8 Dog Breeds That Are Amazing Guard Dog


Some of the most faithful dogs are Akitas. This brave, vigilant breed was bred to defend medieval Japanese monarchy and nobles and is distrustful of outsiders.

Belgian Malinois

The intense and athletic Belgian Malinois is a police and military K-9 choice for its agility, search and rescue skills, and trainability.


This dog is inherently devoted toward its family, making it a great friend. Bullmastiffs are natural protectors that require systematic training.

Cane Corso

The Italian cane corso (pronounced "KAH-nay KOR-so") was a guard, war, and hunting dog. Large stature, substantial build, and deep-toned bark deter trespassers.

German Shepherd

This breed is devoted to its family. Like other protective dogs, these canines need training to stay focused on guarding.

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman pinscher has a reputation for aggression. With its human family, it's friendly, gentle, and silly. Most don't mind strangers until they're in danger.


Komondors are known for their "dreadlocks," and their white corded coats resemble mopheads. Don't be fooled by its appearance.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian ridgeback, a hunting dog for big game and lions, is devoted to its family and instinctively protective. A kind and dignified breed, this dog makes a great companion.