6 Best Guard Dogs That Also Make Wonderful Family Pets


If you socialize them well with family and friends early on in life, they'll know who's a playmate and who's an intruder.


They were originally bred to work as farm dogs, so their intelligence and obedience can do double duty if you've got some land.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Most at home on a ranch or in a rodeo, these dogs are natural herders and will take any opportunity to get other animals (or even kids) in line. 

Australian Shepherd

Bullmastiffs are a great walking companion, but leave them at home when you go running, since they're not built for sustained speed.


These dogs are known for the unique patterns and spots on their coats for a pet that's as pretty as they are lovable. 

Catahoula Leopard

Don't let a Doberman's sleek body fool you — they're strong, fast and fearless, making them the perfect dog to guard your house.

Doberman Pinscher

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