Are you looking for a dog that will protect you and/or your family at all times? A dog that does not get anxious in unexpected situations? In short, a dog with whom you can feel safe? Then look below for an overview of 20 protective dogs.
One of the largest dogs in the world is the Irish Wolfhound. 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.
The Miniature Pinscher is also called the "King of small dogs." The animal is brave and has a very watchful nature. Although this dog is not large, it is certainly not a defenseless lapdog. The dog has a funny character and its fearlessness sometimes even makes it a bit endearing. However, make no mistake: the Miniature Pinscher is a real dog that needs a clear leader!
Perhaps the Saint Bernard is one of the best known dog breeds out there. The Saint Bernard has a sweet, good nature. In addition, the image of the dog of course plays a huge role. After all, the dog is known as the rescue dog. It is probably for this reason that the dog can be seen in many famous movies. Today, the Saint Bernard is probably best known for its loyalty, patience and care for children. That does not mean, however, that the Saint Bernard is a softy. The animal is immensely strong, muscular and has an impressive look when needed.
The Doberman Pinscher is one of the few dog species whose name refers to the person who "created" the breed. In fact, the Doberman Pinscher was 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 with some regularity 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 to Rottweilers and German Pinschers.
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 appears in 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 bringer of good luck.
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.
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 guard dog. 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. After all, he takes his job very seriously.
The Tibetan Mastiff is probably one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The breed has been known for a very long time, so long that we know little about the origins of this wonderful dogs. What we do know is that they originally came from the Himalayas and were used to protect monasteries. It is rumored that the Tibetan Mastiff was introduced to Europe by travelers who brought the animal as a gift.
The Great Dane can have a somewhat intimidating appearance at first glance. Yet you should not let that fool you. 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. The dog can therefore be kept as a family dog.
West Highland White Terrier
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, he is still 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!
In the Netherlands you do not often find the Kuvasz. That is 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
The Bordeaux Dog is perhaps one of the most beautiful dogs out there, 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.
The Tornjak is a breed with a very long history. Documents have been found over 1000 years old where the breed is already 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 good shape and enormously strong. This breed can easily be used as a watchdog. However, this also has a disadvantage. The animal is very suspicious of people he does not know.
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 favorite housemate of many families. Although the Scottish terrier can easily adapt to almost any living circumstance, it is important to keep in mind that this quadruped has a lot of energy and needs to be able to use it.
German Shepherd Dog
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. This is because 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 also be incredibly sweet and get along well with children (if raised properly). In short: the German Shepherd is a beautiful dog, with many (sometimes contradictory) characteristics.
With its beautiful, shiny coat, the Yorkshire Terrier already won over many hearts. Although the dog now mostly has the image of a show dog, the animal worked hard in the past. The animal served in the mines and hunted vermin. Under the beautiful coat of this dog is also hidden a dog with a feisty character.
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 an owner who is clearly in charge. Otherwise this beautiful dog will become unmanageable.
The friendly Weimaraner is a nice dog, with a special, stately head. This breed is particularly intelligent and was used for hunting in the past. Today it is a sweet family dog that gets along well with young children. However, the dog is not suitable for an owner who prefers to hang out on the couch with a bag of chips. The dog is in fact quite active and will gladly go outside for a nice walk!
The Norwich terrier is by nature a true hunter. The animal was kept in particular to catch vermin. That instinct is still in the animal. When he gets the chance he uses his boundless energy to hunt small animals. Therefore, be careful when you purchase this dog and you have other small pets. It could well be that the Norwich terrier will hunt them too!
One of the most famous Mastiffs is the English Mastiff. It will not surprise anyone that this breed originated in England. The dog has a somewhat massive impression and is extremely strong. For the ignorant outsider this dog can therefore come across as somewhat aggressive. However, nothing is less true. The strength of this dog lies precisely in its quiet, calm nature. His English nickname is not for nothing the "gentle giant".