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Best Dogs for Protection & Family

Best Dogs for Protection & Family

If you're searching for a protective canine companion to ensure your family's security but are unsure about which breed would be the perfect fit, you've come to the right place. In this article, our vest in Diamond Bar discusses the top choices for family-friendly guard dogs, combining protective instincts with a loving temperament.

When choosing a dog to ensure your family's safety, several important factors must be carefully considered. These factors encompass their compatibility with children and other animals, their size, and their level of activity. In the following section, we have selected our top recommendations to assist you in choosing a new member for your family.

German Shepard

This canine possesses courage, a gentle nature, and a loving disposition. They are dedicated to safeguarding and caring for their loved ones, making them an ideal addition to any family. With proper training, this breed excels in acquiring new skills, listening attentively, and obeying commands.

When considering acquiring this dog from breeders, it's important to ensure their reputation and, ideally, meet the dog's parents to confirm they come from a nurturing and healthy environment.


Rottweilers make superb guard dogs, and with proper training, they can also become affectionate family companions, even with young children. They rank among the most intelligent dog breeds globally, and when trained effectively, they exhibit loyalty and responsiveness to your commands.

When considering adding a Rottweiler to your family, particularly if you have small children, it's crucial to ensure they receive the right training, as without it, they can display aggressiveness. Additionally, we strongly advise regular socialization during their puppy stage since they tend to be cautious around unfamiliar individuals.

Doberman pinscher

This particular dog breed boasts remarkable intelligence and typically exudes an intimidating aura while displaying a cautious disposition towards unfamiliar individuals, qualities that render them exceptional guard dogs. Additionally, when coupled with proper obedience training, their unwavering loyalty equips them to excel at following your commands. With their high level of athleticism and boundless energy, they demand substantial daily exercise and engagement.

If you are considering introducing a Doberman Pinscher into a household with children, it is advisable to nurture them within a family setting from puppyhood rather than acquiring one once it has reached maturity. This breed has a propensity for destructiveness, underscoring the paramount importance of initiating comprehensive training at an early age.


What sets this dog apart as a great guard dog is its intimidating appearance and its knack for discerning people's motives. For families, this medium to large-sized canine companion is known for its friendliness and love of playfulness, utilizing its athleticism to safeguard its owners. They lack any aggressive tendencies and tend to seek affection and attention actively.

However, it's important to note that Boxers are inherently high-energy dogs right from the start and demand substantial exercise and engagement from their caregivers.

Bernese Mountain Dog

This dog excels as a watchdog, though the breed typically won't actively engage intruders. Instead, they maintain a vigilant stance and promptly alert you by barking at any suspicious activity, displaying a cautious demeanor around strangers.

Despite their protective nature, this sizable canine adores the company of children and exhibits a playful disposition, making them an ideal addition to any family.

Keep in mind, though, that this dog boasts a thick fur coat that demands regular brushing and grooming to keep it in top condition.

Giant Schnauzer

They exhibit loyalty and intelligence and mature into impressively large dogs with an intimidating appearance that can deter unfamiliar individuals. When raised from puppyhood alongside your children and family, they also prove to be excellent companions for kids. Nevertheless, it is imperative to commit to daily brushing and grooming for their optimal care."

Great Dane

Great Danes are renowned for their imposing size and booming bark, attributes that render them proficient at deterring potential intruders. Surprisingly, beneath this formidable exterior lies a breed known for its gentle and patient demeanor, particularly when interacting with children. They are better watchdogs than they are protectors because of their kind nature.

This breed requires lots of exercise through daily walks and lots of positive reinforcement obedience training from the beginning. Additionally, they thrive on abundant attention and vigilant supervision, especially during the initial period of acclimatization to your household and the establishment of household rules.

Great Pyrenees

This large and furry breed can transform into a loyal and protective guard dog with proper training and guidance. They possess a gentle nature and are capable of adapting to the dynamics of your family and home. However, they tend to be cautious around guests and intruders, enhancing their suitability as companions and guardians.

The reason why this dog wasn't placed first on the list is that they are hard to train. They have to be trained with love and attention from their puppy days because when they are young, they have the habit of barking and growling. They won't grow out of this without training. They also challenge the leadership of their owners which makes them more difficult to train.

Saint Bernard

This exceptionally large dog is typically wonderful with children and families, exuding a friendly disposition that doesn't lend itself to being an effective attack dog. However, their imposing stature and resonant bark can deter potential intruders from approaching your home, making them a perfect addition if you are looking for a mild-mannered dog with a bark bigger than their bite.

Saint Bernards tend to display clumsiness in their early stages of growth, often unaware of their own size, which may lead to unintentional collisions with small children. Therefore, we recommend this dog for families that have children that are a bit older. They can also be a bit harder to train and tend to eat more than other dogs, but they only need to be walked and brushed a few times a week.


Recognizing their owners as their pack, these dogs swiftly develop a strong protective instinct, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to safeguarding their loved ones. With their formidable presence and heightened situational awareness, they excel as dependable guard dogs while ensuring your children's safety. This dog shows great attacking qualities and can easily take down a full-grown man. If you raise this dog from a puppy with your kids and family and provide them with constant training, they can make a great, loving family member.

However, it's important to note that this breed necessitates firm training from an early age to ensure obedience and compatibility with others; otherwise, they may display aggression. Additionally, they thrive under a structured regimen with clear directives and ample exercise.

If you're looking for some help finding the right dog for your family, contact our Diamond Bar vets today.

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