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1. Bullmastiff: Brave, affectionate, and loyal, the Bullmastiff originally helped keep poachers from hunting game on large private estates.
2. Doberman Pinscher: The Doberman was originally bred in Germany to be a fearless guard dog, as well as a loyal companion.
3. Giant Schnauzer: The Giant Schnauzer became recognized as a reliable protection dog after the breed was utilized by police forces in WWI.
4. Akita: Dignified, courageous, and profoundly loyal, the Akita is naturally protective and has a reputation for fondness towards children.
5. German Shepherd Dog: The German Shepherd's extreme loyalty and popularity as a protection breed have helped it become the second most popular breed in America.
6. Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Despite being a strong and powerful breed, the Staffie's loyalty and friendliness with children has given the breed a reputation as the "nanny dog."
7. Rottweiler: The Rottweiler's natural guardian personality has made it a popular breed among police officers since the early 1900's.
8. Puli: The Puli, originally used by Hungarian farmers as a sheepdog, is also a loyal, intelligent, world-class watch dog.
9. Rhodesian Ridgeback: The Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally bred as a lion hunter, as well as a family protector.
10. Tibetan Mastiff: The Tibetan Mastiff is known for being highly protective of family and property, and an overall excellent guard dog.
11. Neapolitan Mastiff: The Neapolitan Mastiff originated in Italy as an estate guard dog, and was bred to protect both owner and property.
12. Komondor: The Komondor originated as a herding dog in Hungary centuries ago, and is known for being a loyal guardian and protector of the herd.
13. Cane Corso: The Cane Corso is an ancient Italian breed that has been bred for protection work for centuries.
14. Anatolian Shepherd: The Anatolian Shepherd is a protection breed from Turkey that has been guarding shepherds and their sheep for more than 6,000 years.
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14 Breeds That Were Born To Protect You And Your Family

These breeds aren’t just loyal companions, they’re also natural guardians. Meet the greatest protectors in all of dogdom!







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