17 of the Best Guard Dog Breeds

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 which are the best guard dog breeds?

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

Before we get into the article though, we have an article on boy dog names and girl dog names right here!

My top 17 Best Guard Dog Breeds

10.Cane Corso

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The Cane Corso is a large dog breed, the Cane Corso is big-boned Italian Mastiff used by the Romans as war dogs. They were also used to herd, hunt, and protect the handler. Cane Corsos are good guard dogs for families because they’re 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

9.Bullmastiff

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The Bullmastiff has the perfect temperament to be one of the Best Guard Dog Breeds. It is possessive, territorial, and loyal, bullmastiffs have a sixth sense of knowing who belongs and who does not belong in their yard. Though they do have a soft spot that they only show to trusted 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 7-9 years
  • Extremely active – needs lots of exercises
  • Coat Colors – Red, Fawn, and Brindle
  • Shedding – light
  • Brushing 1x/wk

   8.Dobermann Pinscher

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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 Top Guard Dog! They need early socialization, stern rules, and best of all they will deter a thief!

 Dobermann Pinscher Traits

  • Weight 70-100 pounds
  • Height 24-26 inches
  • Brushing 1x- wk
  • Lifespan 10-13 years

7.Boxer

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The Boxer is one of the Best Guard Dog Breeds they have 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.

They are 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
  • Coat Colors – Brindle, Fawn, and White
  • Lifespan 10-12 years
  • brushing 1x wk

6.German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd has Instinct, loyalty, Protective, and is always on the alert, they are easy to train. The German Shepherd is the most protective dog I have ever seen!

If properly socialized and trained the GSD are not excessively aggressive, they are high energy. 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
  • Lifespan 7-10 years
  • Brushing 2x wk
  • Shedding heavy

 5.American bulldog

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The American Bulldog is seen as a relatively new breed of dog, the American Bulldog is descended from the Old English Bulldog. These Top Guard Dog Breeds are high in pain tolerance, they are loyal and very focused, the American Bulldog can handle a higher rate of pressure better than any other dog breed.

When training the American Bulldog, you need to know that they have several quirks. As I said up above the American Bulldog can be very focused, if there is a fight the bulldog will stay focused on protecting you and the house.

American Bulldog Traits

  • Weight 70-120 pounds
  • Height 20-26 inches
  • Lifespan 10-15 years
  • Brushing 1x wk
  • Shedding light
  • Coat Colors – White, Fawn, Brindle, and Brown

4.American pit bull terrier

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They are very intimidating and are perfect for scaring off and defending against any potential thieves. The American Pitbull does not weight 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
  • Lifespan 8-15 years
  • Brushing 1x wk
  • Shedding light
  • Coat Colors – White, Black, Brindle, Fawn, Tan, Blue, and Brown

3.Great Dane

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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 in 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
  • Lifespan 7-10 years
  • Brushing 2x wk
  • Coat Colors – Black, Mantel, Brindle, Fawn, Blue

2.The Great Pyrenees

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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
  • Lifespan 10-12 years
  • Coat Colors – Tan, and White
  • Grooming bathing and brushing every other week,

1. In the Number One spot is the Rottweiler

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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
  • Lifespan 9-10 years
  • Height 24-27 inches
  • Shedding Medium to Heavy amounts
  • Brushing every other day

Bonus! 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. While its a baby it is imperative to socialize it, even if its 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
  • Lifespan 12-15 years
  • Brushing regular

Labrotties as Protective Dogs

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 Protective Dogs

The following five 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- 110-200 weight
  • Height- 26-28 inches
  • Lifespan- 10-11 years
  • Coat color- Black, White, Fawn, Cream, Rust

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 aloof with the family. But do not approach if you meet them! They are prone to aggression, and overprotectiveness if not trained right.

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.

Their thick fur keeps them well insulated from the sub-zero cold, they stand thick and tall and are ready for 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 DANGEROUS 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
  • Lifespan-10-14 years
  • Coat colors- Black and tan or black and red

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.

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
  • Lifespan-17 years
  • Coat Colors- Black, White, Brindle, Piebald, Rust, Deadgrass

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.

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, 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.

4. The Moscow Watchdog

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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 extream Alpha male! As well as independent and can handle himself in any fight.

  • Height – 25-31 inches
  • Weight – 100-150 pounds
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years

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 exercises, moreover not just in the body but also in the mind.

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

5. Tibetian Mastiff

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You really don’t wanna tangle with this bad boy! The Tibetan Mastiff are intimidating as all hell, watchful, territorial, and sweet to there family. They are well suited for there job as watch/guard dogs! They have powerful jaws, and their body is like 99.99 percent muscle. When a thief catches sight of this bad boy, he will definitely move on to an easier house.

  • Weight – 90-150 pounds
  • Height – 24-33 inches
  • Lifespan 10-12

Conclusion on Best Guard Dog Breeds?

You have now finished with the best guard dog breeds article, so 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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Ultimately, the best guard dog breed is the well-trained one.
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