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Top 5 guard dogs (even better than armed human!)

Top 5 guard dogs (even better than armed human!)

It goes without saying that some breeds of dogs are better for security than others. There are actually several dog breeds that are known specifically for their protective prowess and instinct. Here are the top five best guard dogs:

1. Pero De Presa Canario

These dogs can be calm, affectionate, and obedient, but only with the proper training from experienced owners. They have a powerful natural instinct to attack anything that appears to be a threat. Intensive socialization and obedience training as puppies and beyond is crucial for the Presa Canario breed, and they will respond best to fair, consistent training and clear limits.

2. Cane Corso

This breed is still not as popular as many other breeds on this list, but it has the potential to be an excellent personal protection dog. This is a large Italian breed of about 45 to 50 kilos (about 100 to 110 pounds) with a muscular body, a short muzzle, and a strong bite.

They may actually be a “catch” breed, having been used to hunt game, but since the Roman times, they have also been used as a guard and a personal protection dog.

Like the Doberman, the Cane Corso often becomes attached to one person in the household and so falls into the role of protection dog easily. Unlike the Doberman, however, they are large and not easy to train. Not everyone can or should attempt to handle one of these.

3. Rottweiler

training of rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a powerful and imposing guard dog breed that has been used for centuries to protect property and livestock. With their strong, muscular frame, alert nature, and intimidating bark, Rottweilers make excellent guard dogs.

4. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman dog outdoor. Dog on a walk in summer. Dog in the park.

The Doberman Pinscher is a breed of guard dog that was developed in Germany during the late 19th century. It is one of the most popular and recognizable guard dogs, renowned for its intelligence, loyalty, and courage.

5. German Shepherd

German Shepherd dog portrait

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular and versatile guard dogs in the world. This breed has been used for centuries to protect property and livestock, as well as being employed by police forces around the globe.

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If a GSD is socialized and trained, excessive aggression is not a problem. When these were first developed, they were also healthy, but they have been bred carelessly and in large numbers and now have several health problems.

Headshot of purebred german shepherd against dark background

Besides the temperament problems, some have floppy ears, and about a fifth of them develop hip dysplasia. They are also prone to bloat. Later on, a lot of these may develop arthritis because of their conformation.


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