Some pups simply aren't cut out to be guard dogs.Some pups simply aren't cut out to be guard dogs.
Some pups simply aren't cut out to be guard dogs.

Guard Dogs 2024: Here are the 10 adorable dog breeds that make the worst guard dogs - including the loving Labrador 🐕

If you are looking to add a puppy to your family and want a pet that will protect your family and home – here are the breeds that are likely to be just too friendly to be up to the job.

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

Plenty of us decided to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes in the last few years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership has soared.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

One thing worth considering before making a decision is that some breeds of dog can be very useful to protect your family and home, as well as being a great pets and companions.

Meanwhile, other types of canine are just no good at being guard dogs – lacking the territorialism, courage and alertness required.

Of course there are always exceptions, but in general these are the 10 breeds of dog you shouldn’t trust to guard your house.

Read more

For all the latest dog news, chat, advice and information, join our Scotsdog Facebook group here

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.