Which Guard Dog is Best for Me?

A look at the best guard dog breeds for protecting your property

Guard dog image by Nataliya Ostapenko (via Shutterstock).
For many people, the German Shepherd dog is the first dog breed we think of when guard dogs come into the equation. Image by Nataliya Ostapenko (via Shutterstock).

Dogs are great. As well as being a loving companion, they can help to keep you safe at home and provide company for otherwise lonely owners. Depending on the amount of walks you take them on, they could save you a fortune on gym subscriptions. Some dog breeds could be guard dog material.

We at CPPM Locksmiths believe a guard dog of any description shouldn’t be the be all and end all of your home security system. There is still a place for secure window locks and a decent set of locks for your front and rear doors.

Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is built for strength and has protection instincts. Its bulk and weight is so great, it can knock over intruders. Besides its brute force with intruders they can be a good family pet.

Doberman Pinscher

If you want a guard dog that is adorable yet speedy, the Doberman Pinscher is a good choice. Their speedy gait means they can approach intruders in no time at all.

German Shepherd dog

If you mention ‘guard dog’ to anyone, there’s a good chance that the German Shepherd Dog would be top of your list. Whilst in dangerous situations, they have a quick response time. Their protective nature makes for good family dogs too.

Airedale Terrier

The King of the Terriers are strong and intelligent dogs. Before German Shepherd dogs rose in popularity, they were popular guard dogs for police forces. One thing they don’t do is idleness; they are a good dog for active households.

Honourable mentions

Though never really noted for their guard dog credentials, a yappy little dog could also deter potential thieves. If you’ve had an ear bashing from a Jack Russell Terrier or a Chihuahua, you would know that spending longer than two minutes with them (in full cry) would have you running for cover.

What they lack in size, small dogs can pack a punch in the volume stakes. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the French Bulldog may be smaller than Bullmastiffs, but their agility and strength shouldn’t be underestimated.

CPPM Locksmiths, 07 July 2017.