Don’t expect the Great Pyrenees to spend most of its time with you by the fireplace; rather, this breed will be constantly patrolling the outside perimeters and alert you to trouble with its heavy, distinctive bark.
Because they are slow to learn new commands, owning a Pyrenees will require you to have great patience. Pit Bulls have been condemned by the media for years, and while they are fierce with anything they perceive to be threatening, they are in reality gentle with their owners and can be an excellent family pet as long as they are trained right and treated well. One of the oldest breeds on this list (possibly in service ever since the Roman Empire), the Rottweiler strives to receive plenty of exercise and can perform heavy duty tasks, such as pulling heavy carts to trekking over large distances on search-and-rescue missions.
There’s a reason why the German Shepherd is the second-most popular breed in the United States: They are obedient, intelligent, strong and can literally adapt to any task.
In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the German Shepherd (assuming you’re okay with them constantly shedding) is the best guard dog on this list. A working dog from Bavaria, the Giant Schnauzer has historically been used for a large number of functions: herding cattle, hauling carts, guarding brewers and serving as a police dog.
They are also large and robust dogs able to withstand harsh environments, and when working in pairs (as they often do), will especially be a daunting threat to any trespasser.
"Boerboel" means “farmer's dog,” referring to the original function of the breed, which was to guard and protect the family farm.
Boerboels resemble Mastiffs and are still used for protection.
Their smooth, short thick coats require little grooming.
Boerboels do need plenty of exercise to stay physically and mentally sound.