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20 Best Guard Dog Breeds, According To Expert Dog Trainers

Dogs are our loyal friends, and some of them, with proper training, have the potential to be our great guardians as well. If you're looking for a vigilant and intelligent guard dog, check out these 20 expert dog trainers' top picks!

1. German Shepherd

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Well known for being all-purpose working dogs, German Shepherds also make great family guardians. They're territorial by nature, and always ready to risk their lives for their loved ones.

2. Rottweiler

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Rottweilers are naturally protective of their homes. Their small and sturdy figures also enable them to react swiftly to danger. With proper training, they can be excellent guard dogs.

3. Boxer

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Originally bred as police dogs, Boxers are well known for their intimidating presence, which alone can deter intruders. Plus, they're also loyal and protective of their family.

4. Great Dane

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The Great Dane's lengthy and muscular physique alone is enough to warn off invaders. Though they're gentle by nature, they'll put their lives on the line in order to protect their loved ones.

5. Beauceron

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The loyal, strong, and intelligent Beauceron is well suited to protecting your family. However, you must be firm when training them because they tend to be a dominant dog breed.

6. Doberman Pinscher

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Agile, stealthy, loyal, and keen, Doberman Pinschers make wonderful family guard dogs. Additionally, they're great companions for children.

7. Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog may not be aggressive enough for a guard dog, but their loud bark and large size can be enough to scare off intruders.

8. Cane Corso

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You can probably tell by the name (translated as "guard dog") that this dog breed is perfect for guarding your home. Guarding comes naturally to them, so they are easy to train for household protection.

9. Tibetan Mastiff

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Tibetan Mastiffs, bred to watch over livestock, are highly territorial and protective. But since they're reserved and independent by nature, make sure you have the patience to train them well.

10. Border Collie

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Originally bred as a herding dog, the Border Collie is a versatile protector. They can be trained to be your sole guardian, but you need to have enough time to meet their needs.

11. Belgian Malinois

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Sharp, athletic, and loyal, the Belgian Malinois has what it takes to be an excellent guard dog. However, due to their strong hunting instinct, they deserve a patient and experienced owner to help them thrive.

12. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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The agile, intelligent, and loyal Rhodesian Ridgeback makes an excellent family guardian. They're also selective with their barking. When they do start to bark, you know something is happening.

13. Akita

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Despite their adorable presence, Akitas are exceptionally fearless and loyal. They will protect their owners at all costs. However, training is required because they're too strong for novice owners to handle.

14. Bullmastiff

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Bullmastiffs are recognized for their formidable looks and aggressive temperament. But with proper training, they can be our reliable protectors.

15. Chinese Shar-Pei

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Noted for their loose and wrinkly skin, the Chinese Shar-Pei was bred for hunting and guarding property in southern China. They are highly protective of their loved ones and can even display aggression at the suggestion of threat.

16. Bull Terrier

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If you're looking for a child-friendly guard dog, the Bull Terrier is the one. They have strong protective instincts, especially when there are kids in the household. After proper training, they can use their stocky bodies to defend their masters.

17. Great Pyrenees

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The Great Pyrenees, originally bred to guard livestock at night, is a natural deterrent for intruders. Since they're nocturnal, you'll often find them barking at night.

18. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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People-friendly and social, the Staffie may not seem the best choice for a guard dog. However, with their protective nature and muscular physique, they can be trained to be our loyal guardian.

19. American Staffordshire Terrier

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Nicknamed the AmStaff, this dog breed is loyal, intelligent, and courageous. Due to their fiercely aggressive nature, early training is recommended so they can tell the difference between non-threatening strangers and intruders.

20. Chow

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The Chow, or Chow Chow, usually bound to one member of the family, displays high levels of vigilance and loyalty. If you've established a connection with them, they will always have your back.

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