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The Best Guard Dogs for Families  

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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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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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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English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The English Mastiff is a breed of large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century. ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...more
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as ...more
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American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog. They are similar to other ...more
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Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The American Bulldog is a breed of working dog. The names associated with the Bully and Standard types are those of the breeders who were influential in developing them, John D. Johnson and Alan ...more
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more
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Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund is ...more
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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Border Collie is a medium sized dog, with a body that is slightly longer than the height and a fairly wide skull. The ears are usually half-perked. The coat colors come in black and white, ...more
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Akita is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy, compact, well-muscled and powerful working dog. The head is broad and slightly rounded between the widely set, moderately pointed pricked ears. It comes in ...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 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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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, strong, muscular, draft dog. The head is large with a broad, flat skull and pendant, medium-sized, triangular ears. The coat is a tri-color double coat ...more
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Argentine Dogo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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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Alaskan Klee Kai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz type breed of dog, developed in the 1970s to create a companion sized dog resembling the Alaskan Husky. It is an energetic, intelligent, apartment-sized dog with ...more
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Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Bloodhound is a large scent hound originally bred for hunting deer and wild boar, but also used from the Middle Ages onwards for tracking human beings, and now most often bred specifically ...more
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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Newfoundland is a large working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, white and black or gray. However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are black and white ...more
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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guard Dogs for Families
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The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical ...more