The 7 Most Protective Dog Breeds

Confident, courageous dogs that make natural guardians and excel at protection sports.

German Shepherd

Intelligent, alert guard dogs with a natural instinct to protect their family and home.

Doberman Pinscher

Self-assured dogs that are territorial and make excellent guardians. Need extensive training.  


Large, powerful working dogs. Highly protective and suspicious of strangers.

Giant Schnauzer 

Fearless, devoted guardians originally from Japan. Wary of strangers. Require obedience training.


Strong guard dogs with a docile, calm nature. Fiercely loyal and protective of family.


Athletic hounds that are dominant, wilful and very protective of their homes and owners.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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