10 of the best home guard dogs

Posted September 29th, 2022 by SimpliSafe

There’s no doubt that welcoming a furry friend into your home will ensure that you have a loving companion for years to come, plus the security benefits are undeniable. When paired with an effective home security package, you can have peace of mind that your property will be sufficiently protected from harm when your guard dog is on duty. With so many beautiful breeds to take your pick from, each with an impressive history and a variety of unique traits, we want to make that choice easier. Stick around as we uncover 10 of the best guard dogs that also make wonderful family pets. 

1) German Shepherd 

One of the top go-to home guard dogs is the German Shepherd, which also makes the perfect family dog, at least for those who have the space for this large and lovable breed. These dogs are extremely hardworking, and their incomparable versatility allows them to be used as guide, search-and-rescue, therapy, police, military, and explosive detection dogs. The German Shepherd is also acknowledged as being easy to train, displaying a constant willingness to learn and a desire to work. 

2) Doberman Pinscher

If you’re searching for an effective guard dog, look no further than the Doberman Pinscher. A breed that’s completely fearless, ferociously fast, and known to be one of the fifth smartest dogs in the world, there are so many wonderful benefits to owning this loyal breed. When faced with danger, the Doberman Pinscher isn’t afraid to use its powerful bark to scare off threats, protecting the premises by using its impressive strength to its advantage. But don’t let its tough exterior fool you. When this breed isn’t on guard duty, they display plenty of affection towards their families when trained and socialised properly. 

3) Airedale Terrier

Another breed that makes a fine home guard dog is the Airedale Terrier, otherwise known as “The King of Terriers” thanks to their impressive size. Being the largest of the Terriers, these pups have been serving the human race for many years, with the breed earning a reputation for their immense bravery during World War I. Used to carry messages between the commanding officers and troops in the trenches, it’s no wonder this fast-learning, powerful breed continues to be admired today. Not to mention, they were one of the first dog breeds to be used in the British and German police forces, making them a force to be reckoned with. Despite this, this gentle giant is brilliant with kids, packing plenty of personality and charm. 

4) Tibetan Mastiff

A breed originally bred in the Himalayas, the Tibetan Mastiff is widely recognised as being one of the best home guard dogs out there, and it’s one of the largest dog breeds in the world. Its towering size, protective nature and ability to pick up slight changes in human moods all contribute to making this powerful pooch not just an all-round great family dog, but a watchful companion. So, as long as you’ve got plenty of room to spare, this impressive dog could be the one for you. 

5) Akita

The Akita is a Japanese mountain dog that’s known within its native country as a symbol for long-lasting life and good health. This breed is no stranger to serving as a protector, as they were originally used for guarding Japanese royalty. Their immense versatility also makes them great hunters, and they’ve been known to take down deer, wild boars, and even black bears. However, this curly-tailed, bushy-haired breed has plenty more to offer, with their fearless and loyal nature making them an ideal companion and home guard dog. If you are considering welcoming an Akita into your life, note that they do have a tendency to be hostile towards other dog breeds, so they will need to be trained and socialised as puppies to ensure positive interactions between humans and dogs alike. 

6) Giant Schnauzer 

A Giant Schnauzer is another protective pooch that’ll show unconditional love and devotion to your family. Furthermore, its strong build and territorial instincts makes it the perfect breed for keeping your home on lockdown. Originally bred as a working dog that was capable of fulfilling a number of different tasks - whether that be carting or driving cattle - its versatility and intelligence continue to shine today. The Giant Schnauzer has also served as a police dog, military dog, search and rescue dog, and even a guide dog - talk about multifaceted! Best suited to an owner that’s able to deal with its high-energy and regular grooming, this bearded beauty will fit right in. 

7) Great Dane

Almost all of you will be familiar with the Great Dane - with one scooby snack snaffling dog being the most famous of its kind. However, you certainly won’t see this breed fleeing in the face of danger. Measuring up to a whopping 30 inches in height, its imposing stature and loud, deep bark would leave any crook quaking. More similarly to Scooby Doo, a Great Dane makes a great family pet, with its gentle nature and desire for affection. 

8) Rottweiler

A robust working dog, the Rottweiler originally descended from the mastiffs of the Roman Legions - which were used during the middle ages for herding and bear hunting. Despite almost becoming extinct in the 1900’, Rottweilers came back with a vengeance, and are now known to have served as one of the earliest dogs in the police force, alongside being used as a rescue dog during the 9/11 attacks. Being a breed that’s easily trained, the Rottweiler is just as much a home guard dog as it is a family pet. This dog’s calm temperament combined with its desire to learn makes it a dream companion. 

9) Estrela Mountain Dog

Thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds in Portugal, Estrela Mountain Dogs are named after the Serra de Estrela mountain range, which is where they were originally used to guard flocks. Working conditions here were harsh, especially when standing on summits 2,000 feet above sea level. Being a breed of great stature, it’s no wonder they were chosen as working dogs - and this trait also makes them a brilliant home guard dog. Gentle and protective, any family would be lucky to welcome an Estrela Mountain Dog into their home. 

10) Australian Shepherd

Being a breed that is far from aggressive in nature, it’s fair to say that the Australian Shepherd may not be the best guard dog on this list. However, their ability to protect is second to none. Their rich history serving as a herder makes them incredibly sensitive to loud and suspicious sounds, meaning that if they were to hear an intruder, they would alert you immediately. Keep these intelligent dogs mentally stimulated and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of love and affection. 

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