• No matter the breed, a professionally-trained guard dog will be able protect your home and business while still being a loving pet to you and your family
  • Factors to consider when choosing breed include temperament, size, socialization skills and potential future health ailments
  • Some local municipalities enforce (misguided) breed restrictions that you should research before purchasing a guard dog

You don’t just want a dog — you want a protector. The best guard dog breeds serve your family loyally. They’re brave, and they have the strength to defend you when necessary. And that’s why some guard dogs rank amongst the most popular of all breeds, according to the American Kennel Club.  But that’s not all these pups have to offer. Here’s all you need to know.

What Is a Guard Dog?

You have an idea already of what a guard dog does. In general, they live to protect. They can provide peace of mind as they patrol your home or other swathes of personal property. A guard dog is able to discern between dangers. Many dogs will bark when they see a passerby or another animal outside of your property. But a guard dog has the ability to use its strength and force to ward off an uninvited guest. Your guard dog will know you and your family members, though. As such, they know who’s welcome on your property and who isn’t meant to be there.

On that note, a guard dog will be fiercely loyal to your family. They won’t act aggressively, in spite of their power and strength. They know when to deploy their skills. If you’re in search of the best guard dogs, know you’ll be bringing home an athletic and alert pup. They will likely need help from a professional trainer to tap into their true potential as companions and guards.

Why Should Someone Get a Guard Dog

By now, you probably know why you’d want a guard dog. Regardless of what breed you choose, your dog provides you with so many benefits. Perhaps the main one is the emotional boost you receive from having a four-legged friend. In short, there’s a reason why we call dogs “man’s best friend.” Your guard dog will provide you companionship, but they have more to give than that. Once you have a well-trained guard dog on your property, you’ll feel even safer at home. Your dog will learn the ropes and who they can trust.

Once you have a well-trained guard dog on your property, you'll feel even safer at home.

What Are the Legal Considerations of Owning a Guard Dog?

As with many other pets, you do have some legal considerations before bringing home a guard dog.  You’ll probably need a dog license, for one thing. You’ll pay on the license each year if your pooch has yet to be spayed or neutered. And, if you’re caught without licensing for your pet, you will receive a fine.

States typically require that you vaccinate your dog, as well. What varies is whether or not you have to have your pet spayed or neutered. If you find your guard dog at the shelter, chances are, they will undergo the surgery before they come home.

Other than that,  Be sure you know what you’re allowed before you bring home a dog.

You will need to do some research to ensure your area has no laws against particular breeds of dog. Some housing complexes forbid certain types of guard dogs.

What Are the Best Guard Dog Breeds?

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for — you want to know the best guard dog for you. You have a slew of great options — here are six ideas to start with.

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso has served as a guard dog since the age of Ancient Rome. In fact, the breed’s name in Latin translates to “bodyguard dog.”

One look at the Cane Corso and you can see why. Both male and female dogs have visible muscles beneath their dark coats. While males stand at about 28 inches from paw to shoulder, females are slightly shorter at up to 26 inches in height.  The sheer size of the Cane Corso makes them visually imposing. That’s the dog’s first line of defense as a guard dog. In short, intruders will not want to mess with your 100-pound dog.

You can expect your Cane Corso to train easily. These dogs are smart and natural learners. You will have to socialize your Cane Corso early so that they behave well with other dogs. You can have another dog with a Cane Corso, but do not get two pups of the same gender. That combination can make your Cane Corso aggressive.

Although your strong Cane Corso seems invincible, these dogs do face health issues. Namely, they’re susceptible to hip dysplasia, bloat and eye-related issues.

Cane Corso

  • Dense muscle definition makes them intimidating
  • Large guard dogs that can weigh over 100 lbs
  • Do not get another dog of the same breed – this can cause issues
  • May suffer from hip dysplasia and eye related issues

Czech Shepherd

The Czech Shepherd became popular after the Soviet Union’s borders crumbled and the world got to know this stunning guard dog from the Czech Republic. The pup’s very similar to a German Shepherd, another fantastic guard dog option. However, the Czech Shepherd tends to be even more loyal than its German counterpart.

Male Czech Shepherds measure in at about 26 inches at the shoulder, while female dogs can be up to 24 inches in height. Most come with a sable coat which, combined with their strong frame, makes them look like wolves.

These imposing pooches make great police dogs, thanks to their intelligence and zeal. Most have gentle temperaments, which helps them bond with their family members. All of this combined makes the Czech Shepherd a great dog to train, too.

Czech Shepherd

  • Extremely loyal – more so than a German Shepherd
  • Wolf-like fur coat
  • Common police dog breed
  • Loving & gentle breed to your family

Superior Doberman

One of the more common breeds of guard dogs is a Superior Doberman. They have similar measurements to the guard dogs mentioned above. Male Dobermans stand between 26 and 28 inches tall while females measure in slightly smaller at 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder. You’ve probably seen a black-and-rust Doberman, but these dogs come in multiple color combinations. You’ll find blue, fawn and red Dobermans, all of which will have a bit of rust-colored fur, too.

The American Kennel Club considers the Doberman one of  the world’s finest protection dogs. They’re insanely smart and cool under pressure. They stand alert and listen to your commands, too. Because of this, you should start training them early and socialize them well. Otherwise, they can become to pushy and hard to manage. You don’t want a dog this strong and powerful without the proper training.  Sometimes, Dobermans can be aggressive to other dogs of the same sex. However, a well-trained Doberman should be able to get along with just about any other dog.

Beyond that, you only have to worry about the common ailments of a Doberman. They may face hip dysplasia or bloating, as well as osteosarcoma and von Willebrand’s disease.

Superior Doberman

  • Between 24-28 inches tall
  • Avoid getting another dog of the same sex
  • Train them at an early age and socialize them with other family members
  • May suffer from hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, and Willebrand’s disesase

Central Asian Shepherd

Don’t expect your Central Asian Shepherd to be a lap dog. These massive dogs tend to live confidently and independently.  You probably don’t want to snuggle with such a giant dog, anyway. Central Asian Shepherds can weigh up to 110 pounds and stand nearly 28 inches tall. These dogs come in four common colors: black, fawn, gray and brindle. Most Central Asian Shepherds will have white markings, too.

You should know that Central Asian Shepherds came to be thanks to natural selection. Evolving in nature means your dog will be independent and tough to train — you may want to consider leaving puppy training to a professional.

In the end, though, you’ll have a great guard dog. Central Asian Shepherds will be fiercely protective of your home and family. If you choose a Central Asian Shepherd, you can socialize it to the point where it’ll get along with other dogs and animals. As for health concerns, common issues include hip and elbow dysplasia.

Central Asian Shepherd

  • Huge dogs that can weigh up to 110 lbs and stand 28 inches tall
  • One of the hardest guard dog breeds to train
  • Extremely protective of your home & family
  • May suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia

Tosa Inu

The Tosa Inu is known by a slew of different names, including Tosa, Japanese Mastiff and Japanese Fighting Dog. This dog breed has some universal characteristics. For starters, it’s massive, weighing in between 100 and 200 pounds. The Tosa Inu measures in at up to 23.5 inches from paw to shoulder.

Apart from its size, though, Tosa Inus can look very different from dog to dog — as far as colors go, anyway. They often have white markings across their black, red, apricot, brindle or fawn fur.  You can expect this breed to be sweet and affectionate to you, but a Tosa Inu will  be aggressive towards unwanted strangers in your home. They tend to be aggressive to other dogs they don’t recognize, though. Because your Tosa will love you so much, they’re great to train. Just know that most Tosas live 10 to 12 years, usually succumbing to joint or bone disease.

Tosa Inu

  • Extremely large breed – can weigh up to 200 lbs
  • Extremely loyal and affectionate to its owner
  • Aggressive towards strangers
  • Aggressive towards other dogs
  • May suffer from joint or bone disease do its large build

Blue Nose Pitbull

Finally, you might want to bring home a Blue Nose Pitbull as your guard-dog-of-choice.

As you can guess, female Blue Nose Pitbulls are slightly smaller than their male counterparts. In general, though, the dogs weigh between 30 and 60 pounds, and stand between 18 and 21 inches tall. Ultimately, their size comes down to their parents’ measurements.  The dog’s name implies its color, too. Blue dogs have grayish coats, which sometimes feature white markings, as well.

Blue Nose Pitbulls make excellent family dogs, despite what you may have heard about the breed. They have boundless energy, and they’re smart. Training a Blue Nose Pitbull will require patience, as they can be stubborn. However, they have the brains to learn what you want them to know.

Some Blues will suffer from hip dysplasia or skin allergies. They don’t get along well with other dogs, either.

Blue Nose Pitbull

  • Smaller breed of guard dog, weighing between 30 and 60 lbs.
  • Smart but very stubborn guard dog breed
  • Generally doesn’t get along with other dogs
  • Beautiful gray coat of fur
  • May suffer from hip dysplasia

Finding the perfect dog breed can be tough, and going through the motions of training can be exhausting. If you want to skip these steps, GST K9 has you covered. Each dog we sell comes fully trained, and we’ll send one of our dog trainers to your home to demonstrate how loyal our dogs are. Our canines are sure to scare away any intruders you don’t want in your home, as well as respond to any commands you give them. View our available pre-trained guard dogs that would love to become part of your family.