Protective Dogs

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  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, prone to health issues, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly
  • colors: red, fawn, white
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, protective
Found in schools and businesses all across the country, the bulldog is a worldwide symbol for tenacity. They are courageous, but also incredibly gentle, and they have a special fondness for children. Learn more about the timeless bulldog here.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof, protective
Small but mighty, Shiba Inus are an ancient Japanese dog breed that walk to the beat of their own drum. They’re completely satisfied roaming the house without much human attention, but they still love to entertain and make their owners laugh.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gray, black, white
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, willful, playful, protective
A loyal family companion and an eager outdoor playmate, intelligent Norwegian elkhounds are an ancient dog breed that fits well into an active, modern lifestyle.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, liver and tan, black and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Known as a national treasure in Japan, Akitas have wooed American dog lovers with their loyalty, watchfulness, and graceful strength. Learn more about living with the Akita.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, fawn
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof, protective
The Belgian Malinois (Mal) is a high-energy herding breed who loves to put its intelligence and intense focus to work. Learn more about living with Belgian Malinois.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: aloof, protective
The Anatolian shepherd dog is fiercely loyal and incredibly strong—a working dog like none other. Learn more about this amazing dog breed.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof, protective
The cane corso is a large, dignified Italian breed that is extremely loyal and excels at being a guard dog. Learn more about living with the cane corso.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: brindle, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof, protective
Created as a hunting and herding dog for the Louisiana bayous, the Catahoula leopard dog will thrive in an active, working environment.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, cream, fawn, black, blue
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: aloof, protective
With their regal, distinctive stance and independent nature, chow chows both look and act like kings. They aren’t big snugglers, but chow chows will be attentive companions to their immediate family.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: playful, protective
Sleek, athletic, and incredibly loyal, Doberman pinschers are some of the best guard dogs in the world. But don’t let their reputations fool you.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof, protective
Giant schnauzers are loyal, intelligent, and hard-working dogs who are great companions for those willing to train this high-energy breed. Here's hoping you have the time for long walks and playtime in the yard.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, protective
Originally bred for farm work and sheep herding, the Dutch shepherd is an active, intelligent, self-sufficient dog.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, harlequin, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful, protective
Great Danes are enormous, gentle dogs that love spending time with their family, whether guarding them, or lazing at their elbows. Is this gentle gargantuan dog breed right for you?
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • patterns: bicolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Great Pyrenees are smart and serious dogs that enjoy lots of space and make excellent guardians and family pets. Learn more about living with Great Pyrenees.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, protective
Mastiffs are loyal, protective dogs, famous for their extra-large size and propensity for drooling. Learn more about living with mastiffs.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, saddle / blanket, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, aloof, protective
Plott hounds are athletic, loyal hunting dogs who love the outdoors almost as much as they love their humans. Learn more about taking care of a Plott hound dog.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gray, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, tuxedo
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, willful, protective
Not only will Pomskies win you over with their darling dainty faces, but they’re also fiercely loyal companions who will follow your every step. They can be stubborn, yet cheeky, and love to make their families laugh.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof, aggressive, protective
Rottweilers are smart, hard-working dogs that can be gentle and devoted when trained well. Learn more about living with Rottweilers.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, protective
The sheepadoodle is a cuddly, fluffy cross between an old English sheepdog and a poodle. Learn more about living with sheepadoodles.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: willful, aloof, protective
Tibetan mastiffs are smart, stubborn, and independent dogs who switch between obedient and willful depending on their mood. Learn more about living with the capricious Tibetan mastiff.