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Bad Guard Dogs 2023: These are the 10 breeds of adorable dog that make awful guard dogs - including the loving Labrador 🐶

Some pups simply aren't cut out to be guard dogs. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Some pups simply aren't cut out to be guard dogs. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

Plenty of us decided to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes in the last couple of years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership soared by nearly eight percent – and post-lockdown demand for puppies remains high.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

Labrador Retrievers are the UK 's favourite breed of dog - partly due to their friendly disposition. This counts against them as a guard dog though, while their innate greed means that it tends to only take a couple of treats to get around them. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Labrador Retrievers are the UK 's favourite breed of dog - partly due to their friendly disposition. This counts against them as a guard dog though, while their innate greed means that it tends to only take a couple of treats to get around them. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

One thing worth considering before making a decision is that some breeds of dog can be very useful to protect your family and home, as well as being a great pets and companions.

Meanwhile, other types of canine are just no good at being guard dogs – lacking the territorialism, courage and alertness required.

Of course there are always exceptions, but in general these are the 10 breeds of dog you shouldn’t trust to guard your house.

The Basset Hound is one of the most sociable breeds of dog, well known for getting on with everybody. Unfortunately that includes complete strangers, such as potential intruders. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Basset Hound is one of the most sociable breeds of dog, well known for getting on with everybody. Unfortunately that includes complete strangers, such as potential intruders. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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Pugs are easy to train because their sole aim is to please everybody they meet - even those they really shouldn't. Their love of a quiet life means they'll avoid drama at almost any cost. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Pugs are easy to train because their sole aim is to please everybody they meet - even those they really shouldn't. Their love of a quiet life means they'll avoid drama at almost any cost. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Bloodhound has the best sense of smell in the canine world so could happily track down a burglar. Just don't ask them to stop the crime in the first place though - they'll welcome all and sundry into their home. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Bloodhound has the best sense of smell in the canine world so could happily track down a burglar. Just don't ask them to stop the crime in the first place though - they'll welcome all and sundry into their home. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The English Bulldog's forebears would have been superb guard dogs, but this is a breed that has long since had their aggression bred out of them. Now they are unlikely to even stir from napping on the couch should something untoward be happening. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The English Bulldog's forebears would have been superb guard dogs, but this is a breed that has long since had their aggression bred out of them. Now they are unlikely to even stir from napping on the couch should something untoward be happening. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
What's true of the Labrador Retriever also usually applies to their close cousin the Golden Retriever - including their lack of guard dog attributes. If they think there's a snack in it for them, they'll probably happily share the location of your valuables. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
What's true of the Labrador Retriever also usually applies to their close cousin the Golden Retriever - including their lack of guard dog attributes. If they think there's a snack in it for them, they'll probably happily share the location of your valuables. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
A classic gentle giant, the enormous Saint Bernard may look intimidating but they have less aggression than a tiny Chihuahua (who make surprisingly good guard dogs). Maybe an unwanted visitor might slip up on this dog's drool, but that's about the only resistance they'll typically put up.
A classic gentle giant, the enormous Saint Bernard may look intimidating but they have less aggression than a tiny Chihuahua (who make surprisingly good guard dogs). Maybe an unwanted visitor might slip up on this dog's drool, but that's about the only resistance they'll typically put up.
Many small dogs are quite effective at guarding homes, being vocal and potentially aggressive. That's not the case with the Havanese which is one of the least yappy small dogs. It often seems their sole aim in life is to find a lap - any lap - to curl up in. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Many small dogs are quite effective at guarding homes, being vocal and potentially aggressive. That's not the case with the Havanese which is one of the least yappy small dogs. It often seems their sole aim in life is to find a lap - any lap - to curl up in. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Your best hope with the playful Irish Setter is that it might tire out an intruder with constant demands for games. It's a wonderful family-friendly breed but has incredibly low levels of aggression. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Your best hope with the playful Irish Setter is that it might tire out an intruder with constant demands for games. It's a wonderful family-friendly breed but has incredibly low levels of aggression. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)