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List of the best guard dogs for families, as ranked by dog lovers and breed experts alike. Protecting your family is the most important thing in the world. So, when you’re trying to decide which dog breed to introduce into the family, you may consider a dog that will ensure the safety of your home and the precious people that reside in it. Many breeds of dogs are considered watchdogs because of their abilities to sense danger and protect their family. Guard dogs are often known for barking at potential threats like home intruders. In extreme cases they’ve also been known to attack by biting those who are harming those they’re familiar with. These guard dogs are sweet and loving to those they know, but are very sensitive to impending peril.

What are the best guard dogs for families? This list has the canine breeds that are most likely to protect their families through warning them of danger and scaring off possible threatening people. These dogs are also perfect for families because they can be extremely loving to their family members.

This list includes large breeds that would be intimidating to any possible intruder, as well as small dogs which are perfect for warnings when danger is near. Whatever your reason for wanting a dog, these pups will be sure to give you the love and security your family needs.

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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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1,014 214
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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819 276
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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537 196
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
LeviBrummett added Labrador Retriever

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573 233
Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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494 192
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
Zhuey75 added Boxer

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441 214
American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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375 185
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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359 174
Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
BrentWintle added Golden Retriever

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230 88
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
BenjaminDouglasNile added St. Bernard

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326 177
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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272 136
Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
CfaWeiss added Great Pyrenees

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342 195
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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220 145
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
LeviBrummett added Border Collie

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238 166
Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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231 173
Alaskan Klee Kai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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176 136
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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192 160
Argentine Dogo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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162 131
Belgian Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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145 138
Beauceron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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145 149
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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134 145
Norwegian Elkhound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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135 147
Catahoula Leopard Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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119 141
Entlebucher Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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89 121
Irish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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92 130
Kuvasz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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92 134
Bearded Collie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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86 131
Basenji is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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12 16
Akita is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
AJ Laukant added Akita

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93 147
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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78 125
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
KathyRossFritsma added Corgi

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76 126
Alano Español is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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75 130
Manchester Terrier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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68 128
Bouvier des Flandres is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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71 135
Griffon Bruxellois is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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4 16
English Staffordshire Collie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
Emanuel Joseph Sokol added English Staffordshire Collie

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66 127
Finnish Lapphund is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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67 129
Welsh Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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66 132
West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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58 127
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
LeviBrummett added Maltese Dog

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59 129
Plott Hound is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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41 97
Pug is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
EdZick added Pug

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52 121
Catahoula Cur Dog is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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46 122
Sloughi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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48 128
Portuguese Podengo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families

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45 134
Tibetan Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families