Getting a pet dog who is also a good guard dog is a pretty good idea. But what breed do you get? Most dog breeds have good instincts to protect their loved ones, but some are better suited to the role than others.
So, which dog breeds are best as guard dogs?
Rhodesian Ridgeback – These dogs get their name from the distinctive line of fur along their back that grows in the opposite direction to the rest of their coat.
Believe it or not this breed was originally bred to hunt lions – no, really! They were bred in Africa to corner and hold big game prey including bears, lions, and wild boar. Very impressive and kind of scary! I’m not sure many people would like to go against something that used to hunt things bigger than them!
These dogs have a very strong prey drive and an independent nature, which makes them excellent watch and guard dogs. Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are fiercely loyal to their family and have a strong, natural watchdog instincts.
On top of that they are not overly “barky” dogs. Ridgebacks are very selective with their barking, so when they do, it’ll be for a reason! If an owner of a Rhodesian Ridgeback hears them barking, it should definitely be taken seriously!
These dogs are strong willed and not naturally obedient. They will need to be trained properly with a strong and experienced owner or “pack leader”. Ridgeback’s will thrive with an owner who can dedicate time and effort into their daily exercise needs.
Fear not though, even though these dogs are not naturally obedient or easy to train, they are extremely loyal and loving, making great (if not HUGE) lapdogs! They love to cuddle and spend time with their loved ones.
Boxer – Boxer dogs are a medium-sized breed but make excellent guard dogs. These dogs are affectionate, loving, and great with kids – the perfect family pet AND watch dog! Boxer dogs might look aggressive (which is great to scare off would-be intruders), but they are absolute sweethearts that make amazing family pets. You can really trust a well-trained Boxer dog to love and look after your family and home.
Boxers are upbeat and playful. Their patience and protective nature have earned them a reputation as a great dog with children. They take the jobs of watchdog and family guardian seriously and will meet threats fearlessly. Boxers do best when exposed to a lot of people and other animals in early puppyhood.
Boxers make loyal companions ad have very high energy. This is great if you have a high-energy family life and can keep up with their physical needs.
If you’re looking for a dog that will be capable of guarding your home with genuine courage and work ethic – a Boxer dog is for you.
Cane Corso– This dogs name translated from Latin literally means “bodyguard dog”. It couldn’t be any clearer! This dog has been bred to tremendously loyal to their family, which makes them natural watch and guard dogs to whomever they are close to.
This is a very big dog (also known as the Italian Mastiff), enormous and often weighting up to 100lbs! Paired with their very short coat, their size and visible stature really adds to this dogs fierce appearance. This is perfect if you want a guard dog that looks aggressive and intimidating to trespassers. Cane Corso dogs can be aggressive to strangers but incredibly affectionate and loyal with their family.
One remarkable fact about these dogs is their supposed imperviousness to pain. It is said that even electric fences don’t faze these dogs. This really only adds to this breed being such a good fit as a guard dog.
The Cane Corso is a serious breed for a person who is serious about having a dog as a companion and who can provide them with the firm and loving guidance they needs to become a great dog. Corso’s are a family-only dog. Don’t expect them to buddy up with everyone they meets: These dogs have no interest in people or other animals outside their family, but those within the family will have this dogs undivided loyalty and protection.
Giant Schnauzer- These dogs are very intelligent and lives to protect their family and home. These giant dogs can look very imposing and have the strength and size to scare off any would-be intruders in their home. Giant Schnauzer’s are also a dog breed applauded with having great resistance to pain. Much like the Cane Corso.
Giant schnauzers are strong, powerful, and dominant dogs, thus making them one of the best guard dogs for homes and families. They are very intimidating to strangers but extremely loyal to family members. Keep in mind, however, that this breed requires a lot of mental and physical stimulation as well as constant attention.
They do best in homes with big yards to run and get plenty of exercise. Apartment life generally isn’t for them, and novice trainers beware. However, if you want a loyal guardian and energetic companion, this pooch may be your new best friend!
Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.
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