For those who want a dog that can be counted on to protect their children, it’s not always easy to find that right dog for the job.
Dogs don’t always protect in the right way, especially without extensive training. Dogs are not great at telling the difference between those people who may be a threat and those people you want in your life.
When choosing a dog to be a guardian, choose the breed wisely, find a reputable breeder and spend a little time with the pup’s parents if possible. You should also understand that the dog will not be a guardian and protective of the family from the moment it comes into your home. It will need a lot of training to take on the role you have cut out for him.
Perhaps you should consider whether you want a ‘guard dog’ or simply a large dog that because of its size, acts as a huge deterrent to those who may cause harm to your family.
Dog breeds that are typically trained to be guard dogs are Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Bullmastiffs, Boxers, Great Danes, and Giant Schnauzers. These breeds have powerful protective instincts.
However, if what you want is a dog that is a deterrent because of its size but also makes a great family pet you may want also to consider one of the breeds listed below. These breeds may appear harmless but can turn from docile to high-alert in a split second, scaring off whoever may be a threat.
The Komondor was bred as a chief protector of herds and is very territorial. It is very loyal towards its family and especially the children. Komondors are wary of strangers and fiercely protective. It is watchful and independent. They are also adaptable to other pets.
If well-trained and socialized, Beaucerons are levelheaded watchdogs and guardians. They are especially good with the young, the small and the defenseless.
A Collie is highly intelligent, friendly and has a protective nature for those they love. They are polite with strangers and are not known to be aggressive but can become both vocal and aggressive when needed. They have a strong affinity for children and bond closely with all family members. They are not a one-person dog and are protective of everyone in the family.
The Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is a massive (100-150 lbs.) and regal dog with calm, gentle dispositions. They develop strong bonds with children and makes an ideal family-friendly companion. Pyrenees are exceptionally gifted to be able to determine friend from foe.
They are courageous and dedicated to protecting those they love, even with their lives if needed. They can detect intruders, no matter what equipment might be running in the house because of their high degree of hearing.
The Neapolitan Mastiff can weigh in at 200 lbs. with a height of up to 31 inches – a true giant. It’s rooted trace back to the Roman army’s dogs of war.
Despite their intimidating appearance, these Mastiffs are affectionate, calm, loving dogs. They are smart and naturally protective. They are known to bare their teeth when unwelcome visitors enter their domain.
Bouvier des Flandres
These dogs are serious, thoughtful and intensely aware of its surroundings. They are loving dogs and patient with children. They are protective of both their family and their territory and can sometimes lead to aggressive behaviors toward new people and animals.