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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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Dutch shepherd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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Kuvasz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Kuvasz, is an ancient breed of a livestock dog of Hungarian origin. Mention of the breed can be found in old Hungarian texts. It has historically been used as a royal guard dog, or to guard ...more
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Tervuren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Tervuren, is a member of the Belgian Shepherd family of dog breeds, named after a village in Belgium. Its classification varies, being classified under some breed standards as a breed in its ...more
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Giant Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
EllieGore added Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany. It is the largest of the three breeds of Schnauzer, with the other two breeds being the Standard Schnauzer ...more
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Belgian Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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The Belgian Shepherd is a breed of medium-to-large-sized herding dog. It originated in Belgium and is similar to other sheep herding dogs from that region, including the Dutch Shepherd Dog, the ...more
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Tosa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Tosa is a breed of dog of Japanese origin that is considered rare. It was originally bred in Tosa as a fighting dog and still is today.
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Bouvier des Flandres is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog breed originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pulling, and nowadays ...more
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Black Russian Terrier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Russian Black Terrier, abbreviated as BRT, also known as the Tchiorny Terrier is a breed of dog created in USSR in Red Star Kennel during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for use as a ...more
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Komondor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Komondor is a massive dog. Its body is totally covered with a felted and corded coat, which is 8 to 11 inches long, and always white. It has a large head and generally massive bone ...more
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Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
A schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. The term comes from the German word for "snout", because of the dog's distinctively bearded snout. ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.
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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling ...more
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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard ...more
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White schnauzers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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Puli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Puli is a small-medium breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog known for its long, corded coat. The tight curls of the coat, similar to dreadlocks, make it virtually ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
A shih tzu is a toy dog breed weighing 5–7.25 kilograms with long silky hair. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in ...more