15 Best Guard Dogs That Also Make Wonderful Family Pets

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Akita Akitas are large in build, just look at their heads! This makes them powerful animals. They will learn to socialize with their family and friends and recognize who is a friend and who is an intruder if you are good at it.

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Appenzeller Sennenhund Appenzeller Sennenhunds are smaller than the large dogs, but they make great guard dogs due to their energy and agility. Appenzeller Sennenhunds were originally bred as farm dogs. If you have some land, their intelligence and obedience will serve double duty.

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Australian Shepherd The medium-sized Aussie is beautiful and brave. These dogs can be found on ranches or at rodeos. They are naturally herders and will use any opportunity to get animals (or children) in line. They are energetic and fun companions for the entire family.

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Bullmastiff These big, muscular dogs combine the best of both Bulldogs with Mastiffs. They are best suited to homes with fenced-in yards in order to avoid any conflicts with other animals and people. Bullmastiffs make great companions for walking, but they are not designed to run.

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Catahoula Leopard Dog Catahoula Leopard dogs are well-known for their unique spots and patterns on their coats. They are beautiful pets that are as charming as they are adorable. Catahoula Leopards start acting like adults when they are 10 months old.

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Caucasian Shepherd Dog These large dogs are able to quickly respond to any threat to their home or family members. Don't underestimate their intelligence and disarming fluffiness. Caucasian Shepherd dogs make a great choice if you have children and other pets. They are gentle and caring around those they trust.

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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers This strong pup has a waterproof, wavy coat that makes it stand out from other retrievers. You can still expect the loyal, energetic qualities that make labs and Golden Retrievers so popular. They are friendly with strangers but not too affectionate with people they don't know. This makes them great watch dogs.

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Doberman Pinscher Dobermans are strong and fast, so don't let their sleek bodies fool you. They're the best dog for guarding your home. Dobermans are energetic and need a lot of exercise. If you don't want them to make a mess at your house, be prepared to take them on long walks.

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Estrela Mountain Dogs Estrelas, one of Portugal's oldest breeds, are named after mountain ranges. They are gentle and protective, so they will fit well in a close-knit household.

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German Shepherd German Shepherds are a popular breed for police dogs. However, they can also be cherished as pets. They will protect your home from any intruders, and they will build a strong relationship with you. Look no further if you are looking for a dog that can be trained to do almost anything.

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Giant Schnauzer The Giant Schnauzer can be described as a larger, stronger version of its regular counterpart. You will need to spend some time grooming them as they have a thick beard.

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Puli There is no better breed of guard dog than one that can easily be used as a mop. However, the jury is still out as to whether they'll clean your floors for me. Because they were originally designed for herding, Puli dogs are quick learners and can outsmart predators. Their cute appearance conceals the fact that they are a very intelligent pup.

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Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog This breed of guard dog is very close to its owner and will not be happy if left alone for too long. Romanian Mioritic Shepherd dogs can be affectionate and gentle enough to be your best friend. However, they may become aggressive towards strangers they don’t know or trust.

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Rottweiler You're likely to know someone who has a Rottweiler. Their shyness towards strangers can make them seem intimidating. You can socialize your Rottie and take them to training classes. This will ensure that they behave well with strangers.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Although not everyone can accommodate a large animal, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't have a strong guard dog. Staffordshire Bull Terriers, weighing in at around 40 pounds, are strong, brave, and can fight when necessary. They are energetic and can be walked for hours. Playtime is also a great way to keep them happy. Keep them in top shape.

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