Have you ever thought about having a guard dog?
There are plenty of reasons why someone would want a guard dog: to keep their property safe, for personal protection, or as a living doorbell to know when a visitor arrives. Sadly, guard dogs have gotten a bad reputation for being dangerous or vicious, but that’s not entirely true.
In fact, the very same characteristics that make these breeds the ideal protectors also make them amazing family pets: the intelligence to make them trainable to react accordingly when a real threat arises, fierce loyalty to the people they have adopted, and a lovable streak a mile wide.
Moreover, while the best guard dogs are brave, devoted, and know when it’s time to fend off an attacker or intruder, that doesn’t mean they are vicious animals, as the American Kennel Club points out.
Give them the training they need, and these dogs will do everything they can to keep you safe. And just like any other pet, when a guard dog is off duty, it will also be ready to offer you lots of love and affection. By the way, here’s a book that helped me train my dog.
If you’re looking for a super-sized fur friend that will protect you and your family from harm and still be a friendly pet, here are 15 guard dogs that also make great family pets!