14 Scariest Dog Breeds: The Most Intimidating Dogs To Frighten Intruders!

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Breeds By Ben Team 14 min read June 9, 2021 116 Comments


People get dogs for a variety of reasons. Some want a lap warmer, while others want a companion for their kids.

Still others are looking for a running companion, and a few want their dog to perform some type of work- or hunting-related task.

Many people choose to get a dog for protection. In exchange for a warm place to sleep, a belly kept full and some regular haunch scratching, these owners expect their dog to protect them from nefarious types.

For most owners, what they really want is a scary looking dog – a dog that can keep strangers or unwanted guests away, regardless of their actual behavior.

Protection Dogs Vs. Dogs That Provide Protection

True protection dogs are exquisitely trained (read: expensive) four-footers, who can be taught to physically intervene against an attacker.

Such dogs are trained to use all of the tools at their disposal (strong jaws, bone-crushing teeth and powerful neck muscles) to stop an attack; some are even trained to restrain the assailant until help arrives.

These kinds of dogs are used by K9 police officers, military units, potential kidnapping targets and others who may expect potential danger around every turn. But most people do not need or want such a powerful and potentially dangerous companion at their side – most simply need a dog as a form of deterrence.

Videos like the one below show just how well-trained true protection dogs can be, but this isn’t what most owners have in mind when they’re considering a dog for added security.

Just about any big dog will make the average criminal think twice – many bad guys will even avoid confrontations with small dogs, given their predilection to bark incessantly at any perceived threat.

Because of this, most average people are probably better served by acquiring an intimidating or scary-looking dog breed, who has been trained in basic obedience and little more – that’s really all most folks need for deterrence!

What Makes a Dog Scary or Intimidating?

Few trouble makers are going to try to identify your dog’s breed while sizing you up as a potential target. Rather, they are likely to note a few key characteristics when deciding his or her next move.

Most intimidating dogs exhibit the following characteristics:


In this case, bigger is definitively better. A 50-pound pit bull can be incredibly intimidating, while exposing his teeth, barking and lunging at you, but a 200-pound Great Dane barely has to look at you to tighten your sphincter.


Some empirical data demonstrates that black dogs are more intimidating than those of other colors. The reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, but it may have something to do with the use of Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, German Pinchers and similar, predominately black breeds in security, guarding and attack contexts.

However, it is important to remember that this is only one component of the overall intimidation-factor of a given breed. Is a 175-pound Great Pyrenees more intimidating than a 95-pound Doberman? It depends on the mind of the person giving you the willies.


Things like a blocky head, large mouth and broad shoulders tend to make a dog look more intimidating.

Consider, for example, pit bulls – one of the smallest breeds to make our list below. Part of the reason these dogs appear so intimidating – aside from the myths that surround this species – is the combination of their square head, big ‘ol mouth and shoulders that look strong enough to do one-armed pushups.


A dog with a rough and tough bark will be enough to make any potential intruder turn tail and run – even if the dog is deep down a big softy.


Have you ever noticed how an 8-pound Chihuahua can make a 200-pound grown man jump back? That’s the power of bluff, bluster, and swagger. And while a Chihuahua who weighs as much as a gallon of milk can occasionally intimidate jumpy foes, a 95-pound Rottweiler could probably intimidate a rhinoceros.

By contrast, the biggest black lab that ever lived would be more likely to lick your face than get his hackles up. The same could be said of numerous other, non-intimidating breeds.

The Scariest Dog Breeds: Dogs That Will Terrify Intruders

While this list is obviously subjective, we’ve done our best to cover a variety of intimating-looking dogs. We broke this list down into two different sections, each of which contains 7 breeds.

The first group includes the most intimidating common breeds – those you could find at a pet store or from any number of local breeders.

The second section covers intimidating breeds which are not seen as frequently. Although you can often find puppies of these breeds for sale, you’ll likely have to go to greater lengths (and pay more money) to do so.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many of the breeds listed below are banned in some areas. Accordingly, you’ll always want to check out the legal environment for your area before adding one of these dogs to your family.

7 Common Dog Breeds that Are Intimidating

These are the most intimidating pups that are relatively common – you are probably already quite familiar with them.

1. Pit Bull / Am. Staff

pit bull

Yes, I am once again lumping pit bulls and American Staffordshire terriers into the same group – please feel free to let me have it in the comments.

But in this case, the distinction is not that important – in fact, pit-mixes are often just as intimidating as purebred individuals are. Most criminals will assume that any 50- to 70-pound dog that looks vaguely pit-like should be given a wide berth.

Of course, anyone who’s ever owned a pit knows that they are typically little bundles of tail-wagging, face-licking love. When raised in a loving family, they are among the friendliest dogs you could want. However, they are typically very protective of their home and family, and will gladly put on a ferocious display to deter those who come too close.

It is important to note that while many pit bulls are very protective, many professionals consider pit bulls to be too friendly to be used for proper protection work. Nevertheless, a pit bull running around your house will likely keep prowlers away.

2. Akita


Akitas aren’t the biggest dogs in the world – most weigh about 90 to 100 pounds. However, the combination of their large head and shoulders-forward posture can make them look quite menacing.

Akitas are instinctually driven to guard and protect their families. In fact, this is one of the primary purposes for which the breed was developed – protecting nobles and other VIPs during the feudal period of Japan (they were also used to hunt large game, such as boar).

Despite their fearless and sometimes confrontational demeanor, Akitas are often loving family pets. However, Akitas are not one of the easier breeds to train, so they are not a good choice for inexperienced owners. They need consistent, firm, respectful training and regular socialization from an early age.

3. Rottweiler

Rottweiler guard dog

Rottweilers always appear on these types of lists, and it is easy to see why. They’ve got all the hallmarks of an intimidating breed: They’re pretty big, they’re clad primarily in black fur, they’re incredibly muscular and are often suspicious of strangers.

But Rottweilers aren’t only intimidating – they also make incredible companions, who are sensitive, loving and loyal. However, they don’t like being far from their owners, so they aren’t great for families that spend a lot of time away from the home.

Additionally, they are amazingly intelligent and head-strong dogs, who require an owner who can lead them in a confident, yet loving manner.

Generally speaking, Rottweilers are not a great choice for first-time owners. However, females can be a bit easier for novices to control.

4. Doberman

doberman guard dog

Dobermans are big dogs, but their ability to scare would-be-troublemakers exceeds their size.

Rarely exceeding 100 pounds in weight, Dobermans look bigger than they really are, thanks to their height (big males may stand 28 inches high at the shoulder), long necks, and (sometimes) cropped ears. Additionally, Dobermans tend to adopt a pretty impressive posture when facing something they deem a threat.

But underneath this impressive exterior, most Dobermans are as loving as the sweetest lab and probably more committed to their owner too. They share a number of similarities with Rotties, as they are also smart, sensitive, and incredibly loyal.

Dobermans aren’t the ideal choice for first-time dog owners, but they’re probably better than many other breeds on this list. In any case, they’ll need firm training and plenty of socialization, beginning at a young age.

5. German Shepherd

German shepherd guard dogs

Historically, German Shepherds were one of the most common breeds to be used in military and police contexts (although they’ve largely been supplanted by Belgian Malinois in recent years). They’ve excelled in these roles thanks to their intelligence, fearless nature, and powerful presence.

German shepherds occasionally approach the 100-pound mark, but most are closer to 80 or 90 pounds. They often appear larger than this, thanks to their thick, long fur. They also have large ears, which further increase their apparent size.

Their protective instincts are easy to see, and a big German shepherd is surely one of the most intimidating breeds to encounter in a proverbial dark alley.

Although they make great family pets and are one of the easier breeds to train, German shepherds are not ideal for homes that harbor allergy sufferers. Shepherds shed by the fistful, and they’ll quickly bury your belongings in an archeological layer of hair.

6. Great Pyrenees

great pyrenees

One unusual, somewhat paradoxical breed on our list is the Great Pyrenees. These dogs often grow very large (some males exceed 150 pounds) and are quite protective of their home and pack, but they look like big teddy bears. They’re coated in long, fluffy hair and they have roundish faces with cute ears.

However, the net impression of a Great Pyrenees can be quite intimidating, especially to those who are not comfortable with dogs. Great Pyrenees were originally developed to guard sheep and other livestock – that’s part of the reason for their fluffy appearance. They were tasked with not only monitoring their flock, but also protecting it from wolves or other predators – by physical means if need be.

The Great Pyrenees is one of the gentlest breeds on our list with respect to their families, but they aren’t a good choice for all owners. For example, Great Pyrenees do not adapt well to apartment life, and they are Olympic-caliber shedders. They can also be somewhat difficult to train and a bit stubborn.

7. Great Dane

great dane for single guys

Great Danes are absolutely huge dogs (big individuals may reach 200 pounds and stand nearly 3-feet-tall at the shoulder), who are able to intimidate many people by virtue of their imposing appearance alone. Like so many of the other breeds on our list, Great Danes may look frightening, but they are typically gentle, affectionate, and loving with their families.

Despite their warm-and-fuzzy personalities, Great Danes require proper training and socialization from an early age. Failing to do so can actually be dangerous, given the size of these immense beasts. Because of this, they are rarely appropriate for first-time owners or those who lack the desire to engage in a proper training regimen.

7 Less-Common Dog Breeds that Are Intimidating

You may see one of these breeds at the dog park from time to time, but you’re unlikely to encounter them as commonly as you would German Shepherds or any of the previously mentioned breeds.

While any of these can make loving, loyal family pets, all require very effective training and are unsuitable for novice owners.

1. Cane Corso

cane corso

Although Cane Corsos may stand almost 28 inches tall at the shoulder, they rarely reach the weights of Great Danes or similar breeds; typically, they weigh between 90 and 120 pounds.

Nevertheless, Cane Corsos are easily some of the most intimidating dogs in the world, and their gaze alone will surely send shivers up the spine of even the most brazen criminal.

Cane Corsos demand respect, and they should never be acquired on a whim or without serious thought, consideration and preparation. They require a large yard and will almost never be the kind of dog with whom you jaunt off to the dog park.

You’ll need to provide these strong dogs with sufficient exercise, as these muscular dogs were bred to chase and subdue big game, and they won’t be happy if they don’t burn off plenty of steam!

2. Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a good protection dog

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a beautiful breed, but its bulk and large head makes it one of the more intimidating dogs available.

While females usually reach about 90 pound or so, most males exceed 100 pounds and stand about 26 or 27 inches high at the shoulder.

DDBs (as they’re often called) are very confident dogs, who rarely back down from a threat. Though loving with their families (including children), DDBs are not what you would call welcoming to strangers. Though they have a short coat, which is easy to take care of, they do produce buckets of drool, which turns off many would-be owners.

If you’re thinking that you’ve seen one of these dogs before, but you can’t put your finger on where, I’ll help you out: Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux.

3. Dogo Argentino

dogo argentino

Dogo Argentinos look absolutely terrifying, but this prickly appearance actually belies their fun-loving personality.

Described by the AKC as cheerful, humble and friendly, Dogo Argentinos are big dogs with big muscles, big heads and big mouths. Everything about them simply screams power and strength.

Reaching about 27 inches in height and 100 pounds in weight (females are slightly smaller), Dogo Argentinos — or Argentine Mastiffs, as they are also called – were originally developed to hunt big game, and many hunters still use them in pursuit of feral pigs.

Dogo Argentinos require a lot of exercise to remain healthy, and they need plenty of attention from their family to avoid depression and the development of destructive behaviors.

4. Boerboel Mastiff


Boerboels were originally developed by South African pioneers in the seventeenth century to perform a variety of tasks, including hunting and livestock guarding – they were even expected to stand guard against predators as formidable as leopards and hyenas. Today, they are primarily companion dogs, albeit ones that easily deter any who would wish to do you harm.

With an athleticism that belies their size and bulk, Boerboels move confidently through the world, meeting challenges head-on.

They do not back down from challenges, and display a fearlessness that is uncommon among other breeds. They are very challenging breeds for novices to train and control, but experienced owners often find them delightful.

5. English Mastiff

bull mastiff guard dog

The English mastiff is a gigantic dog that often reaches 150 to 170 pounds and stands nearly 3-feet-high at the shoulder. Yet despite their immense and intimidating size, they’re typically gentle, laid-back dogs who get along well with most people they encounter.

This doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to protect their pack when necessary, but they don’t go through life with the suspicious attitude of a Cane Corso or some others.

Thanks to their calm and confident demeanor, English mastiffs are probably the most suitable of the less-common breeds for novice owners, but caution is still warranted. Even the gentlest 170-pound dog can cause serious injuries, and proper training and socialization are necessary to ensure they remain friendly.

6. Perro de Presa Canario

presa canario

Perro de Presa Canarios (aka Canary Mastiffs) are large, intelligent, and protective dogs, for whom proper training is imperative (they’re also quite beautiful with their brindle coloring).

Often tipping the scales at up to 120 pounds, Presa Canarios are a mastiff-family breed, who were originally developed in the Canary Islands. Although affectionate with their families, Presa Canarios are rarely as syrupy sweet as English mastiffs or Rottweilers.

Presa Canarios are often very territorial dogs, who do not take kindly to strangers or unfamiliar animals. They do not adapt well to apartment life, and require a moderate amount of exercise to remain healthy and happy. Of all the dogs on our list, this may be the one least suited for first-time owners.

7. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Adult Caucasian Shepherd dog

Caucasian Shepherd dogs are flock-guarding behemoths, who look even larger than they really are, thanks to their long, fluffy coat. Originally developed to fend off wolves, these dogs are very territorial and do not accept strangers – including people, dogs and cats — entering their world.

Caucasian shepherd dogs are frequently challenging animals, that will test the limits of their owner’s authority. Accordingly, they need firm, but loving leadership and consistent training from an early age to ensure they remain trustworthy and safe.


Can you think of any other intimidating or scary looking dog breeds we missed? Let us know which ones we’ve forgotten in the comments below.

We’d also love to hear your experiences with any of the breeds detailed above – particularly those on the uncommon list!

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Ben is the senior content editor for K9 of Mine and has spent most of his adult life working as a wildlife educator and animal-care professional. Ben’s had the chance to work with hundreds of different species, but his favorite animals have always been dogs. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his spoiled-rotten Rottweiler named J.B. Chances are, she’s currently giving him the eyes and begging to go to the park.


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nice article. Really the intimidation factor is all you need in 90% of situations.
Just a note: the picture of caucasian shepherd looks to me more like central asian shepherd.



Ben Team

Lol. Some little dogs can definitely have an attitude, Ali!


also american bullys my feind has one like he dosent takce care of it it is fat and not intimidating


the bull terriers are not intimidating but very strong


Hi. I am looking for a dog that is huge (size is irrelevant, I just prefer larger dogs) and intimidating, but the softest cuddle-bug with anyone or anything that it knows. I live in an area where there are quite a few dogs of different breeds, so it will need to be friendly. Factors such as exercise and living space do not matter as they can be taken care of (our house isn’t exactly averagely sized) but the main thing is it needs to look scary but not act in a violent manner. Thanks

Ben Team

Hey, Ben.
Every dog is an individual who’s personality is not only a result of his or her breed, but also the upbringing and environment in which it lives. Additionally, no matter which breed you select, you’ll want to socialize it from a young age and provide basic obedience training.
All that said, you may want to investigate Great Danes or Great Pyrenees. Both are typically huge and they tend to be pretty affectionate (although Great Pyrenees can be a bit aloof around strangers).
Best of luck!


Hi, Ben!
A larger breed that looks intimidating, but is a softie inside? May I suggest a German Shepherd? I own a huge German Shepherd named Atticus, and he looks terrifying, but he loves nothing more than a good belly rub, cuddle with my daughter, or play fetch. He’s even afraid of our cat! Of course, early socialization has to happen and also training, because they are big and strong. They also shed a lot, so I suggest brushing them outside.


Blue Healers (Australian Cattle Dog)! They are described as Cautious, Obedient, Energetic, Loyal, Protective, Brave. TheSmatCanine.com states that they are “the 10th smartest dog breed for obedience & working intelligence. They are highly intelligent…great with obedience, but they really shine with instinctive intelligence…”

In my opinion, they may not be big dogs, but are definitely intimidating. I’m pretty comfortable with dogs, but I quickly learned to have a healthy respect for this breed. Very loyal and “attentive” to their owner, you can see them sizing you up and deciding if you are a threat to their owner, family, and home. They will even try to insert themselves above you in the chain of command by using their body to push you to the side while they get in front of you behind their owner/family members. Be sure the owner knows this before attempting to nudge them confidently, but respectfully to the side when getting ready to go through a doorway where they are following their owner. The owner should help reinforce “humans before dogs” chain of command. Watch their eyes…they are pretty expressive and can inform you of what they’re thinking/wanting. Surprisingly protective of my friend’s new born baby…keeping eyes on anyone near the baby. When the healer heard the baby cry…she looks at you like, are you going to do something, then looks back at the baby. The dog was clearly in full alert mode. When baby girl was sitting up, but still a little wobbly…even with mom and I on either side of her…quickly started toppling backwards off the couch and the healer (always in close vicinity of the baby) just as quickly nudged the baby in the back with her snout, effectively bringing her back upright where mom and I could help her get her balance back. AND while in the backyard (no one home), someone who had been spotted lurking around the area, came to my friend’s front door. We came in to see bloody scratches on the inside of the front door and a window to the backyard (straight line of sight to front door) broken through..blood droplets showing the path the dog took to the front door. Luckily no major veins were cut and we quickly got her into the vet to get her stitched up. My friend talked to the neighbors who told us about the person lurking around, and that they had heard my friend’s dog barking pretty loud. I would not have wanted to be the person on the other side of that door if that healer got out! They measure people up and seem to be driven by instinct. If you’re not the owner, be sure to give this dog a fair amount of respect and space…especially if they are dominant. Let them have their space as they check you out. Do NOT lean over the top of this type of dog to pet them if this is not your dog. You will get a warning growl if you do. Their head will go down slightly, ears down, eyes on you and back will bristle up. Take heed or they will most likely lundge at your face! So if anyone looks at you sideways and this dog picks up on it…their posture will alert you that something off and where to look. They will wait for your command unless they feel an imminent threat. So…train these dogs with at least basic commands and always work with them. They need adequate excersie. They are affectionate and fun to take to parks and lakes. An amazing dog to include in your family, make you feel safe, but not so big that they eat you out of house and home!

Robert Swanson

Thanks, enjoyed your article.
Perhaps another dog to add to your list would be the American Bulldog. We have one of those, and a Rottweiler, and they are an active and alert guard team. Both males, the Bulldog is about 3 years older than the Rottweiler, and seemed to naturally show the Rotty the ropes.


This article is ridiculous and perpetuates nothing but negative stigma on really excellent and caring dog breeds. Whatever breed you foolishly decide is ‘intimidating’ by looks may in reality do nothing in an actual threatening situation without proper training. And also to anyone remotely used to dogs, none of these breeds are intimidating just by a mere glance. Not the writer nor reader who finds this ‘educational’ should ever own a dog if this is your priority.

And a great dane? Are you kidding me?? That’s one of the most docile breeds out there. Unbelievable.


Hello, Lisa– this comment is a little late, and the chances of you seeing it are dim, but I would like to clear some things up for you.
Upon further reading, you might notice that the point of the article is to list dogs whose APPEARANCES might make potential muggers think twice. Note: appearances, not actual rates of aggressiveness.
For instance, I’m looking for a sweet dog who looks scary because, as a lone young woman who frequents cities, I’m at a statistically higher risk of assault and having an intimidating dog by my side would deter potential harassers. If you present as a woman and have been subject to harassment and dangerous situations because of this, as nearly all women have, you’ll understand why I would favor a dog that may look scary at first glance to potential attackers.
While this is certainly a factor in my decision to get a dog, I’m also seeking a companion and a friend. I’m not so shallow as to treat it like an object and lock it away into a kennel when I’m done using it as a bodyguard. Judging from your comment, you value dogs greatly, and I’m sure you’ll understand that they are living creatures as well as I do. Dogs deserve to be treated with love and respect, and the treatment of mine will be no different.
I hope that you have calmed down since the writing of your comment around a year ago and that you will be able to approach this with a level head. Outdoor recreations do marvels for one’s mood. Perhaps you can look into adopting an energetic canine companion who will motivate you to blow off steam on a hike.


American Bulldogs – we have had both a Johnson and a Scott AB. The male was a 120 pound Johnson and was taller than most AB’s. He was the sweetest dog that never hurt anyone or anything, but his huge square head and overall size intimidated everyone who saw him. The female Scott, was about 80-90 pounds and she was quite intimidating. She loved us dearly and had the sweetest smile but would growl ferociously and bark at anyone else even though we took her for training.

Jon Ciotti

We’ve had 2 Bullmastiffs, 1-female and 1-male. The male passed away at age 8-years old but our female Haley lived to over 14-years old and passed away of kidney failure. Haley was a loving protective member of our family which we spoiled her rotten. She had a keen sense of whenever she felt we might be in danger. I saw her take down my niece’s weimereiner in a split second only because the dog was coming towards me to be petted. Haley let out a growl we never heard before and before any of us knew it Haley grabbed the dog by the throat and had the dog on the ground. Every time the dog tried to move Haley would tighten her jaw. All this happened within a second or two. Once Haley saw my neice’s dog as not a threat to me she let go and came over to me and sat there by my legs. At the time Haley weighed around 125 pounds. We now have a male Am Staff that weighs 85 pounds, his name is Spot and we’ve had him since he’s been a puppy. What I would say to people that are looking to add a large dog to their family is DO YOUR RESEARCH. Match your lifestyle to the dog because it’s a lifetime commitment. Make sure you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The Bullmastiff breed was perfect for us but any large dog is not perfect around small children just because of size of the dog. Lastly ask yourself why are you wanting this type of dog. If it’s just to show-off then please don’t get one because the dog will lose in the end.

Richard Chiger

sealyham terriers are the best, don’t shed, smart and delightful


You forgot the St. Bernard

John Rock

I will also add. I have had the great honor of sharing my life with a Doberman (Romel) and a Great pyrenees (Adorre). Both of these dogs were very territorial and highly protective of their home and family, but neither one of them could come close to the fearlessness and intimidation of my Tibetan Mastiff. It’s not even close.

John Rock

Our 1 year old lion-headed Tibetan Mastiff puppy is 165lbs. He makes some people cross the street in fear when taking him for a walk.

He is sweet as can be, but even most other dogs are in fear of him. These dogs guarded the Chinese palaces and the village gates at night. They are fearless in protecting their owners and the livestock when working as Shepards. They would protect the herds from bears, wolves, leopards and even tigers. They are fearless and are more deserving of your list than just about any of the dogs you listed.

Their coat is very long and thick. With a 6″ thick mane a 200lbs Tibetan mastiff dwarfs even the shorter-haired dogs that weigh the same amount. They are huge, powerful and very intimidating. Their genetic link can be traced back 52,000 years with the Tibetan wolf, making them the oldest domesticated dog in existence.

Most modern giant breed dogs have an ancestral link to the Tibetan bloodline. One last fact, Gyngus Khan had an army of Tibetan Mastiffs. He conquered lands with minimal loss to his armies by sending in the dogs first. Communities were in such fear that they would surrender without a fight. Tibetan Mastiffs were a dog of war and helped to create the largest empire our world has ever known.

It really is impossible to make a list of the most feared dogs and not include them. Your list is incomplete without them.

Tammie Patrick

Anatolian Shepard’s are another very intimidating breed. I have two and they would rather eat your face as let a stranger on their property.

Terry Mitchell

Although they are extremely sweet, loving and loyal family pets, the Irish Wolfhound will never hesitate to defend his family if he feels there is a threat. The fact that they are bigger than a Great Dane is usually enough to deter anyone from testing their protective instinct. These dogs are also capable of moving with lightening speed and excell at threat assessment.


What do you think about American bully?

Wilford Brewer

Well i must say ive had alot of experience with german shephards and belgium mels.. also many dobies. Ive owned many pittbulls and some rottweilers. One thing im going to point out is the fact of mixed breeds. One of the best dogs ive ever had for any kind of intimidation was my dog Layla. She was very easy to train and social to a medium degree. I say that in the reference that the people or strangers she was aggressive toward had ill intent. She had a very intimidatong look. Very broad chest and VERY large neck. Well porporrioned head. She was about the height of a mail pittbull. Her average waight was 70lb to 80 lb. 80lb in tje winter and i drop her down to 70 in the warmer months. She was mixed with 3 great protection breeds. She was ( in order of percentage of bloodline) Rottweiler,Pittbull and Chow Chow. By far the best dog ive ever had the pleasure of loving. Id post pic but no option to do so. I now currently have 2 dogs Rocko a pittbull/american bulldog mix. Great dog….way to friendly but im confident that in a threatning situation he would attack. The second is just a little dog. Hippie is a cairn terrier/yorkie/schnauzer/pug mix. He is the alarm and Rocko is the enforcer. Great dogs and a great team.


Surprised no one ever mentions Afghan Hounds, mine got very protective of her cats, she would not tolerate any cat coming into their yard and messing with them.

Terry Mitchell

Agree…bred as camp guardians in Afghanistan as well as huntind gazelle and leopards, this breed looks elegant but can be a formidable protective dog.

Brandon Futch

Bully Kutta, Tosa Inu, Kangal, and the Brasilia Fila

Peter Geisler

You missed the black Russian terrier


Weiner dogs are vicious (to non family members), very protective of their “person”.only dog I have had that vet had to mussel

Damian Chango

The year is 2021. Left-wing liberals have banned firearms all together in California. Hundreds of thousands of people flock out to buy dogs for protection. But, here I am, your typical criminal who didn’t turn in my legally purchase firearm that I used to rob houses because I know people aren’t allowed their second amendment rights anymore. I walk up to my next home, and I hear a dog barking. I looked through the window, and it’s a Doberman. Sure, the dog looks scary, but the people inside are unarmed. I’m not. What happens next?


I adopted A American mastic bull when he was 2 years old And had him another 12 years He passed away 3 weeks ago. I am 71 years old and have owned the Great Dobbie and Rocks never have I owned a better dog then he was, He loved his family and was the best protector of any dog I have ever owned, R should I say owned me, If there has ever been a perfect dog It was DeBeaux. I have lived alone for the past 2 years but I never felt alone when he was here. He was very powerful and extremely intimidating I highly recommend him on your list.And a big Love bug.


I adopted A American mastic bull when he was 2 years old And had him another 12 years He passed away 3 weeks ago. I am 71 years old and have owned the Romans right Wilders Great Dane’s and never have I owned a better dog then he was, He loved his family and was the best protector of any dog I have ever owned, R should I say owned me, If there has ever been a perfect dog It was DeBeaux. I have lived alone for the past 2 years but I never felt alone when he was here. He was very powerful and extremely intimidating I highly recommend him on your list.


I have had the pleasure of being guardian to Rottweilers since 1986. I have 4 right now. 2 males, 2 females. I bought one. The rest are rescues. These dogs are the BEST. they are loving, goofy, and love attention. They do not shed much unless you purchase one with a double coat. But they do love mud. Water is a draw too. Fun dogs. Training is easy if you remember YOU are the pack leader. Can test you at times. Generally healthy, but short lived. 9 – 10 years ave. Lifespan. Not near long enough. Cancer most common cause of death. Enjoy every minute of your Rottie. ❤


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