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The Best Guard Dogs for Families 

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Updated May 26, 2020 21.2k votes 2.9k voters 41.3k views 65 items

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Here are the best guard dogs for families with kids, 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 your brood, you may consider a dog that will ensure the safety of your home and the precious people that reside in it. Many dog breeds are considered watchdogs because of their abilities to sense danger and protect their family, and 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.

So 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 warding off possible threats. These dogs are also perfect for families with children because they can be extremely loving to their family members.

This list of the best family protection dogs includes large breeds that would be intimidating to any possible intruder, as well as small dogs which are perfect for warning 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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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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American Pit Bull Terrie... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.A ...more
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American Staffordshire T... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for their strength and endurance to haul heavy freight, and later as a sled dog. They are similar ...more
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. They were named 'retriever' because of their ...more
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Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Bull Terrier is a breed of dog in the terrier family. There is also a miniature version of this breed which is officially known as the Miniature Bull Terrier.
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Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The St. Bernard or St Bernard (UK: , US: ) is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue by the hospice of the Great ...more
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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Bernese Mountain Dog (German: Berner Sennenhund) is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Bred from crosses of Mastiffs and ...more
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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. ...more
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Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. This breed is a ...more
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Argentine Dogo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Alaskan Klee Kai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz-type breed of dog, developed in the late 20th century as a companion-sized dog resembling the larger Alaskan Malamute. It is an energetic, intelligent dog with an ...more
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Greater Swiss Mountain D... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (German: Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund or French: Grand Bouvier Suisse) is a dog breed which was developed in the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund refers to people ...more
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Belgian Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Belgian Shepherd (also known as the Belgian Sheepdog or Chien de Berger Belge) is a breed of medium- to large-sized herding dogs. It originated in Belgium and is similar to other ...more
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English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog. National kennel clubs, including the KC and the AKC, refer to the breed as simply the Mastiff. They perhaps descended from the ancient ...more
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Beauceron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Beauceron is a rabbit and herding dog breed falling into the working dog category whose origins lie in the plains of Central France. The Beauceron is also known as Berger de Beauce (sheepdog ...more
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American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The American Bulldog is a large breed of utility dog descended from the now-extinct Old English Bulldog. They are now used on animal farms, dog sports, and for showing. They are part of American ...more
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Catahoula Leopard Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is an American dog breed named after Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States. Also known as the Catahoula Leopard Dog or Louisiana Catahoula, it became the ...more
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Akita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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Akita is the capital city of Akita Prefecture, Japan, and has been designated a core city since April 1, 1997. As of September 2013, the city has an estimated population of 320,232 and a ...more
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Australian Stumpy Tail C... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Heeler is a naturally bobtailed or tailless, medium-sized cattle dog similar and/or related to the Australian Cattle Dog (aka, "Queensland Heeler"). The Australian Stumpy Tail ...more