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Top 10 Best Personal Protection Dogs

For those of us who are usually armed, having a dog for protection might not be a necessity. You might consider it overkill to have that much protection because you think only of a Rottweiler or Pitbull as being your doggy protector.

The truth is, however, that any dog can be a protector. A bark is a bark is a bark, especially at 2 AM when an intruder is trying to push through the front door. This may sound stereotypical, but most bad guys do not like dogs of any kind. The bark and attention they bring is sometimes just enough for bad guys to think twice about their actions and flee the scene.

If you do need the extra security, however, why not think about a dog trained specifically in this regard? Not all breeds will fit the bill, but there are certainly a few to choose from. As noted by experts in the field, it is crucial to find dogs who have already gone through the correct breeding, upbringing, and training in order to ensure a good guard dog.

Unfortunately, the cost of getting your hands on one of these dogs won’t be cheap. However, they will be ready to guard on day one. A 2-year-old might be twice the fee, but you will have the security of owning an established pedigree. The primary outcome would be an obedient dog you can control, with the character to bite anyone that needs it.

Be cognizant of your dog with the sound of gunfire. Always ask if the dog you are getting has been around the sound of guns before. The noise, for obvious reasons, can startle any dog unfamiliar with it, and the dog may run, which is the opposite of what you want in a guard dog.

As with any animal, please consider it a commitment and thoroughly do your homework of the environment the dog comes from. Puppy mills and some breeders must be questioned. 


10. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are considered one of the most protective breeds out there. They naturally protect their families and loved ones. If they are trained and socialized properly, their attitude towards strangers who do not pose a threat is to be cool while keeping their guards up.

You do not need to put this breed into specialized training for them to protect you, but it is advised to socialize a Rottweiler while they’re still a puppy. Then, later, put them through basic obedience training since this is a powerful dog, and they don’t know their strength.

Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinscher

9. Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman is a great personal protection dog. They are mostly known for property protection, especially if the property is a large space. This breed is incredibly fast and powerful, with Dobermans capable of reaching intruders in an extremely short amount of time.

Dobermans are also known as one of the smartest breeds in the world, fearless, alert and loyal to the end.

Doberman Pinscher

8. Bullmastiff 

This breed is known for its power and physical strength, protection instincts and extreme loyalty. Bullmastiffs are alert, 24/7 and, if a stranger poses a threat to the owner, a Bullmastiff will use its power to knock them right over.

Although this breed is a great protection dog, they are also lovers and make for good family dogs.

German Shepherd
German Shepherd

7. German Shepherd 

German shepherds are known for their boldness, confidence, and fearlessness. This breed is extremely intelligent and is capable of learning commands quicker than other breeds, which makes it a popular choice for police dog work.

German Shepherds have calm attitudes when in the household but quickly go from 0-100 when a threat is posed to family members or a home in general.


6. Akita

The Akita was bred to be a guard dog, This breed is brave and loyal to their family. In fact, they were named one of the most loyal dogs out there ever since a story in Japan.

There was a man who had an Akita as his pet. The man would greet his dog every single day after work at the train station. One day, his owner did not show up. He had died from a brain injury. For nearly a decade, the Akita continued to wait at the train station for his owner’s return. Unfortunately, that day never came but he still came there until it was time for him to go. This loyalty, sharpness, and attentiveness make these a great choice of a personal guard dog.

Catahoula Leopard Dog
Catahoula Leopard Dog

5. Catahoula Leopard Dog

This breed is intelligent and known for its high energy. The Catahoula is assertive and has a controlled temper but doesn’t tolerate isolation well. This breed requires daily interaction, but they are protective of family members and especially children. They are excellent watchdogs, alert at all times and easily trainable, making them perfect as work dogs, as well.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Caucasian Shepherd Dog

4. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

It’s easy to be impressed by the looks of a Caucasian Shepherd dog. He stands tall with a thick rich fur coat and has a muscular build. This specific breed is extremely loyal to its owner, silent but observing its surrounding area with a calm intelligence.

With its strength, the Caucasian Shepherd Dog can take down a threat quickly. And as a final word: you don’t want to get bitten one of these guys. Their bite force is 550-700 PSI.

Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzer

3. Giant Schnauzer

They have a lot of physical strength, resistance to pain, easy temperaments, courage, and loyalty. If they are properly trained, they make excellent family pets, with great respect for family members.

This breed knows its boundaries. Although they are stronger than they appear, they can do serious damage to those who pose threats to them and their loved ones. The only downside to this breed is that they have a thick coat of hair, so they shed a lot and will need almost daily grooming.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

This breed looks a lot like a bulldog and the reason for that is they are a mix of bulldog and a terrier, so they resemble the pitbull breed closely. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier possesses territorial and protective attributes.

Although many experts categorize this breed as ‘aggressive’, they can easily be calmed relatively easily, with the correct training. Once the breed is socialized, they become loving family dogs who never back away from protecting their owners and loved ones.


1. Beauceron

The Beauceron is a highly intelligent breed and has proven itself to humans for years. In fact, the French army employed this breed to detect mines in World War II. A Beauceron is easily trainable and has been adopted by law enforcement agencies for professional use. This breed is capable of multi-tasking, is alert, and makes for a fantastic watchdog that won’t back down from a fight.

And there you go, folks! I hope you enjoyed this article and possibly found a favorite guard dog you have your eyes on. You can always do more research to find more information on these specific breeds.

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