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Best Guards Dogs for Your Family's Protection

If you'd like a dog that will be loyal and affectionate while protecting you and the people you love, read on. Today, our Oklahoma City vets discuss some dog breeds that are well-suited to be guard dogs for families.

When choosing a dog to defend you and your family, there are various variables to consider, such as whether they get along with children and other pets, their size, and their energy level. Our Oklahoma City staff has chosen our finest options to help you decide on a new member of your family.

German Shepard

This favorite family pet is bold, gentle, and affectionate, and will do everything in its power to guard and protect those it cares about. They are great at learning, listening, and obeying directions when properly trained.

If you choose to get a dog from a breeder, make sure that they are reputable and if possible, meet the dog's parents to make sure they are coming from 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 introducing a Rottweiler to your household (especially if you have young children) is to make sure they are properly trained because they can be aggressive if not properly trained. We also encourage socializing puppies on a regular basis because they are naturally apprehensive of people and other animals they don't know.

Doberman Pinscher

This dog breed is exceptionally intelligent and appears menacing in general. Because they are suspicious of unfamiliar people, they make good security dogs. They are also incredibly loyal and, with sufficient obedience training, will obey your directions perfectly. They require a lot of exercise and activity every day because they are athletic dogs with a lot of energy.

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.


Because of its 'menacing' appearance and ability to sense people's intentions, this dog is an excellent choice for guarding. This medium to large size dog is sociable and fun-loving for families, and will use its athleticism to protect its owners. They are not violent and frequently desire 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 breed makes a great watchdog, albeit it is unlikely to fight an intruder on purpose. They are good alert dogs who will bark if they notice something abnormal and are wary of strangers. This enormous dog is also highly playful and enjoys being around youngsters, which makes them an ideal family companion. This dog, on the other hand, is quite furry and will require regular brushing and grooming.

Giant Schnauzer

They are loyal and clever, and can grow to be quite huge with an imposing appearance that can deter outsiders. If you raise this dog as a puppy alongside your children and family, they will be excellent with youngsters. You must, however, brush and groom them on a daily basis.

Great Dane

Great Danes are large dogs with a loud bark that can keep intruders at bay. This dog, on the other hand, is very gentle and patient with children and easily makes friends. Because of their gentle nature, they make better watchdogs than protectors.

This breed necessitates daily walks and lots of positive reinforcement obedience training from the start. They will also require a lot of attention and monitoring until they are acquainted to the rules and your home.

Great Pyrenees

With training and guidance, this large, furry breed can make a loyal and protective guard dog. They are gentle and can adapt to the dynamic of your family and home but will be cautious of guests and intruders making them the perfect companion and guard.

This dog did not rank #1 because they are difficult to teach. They must be trained with love and attention from the time they are puppies since they have a habit of barking and growling when they are young and will not grow out of it unless they are trained. They also put their owners' leadership to the test, making them more challenging to teach.

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 its bite, this is the breed for you.

Saint Bernards are clumsy dogs until they reach adulthood and don't realize their size, thus they may inadvertently knock down little children, so this dog is best suited for families with older children. They can also be more difficult to train and consume more food than other breeds, although they just require walking and brushing a few times per week.


It doesn't take long for them to realize that their family is their 'pack,' and they'll go to any length to protect you. They also appear threatening and are always aware of what is going on around them, making them excellent guard dogs that will not endanger your children.

This dog shows great attacking qualities and can easily take down a full-grown man. If you raise this dog from a puppy with your kids and family and provide them with constant training they can make a great, loving, member of the family.

This dog does require stern training from a young age 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.

Are you curious about a new dog breed for you and your family? Contact our Oklahoma City vets today for more information about a breed you are considering.

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