Guard dog breeds
Are you looking for a protector as well as a friend? Guard dog breeds have been keeping their human companions safe for generations, and today they remain our loyal, steadfast and brave guardians and companions.
To make it easy for you, we have put together a list of the most popular guard dog breeds in Australia. Learn more about their history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to guide you to choose the right guard dog for you and your family!
If you’re interested in looking at the most popular guard dog breeds, see Top 10 Guard Dog Breeds.
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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. The breed is tall and sturdy with a muscular body and covered in a thick, course coat of fur.
The Akita is distinctive large and powerful dog with an aloof attitude. The Akita can be territorial and the dog is not usually welcoming of strangers.
American Bulldogs are are strong, stocky dogs that look tough but have have a gentle and sensitive nature. They are friendly, affectionate and make great watch dogs.
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terriers are muscular, energetic, medium size dogs suited to families who like to include their dog in their activities.
Australian Cattle Dog
Blue Heelers and Red Heelers are also known as Australian Cattle dogs. These sturdy medium sized dogs have been used as working dogs on farms and cattle stations.
Aussie Shepherds are medium size dogs with a huge amount of energy and drive. This breed is ideal for an active family because they love plenty of exercise and most of all they love to work.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a larger breed of dog with a tri-coloured thick double coat.
The Boerboel is a very large, strong and muscular working dog. Loyal to a fault, the Boerboel is a tough breed that was developed to guard the homestead in hard African conditions.
The Boxer is a medium-sized domesticated dog with a very muscular and stocky build, short shiny coat and a long powerful tail.
The English Bulldog is iconic for its wide-set frame, muscular physic and compact stubby legs.
These are mischievous, playful and endearing large-size dogs who are devoted to their family. They are strong, stubborn and independent dogs who are best handled by an experienced owner.
The Bullmastiff is a large strong breed of dog that has been used as a guard dog for many years.
Cane Corsos are powerful and energetic large-size dogs with a protective nature. Smart, assertive and confident, they are best suited to experienced owners and large, rural properties.
Chow Chows are distinctive looking, medium-to-large-sized, sturdy dogs with a teddy bear-like appearance. Very loyal to their owner and somewhat possessive, they are suited to a single-person or small household.
Dobermanns are loyal, affectionate and intelligent large sized dogs. Very energetic and highly trainable, they make great companions for active, experienced owners, as well as excellent watch dogs.
Dogue De Bordeaux
The Dogue De Bordeaux, also known as the Bordeaux Mastiff or Bordeauxdog, is a large dog of the French Mastiff breed.
German Shepherd Dogs are smart and energetic large sized dogs that are popular with active families. They have a unique instinct to protect and are superb watchdogs.
The Kangal dog is a traditional and very old livestock guardian breed from Turkey that is best suited to an active working role in protecting livestock, such as sheep, cattle and goats, on farms or freeholdings.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are fast and powerful large-sized dogs that originated in Southern Africa. They are intensely loyal and independent dogs with a strong prey drive.
Rottweilers are loyal, brave and smart large dogs that are devoted to their owners and make excellent guard dogs. Despite some negative publicity in the media, they are not generally dangerous dogs.
The Schnauzer is a medium-size dog of German heritage whose popularity led to the development of two more breeds – the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer.
The Shar Pei is a mid-sized dog that has a distinctive wrinkled skin. It is also sometimes known as the Chinese Shar Pei.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as an English Staffy, is an English terrier. Breeders originally the English Staffy from the English Bulldog and a number of Old English Terrier breeds resulting in a very muscular, tenacious and loyal animal.