The Traits You Never Knew That Make These 8 Protective Dogs Perfect House Pets


These breeds make wonderful pets as well as being protective dogs for loving families. To protect well, these tend to be larger dogs, not compact ones. Check out the ones I have listed, are you familiar with all of these breeds? You may find one or two you’ve not heard of before.


dog breed Akita

Originating in Japan, this working breed is both powerful and alert. Being a larger dog, it’s amazing how dignified he is. Also, the courageous Akita is often found participating in therapy work with the disabled. You will find this thick coated, curled tail dog in a variety of colors, including white, brindle or pinto. 

Giant Schnauzer

protective of family

As you might guess by their name, these dogs are impressive in appearance. An adult male stands as high as 27.5 inches at the shoulder, weighing in around 95 pounds. His muscular frame and substantial body are touted by the AKC as being a “bold and valiant figure of a dog.”


Bull Mastiff Dog

This breed has been with the AKC since 1933. Considered to be, the “Gamekeeper’s night dog,” an adult male will average 26 inches and 120 pounds upon maturity. These large family dogs come in a variety of colors and markings; see the descriptions and type differences here

German Shepherd

great family dog, loyal and protective

Known to most dog lovers as one of the finest all-purpose workers, these protective dogs are large, agile, with a noble spirit and of high intelligence. This deep-chested, solid dog stands as high as 26 inches at the shoulder.  


These dogs love to perform! Also, their willingness to work, high intelligence, and lasting endurance, makes this breed perfect for a police dog, service dog, and as a devoted companion. A natural protector, this dog is self-confident and responds quietly when called to action. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

10 Reasons-Pit-Bulls-Are-The-BestAt 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder, these protective dogs don’t stand particularly tall. And though they are classified as medium-sized, weighing anywhere between 24 to 38 pounds, these rock-solid and muscular dogs are strong and quite agile.

The Puli Breed Are Protective Dogs

Protective dogs who love children

I immediately sense a reggae style in this stout yet vigorously alert dog. Notice how her coat clumps together naturally into wooly “cords,” protecting her from the climatic weather. You find this dog available in shades of white, black, and grey.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

these protective dogs love families too

“A large and muscular dog, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was not only developed as a hunter but also as a family protector. Accordingly, the breed can be light wheaten to red wheaten and are sleek and glossy in appearance. Originally bred to hunt lions the breed is also known as the African Lion Hound,” according to the AKC.

So, which dog are you taking home as a family protector?

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