These are the 10 best breeds of dog to choose if you are looking for a pet that will protect your home and family. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The last two years have seen many of us welcome a
new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership soar.
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a
larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallerganic dog. A breed that sometimes get a bad reputation for being aggressive, a well-bred Rottweiler will only show aggression when it, its home or its family are under threat. When not on guard dog duty they are calm, confident, loving and playful. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Some are looking for a dog that will make them feel safer in their own home – and, with many guard dogs also affectionate and loyal, they can make great all-round family pets.
Here are the 10 best dog breeds for to protect your property and family, according to the
American Kennel Club. For all the latest dog news, chat, advice and information, join our Scotsdog Facebook group here Another hugely popular choice in the UK, the Staffordshire Bull Terriers were originally bred to fight and make brave, compact muscular and tenacious guard dogs. They are also incredibly loyal and loving. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) Read more: Does My Dog Love Me? Here are 12 telltale signs that your adorable and affectionate dog loves you too - from licking to yawning Dogs With Powerful Bites: These are the 11 breeds of adorable dog who have the strongest bite - including the strong Bulldog The Tibetan Mastiff, with their distinctive thick coat designed for cold climates, are loyal and affectionate to their inner circle but will repel unwanted guests with ferocity. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) Here are 10 of the most popular and adorable crossbreed dogs Despite the name, the Australian Shepherd is a breed that was actually developed in the USA. The name comes from the Spanish area of Asturias, where its origins have been traced. Traditionally used as a herding dog, it is a breed that is as brave as it is beautiful - and are also great with young children. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) There's a reason that German Shepherds are popular with the police and army - they are alert, fast, strong, and make great guard dogs. The popular breed - they are a regular in the annual top 10 favourite UK dogs list - are also affectionate and great with kids. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) Also known as the Doberman Pinscher in the USA, the Dobermann is a fast and noble breed that the American Kennel Club calls "incomparably fearless and vigilant". (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) Originally from Japan, where they are venerated as family protectors, the Akita's extreme vigilance and distrust of strangers means they can be trusted to keep your safe. They are also playful and love human companionship. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) Developed in Germany as a hunting dog, Boxers will take the job of protecting their family very seriously, but are also very affectionate. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) Also known as the Bas Rouge, on account of its red 'stockings', the Beauceron is a dog that was originally used to herd animals in Central France. It's now known as one of the world's finest guard dogs, with a particularly acute sense of hearing. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) The Bullmastiff is a breed that has a fearsome reputation as a guard dog - thanks to its history of guarding estates for 19th-century gamekeepers. Off-duty they are affectionate and easy-going, although sometimes less tolerant of other dogs. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)