Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff

The 20 most protective dogs

Are you looking for a dog that will protect you and/or your family at all times? A dog that does not get scared in unexpected situations? In short, a dog with whom you can feel safe? Then look below for an overview of 20 protective dogs

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Specifications Rhodesian Ridgeback

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Rhodesian Ridgeback

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

A dog breed that is easiest to recognise is the Rhodesian Ridgeback. The dog has a very typical characteristic. Over its back there is a strip of hair, which grows in the opposite direction. It is as if the Rhodesian Ridgeback has a brush on its back. The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a rather sweet character, but must be raised well. The dog is namely very strong and fast.

Hovawart

Hovawart Specifications

5/5
4/5
3/5

Characteristics Hovawart

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
4/5
Energy level
3/5

The Hovawart is a bit of a goody-goody amongst large dogs. It is friendly, but has a protective instinct. The Hovawart is definitely a family dog. It loves the family it grows up in and wants to be a part of it. Note: the Hovawart must have something to do. If you do not ensure that he has something to do, he will think of something himself. It does not have to be something you are happy with!

Rottweiler

Rottweiler specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Rottweiler

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

With its powerful, sharp appearance, the Rottweiler is sometimes mistaken for an aggressive, bite-happy dog. This is not true. The Rottweiler is a powerful dog with character and needs good training. But when the dog is raised properly, it is one of the most gentle dogs in the world. dogs that you can imagine. The Rottweiler can be a friendly playmate, who will fit into a family just fine. But beware: the Rottweiler is very protective and will not tolerate his owner being in danger. It is therefore important that the owner of the Rottweiler is able to control the animal, rather than the other way around. Otherwise, the Rottweiler will indeed become aggressive when he believes his owner is in danger.

Irish Wolfhound

Specifications Irish Wolfhound

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Irish Wolfhound

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

One of the largest dogs The Irish Wolfhound is the most popular dog in the world. Its large stature and rather impressive name might give you the impression that we are dealing with a monster on four legs. However, this is not true at all. The Irish Wolfhound has a calm and quiet character.

Miniature pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Specifications

5/5
3/5
5/5

Characteristics Miniature Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
5/5

The Miniature Pinscher is also called the "King of small dogs". The animal is brave and has a very watchful character. Although this dog is not large, it is certainly not a defenceless lapdog. The dog has a funny character and its fearlessness sometimes even makes it a bit touching. Make no mistake though: the Miniature Pinscher is a real dog that needs a clear leader!

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Saint Bernard

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

Perhaps the Saint Bernard is one of the best-known dog breeds there is. The Saint Bernard has a sweet, good nature. Of course, the dog's image also plays a major role. After all, the dog is known as a rescue dog. It is probably for this reason that the dog can be seen in many famous films. Nowadays, the Saint Bernard is probably best known for its loyalty, patience and care for children. However, this does not mean that the Saint Bernard is a softy. The animal is enormously strong, muscular and has an impressive appearance if necessary.

Doberman Pinscher

Specifications Doberman Pinscher

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics Doberman Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The Doberman Pinscher is one of the few dog species whose name refers to the person who "created" the breed. The Doberman Pinscher was in fact bred in the 19th century by Louis Dobermann. Dobermann wanted a dog that could protect him. This was necessary, because Dobermann was a bailiff. It must have happened regularly that defaulters threatened him. To feel safer he bred the Doberman Pinscher. It is not exactly known from which species the Doberman Pinscher originally descended. The dog does show some typical similarities with Rottweilers and German Pinschers.

Akita

Akita specifications

4/5
1/5
4/5

Characteristics Akita

Family dog
4/5
Good with children
1/5
Energy level
4/5

The Akita is a dog breed of Japanese origin. The name "Akita" refers to the province where the dog originally comes from. The dog has a beautiful characteristic appearance and is known for its extreme loyalty. This dog is the national dog of Japan and plays an important role in Japanese culture. The dog is part of Japanese mythology. Dog figurines are also given as gifts. The dog figurines are a symbol of friendship and prosperity. In Japan, the dog is also seen as a bearer of good luck.

Komondor

Specifications Komondor

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Komondor

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Komondor is a dog with the appearance of a show model. The coat of this dog can become extremely long. Yet this Hungarian dog was certainly not a model. For years, the dog has served as a very successful watchdog.

Boerboel

Boerboel Specifications

5/5
4/5
3/5

Characteristics Boerboel

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
4/5
Energy level
3/5

The Boerboel is one of the few dogs with a Dutch name. However, the dog was not bred in the Netherlands, but in South Africa. The dog really has the character of a watchdog. The dog has a dedicated character. He takes good care of the family that he has to protect. However, you mustn't joke with the Boerboel. He takes his job very seriously.

Tibetan Mastiff

Specifications Tibetan Mastiff

4/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Tibetan Mastiff

Family dog
4/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Tibetan Mastiff is probably one of the oldest breeds of dog in the world. The breed has been known for a very long time, so long that we know little about the origins of this magnificent dogs. What we do know is that they originated in the Himalayas and were used to protect monasteries. It is rumoured that the Tibetan Mastiff was introduced to Europe by travellers who were given the animal as a gift.

Great Dane

Great Dane specifications

5/5
3/5
4/5

Characteristics Great Dane

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
4/5

The Great Dane can be a bit intimidating at first sight. However, you should not be put off by this. The Great Dane is in fact a large dog with a sweet character. It is a real companion animal and for that reason it does not like to be alone. Therefore, the dog can be kept as a family dog.

West Highland White Terrier

Specifications West Highland White Terrier

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics West Highland White Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The West Highland White Terrier is also affectionately called the "Westie". With its dense, snow-white coat and dark eyes, the dog has something endearing. It is hard not to have a soft spot for this dog. Although the dog has short legs, it is quite fast and agile. It has to be, because in the past this dog was not just a companion animal. It was also a hunter!

Kuvasz

Kuvasz specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Kuvasz

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

In the Netherlands, you do not see the Kuvasz very often. This is actually a pity because it is a beautiful dog. Yet it is not very surprising that few people own this dog. Throughout history, owning this dog has been a special privilege. Actually, it was only for the nobility to own this dog. They kept the dog as bodyguards.

Dogue de Bordeaux

Bordeaux Dog specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Bordeaux Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Bordeaux Dog is perhaps one of the most beautiful dogs that there is, but at the same time has a rather sad history. The Bordeaux Dog has a powerful appearance, a sweet head and is quite athletic. The dog is considered a sweet family dog, which is very fond of its owner and family members.

Tornjak

Tornjak specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Tornjak

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Tornjak is a breed with a very long history. Documents have been found dating back more than 1000 years in which the breed is described. However, the breed has an even longer history, possibly the dog was already used by the Romans. The Tornjak is a stocky dog with a sturdy build. However, if the animal is healthy, it is in a good condition and extremely strong. This breed can easily be used as a watchdog. However, this also has a disadvantage. The animal is very suspicious towards people it does not know.

Scottish Terrier

Specifications Scottish terrier

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Scottish terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

As aloof as the Scottish terrier can be to strangers, he is as loyal to his owner. This intelligent terrier is therefore not without reason a favourite housemate of many families. Although the Scottish Terrier can easily adapt to almost every living circumstance, it is important to keep in mind that this four-legged friend has a lot of energy and needs to be able to use it.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog Specifications

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics German Shepherd Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most well-known dogs. At the same time, it is one of the most difficult dogs to describe. The dog has many different characteristics. On the one hand, the dog is large, powerful and reasonably fast. On the other hand, the dog is also brave, will not hesitate to show aggression if necessary and can scare his opponents. At the same time, the dog can be extremely sweet and good with children (if raised properly). In short: the German Shepherd is a beautiful dog, with many (sometimes contradictory) characteristics.

Yorkshire Terrier

Specifications Yorkshire Terrier

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Yorkshire Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

With its beautiful, shiny coat, the Yorkshire Terrier It has already won many hearts. Although the dog now mainly has the image of a show dog, the animal has worked hard in the past. It worked in the mines and hunted vermin. Underneath the beautiful coat of this dog hides a dog with a tough character.

American Akita

Specifications American Akita

3/5
3/5
4/5

Characteristics American Akita

Family dog
3/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
4/5

The American Akita is a sweet and intelligent dog, but certainly not a pushover. The dog is not only intelligent, this breed is also independent, proud and dominant. The American Akita has a strong will of his own and needs a boss who is clearly in charge. Otherwise this beautiful dog will become unmanageable.

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