The Best Guard Dogs

Some dogs were bred to guard their home and family, while others have the potential to be excellent guard dogs because they’re vigilant, intelligent and highly trainable. If you’re looking for a family guard dog, there’s certainly not a lack of options.

All of these breeds are considered to be great protectors – although some require more strict training than others. Just because a dog has a protective nature, that doesn’t mean they instinctively know how to work as a guard dog. When you’re choosing a guard dog, take into account personality, size and training requirements to help you figure out what breed is best for you.


The Akita was originally bred in Japan as a hunting dog but is exceptionally loyal and fearless, which makes it a great guard dog. The American Kennel Club says this muscular, spitz-type dog is “hard-wired for protecting those they love.” To keep any bad habits in check, positive dog training and socialization from puppyhood is recommended.

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