These Breeds Make The Best Guard Dogs

Akitas

Weighing in around 100 pounds, Akita dogs have a strong build beneath their thick and fluffy coat that makes them great guard dogs. In their ancient home of Japan, they are highly regarded as family protectors and were bred to be both guardians and hunters.

An orange and white Akita looks up longingly.
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Mikhail Vasilyev/Unsplash

As such, they are often wary of other dogs and of strangers, so they won’t think twice about defending you. At the same time, they have a silly side that they’re happy to share with family and friends.