Every dog needs affection and some pampering to be happy, but that does not mean all breeds are purely there for the cuddles. If you are looking for a strong canine companion who can also provide protection when needed, you just cannot go wrong with any of the five dog breeds that we will discuss now.

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Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer was bred from multiple breeds such as the black Great Dane and the German Pinscher, with the sole purpose of creating the ultimate breed for guard duty. This breed has been successfully used for police work, military duty, guard duty and for herding sheep. Even the wiry coat they have is particularly resistant to pests that generally bother other breeds with so much fur. Easy to train and with a combination of power, intelligence and loyalty, the Giant Schnauzer is one of the toughest dog breeds to ever exist.

Akita

This Japanese breed was developed as a hunter and guard; both of which it fits into flawlessly. Fiercely protective and aggressive by nature, Akitas love their family and will protect them with their lives if it comes to that. The most unique part about the Akita’s personality is that the protective instincts and hostility towards strangers come naturally to this breed, making it the perfect guard dog.

German Shepherd

The world famous intelligence of the German Shepherd is perfectly complemented by the breed’s powerful and athletic build, which also makes it an excellent guard dog. Unlike a few of the other breeds that are used for guard duty, the German Shepherd is quite fond of children and makes a protective and affectionate family dog as well. It’s also the most used dog breed throughout the world for police work, bomb detection and military duty.

Doberman Pinscher

Raised particularly as a guard dog in Germany, the Doberman Pinscher is a force to reckon with due to the amount of aggression it can muster when required. That in combination with its lithe and powerful body makes it a formidable opponent for just about anything that might choose to go against it. They are also instinctively territorial and protective of their family.

Tibetan Mastiff

The guard dog of Tibet is as tough as they come, and it is also one of the biggest dog breeds in the entire world. They can withstand sub-zero temperatures with ease and are used by the Tibetan farmers to protect their sheep and other farm animals against the likes of wolves, leopards and even bears and tigers! If you have a dog that can fend off a bear attack, it’s hard to come up with anything to top that in terms of guard duty. In spite of their massive strength and unrivaled courage, they are good with children and are loyal enough to stay mellow at home.

None of the guard dogs mentioned on this list are like the other, and that’s a good thing because it gives you options. You can go for the Tibetan Mastiff for its power and size, or you can choose to adopt a German Shepherd because they are the total package; it all depends on your individual priorities so feel free to choose as you please.