15 Best Guard Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

Akita Akitas, a Japanese breed that was developed in Japan in the 17th century, are considered to be a symbol of happiness and long-life. They are loyal and courageous, and they will always be there for their owners. Akitas are independent thinkers and don't get along with other dogs or strangers. It is important to socialize and train them as soon as possible.

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

Australian Shepherd  Australian Shepherds are a popular choice for ranchers due to their exceptional herding instincts. They are loyal, intelligent, and protective of their family. Aussies need lots of exercise and energy, so homes with plenty of space are ideal.

Bergamasco Sheepdog  Bergamasco Sheepdogs are social animals and can be affectionate with family members and other animals. They're signature coat is long and layered--and surprisingly low-maintenance--requiring just a few baths per year and zero brushing as they don't shed.

Boxer  Boxers are guard dogs by nature. They are fearless, alert, and keen. Because of their playful, patient, protective nature, and their love for their owners, boxers are great choices for families with kids.

Briard  Briards can sometimes be called "a heart wrapped in fur", which is a reference to their loving and loyal nature. They are great for people who love to hike and run, making them ideal companions for four-legged friends. They are great for those who can manage their grooming due to their long, thin coats.

Bullmastiff  Bullmastiffs, a mix of mastiff and bulldog, were originally bred to defend estates in England against poachers. They make loyal family pets and are natural protectors.

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

Chesapeake Bay Retriever  These athletic dogs were created to save ducks from the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They make excellent companions for outdoor enthusiasts and are intelligent and loyal.

Doberman Pinscher  Doberman Pinschers can be smart, strong, and agile. They are great companions and guard dogs. They should be taken on long walks and hikes by their owners every day.

Estrela Mountain Dog  It is named after the Estrela Mountains in Portugal, from which it hails. The breed was originally used to guard flocks and protect its family. Because they are gentle and affectionate, Estrela Mountain Dogs make a wonderful choice for families with young children.

German Shepherd  German Shepherds are loving, loyal, intelligent, and quick to protect their family. German Shepherds are a popular breed for police dogs. Their adult sizes range from 22 to 26 inches.

Giant Schnauzer  Giant Schnauzers were originally bred in Bavaria as guard dogs for farms, homes and inns. They are smart, affectionate, and very easy to train. Giants need to be exercised and groomed weekly.

Puli  Pulik are smaller than guard dogs but still have an impact due to their unique hairstyle and exceptional herding instincts. They are intelligent, loyal, and fast. They are great friends for children because of their energetic nature.

Rottweiler  Rottweilers are a calm, confident, and loyal member of the family. They can weigh in at around 135 pounds. Rotties are territorial and need to be socialized.