April 19, 2019 3 min read

When it comes to protecting your home, there are several types of dogs. Some are alert barkers, meaning they will let you know anytime anything moves outside your home that is “not supposed to be there,” or when someone knocks at the door, rings your bell, etc. Then there are guardian dogs. These breeds will not only let you know there is someone around, but they would also do something about it. This list covers 10 breeds that take guarding your home and family seriously.

#1 – Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is not only intimating due to its size, but they have a menacing bark and fierce bite.

#2 – Akita

An intelligent and intense breed, the Akita can be very loyal to their owner and very standoffish to strangers. Of course, this is what they were bred for. Like most of these breeds, they need to be well socialized if you plan to take them off your property or want to have people over.

#3 – German Shepherd Dog

Generally thought of as a “herding” dog, they are actually tenders, meaning they were bred to run the border and keep the flock where they were supposed to be, as well as watch for predators. Very intense and loyal, they will easily attack someone who threatens their home.

#4 – Chow Chow

The Chow Chow’s somewhat iffy reputation comes from the fact that they are great guard dogs. Considering they were once used to guard the great palaces in Asia, it makes sense that they would be temperamental and very protective.

#5 – Kuvasz

Considering they were bred to guard livestock, its only fitting that they would be good at guarding your home as well. Unless provoked, this protective breed has a very sweet nature.

#6 – Chinese Shar-Pei

While all those wrinkles may look cute and cuddly, the Shar-Pei is a serious family protection dog. They were bred to be the all-round farm dog, running the perimeters of the property as a watchdog, as well as protecting flocks and killing vermin. Today, they still have a strong desire to protect their family and can be aggressive toward strangers coming into “their home.”

#7 – Doberman Pinscher

The nice thing about having a dobie, is chances are high that it will never have to attack anyone. Most people that see a Doberman on your property will quickly rethink trying to enter uninvited.

#8 – Komondor

Known for the unique cords most people give them, the Komondor is another livestock protection dog that was bred to stay with the flock and protect without the assistance of their owner. They are very “reserved and serious” with strangers, and since they are bred to work alone, you can be assured that your home is protected while you are gone.

#9 – Belgian Malinois

This herding dog is intent on making sure no one hurts their family. Their intensity and drive to protect has made them very popular in Schutzhund training as well as guard dog work.

#10 – Rottweiler

Like the dobie, the rotty can probably get away with guarding your house just on their looks alone. Intimidating to look at, the Rottweiler is sweet and easy going with their family. However, if they feel that you are threatening their family, they can turn fierce quickly.


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