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In the last decade the pitbull was seen as the badest, meanest breed of dog. Wrong! There are dogs that will wipe the floor with any breed of pitbull you can get. But that’s not the point here. A 30 kgs pitbull can be easily put down by a man who doesn’t fear dogs… but how about a 100 kg Caucasian Shepherd? So, if you want your home defended, here is a list of the Top 10 Badass guard dogs.

10. The German Shepherd

This breed has a personality marked by direct, fearless willingness to protect human children. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. It is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as a companion and watchdog.

9. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are, in general, a gentle, loyal, loving, and highly intelligent breed. Although there is variation in temperament, a typical pet Doberman attacks only if it believes that it, its property, or its family are in danger. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the Doberman Pinscher is less frequently involved in attacks on humans resulting in fatalities than several other dog breeds such as pit bulls, because they can be trained to restrain an unwelcome intruder but not kill him. The breed was used extensively by the U.S. Marines in World War II, and 25 Marine War Dogs died in the Battle of Guam in 1944: there is a memorial in Guam in honor of these Doberman Pinschers

8. Rottweiler

In the hands of a responsible owner, a well-trained and socialized Rottweiler can be a reliable, alert dog and a loving companion. However, any poorly trained dog can become a danger in the wrong circumstances. The Rottweiler is a steady dog with a self-assured nature, but early socialization and exposure to as many new people, animals, and situations as possible are very important in developing these qualities. The Rottweiler also has a natural tendency to assert dominance if not properly trained. Rottweilers’ large size and strength make this an important point to consider: an untrained, poorly trained, or abused Rottweiler can learn to be extremely aggressive and destructive.

7. Pyrenean Mountain Dog

The Great Pyrenees (Pyrenean Mountain Dog) is a capable and imposing guardian, devoted to his family, and very wary of strangers. Males weigh in at about 100-160 pounds (45-73 kilograms), and when not provoked it is calm and somewhat serious. Courageous, very loyal, and obedient, devoted to family even if self-sacrifice is required. During World War II the dogs were used to haul artillery over the Pyreneean Mountain range to and from Spain and France.

6. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, muscular, tricolour (black, rust, and white; typically with a white blaze) dog. Males should weigh around 60 – 70 kg the height is 65 – 72 cm at the shoulders. Swissies have a very strong pack instinct. They are protective of their family and training is important for them to learn their place. They want the pack to be together and gets distressed when a member wanders off.


5. The Moscow Watchdog

After World War II, breeders in Moscow wanted to create a watchdog that would be particularly receptive to spoken orders. They took the Caucasian Ovtcharka (caucasian shepherd) – possessing wariness and ferocity, and the Saint Bernard – a larger breed with a gentle temperament, and now, over fifty years later, the Moscow Watchdog possesses the mental and physical attributes desired by the original breeders.

4. Boerboel

The Boerboel, the only breed of dog solely and specifically bred to defend the homestead. The dog should give the overall impression of immense substance, strength, power, and physical ability, and should be able to more than amply demonstrate this in his day to day work. Boerboels are a very dominant but intelligent breed, with a strong watchdog instinct. They are self-assured and fearless, but responsive to the needs of the family displaying an intuitive ability to sense if the family is in danger. Like other large dogs with a strong guard instinct, the Boerboel needs to be watched around strangers always, and introduced to friends and other dogs early on to avoid aggression, and like all dogs should never be left with young children unattended.

3. Argentinian Mastiff

The Dogo Argentino or argentinian mastiff, is a large, muscular and athletic white-coated dog with an unusual history. They are excessively tolerant of children due to their high pain tolerance, derived from selective breeding to be big game hunters. They are protective of what they perceive as their territory and will guard it without fear against any intruder. The minimum height for the male is 62 cm (24.3 inches).

2. Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a medium-large guard dog native to Southern Italy. Its stable temperament and powerful body make him particularly valued as a guard dog and protection dog. Traditionally, rural Southern Italy has always used this rustic type of dog for the hunting of big game and for guard and protection work. These dogs were known under various regional names: Vucciuriscu (or Bucciuriscu) in Sicily, Cane della masseria in Puglia, Cane da Macellaio (Butchers Dog). The official FCI standard calls for dogs to stand from 60-68 centimeters at the withers (23.6-26.7 inches).

1. Caucasian Shepherd

I’m a dog owner and breeder, and I tell you, if you have a place (house, yard, facility) to protect, This is the dog you need. Excessive softness or vicious temperaments are considered serious faults for the breed some say, but if you really want the bigest, meanest dog around, he’s the one. This breed is very rustic and adapts quickly to every climate. The Caucasian Shepherd is well adjusted and active. However, he is highly suspicious of strangers, and he may become aggressive.

Bonus Dog: The Wolfdog

The Wolfdog. Half wolf, half some large shepherd breed. Vicious, hard to train, eats a lot, not very a very loving pet, but who would dare break into your home when you got wolves in the back yard? The dog pictured above is a Wolf-German Shepherd cross.
Contributor: Yaurt

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16 Responses

  1. Pit Bull Fan

    This author doesn’t know dog breeds. “There are dogs that will wipe the floor with any breed of pitbull you can get.” First of all, there is only one breed of “pit bull”: the American Pit Bull Terrier. Non-fighting breeds that bear a physical resemblance, like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, shouldn’t be called pit bulls. Second, most of the dogs called pit bulls, even those with ADBA papers, are no longer selectively bred for fighting ability, and can’t be expected to have the fighting ability of selectively bred fighting lines. If you want a fair comparison, consider the best fighting pit bulls against the toughest of any other breed. In the underground world of professional dogfighting, everyone knows that you can’t match any other breed of dog against a proven game-bred bulldog (aka “pit bull”) who has defeated good competition.

    Jack London knew this. The big wolf dog White Fang defeats all other dogs in amateur dogfights until he is matched against a professional dogman’s pit bull. It’s not the pit bull’s size or strength or bite that makes it so formidable. It’s its gameness–the quality of never giving up the fight, even after an hour of suffering broken bones and blood loss. Pit matches can sometimes last well over an hour, until one dog is physically unable to continue (to “scratch,” or cross the pit toward its opponent after a separation), even though its heart is willing. With all other breeds, the flight reflex will kick in after just a few minutes of fighting at most. A Rottweiler might use its size to dominate a pit bull during the first few minutes of a fight, but the Rottweiler will lose heart when he sees that the pit bull is just warming up. Pit bulls love to fight the same way a greyhound or a husky loves to run. The longer the fight, the more exhilarating. If not separated, the game-bred pit bull will eventually kill the Rott (or Argentine Dogo or whatever other mastiff-type breed you have in mind).

    I’ll grant you than a game-bred pit bull is usually a lousy guard dog. Because of the need to be separated in the pit by their handlers during the frenzy of a dogfight, pit bulls were bred to be gentle and affectionate with people, so that they’d never turn around and bite their handler. In fact they are often overly trusting with strangers, which makes them a poor choice for a guard dog. The ferocity of a selectively bred fighting pit bull is completely focused on other animals. The ferocity is completely turned off with people. When you think of it, this is a pretty amazing case of what selective breeding is capable of achieving over many generations. Even so, there are cases of pit bulls taking a bullet and not giving up the attack on burglars or muggers. The breed is impervious to mere pain.

    • иликедогс

      I don’t care how game a 70 lb pit is, if it fights a wolf, it will die. And wolves are not the worst thing a pit can come across. A Bully Kutta, Central Asian Shepherd, Kangal, Caucasian Shepherd, or Spanish Mastiff probably is though, they’re at least double the weight of a pit, but are known to be MORE than 3 times the weight. And all 3 are pretty hostile to other dogs. If you pitted a house cat against a lynx, the lynx will win every single time, want to know why? Because even if the lynx isn’t interested, the cat is just too small to be a threat. The fore mentioned dogs either have a coat so dense a wolf can’t bite their neck, or such baggy skin the pit couldn’t get a grip on anything but extra skin, or both! I mean really, it’s like pitting a 100 lb boxer against a 200 lb boxer, no matter how ‘game’ the little guy is, one punch from the big guy and the fight is over. Oh, and because dog fighting is legal where the Bully Kutta, Caucasian&Central Asian Shepherds are from, they’re more game than a pit. 3, 000 years of breeding to be a war dog will do that to a breed, believe it or not, better than 150 years of breeding can! But for its weight, pits are very tough.
      I also agree that those are not Boerboels in pic no. 4

    • Naazhim Walele

      Dude first off if you do know so much about pitbulls you would know that they are different breeds the two I know are know as the red nose pitbull and the blue nose pitbull and another thing pitbull is not the strongest dog if you look at number 4 you will see the boerboel also known as South African mastiff these dogs would hunt down lions show me a pitbull that can do that

  2. JJ

    No.4 Those are NOT Boerboels at all! They are a tan colour and and have hanging ears.

  3. john

    the pittbull fan has his head on str8 auther of this publication this statement “There are dogs that will wipe the floor with any breed of pitbull you can get.”is null and void get your facts straight not even a wolf can detour that little big headed champ

  4. Mike

    No Kurdish Kangal? No Presa Canario? No Bucovina Shepperd dog? No mioritic shepperd?

    • Alan

      Defineately not Boerboels. I own one now out of the Egoli bloodline.. That actually appears to me to be a pair of Cane Corsos in the number four slot. I owed one of those for ten years. Both incredible dogs. The number 4 dog looks just like number 6.

      And as was mentioned, Boerboel’s ears are not cut.

  5. the guy who forgot to think

    I would sa thé kangal is the Best for a watch dog hé never hurt women or children he is loyal he is biger than some wolf and can even figth against wolf only don si de its the fact that it is tard toi et one

  6. Mike

    I agree with everything pitbull fans says, and his reply is well written

    Ill disagree on one thing, Im not sure even the gamest pitt could always defeat say a gmeny dogo, in an open field with a little more room to manuever, outside a pitt

  7. Elli

    Here’s an even more comprehensive list of guard dogs. Everything you need to know about guard/protection/watch dogs, their size, temperament, etc… I’m pretty sure you can find all of that here: best guard dogs

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  10. Martin

    Seriously, the gentle and loving greater Swiss in a list with all those mean big badass fighting dogs ? haha my Swissy will be flattered 🙂

    But a Swiss is more of an alarm system (impressive barking) than a badass guarding dog


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