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Top 10 Best Guard Dogs

Top 10 Best Guard Dogs


It’s a dog’s nature to be affectionate
and loyal, but some breeds are wired to put more effort into protecting you and your property. They know it’s their duty to “protect
and serve,” whether they’re at home or on the job. The following breeds are our picks for the
ten best guard dogs—the real-life Paw Patrol. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Cane Corso Cane Corsos are large, muscular dogs that
are easy to train, very affectionate, and are extremely protective of their families
and children. The Corso is a Mastiff breed descended from
Italian “catch dogs,” which were used to track and catch large animals, such as
boars and bears. Their name means, “courtyard dog” in Latin,
which is a nod to another one of their historical duties—patrolling courtyards and keeping
watch over their humans, livestock and property. Other than being used as police dogs, their
duties have virtually remained the same through the centuries. Although Cane Corsos are docile and loving
with their families, they can be highly aggressive towards strangers and more than a handful
at the vet. 9. Puli You’d think that a dog with corded hair
that looks like dreadlocks would lead a calm, peaceful, laid-back existence, but the playful,
intelligent, energetic and high-strung Puli was bred to protect and herd. The Puli is a medium-sized sheepdog whose
origins have been traced to ancient Iraq. It is thought that they were brought to Hungary
by the Magyars, who migrated from Central Asia more than 1,000 years ago. Pulik were originally used to herd livestock
and guard it from wolves, bears and other intruders—including people. Over time, as shepherding became less popular,
the Puli’s herding skills became virtually obsolete, but to this day, it is still prized
as a guard dog. They are very strong-willed, courageous, protective
and devoted to their humans, but are wary of strangers, suffer fools lightly—and when
annoyed, will attack without warning. So, we advise you to stay cool…don’t be
a fool! 8. Giant Schnauzer The Giant Schnauzer has the face of a pipe-smoking
Victorian gentleman and a quiet, yet confident demeanor, but its commanding presence, agility
and territorial instinct makes it one of the world’s most popular guard dog breeds. Schnauzers were originally developed in 17th
century Germany to guard farms, herd and drive livestock to market. As urban areas grew, they were eventually
brought to cities, where they stood watch over breweries, factories and other commercial
properties. During World Wars I and II, the Schnauzer
was also in high demand as a military dog. Today, many Schnauzers work as police dogs
and participate in canine sporting events. They are fiercely loyal to their families,
and amicable when relaxed, but are intrinsically suspicious of strangers and can be aggressive
if not properly introduced to unfamiliar people. Early socialization is the key to bringing
up a well-adjusted Schnauzer. If they are socialized at a young age, they
will get the conditioning they need to trust people and pets other than those in their
family. 7. Akita Originally bred to track wild animals and
guard Japanese royalty, the Akita has a solid reputation as a fearless guardian that won’t
back down. The Akita is a large, sturdily built breed
with an intimidating, yet dignified presence. With family, they are loving and playful,
but they are also stubborn, wary of strangers and can be particularly aggressive toward
other dogs of the same sex. When it comes to canine siblings, the Akita
is content being the only canine in the family. Akitas are very nosey, but are as quiet as
ninjas. If something sparks piques their interest,
they will thoroughly investigate the situation, only barking to alert their humans when there
is a serious threat or situation. Which would you prefer as a guard dog? An investigator? Or a barker? 6. Rhodesian Ridgeback You should never bring a dog to a lion fight…unless
that dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Originally bred to fight lions, the Rhodesian
Ridgeback is the gladiator of guard dogs. It is a combination of several breeds including
Mastiffs, Bloodhounds, Great Danes, Greyhounds and African wild dogs made possible through
the collaborative efforts of Native South Africans and European Settlers. The end result is a dog whose speed, strength,
endurance, and courage are unparalleled. Once they trust you, a Ridgeback will offer
their loyalty and protection. Intruders on the run don’t stand a chance
when the Ridgeback is in hot pursuit, and when they get caught, letting go will not
be an option for this strong-willed canine. What can one expect from a dog with a Mohawk
on its back? 5. Rottweiler If you’re looking for a guard dog that can
also double as a nanny, the Rottweiler could be the answer to your prayers. Rottweilers are thought to be descended from
Roman drover dogs who herded cattle to follow legions of soldiers across Europe, giving
them a readily available food supply. After the decline of the Roman Empire, Rottweilers
were still used to herd and guard cattle for trade, and during the Middle Ages, butchers
took them to market to guard coin purses which were tied around their necks. The Industrial Age saw a decline in the breed,
as railroads became the most efficient means of getting stock to market. The demand for police dogs during World War
I spurred a resurgence of the Rottweiler. They served in various capacities including
as messengers, ambulance and guard dogs. Rottweilers exhibit a reserved confidence
and aloofness when dealing with strangers, and won’t let their guard down until they’ve
completed reconnaissance. Got kids? Forget Nanny McPhee…get yourself a “Nanny
McFlea.” Around family, Rotts tend to be calm, relaxed,
and even bit clownish. The gentle giants of our list, they are extremely
affectionate towards, and protective of children and other animals—even cats. 4. Doberman Pinscher Nobody likes the tax man. So, in the 1880s when German tax collector
Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman engineered a dog type by crossing breeds such as the Rottweiler,
Manchester Terrier, Weimeraner and Black English Greyhound he did it with one goal in mind—to
create a guard dog unmatched in fearlessness, intelligence, toughness, vigilance and athleticism. His efforts resulted in a breed that bears
his name to this day, the Doberman Pinscher. Dobermans could be called “Renaissance”
dogs. Not only are they used for protection, they
serve as police dogs, take part in search and rescue operations, and make excellent
service and emotional support animals. Dobies are perhaps the most trainable dog
breed. They maintain and level of alertness not seen
in other breeds, and are devoted to their humans, implicitly following their commands
to the letter. This, combined with their intimidating looks—a
sleek, muscular physique, cropped ears and tail—make them the quintessential guard
dog. 3. Bullmastiff The Bullmastiff was originally created in
the 19th century by English groundskeepers to accompany gamekeepers and protect sprawling
country estates and hunting reserves, a la Downton Abbey. They crossbred the large, powerful, non-aggressive
English Mastiff with the muscular, tough, and aggressive Old English Bulldog. It was a combination that resulted in a dog
that was large, fast, and fearless enough to apprehend and pin down intruders until
the cops arrived, without mauling them. The Bullmastiff is the perfect example of
a big dog with nothing to prove. Instead of barking as a warning or alarm,
they quietly track trespassers and detain them—and they won’t bite unless absolutely
necessary. Bullmastiffs make affectionate and loyal pets,
but due to their massive size they are best suited to families with older children. 2. Belgian Malinois The Belgian Malinois is a working dog that
was originally a member of group called the Continental Shepherd Dogs. This group, which included the French, German,
Dutch and Belgian herding breeds were coveted for their loyalty and work ethic, but their
most valued trait was their versatility. Malinois are slender, yet strong, athletic
dogs. They serve in a variety of capacities including
(but not limited to) police and military duty, as wildlife protection officers, therapy dogs,
on search and rescue teams, as service dogs, and even as secret service dogs. Yep, they even work at the White House. Malinois’ adaptability and aptitude for
work is a product of their boundless energy level. They are extremely playful, and can have puppy-like
energy up to age five, and are as protective as they are playful, which makes them a fantastic
guard dog for families. 1. German Shepherd Topping our list is the “King of the K9
Unit”—the German Shepherd. Like the Belgian Malinois, the German Shepherd
was part of the Continental Shepherd Dog group. The dogs in this group looked similar and
had the desired traits for herding sheep including strength, intelligence, and a keen sense of
smell. Shepherds are born guard dogs because they
are confident, brave, and have a natural inclination to listen, learn, and obey. Those traits combined with a muscular body,
strong jaws and a menacing black mask, make them formidable opponents to intruders. They have a sweet, tender side that they share
with their humans, but also tend to be territorial and overprotective of them, and take their
time getting to know strangers. German Shepherds are hailed for their police
work and military service, as well as search and rescue work, and drug, accelerant, and
explosives detection work. They also have the distinction of being the
original breed selected for use as guide dogs to the blind. What do you think is the most important trait
to look for in a guard dog? Not all my videos are so well guarded. Here’s a few more you are free to peruse. If you’re a subscriber, thank you. If not, what are you waiting for? I don’t bite, although I may growl it’s
always with a wagging tail. And as always, catch you next time.

Comments (19)

  1. Which dog breed do you think is the best guard dog? Why?

  2. A Chihuahua because they’re just straight up evil

  3. Of your ten on this list, I would choose the Rottweiler due to its family friendly qualities. Of course, my favorite guard dog is my Great Pyrenees/Anatolian shepherd mix. She lays at our bedroom door at night, ready to bark and growl at any perceived threat. Now, that’s a guard dog.

  4. I have a german shepherd mix. He's only 4 months old and yet he's already a good guard dog. He does look cute but he has a scary bark too

  5. I’m not messing around with any of these breeds. Anyone up to no good better give you and yours a wide berth if you have one of these guys on guard.

  6. I LOVE my Doberman Pinscher! He is so protective, loyal, intelligent and loving ❤️
    He has saved my butt SEVERAL times! Once in a dark parking lot, a couple of guys clearly up to no good, couldn’t see my dog, but he saw them…. I don’t think I need to say more… and scared off and attacked/intruder while my husband was away on business earlier this year. We are endlessly grateful for our wonderful dober! (I love all of the other dogs on this list as well! 😊) Dogs are just amazing!

  7. Anyone breaking into our house will be attacked by the lab and mini schnauzer. They will then be licked to death.

  8. Cane Corso would be pronounced "CAH-nay CORE-so", NOT "caine"..

  9. I have a German Shepard, he's actually one of 5 dogs I have ( the others are a pug, husky, boxer and lab) He's VERY protective of me and even though he's the 2nd to the youngest, tends to take over the pack. Love him to death though and he was SO gentle with our lab when we brought him home as a puppy 🙂

  10. MY Rottie girl Bella is the most goofy lovable playful gentle giant ,but on the other PAW she is a fearless protector!!LOVE MY ROTTWEILER for always having my back and making me feel SAFE!!!(Shout Out from TEAM ROTTIE!)

  11. I just think this channel is a little biased. Because every video about “protection” or “guarding” the German Shepherd always gets the first place. When I don’t think that they always are the best at every task. For example: personal protection I believe dobermans are naturally the best. Guarding: the natural best I believe is a mastiff breed bred for that purpose. I’m not hating, just think it’s sad that German Shepherds ALWAYS get the first place on this channel because the owner has a German shepherd.

  12. Love when you said "we advise you to stay cool and dont be a fool" lmfao 🤣

    Also I have a German Shepherd mixed with a Lab and let me tell you, I sleep safely at night and feel safe on walks. And I feel my tiny dog is safe with him because he would never let anyone hurt his family. Awesome dogs.

  13. I know it’s not Daisy, my small Maltese. She loves everyone.

  14. Cane Corso actually means Corsican dog… 😉

  15. Nicest and friendliest dog I ever came across was a Scottish Wolfhound.

  16. All of these dogs are amazing but if I were going to choose a guard dog, I think I would choose a Dobie. My sister had one years ago and I loved that dog! The house was safe when she was in it and if you went out at night, she was right there to protect you. She was also a sweet and loving pet.

  17. I know that all these wonderful dogs are fantastic guard dogs! But they are all big and strong and that means a lot of work and a lot of exercise. My brother has a GSD and tho I love her, I can see how much work she is. I will stick with my alert little watch dog. My Chihuahua might not be able to handle an intruder, but she will let me know where they are and I can do the rest.

  18. Who else thinks Shepherd's are the best guard dogs? 😁

  19. Mals are gonno be my family .. but i might have GSD too if i can have more than two dogs 🙈❤️

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