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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 is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated ...more
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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Doberman Pinscher is a muscular and very powerful dog. Its hard, short-haired, close-fitting coat comes in black, black and tan, blue-gray, red, fawn and white. The hair is short, thick and ...more
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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Rottweiler is a medium/large size breed of domestic dog. The dogs were known as "Rottweil butchers' dogs" because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with ...more
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Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Malinois or Belgian Shepherd Dog is a medium breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog classification, rather than as a separate breed. The Malinois is ...more
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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short haired dog whose early ancestors came from England and Ireland. It is a member of the molosser breed group. The American ...more
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Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Bullmastiff is a large size 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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Cane Corso is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Cane Corso is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, Guard dog and hunter.
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Akita Inu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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Neapolitan Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Neapolitan Mastiff or Italian Mastiff, is a large, ancient dog breed. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and ...more
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Tibetan Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed and type of large domestic dog originating with nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, and India. The dog is widely used by local tribes of himachal ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover ...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 dog that was developed in Argentina primarily for the purpose of big-game hunting, including wild boar; the breeder, Antonio Nores Martínez, ...more
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Boerboel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
AnouschkaDenOuden added
The Boerboel is a large Molosser-type breed from South Africa, bred for the purpose of guarding the homestead. These dogs were bred as working farm dogs.
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog which originated in Anatolia and was further developed as a breed in America. It is rugged, large and very strong; with superior sight and hearing ...more
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Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees in North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff. The Great ...more
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Kangal Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Kangal is a breed of livestock guardian dog, originating from the Kangal district in Sivas Province, Turkey. It is of an early mastiff type with a solid, pale tan or sabled coat, and with a ...more
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American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The American Staffordshire Terrier also known as Amstaff is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed. In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and was ...more
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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly ...more
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Fila Brasileiro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Fila Brasileiro also known as the Brazilian Mastiff is a large working breed of dog developed in Brazil. It is known for its superb tracking ability, aggressiveness and an unforgiving ...more
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American Akita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, known as the "Akita Inu" or ...more
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge. They are known for their enormous bodies and great height. ...more
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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Rhodesian ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with ...more
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Beauceron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
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The Beauceron is a guard dog and herding dog breed falling into the working dog category whose origins lie in the plains of Northern France. The Beauceron is also known as Berger de Beauce or ...more
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Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
The Chow Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means "puffy-lion dog". The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, ...more
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Dutch shepherd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Protection
EllieGore added Dutch shepherd