Top 10 Guard Dogs(to keep you safe)

One of the main jobs of dogs these days is to protect its owners and their properties. Crime rates are on the rise everyday, as a result more and more people are resulting to getting guard dogs.

In Africa, people has relayed on guard dogs for protection.  Some important traits of a natural guard dog should be the size, strength, tenacity, courage, resistance to pain. I have outlined my top 10 guard dogs below, These dogs are not only good companions but also the best protectors. They use every means necessary to protect their family even if it means laying down their own life.

1- Doberman pinscher

The doberman is fearless, alert, intelligent, loyal, compactly built, muscular fast and powerful. No one is ever going to out run this guy. If you have a large piece of property that you are trying to protect, then this is your guy.

2- Bullmastiff

This breed is very strong, courageous, loyal and has very good protection instincts. Proper training , early socialization should be giving to this dog.

Did you know that?
  • They are cross between the bull dogs and mastiffs
  • The bullmastiff was known for sometime as the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog  because of his utilitarian purpose.

3- Cane Corso

This breed is a scary dog sitting at nearly 28 inches at the shoulder, weighing more than 100 pounds with a large head, alert expression and muscles ripping beneath their short. The cane corso is an intimidating creature. They are intelligent, loyal, strong, versatile and they require plenty of exercise.

4- Rottweiler

This is a very popular breed, ranking 8th of 193rd(according to AKC). It is one dog you don’t want to mess with. They are strong, intelligent, loyal, loving, and confident guardian. And they are known to be very aggressive towards strangers, proper training and early socialization is very important.

5- German Shepherd

Another very popular breed ranking 2nd of 193rd (according to akc). The german shepherd dog is generally considered dogkind finest all purpose worker, they are large, agile, very intelligent with noble character, loyal, confident, courageous and steady.

Did you know that?

  • The german shepherd(gsd) are utilized often as police dogs, service dogs, agility dogs, conformation animals, obedience dogs and sentinels. Their high trainability and extreme loyalty and commitment make an excellent choice for any agenda.

6- Giant Schnauzer

The giant schnauzer is powerful,strong and intimidating. They are bold , very loyal and that makes them excellent guard dogs. but they require lots of training.

7- Neapolitan Mastiff

They are huge, loyal, dignified, powerful and very intimidating. The sight of this dog can send intruder running away.

8- American Staffordshire Terrier

The shortest of all the breed on my list but one of the best guard dogs. They are a mix of the bull dog and a terrier, Very confident, smart ,loyal,and protective. They are natural fighters and need to be properly trained and socialized.

Did you know that?

  • The roots of the American Staffordshire terrier can be traced through early mastiff warriors to the original bull dogs in England , which were used in the bloody sport of bull baiting.

9- Boerboel

Another very dangerous guard dog, they are confident, calm, intelligent, strong and eager to learn. They have powerful jaws, thick muscles, broad and blocky head and they are very scary when in motion. They are way too much for a first time owner.

Did you know that?

  • Stories are told of the boerboel killing and vanquishing lions in south Africa. Truthfully, it is unlikely that a boerboel would be able to kill a full grown and healthy lion however, they were strong and agile enough to handle the occasional leopard.

10- Rhodesian Ridgeback

This breed was originally bred to hunt lions. They are fast, powerful,strong,protective and independent. If a dog is fit enough to hunt lions, then you can be sure that they are one of the top guard dog that are fearless. This breed should properly trained as they are not naturally obedient.

Did you know that?

  • The Rhodesian ridgeback is a medium large dog originally bred in southern Africa to hunt large animals, including lions. It was previously known as the African lion hound.


All guard dogs are extremely powerful and we must ensure proper socialization and training to ensure the safety of our family members, guests and neighbours.  They are lots of guard dogs with different characters. so we should do some research to finding the right one for us.  Ranking of guard dogs is extremely difficult so everyone has their opinion.  I would love to hear from you . do you have an amazing guard dog? Use either the social media platforms or the comment section below.

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