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15 Best Guard Dogs for First Time Owners

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Best Guard Dog breeds

Best Guard Dog breeds

Guard dogs or watch dogs, used to guard property or livestock against inadvertent or unexpected intruders. Although some people also believe that there is a slight difference between the watchdog and the guard dog. Watchdogs are mainly used to alert against dangers, but guard dogs also attack unwanted intruders.

Basically, it is believed that guard dogs are fierce, reserved and dominant in nature compared to other dogs, which need a dominant and experienced owner. But there are many guard dogs that, if properly trained and socialized early, can be good for first time owners too. In this article, know about 15 such guard dogs that are suitable for first time owners.

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

1: Australian Shepherd

Australian shepherds are medium-sized herding dogs, also known as nick name "Aussies". They are very healthy, sturdy and athletic dogs. Some people believe that they originated in the Basque region of Spain, while some believe that they were developed in the year 1900 in California. These loyal, and hard-working dogs make an excellent guard dog for first time owners.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : 18 to 23 inches
  • Weight : 40 to 60 pounds (18 to 27 kilograms)
  • Lifespan : 10 to 12 years
Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier

2. Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terriers are medium to large sized dogs, also known as the Chornyi Terrier and Russian Military dog. They were developed in USSR in Red Star Kennel during the late 1940s, to work for Russian as a military working dog. The Black Russian Terriers are strong, agile and courageous dogs, which are devoted to his family, and aloof to strangers. Black Russian make an excellent protection and guard dog.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : Female: 68–70 cm, Male: 66–72 cm
  • Weight : Female: 36–59 kg, Male: 45–68 kg
  • Lifespan : 10 to 11 years
Border Collie

Border Collie

3: Border Collie

The Border Collie is a medium-sized, working and herding dog breed, native to Scotland and England. It was developed to herd livestock, specifically sheep. The Border Collie is considered one among the smartest dog breed, which is a highly intelligent and extremely energetic, and athletic dog breed. These characteristics of Border Collies that make them a good guard dog. By the way, some people also believe that they are a good watch dog, not a good guard dog.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : 18 to 22 inches
  • Weight : 30 and 55 pounds
  • Lifespan : 12 and 15 years
Boxer

Boxer

4. Boxer

The boxer is a muscular, sturdy and playful dog, which was originated from Germany. Boxer dogs are known for their loyal, alert and excellent guarding talent. They have better hearing influence than other dogs. Although this dog has gained popularity of late in India, it has been a top demanded dog in the last few years. Their devotion and fortification to their family is highly appreciated.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : 21.5-25 inches
  • Weight : 65-80 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
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Briard Dog

Briard Dog

5. Briard

Briards are large sized shepherd dogs, known for long and slightly wavy coat of either gray, tawny, or black color that often covers their curious eyes. Briard is an ancient dogs from France, which are intelligent, loyal, devoted, fearless, and Protective dogs. These qualities make them excellent watchdog and good guard dogs.

Physical Traits

  • Height : Average, 22 to 27 inches
  • Weight : 55 to 100 pounds
  • Life Expectancy : 10 to 12 years
Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

6. Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a large-sized, powerful, firm and fearless family guardian dog, that has a solid build and a short muzzle. It was originally developed in England in the mid-1880s, by mixing between an English Mastiff with an extinct Old English Bulldog. This dog was developed as a gamekeeper to guard estates. It is a powerful, active dog that makes an excellent guard dog. The temperament of this dog is controversial, some breeders believe that it is a dominant dog that needs a firm owner, while others believe that it is a friendly and playful dog.

Physical traits

  • Height : 24 to 27 inches
  • Weight : 100 to 130 pounds
  • Lifespan : 7 to 9 years
Cane Corso

Cane Corso

7. Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a large sized, muscular dog from the working group of dog breeds, native to Italy and is said to descend from Roman war dogs. Very loyal and affectionate with their own people. This is an aloof and suspicious dog that does not like other dogs and people not in their family. But they are devoted, loyal and protective of their own family and make an excellent guard dog.

Physical characteristics

  • Height : Female: 58–66 cm, Male: 62–70 cm
  • Weight : Female: 40–45 kg, Male: 45–50 kg
  • Lifespan : 10 to12 years
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

8. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are medium to large sized retriever dogs, which have waterproof, wavy coats in light to dark brown shades, hardy and athletic body. They were developed in United States Chesapeake Bay area during the 19th century, to be a water dog to hunt and retrieve ducks in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. These dogs are very loyal and protective of their guardians, reserved and aloof with strangers and make excellent guard dog.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : 21.5 to 26 inches
  • Weight : 55 to 80 pounds
  • Lifespan : 10 to14 years
Chihuahua

Chihuahua

9. Chihuahua

Chihuahua is a small sized dog (they are considered the smallest dog breed in the world), native to Mexico. They got their name after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Although it is a fairly small sized, innocent looking dog, but it has a fearless, confident, alert and dominant temperament and make an excellent guard dog.

Physical characteristics

  • Height : 6 to 12 In (15–30 cm)
  • Weight : 1.8–4.1 kg (4–9 lb)
  • Lifespan : 12 to 20 years
Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

10. Irish Terrier

The Irish terrier is a medium sized, one of the oldest breeds of terrier dog. They are alert, playful, curious, independent and strong-willed dogs, which were developed in Ireland to be a watchdog and pest control in the Cork area. The Irish terrier make an excellent hunter, companion, and guard dog.

Physical characteristics

  • Height : 6 to 12 In (15–30 cm)
  • Weight : 11 to 14 kg
  • Lifespan : 13 to 15 years
Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

11. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier is a small sized dog from the terrier group of dog breed. It was developed in England, to be a hunter and work as gun dogs. It's an athletic, sturdy, energetic, confident and friendly dog, also known as the Parson Russell Terrier or Parson Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russell Terrier id highly devoted, fearless and protective dog that makes an excellent guard dog and one of the best reliable dog with children.

Physical characteristics

  • Height : 25 to 38 cm
  • Weight : 6 to 8 kg
  • Lifespan : 13 to 16 years
Puli

Puli

12. Puli

The Puli is a small to medium sized, ancient dog breed, native to Hungary, known for its long, corded coat. It was bred to be a herding dog and family companion that make an excellent livestock guardian. Puli dogs are agile, energetic, loyal, and obedient dogs, which are extremely loyal to their families.

Physical characteristics

  • Height : 16 to17 inches
  • Weight : 25 to 35 pounds
  • Life Expectancy : 10 to15 years
Pyrenees Dog

Pyrenees Dog

13. Pyrenees Dog

Pyrenees mountain dogs are giant dogs native to the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France and northern Spain. They were developed to protect livestock and help in sheep and goat herding. Sometimes they are mistaken as Pyrenean mastiff dogs, but they are different breeds. Pyrenees mountain dogs are adorable, devoted, intelligent, powerful and friendly dogs, also known as the Great Pyrenees in North America.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : Male 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
  • Weight : Male: 50-54 kg, Female: 36-41 kg
  • Lifespan : 10 -12 years
Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard

14. Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard or St. Bernard is a large sized working dog, native to Switzerland (Western Alps in Italy and Switzerland). It's a gentle, friendly and obedient dog that was basically developed for rescue work. St. Bernard get well along with children and family, and make an excellent family guard dog.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : 26 to 30 inches (66 to 76 cm)
  • Weight : 64 to 82 kg (Male), 54 to 64 kg (Female)
  • Lifespan : 8 to10 years
Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

15. Standard Schnauzer

The Schnauzer is an intelligent, lively, Playful, and devoted dog that is available in three varieties, Miniature Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer. Schnauzers are native to Germany and known as, Wire-Haired Pinscher. They are one man dog and highly devoted to their family members, and get well along with children and other pets.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height : 17.5 to 19.5 in
  • Weight : 14 to 20 kg
  • Lifespan : 13 to 15 years

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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