8 Best Guard Dog Breeds for Families

Cane Corso

While Cane Corsos are considered to be the best guard dogs, don't expect them to be aggressive around their most beloved humans.

Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and protective nature. They are natural guard dogs who will defend their pack or attack if needed.

Boxers are considered working dogs. One of the first breeds employed as a police dog they are also bred to be companion and guard dogs.


German Shepherd

They're super gentle and protective, so they'll fit right in your family. German Shepherds are one of the most common breeds for police dogs, but they're just as common as pets.

Belgian Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois is prized as a military dog. It's also strong and agile enough to provide a guarding and protective role.

Their caring nature and intelligence make them easy to train as protective dogs.

Australian Shepard

The Rottweiler is the quintessential guard dog. It is strong, fearless, and has an intimidating physical appearance.


Tibetan Mastiff is an excellent guard dog since ancient times. They tend to be reserved, protective of their families, and aloof with strangers.

Tibetan Mastiff