These are the 10 best alert and adorable guard dog breeds to protect your home and family

In the past 18 months, many of us have welcomed a new four-legged friend into our homes as dog ownership at the Kennel Club increased nearly eight percent in 2020.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dogs to choose from, there is a lot to think about before choosing your perfect puppy.

Some are looking for a dog that will make them feel more secure in their own home – and since many guard dogs are also loving and loyal, they can make great all-round family pets.

Here are the 10 best dog breeds to keep your property and family safe, according to the American Kennel Club.

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There’s a reason German Shepherds are popular with the police and army – they’re vigilant, quick, strong, and make great guard dogs. The popular breed – it’s a regular on the annual list of the top 10 most popular British dogs – is also loving and great with children.

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Another very popular choice in the UK, the Staffordshire Bull Terriers were originally bred to make courageous, compact, muscular and tenacious guard dogs. They are also incredibly loyal and loving.

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Originally from Japan, where they are revered as family protectors, the Akita’s extreme vigilance and distrust of strangers means they can be relied on to ensure your safety. They are also playful and love human company.

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The Australian Shepherd, used in his native Australia to guard ranches in the outback, is a brave and beautiful breed – and is also great for young children.

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