also have a bigger head and jaws.

The Russians first made them in the 1920s and ’30s, they were made for the Russian Police and military, they needed a guard dog that could withstand all the temperatures that are thrown at them.

Just like the Russian bear, the VEO needs a large place, and whatever you do do not approach without the owner’s consent.

3.The Central Asian Shepherd Dog

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  • Weight – 88-170 pounds
  • Height – 24-31 inches
  • Exercise – Many hours
  • Lifespan – 17 years
  • Coat Colors – Black, White, Brindle, Piebald, Rust, and Deadgrass
  • Shedding – Heavy
  • Grooming – Brush daily during shedding season
  • PSI – 600

The Central Asian Shepherd Dog has a high working capacity, endurance, and an instinct of territory, they are also proud, independent, quiet, and self-assured and they are the most powerful dog breed in the world.

Like the Caucasian shepherd, do not approach if you see one without the express permission from the owner. The Central Asian Shepherd was bred to protect its family and territory. so don’t mess around with them, any perceived acts of aggression in their eyes they will meet head-on! And you will lose!

The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is said to be the oldest known dog in existence dating back 5,000 years according to artifacts in the Russian native lands. They were used to guard the native people’s possessions, against predators, and to help repel invading raiding parties.

A little tip for you it is generally the females who give the warning of a predator or a trespassing human. And it is generally the males who come up to the front line protect the home, or herd while the females stay in the back ground.

4. The Moscow Watchdog

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  • Height – 25-31 inches
  • Weight – 100-150 pounds
  • Exercise – Alot
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Coat colors – Red and White
  • Shedding – Lots
  • Grooming – Brush daily
  • PSI – Unknown

The Moscow Watchdog is a true giant! The Soviet Union bred him for well you can guess why. They breed him for being an excellent watchdog! He is half St.Bernard and half Caucasian Shepherd. He is an extreme Alpha male! The Moscow watchdog is independent and can handle himself in any fight.

If you do get this force of nature, he will need a firm and consistent training throughout his lifespan. Much like the Caucasian shepherd, he will need a large property to call home. Moreover, he will need a lot of exercise in the body and mind.

So keep him happy and contented in life, remember this, an unhappy Moscow Watchdog is a very bad day for you and or your neighbors. So keep him well trained and happy.

5. Tibetian Mastiff

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  • Weight – 90-150 pounds
  • Height – 24-33 inches
  • Exercise – Many hours
  • Height – 24-27 inches – 10-12
  • Colors – Black, Brown, Red gold, Black & Tan, Brown & Tan, & Blue-grey
  • Bite force PSI – Unknown

You really don’t wanna tangle with this bad boy! The Tibetan Mastiff is intimidating as all hell! The Tibetan Mastiff is watchful, territorial, and yet sweet and loving to their family.

Their well suited for their job as watch/guard dogs! They have powerful jaws, and their body is 99.99 percent muscle. When a thief catches sight of this bad boy, he will definitely move on to an easier house.

6. Black Russian Terrier

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The Black Russian Terrier or BRT is best suited to a house with him/her being the only one as the household pet. The BRT was created by the famous Red Star kennel.

Did you know that the Black Russian Terrier head accounts for 40% of the body mass! Yep, you read that right! The Red Star Kennel needed a dog that could walk the border for miles and still have the energy to run down a prisoner.

The BRT is comprised of 17 different dog breeds, most commonly the Rottweiler, Moscow water dog, Newfoundland, Giant Schnauzer, Russian Ovtcharka. This breed develops his/her protective instinct of a year’s time. They thrive on your affection and love but do not respond well to abusive treatment.

  • Weight – 80 – 150 pounds
  • Height – 25 – 28 inches
  • Exercise – Many hours
  • Lifespan 10-12 years
  • Colors – Black
  • Shedding – Heavy
  • Grooming – Brush daily during the shedding season
  • PSI – Unknown

Conclusion on Best Guard Dog Breeds?

You have now finished with the best guard dog breeds article. Go with whichever of these breeds attracts you the most!

Just remember, the most important thing is that you are the master and trainer. No matter the inherent temperament of the dog. It’s your relationship and training that will make the most difference.

Beyond that, since two dogs of the same breed can have very different temperaments, just like with people, ultimately, the best guard dog breed? The well-trained one!

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