The Best Dog Breeds for Protection

We’ve shortlisted the best dog breeds for protection, cuddling, active owners, apartments, therapy work, endless adoration, and a whole lot more (links below)! We asked Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for the low down on which breeds are the best fit for a whole array of activities and situations. Read on in this article to find out which dog breeds are the best for protection!




Doberman Pinschers are vigilant, courageous, and relentless. They are also supremely trustworthy, loyal, and protective of their people—they need to be part of the family.


German Shepherd


German Shepherd Dogs are poised, confident, self-assured dogs with a protective nature. They make excellent watchdogs and are typically reserved with strangers.



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Bullmastiffs have excellent instincts and a fiercely protective nature. The Bullmastiff is an ideal family watchdog because they rarely bark, but will attack if they sense that their owners are in danger.


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Rottweilers have strong protective and territorial instincts, which make them excellent watchdogs. Owners must train and guide these protective instincts in a positive manner, so as to avoid these dogs becoming bossy and domineering.


Akita dog


Akitas are quiet, fastidious dogs. Wary of strangers and often intolerant of other animals, Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. The large, independent-thinking Akita is hardwired for protecting those they love. 


These are some of the best dog breeds for dog owners who need a canine protector; thanks Gina! Which one is your favourite?


Find the best breeds for your needs below!

Best Breeds for Apartments

Best Breeds for Running

Best Breeds for Active Owners

Best Breeds for Cuddling

Best Breeds for Endless Adoration & Loyalty

Best Breeds for Taking Everywhere & Travelling

Best Breeds for Canine Sports

Best Breeds for Service Dogs

Best Breeds for Emotional Support

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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