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.
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."
The Rottweiler's natural guardian personality has made it a popular breed among police officers since the early 1900's.
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.
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.