Guard Dogs: Breeds That Will Take a Bullet for You

Each dog breed was bred with a purpose. Some for companionship, others for agricultural purposes, while a chosen were integrated into police and military services as working dogs. Most dog breeds nowadays successfully integrate themselves in a suburban setting, though most still retain their protective and territorial instincts, making them perfect guard dogs.

Guard dogs fit the criteria of watch dogs, although the difference is the former being able to physically restrain intruders. Most are between weigh more than pounds, and are strong enough to drive away people and predators. Usually, guard dogs will try to warn their owners of an impending threat right prior to taking action.

In any case, if you’re looking for a family pet that can double as a security guard, here are breeds you need to consider adopting:

The Rottweiler

Arguably one of the most popular breed in the world, the Rottweiler is calm, good-natured, obedient, and fearless. They are always close to their owners, and may treat them in an affectionate and goofy manner. However, they do not react well to visitors and newcomers unless properly introduced.

They were originally bred as herding dogs, and since then, they’ve evolved into police dogs, service dogs, and guard dogs. They’re perfect as guard dogs, given their loud bark, alertness, and aggressiveness towards strangers, partly due to its protective and territorial nature.

Giant Schnauzer

As its namesake suggests, Giant Schnauzers are large. Weighing over 75-95 pounds, they were originally bred to protect farms. As they moved into the cities, they were employed as guards in certain businesses like breweries, butcher shops, and even factories.

Nowadays, they are also employed as police dogs, particularly in Germany. They are usually good around children, and are wary around strangers ( proper petting skills come as a plus), making them potentially aggressive.

German Shepherd

Originally bred as herding dogs (evident from its namesake), the German Shepherd is an extremely popular breed in communities around the world , and has been integrated into various sectors, like the police, military, medical, and even in film. It’s no surprise as to why: this breed is the 3rd smartest in the dog world.

Though wary and untrusting of strangers, German Shepherds are a good family dog, and are perfect around their owners’ children. Their curiosity makes them good guard dogs, and can be overprotective of their family and territory.

Doberman Pinscher

A majestic-looking breed, Dobies make great guard dogs. They were once considered ferocious and aggressive, though modern breeding techniques have successfully toned down the breed’s temperament. They are also highly trainable, making them valuable working dogs and home companions.

Fila Brasiliero

Banned in several countries due to its untrusting and overprotective temperament, the Fila is a no-nonsense guard dog and will not hesitate to protect its owners and the other family pets. Having this is not recommended if you have frequent visitors at home, and due to it requiring plenty of exercise, it is best suited for rural and farm-like environments.

Other prospective guard dog breeds also include the Akita Inu, Boxer, Bullmastiff, and the Pitbull. If you’re planning to have any of the above mentioned breeds, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about it beforehand!

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