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Guard Dog Breeds
Are you looking for a dog in the guard dog category? If you want a canine companion that has good guarding skills and distinctive looks, you might be interested in the following 15 breeds. Read on to learn about some excellent, watch and guard dogs from Asian countries.
15 Excellent Guard Dogs From Asian Countries
Bac Ha Dog
Formosan Mountain Dog
Hmong Docked-Tail Dog
Kai Ken Dog
1. Bac Ha Dog
The Bac Ha dog is an ancient dog breed that originated in Bac Ha, Lao CAI Province of Vietnam. Bac Ha dogs are usually fuzzy, tall, and available in various colors. They are medium-sized, sturdy, which are well-reputed for their courageous nature, and make an excellent guard dog.
- Height : 50 to 58 cm
- Weight : 18 to 28 Kg
- Lifespan : 11 to14 years
2. Bangakaew Dog
Bangkaew dogs are native to the village Bangkaew, located in the Bang Rakam District, Phitsanulok Province, in central Thailand. It's commonly believed that this dog originated from the village's monastery near the Rom River. They are square-shaped, large, healthy, sturdy, and athletic dogs with long, double-coat fur on their necks, chests. Thai Bangakew dogs have received recognition for being loyal and protective family pets and excellent watchdogs.
- Height : 17 to 23 inches
- Weight : 18 to 32 Kg
- Lifespan : 10 to 12 years
3. Bhote Kukur (Nepalese Sheepdog)
Bhote Kukur is an ancient dog breed of Nepalese origin, also known as Himalayan Sheepdog. It is large sized, strong and courageous dog that was developed to protect livestock from predators and suitable for living in the snowy regions of the Himalayas. Bhote Kukur is primarily a Nepali name, "Bhote" meaning Nepalese people of Tibetan heritage and "Kukur" meaning dog. Bhote Kukur are
excellent guard dogs, used to help the shepherds to graze the cattle in mountains and protect them from snow leopards and wolves.
- Height : 23 to 38 Inches
- Weight : 80 to 150 Pounds
- Lifespan : 11 to15 years
4. Bully Kutta
Bully Kutta or Bulli Kutta is large sized, mastiff dogs native to India and Pakistan, also known as Alangu Mastiff, Pakistani Bulli, Indian Mastiff, and Sindh Mastiff. The former name of this dog is Sindh Mastiff, which was derived from the name of its place of birth "Sindh Prant". In today's time, the borders of Sindh province are spread between India and Pakistan. They are strong, muscular and fearless dog, whose determination and stamina are incomparable, that make them an excellent guard dog.
- Height : 70 to 90 cm
- Weight : 60 to 90 kg
- Lifespan : 8 to 10 years
5. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow is a medium sized dog. Its an aloof and reserved dog, but it is a proud-looking dog. Originated from the Siberian region of Asia, near the arid steppes of northern China and Mongolia. In Chinese, they are known as "Tang quan," or "dog of the Tang empire." Although it is not common for them to be friendly with strangers, if trained from an early age, they can be quite affectionate. They were bred to guard sacred temples and hunt, which have strong work ethic and guarding tendencies.
- Height : Male: 48–56 cm, Female: 46–51 cm
- Weight : 20 to 25 kg
- Lifespan : 9 to 12 years
6. Formosan Mountain Dog
The Formosan Mountain Dog is a landrace (domesticated) dog in the working category. This medium-sized breed is indigenous to the hilly, forested areas of Taiwan and is also known as the Taiwanese Dog/Canis, Taiwanese Native Dog, and Takasago Dog. This is a naturally healthy, hardy, and athletic dog that learns quickly and makes a good companion. These days, Formosan Mountain Dogs are used mainly for hunting, guarding, rescuing, and doing stunts. This breed is known for being tough and wild.
- Height : Male 48–52 cm (18–21 in); Female 43–47 cm (16–19 in)
- Weight : Male 14–18 kg (31–41 lb); Female 12–16 kg (26–36 lb)
- Lifespan : 10 to 13 years
7. Gaddi Dog
The Gaddi dog is a large sized, mastiff type dog of Indian origin, native to the Himalayan regions, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand states. They are mainly a Shepherd dog, but due to their large size, strong body, brave and courageous nature, people consider them to be a Mastiff dog, and they are also known as Gaddi Shepherd, Gaddi Mastiff. Gaddi dogs were developed by the local Gaddi tribes to protect their livestock from wild animals in the Himalayan forests.
- Height : 24 to 32 inch (Up to 34 Inches)
- Weight : 32 to 48 kg
- Lifespan : 12 to 15 years
8. Hmong Docked Tail Dog
The Hmong Docked Tail Dogs are an ancient breed of dogs, native to Vietnam. They got their name from the Hmong culture of Vietnam; the Hmong people used them for livestock protection and hunting companionship. Hmong docked-tails are giant, naturally healthy, sturdy, and courageous dogs with strong bones and muscles and tremendous stamina. Initially, the Hmong people docked these dogs' tails and ears due to the belief that ear-docking would make them more aggressive and alert and help them while hunting in dense forests. As a result, this dog is also known as the Hmong docked-tail dog.
- Height : 18 to 20 in
- Weight : 35 to 55 pounds
- Lifespan : Average, 10 to 11 years
9. The Kai Ken Dog
The Kai Ken dogs are medium-sized, heavy, hardy, courageous, and intelligent working dogs with great stamina and hunting talent. They were developed in Japan, and often used as guard and protection dogs. The Kai Ken dogs are often used as guard and protection dogs. They are one of the rare dogs, which can chase and catch their prey by climbing about 6–10 feet on the trees. They're natural hunters and primitive, wild dogs. Kai Ken dogs are hardy, courageous, and intelligent working dogs with great stamina, which are often used as guard and protection dogs.
- Height : 45 to 56 in
- Weight : 11 to 25 kg
- Lifespan : 14 to 16 years
10. Rajapalayam Dog
Rajapalayam is a large sized ancient hound dog of Indian origin, developed to hunt wild boar. These dogs were developed in Rajapalayam town in the Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, from where they got their name "Rajapalayam". They are also known as Polygar Hound, Shikkar Hound, Indian Ghost Hound. Rajapalayam is a strong and courageous dog that has also been used to participate in a dogfight and makes an excellent dog for personal protection.
- Height : About 32–42 kg, though some weigh up to 48 kg
- Weight : Usually measures about 65–75 cm (25–30 inches)
- Lifespan : 10 to 14 years
The Shar Pei is a medium sized dog breed originated from China. Shar Pei are aloof, reserved, affectionate, alert, devoted, and protective dogs, which were bred to work as property guardian and farm work. They are known for their loose and wrinkled skin, button shaped ears, and small curled tail.
- Height : 46–51 cm
- Weight : 16–29 kg (35–64 lb)
- Lifespan : 11–12 years
12. Shikoku Dog
The Shikoku dog is an ancient hunting dog, originated from the Japanese Island of Shikoku. These dogs were bred to hunt deer and boar, and also known as the deer-hound of Japan. They are very active and athletic dogs that need moderate exercise, and a dominant owner, otherwise, they tend to become dominating and aggressive. Shikoku dog is reserved with strangers and don’t welcome other pets, a well trained and early socialized Shikoku dog makes an excellent guard dog.
- Height : 17 to 22 inches
- Weight : 14 to 25 kg (31–56 lb)
- Lifespan : 10 to 12 years
13. Thai Ridgeback
The Thai Ridgeback is an ancient breed from Thailand that has become increasingly popular outside of Thailand, and also known as TRD, Mah Thai, Thai Dogs, and Mah Thai Lung Arn. They are available in three different coat colors: red, black, and blue. They have a ridged mark along the back (such as Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Phu Quoc Ridgebacks). The Thai Ridgeback is active, energetic, athletic, courageous, devoted and gentle dogs, which were used for generations as hunting companions, and also make an excellent guard dog good and family companion.
- Height : female 20 to 22, and male 22 to 24 in
- Weight : female 35 to 55 pounds and male 50 and 75 pounds
- Lifespan : 12 to 13 years
14. Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan mastiffs are ancient domesticated dogs. These dogs are large, strong, and powerful mountain dogs whose traditional purpose was to protect livestock and help for herding. But if you want to adopt a Tibetan mastiff, some other factors must be considered such as their nature, temperament, living, and grooming requirements. Tibetan mastiffs are courageous, fearless, tempered, and intelligent dogs and very loyal to their family and owner. But they are aloof and suspicious to other pets and strangers, also stubborn, strong willed, and dominant dogs, which need a very confident and firm owner to prevent them becoming willful and stubborn.
- Height : Average, 61 to 72 cm
- Weight : 61 to 72 kg
- Lifespan : 10 to 14 years
15. Xiasi Dog (Xiasi Quan or Bai Long Quan)
Xiasi Quan dogs are medium-sized hunting dogs. They originate from Guizhou Province in China, and they take their name from the town of Xiasi, Majiang City, where they are from. Xiasi Quan dogs have distinctive characteristics and traits that make them ideal hunting dogs: They are healthy, sturdy, and intelligent, with good hunting and guarding instincts. They also have an excellent sense of smell and impressive speed and stamina. According to tradition, these dogs bring wealth to their family, and the breed is well-respected overall.
- Weight: 10–30 kg (22–66 lb)
- Height: 43–51 cm (17–20 in)
- Life Span: 11–15 years
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