These dogs were originally bred for their physical strength and tenacity and remain some of the strongest dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club today.
- Bull Mastiff
Originally bred in England to pin and hold poachers without attacking.
- Cane Corso Mastiff
Originally bred in Italy, its name means Guardian and Protector and was bred to be a watch dog and hunt wild boar.
- Neapolitan Mastiff
These dogs can be traced back to use by the Roman Army. They were originally bred to be defenders of property.
- Tibetan Mastiff
Early records find these dogs in China, they remained isolated in the Himalayan mountains to develop into the dog we know today. Highly protective, they were bred to be a family and property guardian.
- Bull Terrier
A small, friendly, muscular dog that packs a lot of strength and excels at sporting.
- Great Dane
Originally bred to hunt wild boar in Germany is an excellent guard dog.
- Doberman Pinschers
Originated in Germany around 1900 and was bred to be a guard dog.
The Rottweiler’s ancestors protected the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. Bred for the herding and guarding instincts.
- Irish Wolfhound
Dates back to 391 A.D, these huge dogs were bred to hunt wolves and oversized Irish Elk.
Bred to be the first line of defense against predators and were used in tracking and holding down wounded game.
- Great Pyrenees
Named after a mountain range in southwestern Europe, these territorial dogs were bred to guard livestock.
The original ancestry is a bit controversial but these dogs were used to assist fishermen drag heavy nets, to haul wood from the forest, and perform heavy labor.
- Dogo Argentino
Originally from Argentina, this highly active dog was bred to be a courageous hunter and protector of people.
- Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Originating in Turkey, these independent thinking dogs were originally bred as a guard dog to be the frontline of defense against predators.
- St. Bernard
Bred to help travelers cross the harsh terrain and passes in Italy and Switzerland, utilized as a cart dog, guard dog and in avalanche rescue.
- Swiss Mountain Dog
Originally from remote areas of Switzerland, this dog was originally used for draft work, herding, guarding, and as a farm sentinel.