The Top Ten Guard Dogs

Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, and research has shown the similarities in the ways that humans and canines process social information. Their intelligence should not be underestimated; dogs help humans in a number of ways, including sniffing out drugs, explosives or human remains, generating power, pulling carts or sleds, guiding disabled people, herding and hunting. The police even use dogs to track and disable criminals. For many of us, dogs aren’t just a source of companionship, they also offer us peace of mind and security. Dogs are alert to sound, smells and movement. Dogs can alert us to potential dangers around our home, or help defend us against attack.

With so many different breeds in the world, finding the right guard dog is tricky. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best breeds for the job from around the world. From England, Russia, South Africa and Japan — here are our top 10 dogs for guarding your home or business.

"Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart."
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dogs: The Wolf Within (1993)

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