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So many different dog breeds have the natural instinct to protect territories and their families. It’s hard to choose just 10 breeds out of the hundreds that exist. Each and every dog breed was originally bred for specific purposes such as protection, hunting, pulling, guarding, fighting, herding, rescuing and so on. Most of these magnificent creatures each have their instincts of being territorial and will naturally act as guardians. Some dog breeds have shown exceptional abilities as guard dogs for families. Large dogs with intimidating reputations scare off intruders with their appearance itself. When properly brought up, these dogs tend to make people feel safe in their home and also make a very loving family pet.

1. Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzers are intelligent, reliable, brave, loyal bold working dogs. This dog breed originated in Wurttenberg and Bavaria sections of Germany. The Giant Schnauzer was used as a cattle driving dog in Bavaria, and as a guard dog by police and military.

2. Akita Inu

Akita Inu’s are the largest among the Japanese type breed. This breed is a solid, powerful, strong and muscular dog. The Akita Inu is docile, intelligent,courageous and fearless sometimes they are even spontaneous. This breed is full of character and needs a firm – confident pack leader. This is what makes the Akita such a good guard dog. This breed has had so many uses, such as police and military, government and civilian guard dog, a fighting dog, a hunter of bear and deer and a sled dog. The Akita Inu is a versatile hunting dog that is able to hunt indifferent weather conditions. They were also a sacred breed used for good luck in Japan. Small statues of Akita Inu’s were given to the parents of a new born baby as a gesture of good health. For the sick, a statue was given for a speedy recovery.

3. Belgian Shepherd Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a sheep dog with very strong protective and territorial instincts. They were named after the Belgian city of Malines. This high energy extremely intelligent dog needs leadership, to be challenged and exercised daily. This breed was used for not only herding but many other jobs like police work such as, narcotics and bomb detection, search and rescue, also obedience, tracking, sled and cart pulling and as a guide for the blind and assistant to the disabled. This is a working dog that needs an active preferably outdoor life.

4. German Shepherd

German Shepherds originated from Karlsruhe (In Germany). This fearless working dog would give up their lives for their human pack without hesitation. German Shepherds are courageous, alert, confident, serious and very clever. They have a very high learning ability and they need their family close by. Often used as police dogs,this breed has a very strong protective instinct and is extremely loyal to their handler. German Shepherds became very popular when they were discovered in some well-known movies, like Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart. This brought a lot of attention to this breed.

5. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers do not need additional protection training. This super energetic, loyal, tolerant, bold,dedicated and affectionate dog needs to be with their people. They are not suited for a Kennel or backyard life. This is a breed of a relatively recent origin. It was developed in Germany in the 1860’s.The creator of this mixture was a German tax collector named Louis Dobermann. Dobermann had to travel frequently through bandit-infested areas, and decided to develop a watchdog and bodyguard capable of handling any situation that might arise

6. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is powerful, calm, trainable, courageous, and devoted to their owner and family. Loyal and protective, they will defend their family fiercely if needed, seemingly immune to pain. This breed is a natural guard dog with a laid back temperament. Rotties were bred in the German town of Rottweiler in Wurttemberg. These dogs were mostly used as a guard dog, messenger dog, draught dog, for police work and for herding.

7. Cane Corso

The Cane Corso originated in Italy. This dog was used as a personal guard dog to people and to protect cattle. They are protective yet gentle.They were also used to hunt down large wild animals and also as an auxiliary warrior in battles. Not only is this breed strong and powerful, it’s a very loyal breed that is eager to please their master.

8. Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a large, strong, powerful Italian dog breed. The name Mastiff is used in this breed’s name mainly because of their size. These dogs are huge! weighing 165 lbs. up to nearly 200 pounds. These dogs have been around for a long time and are one of the most ancient canine species. The first Asian mastiffs were brought to Greece from India approximately 300 B.C. These dogs were used in circus combats. This breed is intelligent, very protective, fearless, courageous, serious, quiet and they tend to only bark when necessary. Besides their scary appearance and gigantic size they are very gentle and when socialized properly they are very loving with children.

9. American Bulldog

American Bulldog’s were not only used in the horrific sport of bull baiting, but also by farmers who used them as all around working dogs for many tasks such as guarding livestock, hunting bear, wild boar, raccoon and small rodents. This is a strong dog breed with lots of stamina. The American Bulldog is loyal, reliable brave and determined. This dog has strong protective instincts and is known for its acts of heroism towards its master. This breed is genuinely good with children.

10. Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux’s are one of the most ancient French breeds. These dogs were utilized in many different ways like pulling carts of heavy cargo, guarding flocks and they were used to protect castles of the European elite. They are known for their good calm temperament and they are extremely loyal and patient to their family. They are fearless and confrontational with strangers which is why this makes this breed a first class watch and guard dog.

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