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Dogs that are good with families and that are highly territorial

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  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. They’re terrific guardians and working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, highly territorial, loves water, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, protective
Smart, active, and super loyal, Vizslas are a friendly breed that enjoys burning their energy outdoors, whether hunting or jogging with their owner. Learn more about living with the people-oriented Vizsla.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Loyal, intelligent, cuddly, and more than a little sassy, Alaskan malamutes apply a dedicated work ethic to everything they do—even playtime! If you’re eager to have one, learn more about their unique personality and needs.  
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Few animals balance fierce protection with friendly playfulness quite like dogo Argentinos. They’re loyal, independent, high-energy dogs that rely on their human companions for support and guidance. Learn how these sporting dogs respond to family life.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: highly territorial, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, cream
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing
Boerboels are intelligent, loyal, and gentle protectors of their families. They can weigh up to 200 pounds. Learn more about living with boerboels.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: sable, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, aloof
Lhasa apsos are small, confident dogs filled with personality who make excellent watch dogs and smart, loyal companions.
  • 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: 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: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Huge and abundantly wrinkled, mighty Neapolitan mastiffs can be sweet, loyal companions requiring little exercise. Learn more about living with Neapolitan mastiffs.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, blue, cream, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted, merle, blue and tan, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Easily recognized by its long body on stubby legs, the small and spunky dachshund has long been a family favorite. Learn more about living with doxies.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners, high potential for weight gain, highly territorial
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, protective
American Eskimo dogs are intelligent, energetic pups with fluffy white coats that are easily trainable and highly loyal to their owners.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Schipperkes are intelligent, playful dogs who love tons of attention and play well with children and other pets. Learn more about this lovable little dog breed.
  • 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: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Samoyeds are so pretty and cheerful, it’s easy to think they’re lazy lap pooches who don’t want to muss up their stunning white coats. But learn why this loyal, clever, and impish work dog lives best with outgoing, athletic people.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, anxious
The morkie is a popular dog bred from the Yorkshire terrier and the Maltese. Learn more about the tiny, adorable, and tenacious morkie.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Miniature pinschers are tiny dogs with huge personalities. Affectionate, loyal, and adorable, they make great companions. Learn more about living with miniature pinschers.
  • 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.
  • 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: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial
  • colors: white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, playful
The papillon is a brilliant, energetic little dog whose unique appearance has made him a royal favorite for centuries.
  • 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.