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Best Guard Dog Breed?

I would love to hear people's opinions and experiences when it comes to guard/protection dogs. It's something that I've always been interested in, but never really required.

So what breed do you think makes the most capable guard/protection dog (generally)? I don't want to state my opinion just yet (I don't want my opinion to influence your choices. I just want your raw/personal opinion.). With that said, I'm inclined to believe that it's not the GSD.

I'm not looking for a new dog any time in the foreseeable future. I'm just asking out of pure curiosity.

If you consider this a different category, what dog do you think has the highest "stopping power"?

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For protection, the only breed developed solely for personal protection..The Doberman.

For guarding...something like a Black Russian Terrier would be pretty intimidating.

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For protection. A solid working GSD with necessary sharpness

For guarding. Maybe a big mastiff type

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For personal protection and guarding I say the Doberman.

I have 4 Dobermans in my life right now and all of them are excellent watch/guard dogs. I baby sit 2 of them at my house every now and then and they all start guarding my yard immediately. They make sure their presence is known and watch people walk past or they alert me to whatever is going on outside.

My GSD has protected me from 2 men in the past and he alerts me when he hears something going on and he does guard his yard but I still believe the Doberman is a better breed when it comes to guarding/watching/protecting.

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I think it depends on the type of guarding work as to which breed is best, and of course the individual dog.

At the end of the day, the best guard dog/PP dog is a trained one, and the breed doesn't really matter.
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I think it depends on the type of guarding work as to which breed is best, and of course the individual dog.

At the end of the day, the best guard dog/PP dog is a trained one, and the breed doesn't really matter.
There is a reason professional protection dogs are almost exclusively 2 breeds

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I was at a Schutzhund seminar this past weekend and the TD/helper said something that really stuck with me…”Rare breeds are rare for a reason, if they were capable of doing the work, there would be more of them.”

As to the Dobermans guarding? Lots of dogs bark when there is a fence between them and the threat. The true test is seeing what happens when the threat starts to move in on the dog. Most Dobermans I've seen...leave a lot to be desired.
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