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Best Guard Dogs For Family

Best Guard Dogs For Family

If you are looking for a companion who will be loyal and affectionate while providing protection for your family, our San Jose vets have the answers you are looking for.

When choosing a dog to protect you and your family there are a number of things to take into consideration, such as whether they get along with kids and other pets, their size, and energy level. Below, our San Jose team has chosen our top picks to help you decide on a new addition to your family.

German Shepard

This popular family pet is brave, gentle, loving, and will do their best to guard and protect the ones they love. When properly trained, they are excellent at learning, listening, and obeying commands.

When choosing a dog from a breeder you want to make sure they are reputable. Make sure you meet the dog's parents and make sure they live in a healthy environment.


Rottweilers are excellent guard dogs, and if they are trained well can become loving family pets (even for small kids). They are among the smartest dog breeds in the world, and when properly trained they will be loyal and obey the commands you give them.

The key to adding a Rottweiler to your family (especially if you have young children) is to make sure they are properly trained, because without stern training they can be aggressive. As a puppy, we also recommend socializing them regularly because they are naturally wary around people and other animals they don't know.

Doberman Pinscher

This breed of dog is very intelligent and they tend to look intimidating in general. They are cautious around new people, which makes them excellent guard dogs. They are also extremely loyal and with proper obedience training will be great at following your orders. They are very athletic dogs with tons of energy so they require lots of exercise and activity every day.

If you want to bring a Doberman pinscher into a family with kids, you should raise them from a puppy in the family environment instead of bringing one home once it has grown. This dog can be very destructive, so it's very important to have this dog well trained from a young age.


This dog is a great choice for guarding because of its 'menacing' look and talent for sensing people's intentions. For families, this medium to large size dog is friendly, fun-loving, and will use its athleticism to protect its owners. They don't have a violent streak and will often seek love and attention.

Although, boxers have a lot of energy from the beginning and require lots of exercise from their owners.

Bernese Mountain Dog

This dog makes a great watchdog, though the breed probably won't go out of its way to attack an intruder. They are great at alerting, will bark if something suspicious is going on, and are cautious around strangers. This large dog also loves being around children and is very playful, making them a great family pet. This dog, however, is very furry and will need to be brushed and groomed routinely.

Giant Schnauzer

They are loyal, intelligent, and grow to be very large with an intimidating look that can ward off strangers. If you raise this dog from a puppy alongside your kids and family, they will also be very good with children. However, you do need to brush and groom them daily.

Great Dane

Great Danes are very big and have a loud bark, making them good at scaring away intruders. However, this dog is actually very gentle and patient with kids, as well as makes friends easily. They are better watchdogs than they are protectors because of their kind nature.

This breed requires lots of exercise through daily walks and lots of positive reinforcement obedience training from the beginning. They also need lots of attention and supervision until they are used to the rules and become accustomed to your home.

Great Pyrenees

With adequate training, this large, fluffy dog breed can be a loyal guardian for your family. Not only are they gentle with their family and can adapt your family's dynamics, but they are also cautious of people entering their home making them pretty good guard dogs.

The reason why this dog wasn't placed first on the list is that they are hard to train. They have to be trained with love and attention from their puppy days because when they are young they have the habit of barking and growling, they won't grow out of this without training. They also challenge the leadership of their owners which makes them more difficult to train.

Saint Bernard

This huge dog is great with kids and families and is extremely friendly, which doesn't make them good attack dogs. That said, their large size and loud bark can help intimidate intruders and make them rethink entering your home. If you are looking for a mild-mannered dog, with a bark that is bigger than their bite, this is the breed for you.

Saint Bernards are a bit clumsy until they grow up. They don't always know their own size so they can knock into things and even small children. We reccomend this dog for families that have children that are a bit older. They can also be a bit harder to train and tends to eat more than other dogs, but only need to be walked and brushed a few times a week.


It doesn't take them long to choose their family as their 'pack' and will do anything to protect you. They also look intimidating and are always aware of what is going on around them making them excellent guard dogs, without putting your children at risk.

This dog is known for its characteristics for attacking and can take down full-grown men with little effort. Raising these dogs from puppyhood with your children and your family and provide them with proper boundaries and training they can make a great, loving, member of the family.

This dog does require stern training from a young age in order to obey your orders and get along with others, without it they will become aggressive. They also need strict orders and lots of exercise.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

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