8 Best Guard Dog Breeds to Help Protect Your Family

Airedale terrier

The Airedale Terrier, known as the "king of terriers," is described as friendly, exuberant, and great with kids.

Tibetan mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff, originating from the Himalayas, is a highly valued and expensive breed known for guarding people and livestock.

Caucasian shepherd dog

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog, also known as the Russian Bear Dog, Caucasian Ovcharka, or Caucasian Mountain Dog, is a formidable Russian breed with a sweet-looking face resembling a bear.


The Akita is a stocky, curly-tailed Japanese mountain dog revered in its native country as a symbol of good health and long life.

American Staffordshire terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier, a type of pit bull dog, is known for being affectionate, playful, and energetic, with a vibrant personality.  

Giant schnauzer

This breed is well-equipped for this role due to its size, strength, and resistance to pain, as indicated by recent data on dog breeds and pain sensitivity.  

Appenzeller sennenhund

These versatile working dogs thrive on physical and mental stimulation, making them well-suited for active families who can provide them with ample exercise and training.


Beaucerons, often mistaken for Doberman Pinschers, are the largest of all French sheepdogs, as stated by the American Beauceron Club