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The Best Dogs for Protection 

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List of the best dog breeds for protection, as ranked by dog owners and dog breed professionals. A dog may be man’s best friend, but they can also be man’s best form of protection. When you have a family and a home that you need to keep safe, you’ll do anything to deter robbers and other people who potentially wish to do you and your family harm. While a security system is one way to keep your loved ones safe, a good guard dog can also be the means of protection. Large and small dogs have been known to ward off intruders and warn you when harm is coming your way. If you’ve been wondering, “What are the most protective dogs?” this list has the answers.

The most protective dog breed is usually a large dog, like a Doberman and German Shepherd, who are confident, physically strong, and filled with instincts that will protect your family. Smaller dogs, such as a poodle or Chihuahua, can also act as a good watch dog by being a watchful eye for approaching danger.

This list is filled with the best guard dog breeds that will be forever loyal and loving to your family, while helping to ensure their safety. Defend your family while gaining a furry best friend with any of the protective dog breeds on this list.

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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, ...more
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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Dobermann, (; German pronunciation: [ˈdoːbɐman]), Doberman or Doberman Pinscher in the United States and Canada, is a medium-large breed of domestic dog that was originally developed around ...more
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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Rottweiler (, UK also ) is a breed of domestic dog, regarded as medium-to-large or large. The dogs were known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs, because ...more
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American Pit Bull Terrie... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a purebred dog breed recognized by the United Kennel Club and American Dog Breeders Association, but not the American Kennel Club (AKC). It is a ...more
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Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Bullmastiff is a large-sized breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. The Bullmastiff shares the characteristics of molosser dogs, and was originally developed by ...more
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Belgian Shepherd Malinoi... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Malinois is a medium-to-large breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog rather than as a separate breed. The name "Malinois" is derived from ...more
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Akita Inu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Akita (秋田犬, Akita-inu, Japanese pronunciation: [akʲita.inɯ]) is a medium breed of dog originating from the mountainous regions of northern Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a ...more
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Cane Corso is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Cane Corso (pronounced kah-neh kor-so [ˈkaːne ˈkɔrso] from Italian cane (dog) and "corso" meaning "course" (i.e. "coursing dog"), is a large Italian breed of ...more
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Neapolitan Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino (Italian: Mastino Napoletano) is a large dog breed from Italy. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their ...more
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Tibetan Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Tibetan Mastiff (Tibetan: འདོགས་ཁྱི, Chinese: 藏獒; Pinyin: Zàng áo) is a large Tibetan dog breed belonging to the mastiff family. Originating with the nomadic cultures of Tibet, ...more
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American Staffordshire T... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Amstaff, is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed.In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and ...more
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Argentine Dogo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Dogo Argentino is a large, white, muscular breed of dog that was developed in Argentina primarily for the purpose of big-game hunting, including wild boar. The breeder, Antonio Nores ...more
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Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Great Pyrenees, known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog outside of North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff. As ...more
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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in the Southern Africa region. Its forebears can be traced to the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi, which were crossed with ...more
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Kangal Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Kangal Shepherd Dog is a breed of large livestock guardian dog in Sivas. Historically the Anatolian Shepherd was treated as a separate breed by many canine registries, but this is now ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn brindled or white, with or without white markings. Boxers are ...more
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Turkish: Anadolu çoban köpeği) is a breed of dog that originated in the Anatolia region of central Turkey. It is rugged, large, and very strong, with good ...more
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Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Chow-Chow (sometimes simply Chow) is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi-Quan (Pinyin: sōng-shī quǎn 鬆獅犬), which means "puffy-lion dog".
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Fila Brasileiro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Fila Brasileiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfilɐ ˌbraziˈlejɾu]), or Brazilian Mastiff, is a large working breed of dog developed in Brazil. It is known for its superb tracking ability, ...more
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Tervuren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Tervuren (, sometimes spelled Tervueren), is named after a village in Belgium. Its classification varies, being classified under some breed standards as a breed in its own right, and in ...more
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Boerboel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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The Boerboel [ˈbuːrbul], also known as the South African Mastiff, is a large, Molosser-type breed from South Africa and are bred for the purpose of guarding the homestead. These dogs were bred ...more
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Dogue de Bordeaux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux mastiff, French mastiff or Bordeauxdog is a large French mastiff breed—and one of the oldest French dog breeds. A typical brachycephalic molossoid type breed, the ...more
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Kuvasz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Kuvasz (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkuvɒs]), is an ancient breed of livestock dog of Hungarian origin. Mention of the breed can be found in old Hungarian texts. They have historically been ...more
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American Akita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Akita (秋田犬, Akita-inu, Japanese pronunciation: [akʲita.inɯ]) is a medium breed of dog originating from the mountainous regions of northern Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a ...more
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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Siberian Husky (Russian: Сибирский хаски, tr. Sibirskiy khaski) is a medium size working dog breed. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly furred ...more