10 Best Dog Breeds for Protection

Akita Akitas are one the most loyal breeds of dog. This alert and courageous breed was originally bred to guard royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. Akitas will watch out for you and your family at every turn. This breed is very dedicated and takes the responsibility seriously. Akitas are usually able to perform their guardian duties with minimal training.

Belgian Malinois The Belgian Malinois, a strong and athletic breed, is loved by police officers and military K-9 units because of its agility, search-and-rescue abilities and training ability. This dog thrives on having a job and has high energy levels.

Bullmastiff To protect their game against poachers, bullmastiffs were initially created by gamekeepers. Bulldogs can intimidate intruders due to their intimidating looks. This dog is a great companion because it is naturally affectionate to its family. Bullmastiffs are naturally protective and require structured training to strengthen their natural instincts. 

Cane Corso Cane corso, pronounced "KAHnay KORso", is an Italian breed of dog that has been used historically as a guard, war dog and hunter. The cane corso's large stature, strong build and rich bark helps to deter trespassers. This breed has a natural instinct for protecting others. The training of the dog should be focused on obedience and developing its natural skills. 

German Shepherd The German shepherd, which is similar in temperament and looks to the Belgian Malinois (beautiful, active dog), is also popular as a working dog for police or military purposes. This breed is loyal to its family members and shows a strong sense of loyalty. Training is important to ensure that these dogs are trained as guard dogs. 

Doberman Pinscher The Doberman pinscher is a dog breed that has been known for being aggressive. It is affectionate, docile and even goofy with its human family. Unless they feel threatened, most dogs aren't afraid to approach strangers. Dobermans are often able to protect their owners with very little training.

Komondor The Komondor is known for its distinctive "dreadlocks" and white corded hair that makes it look like a mophead. Don't let the Komondor's appearance fool you. The Komondor is a strong, courageous, and large working dog. It was originally bred in Hungary to protect livestock and property. It is affectionate to its family and will not be frightened of strangers.

Rhodesian Ridgeback The Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally a hunting dog for big game and lions. It is naturally inclined to protect its family. The Rhodesian ridgeback is a loving, noble dog that makes a wonderful companion. This breed doesn't require guard dog training, but it does increase its protection instincts.

Rottweiler Another breed known for its aggressive nature is the Rottweiler. Rottweilers can be both a playful lovebug and a fierce defender at the same time. Rottweilers will be loyal and affectionate if they trust you. Rotties will be cautious around strangers until they are sure that the person is not a threat to their safety. If properly trained, this dog can be a great guard dog.

Tibetan Mastiff The ultimate guard dog is the Tibetan mastiff. This powerful, intimidating, and watchful dog is impossible to ignore. This Tibetan guard dog was used historically to protect caravans and herds from snow leopards and wolves in the Himalayas. The Tibetan mastiff is a friendly dog who loves his family, but can be territorial if threatened by strangers.