German Shepherds are top guard dogs. Muscular German Shepherds have been utilised as police K-9s, military labour dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs. German Shepherds connect to one person or family and are fiercely protective and devoted. 

German Shepherd

Beaucerons are big, muscular dogs with clever, imposing personalities and a predilection for herding. All of these traits make the Beauceron an excellent guard dog, especially if well-trained and kept by a dominating leader.


Akitas, ancient Japanese dogs, symbolise good health, happiness, a long life, and family protection in Japan. At first impression, Akitas may look fluffy, yet they're strong, muscular, and powerful. Their size deters an intruder.


The Hovawart has always been a working dog. The Hovwart is a watchdog, security dog, tracking, and search-and-rescue dog with an exceptional nose. This dog is confident in his capacity to protect a family and home.


Intelligence and obedience are Appenzeller Sennenhund's redeeming qualities. Appenzeller Sennenhunds are nimble, energetic herders that have been utilised as farm dogs and search-and-rescue dogs.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

If you have an Australian Shepherd, you may have seen her natural instinct to corral animals or humans. These dogs have strong herding and guarding tendencies, making them outstanding farm dogs. It's also a home-friendly trait. 

Australian Shepherd

Don't be fooled by a Briard dog's long bangs and coat. The Briard has attributes with the Beauceron, another good guard dog, and other herding breeds. Protective, smart, and trainable. Briards are protective of children and distrustful of strangers.


This is one of the few breeds on this list that made our "most affectionate" list. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are soft with family and owners, but they can be protective. Muscular, bold, and agile, this dog breed plays and growls.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Bull Mastiffs are loyal, although they often fight with others. People, animals, squirrels, etc. Bull Mastiffs are loyal, bold, and affectionate, but they're not park dogs. They thrive at home, marking and guarding their area.

 Bull Mastiff

Rottweilers love hard and protect even harder. Rottweilers are "faithful, caring, confident guardians" who, while gentle and playful with family, can frighten strangers. Training and socialisation are key to handling a Rottweiler's territorial nature.


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