What is The Best Guard Dog?

​Owning a guard dog to protect your property and to warn off any unwanted visitors is one way to boost security and peace of mind whist you are away or asleep. The best guard dogs are loyal family members with a good instinct to protect territory and property.

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Most guard dogs are medium to large size with tendencies to be obedient and observant. When looking for a guard dog, you want to consider the principal purpose for the dog’s role and how you will structure and train them to be what you require.

It’s important to understand when you purchase a guard dog as a puppy, they don’t automatically become a guard dog you have to put in the time to train them. You will need to take them to a trainer to get the behaviors you require and to teach them obedience, set boundry’s and rules. One of the best books I’ve ever read on owning a dog has to Be The Pack Leader by Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer you can purchase this book on Amazon for a few dollars or pounds. Before purchasing any dog its worth doing research first to get a good understanding of the bread and all its strong and weak points as you will need to devote time and money to produce your perfect guard dog.

Ok, so you’ve done your research, you are ready to purchase a guard dog, but where do you start? Listed below are 15 guard dogs and detailed description.

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Belgian Shepherd Dog

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The Belgian Shepherd Dog is a highly intelligent dog that learns quickly and has an instinct as a watchdog. They do need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation as they have a low boredom threshold with a tendency to be aggressive towards other dogs and animals if not will socialised. BSD will develop strong bonds with family members and connect well with other humans if trained correctly. There are four varieties of Belgian Shepherd dog, Tervueren, Groenendael, Malinois and the Laekenois the Groenendaels are less aggress of the bunch. To find out more check out

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Lifespan 10-14 years

Weight: Males 25 – 30 kg Females 20 – 25 kg

Hight: Males 60 – 66 cm Females 56 – 62 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Easy

Child Friendly: Yes

Intelligence: High

 

 

German shepherd

German Shepherd

German Shepeds are highly intelligent and easy to train in the right hands they are loyal dogs to families and the pack leaders. The breed has a natural tendency to protect and serve their owners and property. With some negatives they can suffer hereditary health problems that can come with experience vet bills so always best to get insurance and they need regular exercise.

German Shepeds make for fantastic family pets that are loyal and proud dogs. The breed is known throughout the world as one the best watch dogs/guard dogs. It’s important to understand when purchasing a German Shepherd they need the correct training in order for them to become well-balance dogs and like nothing better than to be working with clear understand of there role within the pack. German Shepherds need regard grooming and exercise another consideration.

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Lifespan 9-14 years

Weight: Males 30 – 40 kg Females 20 – 35 kg

Hight: Males 60 – 64 cm Females 56 – 60 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Easy

Child Friendly: Yes

Intelligence: High

 

 

 

Akita

Akita

The Akita breed is a loyal and protective family member that makes the best watchdogs. They are one of a few breads that bark to alert and extremely clean. Akitas have a high prey drive that will attack other smaller in the garden. They also shed their coats throughout the year. The early years are the most important for socialising with other dogs and humans. There are two types of Akita the Japanese Akita and the American Akita they bred the Japanese dogs as fighting dogs and bear hunters.

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Lifespan 10-11 years

Weight: Males 45 – 56 kg Females 45 – 66 kg

Hight: Males 60 – 64 cm Females 56 – 60 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Medium

Child Friendly: No

Intelligence: Medium / High

 

 

 

Dobermann

Dobermann

Dobermann are great family pets that are loyal to their owners they are and impressive watchdog with high intelligence we can easily train them, they love the outdoors and being active. Dobermanns are better suited for families with older children and will need a strong pack leader. If not trained to a high standard can have issues with other dogs and dominance with in the household. Dobermanns also suffer with some health issues so vet bills can be on the top side. They have a keen sense of of alertness with a highly adaptable attitude that can fit in well to the family unit. They make a fantastic guard dogs.

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Lifespan 9-12years

Weight: Males 40 – 45 kg Females 32 – 35 kg

Hight: Males 68 – 72 cm Females 63 – 68 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Medium/High

Child Friendly: Low

Intelligence:  High

 

 

 

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are highly intelligent dogs they are extremely devoted to their family and pack leader they have an instinct to protect their families and property. As Rottweilers are intelligent dogs, it’s important to train them well with the correct understanding taking them to lessons is a must. As with any large dog, regular exercise is needed and attention. They can become domineering if left to their own devises. If you are looking for an intimidating guard dog, then a Rottweiler will fit the bill.

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Lifespan 8-10 years

Weight: Males 50 – 60 kg Females 35 – 48 kg

Hight: Males 61 – 69 cm Females 56– 63 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Medium/High

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence:  High

 

 

 

Bullmastiff

bullmastiff

Bullmastiffs are fiercely devoted and loyal dogs who love their family and masters. They are not barkers and protect the people they connect with Bullmastiffs make for great guard dogs. The bread grows into a powerful dog, socialising is a must from an early age in order to control their dominance. Bullmastiffs have a wide chest that creates the powerful appearance with powerful sloping shoulders. The back lags are short that give the dog a compact and strong look. If you want a relatively low maintenance guard dog, then a Bullmastiff could be the answer.

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Lifespan 8-11 years

Weight: Males 50 – 60 kg Females 41 – 54 kg

Hight: Males 64 – 69 cm Females 61– 66 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: Medium

Training: Medium

Child Friendly: No

Intelligence: Medium

 

 

Rhodesian Ridgebacks

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Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a loyal breed of dog over all they are the best hound watchdog they are gentle in nature and full of energy so will need lots of walks and time of the lead they are intelligent but will need time putting in with them to train correctly as with almost all guard dogs the Ridgebacks are suited to a family with older children. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is extremely territorial and have an inbuilt prey drive. They also have a low boredom threshold so will need plenty of daily stimulation.

 

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Lifespan 8 -10 years

Weight: Males 62 kg Females 54 kg

Hight: Males 76 – 81 cm Females 71– 76 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: Medium

Training: Low – Medium

Child Friendly: Very good

Intelligence: Medium

 

 

Boxer Dog

Boxer Dog

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a loyal breed of dog over all they are the best hound watchdog they are gentle in nature and full of energy so will need lots of walks and time of the lead they are intelligent but will need time putting in with them to train correctly as with almost all guard dogs the Ridgebacks are suited to a family with older children. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is extremely territorial and have an inbuilt prey drive. They also have a low boredom threshold so will need plenty of daily stimulation.

 

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Lifespan 9 -10 years

Weight: Males 30 – 32 kg Females 25 – 27 kg

Hight: Males 57 – 63 cm Females 53– 59 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Medium

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Medium

 

 

Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Danes are very loyal and affectionate dogs that are intelligent and in the right hands easy to train. They are a large dog breed, so if you are not used to larger dogs could be a handful. They suffer with separation anxiety if left along for long periods of time. Great Danes are well known for health issues, so pet insurance is a must. Being a larger dog, they can become expensive to feed. With a large head, strong jawline, they are a powerful breed. If you are looking for a great family pet and a good overall guard dog, the Great Dane could work well for you and your family.

 

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Lifespan 9 -10 years

Weight: Males 30 – 32 kg Females 25 – 27 kg

Hight: Males 57 – 63 cm Females 53– 59 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Medium

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Medium

 

 

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzers are extremely loyal dogs that make good companions, they are highly intelligent and learn quickly they thrive working.  This is a dog breed that doesn’t shed unlike others in the guard dog category.  They can be stubborn and will need a lot of grooming with high energy so daily exercise is needed.  With a natural ability to protect and guard their owners and property they make for fantastic family members and boosting that security whilst you’re away. 

 

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Lifespan 10 -12 years

Weight: Males 34 – 43 kg Females 34 – 43 kg

Hight: Males 65 – 70 cm Females 60– 65 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: Medium

Training: Medium – High

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Medium – High

 

 

Staffordshire Terrier

Staffordshire-bull-terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an intelligent dog, they are quick to learn and will excel with the correct training; they are versatile and can be taught to play a role within the family unit. Staffordshire Bull Terriers need a medium amount of daily exercise and stimulation, they suffer with a low boredom threshold. They are natural watchdogs that will need little training to protect. With this kind of breed, they can become dominant if not taught correctly.  They offer a very visual deterrent to any would-be intruders. 

 

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Lifespan 12 -14 years

Weight: Males 13 – 17 kg Females 11 – 15 kg

Hight: Males 36 – 41 cm Females 33 – 38 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: Medium

Training: OK

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Medium – Medium

 

 

Cane Corso

Cane Corso

Cane Corso is a family friendly dog that is very loyal to their owners and the family unit. They will protect and show a presence without the need to be aggressive. They make for a fantastic guard dogs their instinct is to protect with little training they will become great watchdogs. By nature they are a dominant breed that can become ill easy so pet insurance is a must. They do suffer with separation anxiety when left along for too long.  If you are looking for a dog that will protect as well as fit in will with your family this could be the dog breed for you.

 

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Lifespan 10 -11 years

Weight: Males 45 – 50 kg Females 40 – 45 kg

Hight: Males 62 – 70 cm Females 58– 66 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High to Medium

Training: High

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Medium – High 

 

 

Chow Chow

Chow Chow

Chow Chow are extremely loyal dogs, they are very clean and proud dogs that make for great natural guard dogs. The breed bonds with the person who takes care of them. They are easy to train in the right hands and learn things quickly. Chow Chows will need to go to lessons in order to hone their intelligent and dominance behavior from an early age. Chow Chows need a lot of maintenance and grooming, they are heavy shedders and pet insurance can be expensive because of hereditary illnesses. They are very protective towards family members and aware of strangers.

 

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Lifespan 9 -15 years

Weight: Males 25 – 32 kg Females 20 – 27 kg

Hight: Males 43 – 51 cm Females 43– 51 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: Medium

Training: Medium

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Medium – Medium

 

 

Komondor

Komondor

Komondors are loyal and faithful dogs. They have an instinct to protect the family unit and property the breed is know as an excellent guard dog. Komondors are highly intelligent and learn quick, it’s important to set guideline for your Komondor so they have a good structure and understand what we require of them. They suffer from human separation anxiety and will become dominant over time, if not corrected. From a puppy, Komondors must be trained well. Komondors coats are high maintenance and will need grooming often.

 

 

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Lifespan 10 -12 years

Weight: Males 50 – 61 kg Females 36 – 50 kg

Hight: Males 60 – 80 cm Females 60 –70 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: High

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: High

 

 

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiffs are devoted family dogs that make for brilliant companions. They are known as one of the healthiest breeds that are very good around children. The breed is not very high maintenance but will need a large garden to run around. They make for excellent guard dogs. Tibetans Mastiffs need regular daily exercise that has a high prey drive to training from an early age is important. They form powerful bonds with family members. They are well worth your consideration as a guard dog.

 

 

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Lifespan 9 -15 years

Weight: Males 45 – 72 kg Females 45 – 72 kg

Hight: Males 66 cm Females 61 cm

Breed: Pedigree

Exercise Needs: High

Training: Medium

Child Friendly: OK

Intelligence: Arrange

 

End Notes

Hopefully, this blog on guard dogs has been of some value to you and guided you into buying the correct dog for your needs. If you have read this far, remember it’s really important to train your dog well and not to treat them as an object. They need love and attention, just like most living animals. You want a well-balanced dog that will serve and protect when needed, but also provide a happy family unit. Really think about why you want a guard and what you can do in order to create the perfect dog for your needs.  Also check out my other blogs do steering wheel locks really work?