A guard dog can be used for many purposes, including personal protection and protection of property. Guard dogs can sometimes be criticized for having bad reputations. However, their great qualities make them wonderful pets.

Akita Akitas are large in build, just look at their heads! They are powerful. They will be more comfortable being around their family and friends from an early age.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Appenzeller Sennenhunds are smaller than other guard dogs but they make great guard dogs due to their energy and agility. Appenzeller Sennenhunds were originally farm dogs. Their intelligence and obedience will amaze your entire family.

Australian Shepherd The medium-sized Aussie can be both brave and beautiful. These dogs can be found on ranches or at rodeos. They are naturally herders and will do anything to get the other animals on their side. They are energetic, playful and great family pets. 

Bullmastiff These large, muscular dogs can be a mix of Bulldogs or Mastiffs. They are best suited to homes with fenced yards. This will prevent them from getting into fights with other animals and people. Bullmastiffs make great running companions, but they should be left at home when you run. 

Catahoula Leopard Dog Catahoula Leopard dogs are well-known for their unique coat patterns. Catahoula Leopard puppies are a great choice if you're not sure you have the skills to raise a puppy. They behave like adults from 10 months of age. 

Caucasian Shepherd Dog These large dogs are able to quickly recognize danger and will respond accordingly. Caucasian Shepherd dogs make a great choice if you have children or other pets. They are gentle and caring around your family.

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

Doberman Pinscher Dobermans are strong and agile, so don't let their sleek bodies fool you. They're the best dog for guarding your home. Dobermans require lots of exercise so make sure you take your dog on long walks.

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

German Shepherd German Shepherds are a popular breed for police dogs. However, they can also be used as pets. They will protect your home from intruders but are so loyal they will form strong bonds with you.

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.

Puli  There is no better breed than a guard dog that can disguise itself as a mop. It can clean your floors, but it is not allowed to do so. Because they were originally designed for herding, Puli dogs can learn quickly and outsmart predators. Do not let their cute appearance fool you!

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog You will need to be there for them, as they are a guard dog. Romanian Mioritic Shepherd dogs can be affectionate and gentle enough to be your best friend. However, they will get aggressive towards strangers if they aren't trusted.

Rottweiler  You're likely to know someone who has a Rottweiler. They are gentle with their owners, but can be intimidating around strangers. You can help your Rottweiler to be socialized with other dogs and people, as well as taking them to training classes.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Some people don't have the space to house large animals, but this doesn't mean that they shouldn't have a strong guard dog. Staffordshire Bull Terriers, weighing in at under 40 pounds, are strong, brave and can fight for their rights when needed. ).