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Not to be mistaken with the basic need for security (food, shelter, medical care, etc.), home security is important because it protects your home and children.

Even if you live in a nice neighbourhood you should never ever be ill-prepared when it comes to the security of your family and your home.

Guard dogs are one of the best deterrents to home intruders, especially when they are given proper training. They are brave, devoted, and won’t hesitate to protect their owners from unwanted people who are clearly up to no good.

Aside from that, guard dogs also have heightened senses of hearing and smell, which means they could sense danger better than humans and technology could.

Interested in getting a guard dog to boost your home’s security? Before you head out there and buy a dog, dog collars and dog tags, it is best to do your research as not all dog breeds would make great guard dogs. So be sure to get a dog with a breed more suitable for doing guard duty.

Here are the 3 best guard dog breeds:

Rottweiler

The appearance of the Rottweiler is enough to intimidate strangers who are up to no good, and their reputation as dangerous dogs when being featured in movies and TV shows also helps make them even more intimidating. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention their bellowing growls which could instil fear and panic to those who are unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of it.

Some people might think that the appearance, reputation and growl of Rottweilers are some of the reasons why they are on this list, but their interesting character is what actually makes them an amazing guard dog. Like German Shepherds, Rottweilers are trained to be police dogs due to their exceptional intelligence and confidence. Though their looks are quite intimidating, Rottweilers are surprisingly affectionate with their family and are safe around children (given that the Rottweiler received proper training and socialization as a puppy). They are also known for being very protective of their loved ones.

Before you opt for a Rottweiler as your family’s guardian, you should know that this breed needs extensive socialization and training from early puppyhood. Otherwise, they might grow up with behavioural problems and therefore pose a risk around children. And even though Rottweilers like children (especially when they grew up together), it’s highly recommended to always supervise them when they’re around kids.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds out there. These large, muscular dogs are so intelligent, capable, versatile, strong, and easy to train that police forces from all over the world are using them as police dogs in various capacities. Other than that, German Shepherds are also known for their confidence, courage, and loyalty. All of these qualities are what make them a great guard dog for families.

The imposing physical stature of German Shepherds is perfectly complemented by their outstanding strength, and this combination of size and strength is what gives them the capability to overpower humans who are many times larger than them. That means a German Shepherd is one of the best allies you could ever have during home invasion scenarios. But having a German Shepherd is enough to serve as a deterrent to people with malicious intent.

If you’re worried about the possibility that the large and strong German Shepherd might be too dangerous around your kids, don’t be. This dog breed is easy going, approachable and affectionate with their family. They will only showcase their true strength and protective nature when they and their loved ones are being threatened. In fact, German Shepherds are not afraid to put themselves in danger when it comes to protecting their loved ones.

Akita

The Akita is an incredibly powerful breed in terms of size, strength and protective instincts – all of which are qualities that make them an excellent guard dog. But out of all their traits, their intense suspicions towards strange people and animals are perhaps their most powerful attribute because it is what gives them the ability to be one step ahead of any potential danger.

The imposing stature of these burly, heavy-boned dogs makes their presence quite intimidating. But don’t let their frightening looks fool you, as Akitas also have a goofy and playful side that they tend to show to people they’re comfortable with. Aside from that, they are also sweet and affectionate with family members. In addition, Akitas are also known for being fiercely loyal to their owners.

There’s no denying that the Akita is an excellent breed for home security, but this dog breed is not for everyone. Akitas need to be given proper training, socializing and enormous amounts of respect in order for them to turn into a trusty guardian for your family. So unless you’re certain that you can give them all of those, you might want to steer clear from the Akita.