60+ of the Best Guard Dogs in the World

This is the most comprehensive list of the best guard dogs in the world.

It is in no particular order, and there is no perfect guard dog. If you are looking for a dog for security purposes, be sure to assess your needs and use this list as a reference to find the best guard dog for you, your family and you property.

Many dogs in this list cross over to being great family dogs, watch dogs and even attack dogs.

Before you begin reading, let us address that any life should never be you, your family, and home's first line of defense.

Also, avoid risks such as having your pet escape or stolen by simply having them microchipped.

Enjoy!

Akita

Akita-Inu-Dog Guard Dog

A great bread that is extremely independent. This beautifully intimidating dog is often uninterested with strangers although a very affectionate to family members. There are two varieties of Akitas: an American strain, known as the "American Akita" and a Japanese Akita, called "Akita Ken." The Akita Inu has strongly protective instincts and sees it as their job to guard and watch over both their family and their home.

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11-15
Years

Temperament:

Alert, Docile, Friendly, Responsive, Courageous, Dignified

Height:

Female: 24–26 inches (61–66 cm), Male: 26–28 inches (66–71 cm)

Weight:

Female: 71–99 lbs (32–45 kg), Male: 99–130 lbs (45–59 kg)

Colors:

White, Pinto, Red, Fawn, Brindle

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Miniature Pinscher is a well balanced, short-coupled, sturdy, compact, smooth-coated dog. He is nicely groomed, proud, vigorous and alert. Characteristic traits are his hackney-like action, fearless animation, complete self-possession, and his energetic presence.

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13
Years
Temperament:

Outgoing, Playful, Energetic, Friendly, Clever, Responsive

Weight:

Male: 8.8–11 lbs (4–5 kg), Female: 7.7–8.8 lbs (3.5–4 kg)

Height:

Male: 10–12 inches (25–30 cm), Female: 10–11 inches (25–28 cm)

Colors:

Red, Chocolate & Rust, Black & Tan, Stag Red, Chocolate & Tan, Black & Rust

Fila Brasileiros (Brazilian Mastiff)

Fila Brasileiro Guard Dog

The Fila Brasileiro is a strong, powerful mastiff. It is not unwilling with its human family, making a friendly company that is very loyal. Exceptionally dedicated to his owner. A Fila will shield you without a moment’s reluctance. The Fila is nicely boned with a rectangular structure. Its Bloodhound lineage is apparent in its long muzzle, pendulous skin, and exceptional tracking ability.

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9-11
Years

Scientific name:

Canis lupus familiaris

Temperament:

Docile, Obedient, Loyal, Determined, Courageous, Brave

Height:

Female: 24–28 inches (60–70 cm), Male: 26–30 inches (65–75 cm)

Belgian Malinois

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Belgian Malinois is a well balanced, square dog, elegant in look with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck. He viewed from the side, the topline, forelegs, and hind legs closely approximate a square and stands squarely on all fours. The dog is well muscled, strong, agile, alert, and full of life. The entire conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness.

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12-14
Years
Temperament:

Watchful, Protective, Alert, Friendly, Hard-working, Confident, Stubborn, Active

Colors:

Mahogany, Black-masked fawn, Tan, Black-tipped Fawn

Weight:

Male: 64–75 lbs (29–34 kg), Female: 55–66 lbs (25–30 kg)

Newfoundlands

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Newfoundland is a sweet-dispositioned dog which acts neither dull nor ill-tempered. He is a loyal companion. The Newfoundland is a large, well-balanced, heavily coated dog that's muscular, heavily boned, deep-bodied, and powerful. A superb specimen of the bread has a proud and dignified head carriage.

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8-10
Years
Height:

Male: 27–29 inches (69–74 cm), Female: 25–27 inches (63–69 cm)

Weight:

Male: 130–150 lbs (60–70 kg), Female: 99–120 lbs (45–55 kg)

Temperament:

Gentle, Trainable, Sweet-Tempered

Colors:

Brown, Black, Grey, Black & White

South-African Boerboel

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Boerboel developed for pioneers who settled in South Africa since the seventeenth century as a general farm dog. The Boerboel is an enormous dog that is assured, strong and muscular in appearance with powerful, free-flowing motion. These dogs were valuable in tracking and holding wounded game down and were frequently the first line of defense against predators. Old farmers told many a tale of courage and the strength, agility of the Boerboel. The risks and harsh conditions of Southern Africa permitted only the fittest to live. The protective character of the Boerboel is much sought after and is today still evident. The source and purpose of the Boerboel should be comprehended to maintain the unique qualities and identities of the breed as a South African developed mastiff. Sort, conformation, practical efficacy and mentality are equally significant in the evaluation of the Boerboel as a whole. When monitoring a Boerboel at work or play, going or standing, it should show strength, suppleness, nimbleness and agility.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Strong Willed, Gentle, Confident, Fearless, Patient, Affectionate

Weight:

Male: 110–120 lbs (50–54 kg), Female: 80–90 lbs (36–41 kg)

Height:

Male: 28–32 inches (70–82 cm), Female: 26–29 inches (65–74 cm)

Colors:

White, Red, Grey, Tan

Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog

The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog kind that is naturally watchful, inquisitive and attentive. He loves with his family, however, faithful and mistrustful of strangers and unfamiliar surroundings. A square dog of medium size, reasonable and balanced without extremes, showing a clean outline. The moderately angulated Canaan Dog moves with elegance and athletic agility in an efficient, ground-covering trot that is endurance. He has a wedge-shaped head with low-set a high set brush tail that curls over the back when assured, erect ears, and a straight, harsh, flat-lying coat that is double. There is a noticeable difference between the genders.

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12-15
Years
Temperament:

Vigilant, Devoted, Alert, Cautious, Quick, Intelligent

Weight:

Female: 35–45 lbs (16–20 kg), Male: 45–55 lbs (20–25 kg)

Height:

Female: 19–23 inches (48–58 cm), Male: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm)

Colors:

Black, Golden, Red, Cream, Liver, Tan

Great Pyrenees

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Great Pyrenees dog conveyed the unsurpassed beauty and distinct impression of elegance combined with great overall size and majesty. He's got varying shades of tan, or a mainly white or white coat that could feature markings of badger, gray. He possesses a kind and keen intelligence, while regal, expression. Displaying an exceptional elegance of carriage and motion, coordination, and his soundness reveals unmistakably the goal for which he has been bred, the arduous task of safeguarding the flocks on the steep mountain slopes of the Pyrenees in all kinds of weather.

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10-12
Years
Temperament:

Strong Willed, Gentle, Confident, Fearless, Patient, Affectionate

Weight:

Male: 110–120 lbs (50–54 kg), Female: 80–90 lbs (36–41 kg)

Height:

Male: 28–32 inches (70–82 cm), Female: 26–29 inches (65–74 cm)

Colors:

White, Red, Grey, Tan

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Entlebucher is a compact, powerfully muscled, elongated drover with much bone. He's a short, sturdy and glossy coat, bright black with symmetrical markings of pure white on blaze, muzzle, chest, and feet; colors of rich fawn to mahogany are present on the eyebrows and between the white and black mark.

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11-15
Years
Height:

Male: 17–20 inches (44–52 cm), Female: 17–20 inches (42–50 cm)

Temperament:

Devoted, Agile, Loyal, Self-confidence, Intelligent, Independent

Weight:

Male: 45–65 lbs (20–30 kg), Female: 45–65 lbs (20–30 kg)

Dogo Argentino

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Argentine Dogo is a faithful dog who makes an excellent protector of family and the household. Great with kids and lively, it gives cuddles and kisses. Strong and exceptionally intelligent, Dogos are simple to train if you're not inconsistent, using the power that is loving but strong. The Argentine Dogo isn't a breed for everyone. With the right owners, even the more dominant Dogos can not be domineering toward other creatures and all people. This strain needs someone who understands the best way to show direction: people who are strong, assured, and consistent.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Tolerant, Protective, Loyal, Friendly, Cheerful, Affectionate

Weight:

Female: 77–88 lbs (35–40 kg), Male: 88–99 lbs (40–45 kg)

Height:

Female: 24–26 inches (60–65 cm), Male: 24–27 inches (60–68 cm)

Bull Terrier

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Bull Terrier is a powerfully built, muscular dog. The body is well rounded with a short, powerful back. The head is long and intense, oval-looking in shape, nearly flat at the top, sloping evenly down to the nose with no stop. The nose is black. The eyes are almond shaped, small and deep-set, dark in color. The ears are small, thin and close together. The long neck is very muscular, with strong shoulders. The tail is set low and on the short side, carried horizontally. The coat is flat, short, dense and harsh to the touch.

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11-14
Years

Mass:

Male: 49 – 84 lbs Female: 39-73 lbs

Height:

Male: 18 – 22 in. Female: 15-19 in.

Temperament:

Protective, Keen, Sweet-Tempered, Active, Trainable

Colors:

Fawn & White, White, White & Black Brindle, Brindle & White, Tri-color, Red & White

Neapolitan Mastiff

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy-boned, huge, awe-inspiring dog bred for use as a guard and defender of owner and property. Often characterized by loose skin, over wrinkles and folds, hanging on the head. The essence of the Neapolitan is his bestial look, impressive size, and disposition and astounding head. Due to his massive construction, his particular move is lumbering and is rolling, not refined or showy.

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8-10
Years

Temperament:

Protective, Obedient, Stubborn, Fearless, Dominant, Trainable

Weight:

Male: 130–150 lbs (60–70 kg), Female: 110–130 lbs (50–60 kg)

Height:

Male: 25–30 inches (63–77 cm), Female: 23–28 inches (58–70 cm)

Colors:

Black, Tawny, Mahogany, Brindle, Blue

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Rhodesian Ridgeback represents a powerful, muscular and energetic hound, symmetrical and balanced in outline. Of even, quiet temperament, the Ridgeback is devoted and affectionate to his master, reserved with strangers.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Strong Willed, Loyal, Mischievous, Dignified, Intelligent, Sensitive

Height:

Female: 24–26 inches (61–66 cm), Male: 25–27 inches (63–69 cm)

Weight:

Female: 64–75 lbs (29–34 kg), Male: 79–90 lbs (36–41 kg)

Colors:

Light Wheaten, Red Wheaten, Wheaten

Belgian Sheepdog

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Belgian Sheepdog is that of a well-balanced, square dog, elegant in look, with an exceedingly proud posture of the head and neck. He's a powerful, agile, well-muscled animal, alert and full of life. His entire conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male dog is somewhat more impressive and grand than his female counterpart. The bitch should have a distinctly feminine appearance.

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13
Years

Mass:

Male: 55 – 66 lbs, Female: 44 – 55 lbs

Height:

Male: 2 – 2.2 ft., Female: 1.8 – 2 ft.

Temperament:
highly intelligent, alert, sensitive to everything going on around them and form very strong relationship bonds

Colors:
depends on variety

Cane Corso

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Cane Corso is readily trained because of its intelligence. As a breed that is vast and fit, they need a lot of exercises. For this strain to be a well-balanced member of society, he desires extensive socialization and training from an early age. He should have a fenced in yard for adequate exercise and doesn't do well crated all day. Often affectionate to their owner and bond closely with family and kids. The Corso needs significant time invested and owners with an understanding of dog hierarchy.

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10-11
Years

Temperament:

Even Tempered, Reserved, Calm, Quiet, Stable, Trainable

Weight:

Female: 88–99 lbs (40–45 kg), Male: 99–110 lbs (45–50 kg)

Colors:

Black, Red, Grey, Fawn, Black Brindle, Chestnut Brindle

Height:

Female: 23–26 inches (58–66 cm), Male: 24–28 inches (62–70 cm)

Doberman Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Doberman temperament of now has experienced a gradual but steady decline in overall sharpness. Not all Dobermans have the same temperament. A Doberman Pinscher of right strain character is with his master's children, friends, and company. Doberman Pinschers are not well suited to being isolated outdoor dogs or kennel dogs, nor is it advisable to place two adult males together.

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10-13
Years

Temperament:

Alert, Fearless, Obedient, Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal

Colors:

Black, White, Red, Fawn, Blue

Height:

Female: 24–27 inches (61–68 cm), Male: 26–28 inches (66–72 cm)

Weight:

Male: 75–100 lbs (34–45 kg), Female: 60–90 lbs (27–41 kg)

Siberian Husky

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog, quick and light on his feet and free and graceful in action. His moderately compact and well-furred body, brush tail and erect ears suggest his Northern heritage. His body proportions and form reflect this essential balance of endurance, speed, and power.

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12-14
Years

Temperament:

Outgoing, Alert, Gentle, Friendly, Intelligent

Height:

Female: 20–22 inches (50–56 cm), Male: 21–24 inches (54–60 cm)

Colors:

Black, White, Red, Grey, Splash, Sable, Black & Tan, Copper, Brown, Black & White, Silver, Agouti, Piebald

Weight:

Female: 35–51 lbs (16–23 kg), Male: 44–60 lbs (20–27 kg)

Mastiff

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Mastiff is a big, massive, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. The feeling is one of grandeur and dignity. An excellent evaluation considers positive qualities of kind and soundness with identical weight.

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10-12
Years
Weight:

Female: 120–170 lbs (54–77 kg), Male: 160–230 lbs (73–100 kg)

Temperament:

Protective, Good-natured, Calm, Courageous, Dignified, Affectionate

Height:

Female: 28–36 inches (70–91 cm), Male: 28–36 inches (70–91 cm)

Colors:

Fawn, Brindle, Apricot

Dogue de Bordeaux

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Dogue de Bordeaux is among the most historical strains that are French. He is the brachycephalic molossid sort that is typical. He is an incredibly strong dog, with an extremely muscular body retaining a general harmonious outline. A massive head with appropriate proportions and attributes is an important characteristic of the breed. His grave expression, stocky and fit build, and self-assurance make him imposing. Bitches have identical characteristics, but less outstanding.

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5-8
Years
Temperament:

Vigilant, Devoted, Even Tempered, Loyal, Companionable, Courageous

Weight:

Male: 120–140 lbs (54–65 kg), Female: 120–140 lbs (54–65 kg)

Colors:

Mahogany, Red, Fawn

Height:

Male: 24–26 inches (60–67 cm), Female: 23–26 inches (57–65 cm)

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Great Danes

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Great Dane are spirited, courageous, never timid; always friendly and dependable. It's one of the giant working breeds and is exceptionally well balanced that it never appears clumsy, and walks with a long reach and high drive. This mental combination and physical is the characteristic which gives the Great Dane the majesty possessed by no other breed.

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6-8
Years
Height:

Female: 28–32 inches (71–81 cm), Male: 30–34 inches (76–86 cm)

Colors:

Black, Mantle, Fawn, Brindle, Blue, Harlequin

Temperament:

Devoted, Reserved, Gentle, Friendly, Confident, Loving

Weight:

Female: 99–130 lbs (45–59 kg), Male: 120–200 lbs (54–90 kg)

Bullmastiff

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Bullmastiff is a powerfully built and powerful creature that possesses high intelligence and a willingness to please, making them perfect family companions and guardians. Although large, the breed is successful in conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, carting and treatment work and remains both agile and active. The jacket of the Bullmastiff may be red, fawn or brindle.

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8-10
Years
Temperament:

Reliable, Docile, Loyal, Calm, Powerful, Devoted, Protective, Alert, Courageous, Loving, Reserved

Weight:

Male: 110–130 lbs (50–59 kg), Female: 99–120 lbs (45–54 kg)

Height:

Male: 25–27 inches (64–68 cm), Female: 24–26 inches (61–66 cm)

Colors:

Red, Fawn, Brindle

Boxer

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Boxer is a medium-sized, square-built dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting coat. His well-developed muscles are clean, robust, and appear smooth under taut skin. The gait is firm yet elastic, the stride free and ground-covering, the carriage proud.

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10-12
Years
Temperament:

Playful, Devoted, Bright, Loyal, Energetic, Friendly, Calm, Cheerful, Confident, Fearless, Brave, Intelligent

Height:

Female: 21–24 inches (53–60 cm), Male: 22–25 inches (57–63 cm)

Weight:

Female: 55–60 lbs (25–27 kg), Male: 66–71 lbs (30–32 kg)

Colors:

White, Fawn, Brindle

Kuvasz

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Kuvasz is an unparalleled livestock guard, competent to act at just the perfect instant without teaching and cover rough terrain for extended amounts of time. One of the larger working breeds, he is well-muscled and agile. His double jacket features a coarse guard hair that protects a soft, fine undercoat. The hair ranges from straight to quite wavy, but must always be white.

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10-12
Years
Temperament:

Protective, Loyal, Clownish, Patient, Intelligent, Independent

Height:

Male: 28–30 inches (70–76 cm), Female: 26–28 inches (65–70 cm)

Weight:

Male: 110–120 lbs (50–54 kg), Female: 80–90 lbs (36–41 kg)

Colors:

White

Belgian Tervuren

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Belgian Tervuren reflects the qualities of courage, intellect, alertness and dedication to master. In addition to his inherent ability as a herding dog, he shields his master's person and property without being aggressive. He is watchful, careful, and generally in motion when not under the order. The Belgian Tervuren is a versatile worker and a herding dog. The greatest values are its qualities that keep these skills, particularly, correct disposition, gait, bite, and jacket.

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12-14
Years
Temperament:

Protective, Alert, Loyal, Energetic, Attentive, Intelligent

Colors:

Black, Mahogany & Black, Black & Cream, Fawn & Black, Brindle, Fawn & Liver

Height:

Female: 22–24 inches (56–62 cm), Male: 24–26 inches (60–66 cm)

Belgian Shepherd Dogs

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Belgian Sheepdog is sturdy, but not bulky. On the battlefields, Belgian Sheepdogs distinguished themselves during WWI, pulling machine guns, and functioning as message carriers, ambulance dogs. It's no wonder that now this strain performs nicely in sports like obedience, monitoring, and herding. Also, they are outstanding workers and work as therapy dogs, guide dogs, and search and rescue dogs. This strain is not entirely white, or may not be white with white, although there are limits to their white markings.

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10-14
Years
Temperament:

Protective, Alert, Loyal, Energetic, Attentive, Intelligent

Colors:

Black, Mahogany & Black, Black & Cream, Fawn & Black, Brindle, Fawn & Liver

Height:

Female: 22–24 inches (56–62 cm), Male: 24–26 inches (60–66 cm)

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Miniature Schnauzer is a sturdy, energetic dog of terrier type, of an attentive, lively temperament, and resembling his bigger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general, look. Faults - Sort - ranginess, Toyishness or coarseness.

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12-15
Years
Temperament:

Spirited, Alert, Obedient, Friendly, Fearless, Intelligent

Weight:

Female: 12–18 lbs (5.4–8.2 kg), Male: 12–20 lbs (5.4–9.1 kg)

Colors:

Black, White, Salt & Pepper, Black & Silver

Height:

Female: 12–14 inches (30–36 cm), Male: 12–14 inches (30–36 cm)

Saint Bernard

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Saint Bernard's written standard abounds with phrases like “adamant,” “extremely muscle,”“awe-inspiring and “huge.” The enormous head features dark eyes, a short muzzle, and a wrinkled forehead, joining to give the rational, friendly expression that was such a welcome sight to stranded Alpine voyagers to Saints.

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8-10
Years

Mass:

140 – 260 lbs

Temperament:

Lively, Watchful, Gentle, Friendly, Calm

Height:

Male: 28–35 inches (70–90 cm), Female: 26–31 inches (65–80 cm)

American Bulldog

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The American Bulldog is trustworthy, faithful, courageous and motivated. Not a dog that is hostile unless provoked. Attentive and self-confident, this strain truly adores kids. It desires a firm, confident, consistent pack leader, and has powerful protective instincts.

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10-15
Years

Temperament:

Loyal, Confident, Dominant, Energetic, Assertive, Friendly

Weight:

Male: 66–130 lbs (30–58 kg), Female: 60–90 lbs (27–41 kg)

Height:

Male: 20–28 inches (50–71 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (50–61 cm)

Colors:

White, Red, Fawn, Brindle, Brown

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

Catahoula isn't hostile toward people. He's cautious of strangers but never self-conscious. With family members, he's loving and protective. Men Catahoulas in general work vigorously, and can be aggressive toward other male dogs, a requirement in rounding up cows or wild hogs. Their instinct would be to monitor and herd game, and if that'snot an alternative for them, they want some other outlet for their energy. Catahoulas will bark a warning or otherwise go on an alarm at the approach of strangers and are excellent watchdogs. Handle them. They don't accept mistreatment or physical maltreatment.

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10-14
Years

Temperament:

Inquisitive, Gentle, Energetic, Intelligent, Loving, Independent

Height:

Male: 22–23 inches (56–58 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm)

Colors:

Black, Red Merle, Yellow, Red, Brindle, Black merle

Weight:

Male: 35–82 lbs (16–37 kg), Female: 35–82 lbs (16–37 kg)

Staffordshire Terrier

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be an imposing dog with an intense stare, its sturdy, muscular body, and dominant position. Many are interested in the strain although it resembles a dog that is tough but is surprised to discover the Stafford is a sensitive and affectionate companion who loves playing with more than being tough. He lives it to the fullest and sees life as a joyous experience.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Courageous, Attentive, Devoted, Friendly, Loyal, Tenacious

Weight:

Female: 62–88 lbs (28–40 kg), Male: 62–88 lbs (28–40 kg)

Colors:

Black, Brindle, Sable, Blue, Fawn, Brown

Height:

Male: 18–19 inches (46–48 cm), Female: 17–18 inches (43–46 cm)

German Shepherd

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The German Shepherd Dog is one of Americas favorite dog breeds — for great reason. He’s an able and intelligent working dog. Bravery and his dedication are unmatched.

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9-13
Years

Temperament:

Watchful, Curious, Obedient, Courageous, Loyal, Confident, Alert, Intelligent

Colors:

Red & Black, Black & Silver, Black, White, Grey, Sable, Black & Tan, Blue, Liver

Weight:

Male: 66–88 lbs (30–40 kg), Female: 49–71 lbs (22–32 kg)

Height:

Male: 24–26 inches (60–65 cm), Female: 22–24 inches (55–60 cm)

Plott Hound

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Plott Hound is a moderate-sized, strong, muscular dog. The skull is relatively level with good-fitted skin. The hanging ears are comprehensive- moderate in length and set. The notable eyes are hazel or brown with black eye rims. The long tail is placed below the top line. The high feet have webbed toes. The jacket is smooth, short, beautiful and lustrous.

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11-13
Years

Temperament:

Bold, Alert, Loyal, Intelligent

Weight:

Female: 40–55 lbs (18–25 kg), Male: 51–60 lbs (23–27 kg)

Height:

Female: 20–23 inches (50–58 cm), Male: 20–28 inches (50–71 cm)

Chinese Shar-Pei

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a big dog with skin that is wrinkled. It's a square profile with a broad, level head. The muzzle is cushioned, broad and complete, with a moderate stop. The high-set, triangular ears are tiny and somewhat rounded at the points. The dewclaws are occasionally removed. Both significantly wrinkled dogs with big heads and smaller-headed dogs with tighter-appearing skin appear in this strain. Pups have more wrinkles than grownups. SharPei loses their lines as they get old.

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9-11
Years

Temperament:

Devoted, Reserved, Suspicious, Affectionate, Loving, Independent

Height:

Female: 18–20 inches (46–51 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–51 cm)

Colors:

Black, Sand, Red, Fawn, Cream, Lilac

Weight:

Female: 40–55 lbs (18–25 kg), Male: 55–65 lbs (25–30 kg)

Briard

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Briard is a farm worker to herd anything by nature and lives, possessing an exceptional hearing capacity. It's not unkind, but with a strong protective instinct. The Briard makes a marvelous, attentive watchdog. Sensitive, lively and obedient, but with a clear head of its own. A long history of working with people has left it sweet-natured and tender, together with dedicated, courageous and unafraid. This strain is intelligent with lots of dreams and has a great memory. The Briard is willing, quite trainable and ready to please.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Protective, Obedient, Loyal, Faithful, Fearless, Intelligent

Height:

Female: 58–65 cm (23–26 in), Male: 61–69 cm (24–27 in)

Colors:

Uniform black, fawn or grey

Weight:

Female: 50–75 lbs (23–34 kg), Male: 60–90 lbs (27–41 kg)

Kangal

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The well-known Kangal, understood in all walks of life to Turks, is considered the national dog of Turkey, a status reflected in its look on a postage stamp that was Turkish. Purebred Kangals are uncommon in Turkey, where they may be found most frequently as working flock guards rather than pets.

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11-14
Years

Height:

Female: 28–30 inches (72–77 cm), Male: 30–34 inches (77–86 cm)

Temperament:

Protective, Alert, Calm, Self-Controlled, Sensitive, Independent

Weight:

Female: 90–120 lbs (41–54 kg), Male: 110–150 lbs (50–66 kg)

Central Asian Ovtcharka

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Central Asian Ovcharka is among the earliest of dog breeds on the planet with history. It isn't a strain created by humanity and are a strain that originated as an effect of the situation and their climate. Its back is high and broad. The dog’s head is big, and its short, strong neck has an abundance of dewlap. Central Asian Shepherd Dogs come in a nutshell and long coat varieties. The most common colors for this strain are brindle, fawn, black and white.

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12
Years

Temperament:

Bold, Adaptable, Curious, Strong, Independent, Imperturbable

Height:

Female: 24–27 inches (60–69 cm), Male: 26–31 inches (65–78 cm)

Weight:

Female: 88–140 lbs (40–65 kg), Male: 120–170 lbs (55–79 kg)

Black Russian Terrier

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Black Russian Terrier is a big, sturdy, balanced, agile and healthy dog. The Black Russian Terrier has substantial bone and well-developed muscles. He's got great strength and endurance. The Black Russian Terrier must have a dependable and secure character, possessing self-assurance and bravery.

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8-12
Years

Temperament:

Lively, Energetic, Confident, Stable, Brave, Hardy

Colors:

Black, Salt & Pepper

Height:

Female: 25–28 inches (64–70 cm), Male: 26–28 inches (66–72 cm)

Weight:

Female: 80–130 lbs (36–59 kg), Male: 100–150 lbs (45–68 kg)

Great Dane

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

A Great Dane is a great dog breed — distinguished and significant, usually called a gentle giant or as the “Apollo of dogs.” For all his size, a Great Dane is a sweet, caring pet. He is gentle with kids and loves to play.

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6-8
Years

Height:

Female: 28–32 inches (71–81 cm), Male: 30–34 inches (76–86 cm)

Colors:

Black, Mantle, Fawn, Brindle, Blue, Harlequin

Temperament:

Devoted, Reserved, Gentle, Friendly, Confident, Loving

Weight:

Female: 99–130 lbs (45–59 kg), Male: 120–200 lbs (54–90 kg)

Bouvier Des Flandres

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Bouvier des Flandres was initially bred to be a versatile farm dog. He helped farmers in a ton of jobs, including herding livestock (mainly cattle), pulling carts, and safeguarding. The hard-working and intelligent Bouvier continues to be an ideal farm dog, along with a capable service, aid, law enforcement, and guard dog. And while you can also discover him competing in obedience, agility, and herding trials, functioning as a family companion is a purpose that seems to suit him.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Protective, Gentle, Loyal, Familial, Rational, Intelligent

Weight:

Female: 60–77 lbs (27–35 kg), Male: 77–88 lbs (35–40 kg)

Colors:

Black, Salt & Pepper, Grey, Fawn, Brindle, Black & Brown

Tosa

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Tosa is true, sensitive to the tone of one’s voice, paying close attention to orders. This bread isn't that is noisy. The Tosa was bred to fight softly as Japanese dog fighting rules called for quiet and was used for dog fighting. This natural guard dog is unafraid, brave and protective. It wants an owner who understands the best way to show the direction in the least times.

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10-12
Years

Height:

2 – 2.7 ft. (Adult, At the withers, non-Japanese population)

Temperament:

Suspicious, Fearless, Brave, Aggressive, Intelligent, Sensitive

Colors:

Black, Red, Fawn, Brindle

Bernese Mountain Dog

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is an exceptionally versatile working dog from the farmlands of Switzerland. Pull carts; he was developed to herd cattle, and be a watchdog and dedicated comrade. He's one of four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, and the only one with long hair. He’s hardy dog breed and a large, with a friendly and serene temperament, and he’s well suited to conformation, obedience, carting competitions, herding, and tracking.

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6-8
Years

Height:

Male: 25–28 inches (64–70 cm), Female: 23–26 inches (58–66 cm)

Temperament:

Loyal, Faithful, Intelligent, Affectionate

Weight:

Male: 86–110 lbs (39–50 kg), Female: 79–110 lbs (36–48 kg)

Giant Schnauzer

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Giant Schnauzer was created to be a working dog breed, so he has drive and intellect. He can be a courageous and steadfast companion for the person who can supply the training, activity, and focus he wants to him.

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12-15
Years

Temperament:

Strong Willed, Loyal, Kind, Powerful, Intelligent, Dominant

Height:

Female: 23–26 inches (58–66 cm), Male: 26–28 inches (66–71 cm)

Weight:

Female: 55–75 lbs (25–34 kg), Male: 60–110 lbs (27–48 kg)

Colors:

Black, Salt & Pepper, Fawn, Black & Tan

German Wirehaired Pointer

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a nicely muscled, medium sized dog of a distinctive look. Constructed and balanced in size, the most distinguishing characteristics of the strain are its weather resistant, wire-like its facial furnishings and layer. Usually Pointer in fashion and character, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a dynamic, intelligent and motivated hunter.

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12-14
Years

Temperament:

Loyal, Friendly, Active, Intelligent, Affectionate, Willful

Height:

Male: 24–27 inches (61–68 cm), Female: 22–25 inches (57–64 cm)

Colors:

Roan, Liver & White, Black & White, Liver

Weight:

Male: 60–71 lbs (27–32 kg), Female: 60–71 lbs (27–32 kg)

Dachshund

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Dachshund, meaning "badger dog" in German, and is an energetic bread with a friendly style and sharp sense of smell. Known for their bodies that are long and level, they may be keen hunters that shine in both above- and below-ground work. One of the most famous strains according to AKC Enrollment Numbers, they come in three distinct coat varieties (Wirehaired, Smooth, or Longhaired) and can also be standard size or mini.

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14-17
Years

Mass:

16 – 33 lbs (Standard Size)

Temperament:

Lively, Clever, Courageous, Playful, Stubborn, Devoted

Colors:

Red, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Cream, Black, Cream, Tan, Chocolate, Blue

American Pit Bull Terrier 

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

American Pit Bull Terriers make excellent, loving and protective companies despite the unfair press they receive. A standard question regarding the APBT is, "How is this strain distinct from the American Staffordshire Terrier?". According to to the United Kennel Club, they're the same strain, but many differ. Select from a responsible breeder and make sure that the pup is properly socialized and managed. High training will create a gentle, kind, obedient, company dog.

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12-14
Years
Mass:

Male: 35 – 65 lbs (Adult), Female: 30 – 60 lbs (Adult)

Temperament:

Strong Willed, Obedient, Loyal, Friendly, Clownish, Stubborn, Courageous, Intelligent, Affectionate

Colors:

Black, White, Red, Grey, Fawn, Brindle, Blue, Brown, Tan

Beauceron

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The perfect Beauceron is a balanced, sound dog of great height and well muscled without coarseness or heaviness. He's lively and attentive with a noble posture. A dangerous dog with a regular and candid expression, he constantly demands respect. Male dogs are bigger throughout with a larger frame and heavier bone than bitches. Bitches are distinctly feminine, but without weakness in construction or material. The Beauceron should be assured and discerning. He's a dog with initiative and nature, fearless and shrewd with no hint of timidity. Sensible, easily trained, obedient, tender and loyal.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Protective, Friendly, Calm, Fearless, Intelligent

Mass:

Male: 71 – 99 lbs, Female: 66 – 86 lbs

Height:

Male: 2.2 – 2.3 ft., Female: 2.1 – 2.2 ft.

Chihuahua

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

Chihuahuas are miniature dogs that come in a variety of colors and markings, and can have short or long coats, but they have enormous damp eyes, sizeable, attentive ears, and large characters. In each small Chihuahua is a little king or queen prepared to rule their domains, so they should be taught what's acceptable in human kingdoms. They can be passionate and sensible, so they do’t want considerable training.

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10-18
Years

Mass:

3.3 – 6.6 lbs

Height:

5.9 – 9.1 in.

Temperament:

Lively, Devoted, Alert, Quick, Courageous

Australian Shepherd

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Australian Shepherd are intelligent working dogs with strong herding and guarding instincts. He is a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day. He's attentive and animated, lithe and agile, robust and muscular. He's got a coat of moderate coarseness and length. He has a natural or docked bobbed tail.

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13-15
Years
Temperament:

Protective, Good-natured, Active, Intelligent, Affectionate

Height:

Male: 20–23 inches (51–58 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (46–54 cm)

Weight:

Male: 55–70 lbs (25–32 kg), Female: 35–55 lbs (16–25 kg)

Colors:

Black, Red Merle, Red tricolor, Merle, Red, Black tricolor, Blue Merle

Ca de Bou (Perro de Presa Canario)

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Presa are excellent family protectors and are bred to be family companions as well as guardians. They are distrustful of strangers, but should accept strangers if they are accepted by the owner. They should be quite watchful and prepared to defend property or the owner if needed. It is usually a breed that is quiet but has a bark that is very intimidating. No member of the family can be uneasy around the dog.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Self-assured, Loyal, Quiet, Courageous, Brave

Height:

Female: 20–22 inches (52–55 cm), Male: 22–23 inches (55–58 cm)

Weight:

Female: 66–75 lbs (30–34 kg), Male: 77–84 lbs (35–38 kg)

Colors:

Fawn & Black, Brindle, Black-masked fawn

Chow Chow

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

Chows are powerful, compactly built dogs standing between 17 and 20 inches at the shoulder. Chows cinnamon, blue, can have smooth or rough coats of red, black, or cream. Chows present the image of a muscular, deep-chested aristocrat with an atmosphere of timelessness that is inscrutable.

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9-12
Years

Temperament:

Aloof, Loyal, Quiet, Independent

Height:

Male: 19–22 inches (48–56 cm), Female: 18–20 inches (46–51 cm)

Weight:

Male: 55–71 lbs (25–32 kg), Female: 44–60 lbs (20–27 kg)

Colors:

Black, Blue, Red, Fawn, Cream

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Miniature Poodle, though frequently equated to the attractiveness with no brains, is active, excels in obedience training and is exceedingly bright. The breed comes in three sizes, which might contribute to Poodle becoming a favorite bread amongst dog lovers. Poodles can be some solid colors, including apricot, black, white and gray, but never particolored.

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15
Years

Temperament:

Instinctual, Alert, Faithful, Active, Intelligent, Trainable

Height:

11 – 14 in. (Adult, At the withers)

Colors:

Black, White, Red, Grey, Sable, Blue, Cream, Brown, Apricot, Silver

Anatolian Shepherd

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Anatolian Shepard is a big, tough, powerful dog possessing great endurance and agility. Grown through a set of very demanding situation for a strictly functional function; he's a working guard dog without equal, with a distinctive ability to protect livestock. General impression - Appears daring, but composed, unless challenged. He possesses great bone, size, a well-muscled torso with a head that is powerful. Reserve out of its territory is okay. Even disposition and flowing movement is desirable.

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13-15
Years

Temperament:

Bold, Steady, Confident, Proud, Intelligent, Independent

Height:

Female: 28–31 inches (71–79 cm), Male: 29–32 inches (74–81 cm)

Weight:

Female: 88–120 lbs (40–55 kg), Male: 110–140 lbs (50–65 kg)

Colors:

Red Fawn, White, Blue Fawn, Brindle, White & Biscuit, Liver

Thai Ridgeback

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

Thai Ridgeback is very rare elsewhere and was relatively unknown outside of Eastern Thailand. This strain is a good guard, watch and hunting dog, but also makes an excellent company. Demanding and active with exceptional leaping ability. It is a dog that is very active and alert but also without socialization can be a bit aloof toward strangers. Maybe not easy to train. This dog is not for the novice.

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12-13
Years

Temperament:

Protective, Loyal, Familial, Intelligent, Loving, Independent

Height:

Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm), Male: 22–24 inches (56–61 cm)

Weight:

Female: 35–55 lbs (16–25 kg), Male: 50–75 lbs (23–34 kg)

Weimaraner

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Weimaraner is a graceful dog with aristocratic features. Bred for bravery, great scenting ability, speed and intelligence, he stays a superb game hunter and active participant in other dog sports.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Alert, Steady, Fast, Aloof, Energetic, Stubborn, Powerful, Intelligent

Colors:

Mouse-gray, Silver-gray, Silver

Weight:

Female: 55–77 lbs (25–35 kg), Male: 66–88 lbs (30–40 kg)

Airedale Terriers

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The hardy Airedale is the biggest of all terriers. Males stand about 23 inches at the shoulder; females are a bit smaller. The wire coat is tan with dark markings. But muscular legs give Airedales a noble lift in their posture, and the long head—with its sporty beard and mustache, expressive eyes, and ears that are folded — conveys a keen brains. Airedales are the graphic of an alert and willing terrier—and then some.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Outgoing, Alert, Friendly, Confident, Courageous, Intelligent

Height:

Female: 22–23 inches (56–59 cm), Male: 23–24 inches (58–61 cm)

Weight:

Female: 40–44 lbs (18–20 kg), Male: 51–64 lbs (23–29 kg)

Rottweiler

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Rottweiler is most happy when given a job to perform. Endurance, his brains and readiness to work make him acceptable as herder, a police dog, service dog, therapy dog, obedience adversary and faithful company. A built-in protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be moderate in size and his jacket is black with rust to mahogany markings.

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8-10
Years

Temperament:

Devoted, Good-natured, Alert, Steady, Self-assured, Obedient, Calm, Confident, Courageous, Fearless

Weight:

Female: 77–110 lbs (35–48 kg), Male: 110–130 lbs (50–60 kg)

Height:

Female: 22–25 inches (56–63 cm), Male: 24–27 inches (61–69 cm)

Colors:

Black, Mahogany, Tan

Puli

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Puli is a compact, square seeming, well balanced dog of medium size. He is active, alert and vigorous. Outstanding and highly characteristic is the shaggy coat which, joined with his light footed, identifying move, has fitted him for the strenuous work of herding flocks on the plains of Hungary. Agility, joined with soundness of body and mind, is of prime importance for the proper fulfillment of this centuries-old endeavor.

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12-16
Years

Temperament:

Agile, Obedient, Loyal, Faithful, Energetic, Intelligent

Colors:

Black, Brown, Cream, Golden, Gray, Silver and White

Height:

Female: 14–17 inches (36–42 cm), Male: 15–18 inches (39–45 cm)

Shih Tzu

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. Although there has always been considerable size variation, the Shih Tzu must be compact, solid, carrying good weight and material.

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10-16
Years

Temperament:

Lively, Outgoing, Playful, Alert, Gentle, Loyal,

Colors:

Black, Dark Brown, Gold, White, Liver & White, Brindle, Light Brown, Blue, Black & White and Liver

MoreHeight:

Female: 7.9 – 11 in. (Adult, At the withers), Male: 7.9 – 11 in. (Adult, At the withers)

Poodle

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Poodle is proud, graceful, noble, good natured, pleasing and cheerful. This highly intelligent dog is among the most trainable breeds. Some can be trained to hunt. The Standard Poodle is usually lower energy and frequently calmer than the smaller varieties of Poodles, but will become high strung if you don't give it the appropriate amount and kind of exercise. It's sensitive to the tone of one's voice and will not listen if it senses that it is not weaker minded than its owner, however it'll also not respond well to severe discipline.

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12-15
Years

Height:

Toy Poodle: 9.4 – 11 in., Miniature Poodle: 11 – 14 in., Standard Poodle: 18 – 24 in., Medium Poodle: 14 – 18 in.

Temperament:

Instinctual, Alert, Faithful, Active, Intelligent, Trainable

Colors:

Black, White, Red, Grey, Sable, Blue, Cream, Brown, Apricot, Silver

Komondor

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Komondor is characterized gratifying conformation, and by visiting strength, dignity, brave demeanor. He's a big, muscular dog with loads of bone and substance, covered with an uncommon, heavy jacket of white cords. The working Komondor lives during the greater part of the year in the open, and his coat serves to help him blend in with his flock and to protect him from extremes of weather and animals of prey.

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10-12
Years

Temperament:

Steady, Gentle, Calm, Fearless, Affectionate, Independent

Height:

Female: 25–27 inches (64–69 cm), Male: 28–30 inches (71–76 cm)

Colors:

White

Bukovina Sheepdog

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Bukovina Sheepdog is also called Caine Ciobanesc de Bucovina Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina, Bucovina Shepherd and Bucovina Sheepdog Sheepdog. It's a historical dog breed that's been acting as herd guards for Romanian shepherds for centuries. Its balance character and kind character has acquired this breed admiration as family pet. This big dog is appreciated for its bravery and working abilities. It is a brave and fearless dog that can battle dangerous predators like bears and wolves.

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10-15
Years

Temperament:

Devoted, Calm, Courageous

Height:

Female: 25–28 inches (64–72 cm), Male: 27–31 inches (68–78 cm)

Weight:

Female: 70–90 lbs (32–41 kg), Male: 70–90 lbs (32–41 kg)

Colors:

Gray & White, Brindle & White, Black & White

Caucasian Shepherd

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Caucasian Shepherd's original intention was to protect livestock. The typical Caucasian Ovtcharka is assertive, strong-willed and courageous. Unless properly socialized and trained, the Caucasian Shepherd may display tendencies that are unmanageable and ferocious. It is very courageous, attentive, strong and hardy. It doesn't accept people it doesn't know and it has a powerful impulse to defend.

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10-11
Years

Mass:

Male: 110 – 200 lbs (Adult)

Colors:

Gray & White, Brindle & White, Black & White

Temperament:

Alert, Quick, Strong, Calm, Powerful, Dominant

Tibetan Mastiff

Miniature Pinscher Guard Dog

The Tibetan Mastiff stands up on the pasterns, with strong, tight, cat feet, giving an alert appearance. The body is slightly longer than tall. The hallmarks of the breed are the tail and the head. The head is wide and remarkable, with substantial back skull, the eyes deep set and almond shaped, slightly slanted, the muzzle broad and well-cushioned, giving a square look. The typical manifestation of the breed is one of watchfulness. The tail and britches are well feathered and the tail is carried over the back in a single curl falling over the loin, balancing the head. Heavy mane and the coat is thick, with a wooly undercoat and coarse guard hair.

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10-12
Years

Height:

Male: 26–30 inches (66–76 cm), Female: 24–28 inches (61–71 cm)

Weight:

Male: 100–160 lbs (45–73 kg), Female: 75–120 lbs (34–54 kg)

Temperament:

Strong Willed, Protective, Aloof, Tenacious, Stubborn, Intelligent

Gerard Wetzel
 

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