Good Guard Dogs
There are many things to take into consideration when choosing the best guard dog for your home. Alertness, trainability, temperament, health, agility, size, and strength play important roles in a dog’s aptitude to become a great guard dog. However, the best guard dog is one whose natural instinct is to protect their home and family.
Here are our top 3 picks for best family guard dogs:
The Giant Schnauzers are an easy choice to be in the running for best guard dog breeds. This Giant’s loyalty and intelligence make the breed great for protecting you and your home. Giant Schnauzers have a dense and wiry coat that comes in either black or salt and pepper. They are considered a non-shedding and hypoallergenic breed, though this doesn’t play into their natural guard dog tendencies, it can be a real benefit to those looking for a family guard dog. Their long, bushy whiskers, beard, and eyebrows give them that recognizable “schnauzer” look. Many owners choose to have the ears cropped, which adds to their intimidating look. The females weigh an average of 60-80 pounds while the males weigh between 70-90 pounds. Giant Schnauzers are highly trainable but tend to be on the dominant side so they need an owner that understands dog behavior well and can establish themselves as the pack leader. If properly trained they will excel at obedience, agility, carting and protection work. Giant Schnauzers do need daily exercise and mental stimulation so they do best in a home with a large yard. If they do not get proper exercise they can become destructive. However, if their energy is channeled properly they can be a great family pet and one of the best family guard dogs you’ll find.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a guard dog with a name as distinct as its’ look. The Bouvier des Flandres is commonly used as police dogs. Originating from Flanders, Belgium, they were used for farm work including herding and cart pulling. They are a large breed, with the potential of exceeding 120 pounds. Like the Giant Schnauzer, Bouviers are considered hypoallergenic. Bouvier des Flandres are a rugged looking dog with a thick, weather-resistant, double-coat. Their ability to adapt in cold climates, making them a great guard dog for cooler climates or when excessive outdoor living is needed. They come in black, fawn, blonde, salt and pepper, gray or brindle coloring. They are usually kept with a shaggy beard and eyebrows, giving them a larger than life appearance. The tail and ears are usually cropped. Despite its intimidating look, it is actually a generally pleasant natured breed. As long as they are socialized early they can get along well with other dogs and cats. The Bouviers deep loyalty, fearlessness, natural protective instinct, and ability to learn commands quickly is what makes this dog the best family guard dogs.
Our top choice for the best guard dog breeds are the Akitas. Akitas are a large breed of dog originating from Japan. They were originally used to keep bears at bay until the hunter could come and kill it. You probably don’t need your dog to protect your family from bears, but it’s nice to know that they can hold their own against other unwanted intruders. Akitas typically weigh between 70-130 pounds. They have a double coat similar to that of a Siberian Husky. Their coat can come in all colors including pinto, all types of brindle, solid white, black mask, white mask, self-colored mask, and ticked. Grooming needs are fairly low but they are heavy shedders so daily brushing is recommended to collect any loose hairs., especially during seasonal changes Akitas are a powerful and dominant dog so they are more suited for an experienced dog owner. If not properly socialized they can become overly aggressive. As long as they are properly trained, Akitas can get along great with people and children; and even known to be used as therapy dogs. If you are an experienced dog owner who understands the need to to be a pack leaders, the Akita is one of the best dog breeds on the planet. Their power and protective nature make it our choice the best guard dog.
If you don’t see the guard dog you’re looking for on this list, don’t worry. There are many great guard dogs to choose from. Contact us for more information about which dog breeds we have available.