Top 13 Best Guard Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

Australian Shepherd  Because of their extraordinary herding instincts, Australian Shepherds are a popular choice among ranchers. They are loyal, intelligent and protective of their family. Aussies require lots of exercise and energy so they prefer homes that have plenty of space.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Appenzell Ersennehunds can drive cattle and work on farms and are quick and agile. They are intelligent and easy to train.

Akita Akitas are a Japanese breed that was created in Japan in 17th century. They are considered to be a symbol for happiness and long-life. They are loyal, courageous and will always support their owners. Akitas are independent thinkers who don't like being surrounded by other dogs and strangers. It is crucial to socialize them and train them as soon possible.

Cane Corso  The Cane Corso's rich history dates back to the Roman Empire. Its Latin name is "bodyguard dog", and it is a noble, intelligent, sweet-natured, and excellent guarding instincts.

Bullmastiff  Bullmastiffs are a cross between a bulldog and a mastiff. They were originally bred to protect estates in England from poachers. They are loyal family pets and natural protectors.

Boxer  Boxers are guard dogs in nature. They are alert, fearless, and keen. Boxers make great pets for families with children because of their gentle, loving, protective nature and love for their owners.

Estrela Mountain Dog  Its name is derived from the Estrela Mountains of Portugal. This breed was originally used for protecting its family and guarding flocks. Estrela Mountain Dogs are a great choice for families with young children because they are gentle and affectionate.

Doberman Pinscher  Doberman Pinschers are smart, strong and agile. They make great guard dogs and companions. Their owners should take them on long walks and hikes every day.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever  These dogs are athletic and were originally created to rescue ducks from the freezing waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They are loyal and intelligent, making them great companions for outdoor enthusiasts.

Rottweiler  Rottweilers make a great addition to any family. They are calm, confident and loyal. Rottweilers can weigh around 135 pounds. Rotties need to be socialized as they are territorial.

Puli  Pulik dogs are smaller than guard dogs, but they still make an impact because of their distinctive hairstyle and extraordinary herding instincts. They are loyal, intelligent, and quick. Because of their energy, they make great friends with children.

Giant Schnauzer  Giant Schnauzers were first bred in Bavaria to be guard dogs on farms, inns and homes. They are intelligent, affectionate, and easy to train. Giants should be exercised and groomed every week.

German Shepherd  German Shepherds are loyal, loving, intelligent, and quick in protecting their family. German Shepherds are popular as police dogs. Their adult size ranges from 22 to 26 inches.