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The ten most courageous dog breeds, including the devoted German Shepherd 🐶, are featured in Brave Dogs 2023


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    These are the breeds of dog that are naturally courageous. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    These are the breeds of dog that are naturally courageous. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Dog ownership soared during the global pandemic according to the Kennel Club, as lockdown meant people felt more able to open their house up to a new puppy.

    There seems to be no letting up in the popularity of pups, as prices continue to rise as demand outstrips supply.

    There are a huge 221 breeds of dog to choose from so it’s best to do your homework before picking your perfect four-legged friend.

    Often a misunderstood breed, the Rottweiler isn't overly-aggressive in normal curcumstances and can make a loving and gentle family pet. They are very protective though, and fear nothing, making them a buglar's worst nightmare. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Often a misunderstood breed, the Rottweiler isn't overly-aggressive in normal curcumstances and can make a loving and gentle family pet. They are very protective though, and fear nothing, making them a buglar's worst nightmare. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Depending on your lifestyle and home you may be best opting for a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.

    But if you are looking for a dog that will be fearless in protecting you and your family from danger, there are a few brave breeds you should consider first.

    Here are 10 of the most courageous breeds of dog, according to the American Kennel Club.

    Used as a military dog in their native Belgium, the Bouvier des Flandres are strong-willed and so can be tricky to train. This same attribute makes them fierce protectors who will put everything on the line to keep their owners safe. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Used as a military dog in their native Belgium, the Bouvier des Flandres are strong-willed and so can be tricky to train. This same attribute makes them fierce protectors who will put everything on the line to keep their owners safe. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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    Whether it's sniffing out bombs for the army or controlling crowds for the police, German Shepherds are the bravest of all the dog breeds. As a family pet they will happily put their life on the line to keep you safe. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Whether it's sniffing out bombs for the army or controlling crowds for the police, German Shepherds are the bravest of all the dog breeds. As a family pet they will happily put their life on the line to keep you safe. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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    Affectionate and docile when relaxing with its owner, the Presa Canario becomes a completely different animal when threatened. Wary of strangers, it's a breed that can be aggressive and so is one probably best avoided when looking for a family pet. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Affectionate and docile when relaxing with its owner, the Presa Canario becomes a completely different animal when threatened. Wary of strangers, it's a breed that can be aggressive and so is one probably best avoided when looking for a family pet. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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    The Dobermann, also known as the Doberman Pinscher, combines strength, intelligence and fearlessness to make it one of the best dogs for protection. They are also very sensitive to sound and naturally suspicious of strangers, so make great guard dogs. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    The Dobermann, also known as the Doberman Pinscher, combines strength, intelligence and fearlessness to make it one of the best dogs for protection. They are also very sensitive to sound and naturally suspicious of strangers, so make great guard dogs. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Originally used by gamekeepers to tackle and pin down poachers, the Bullmastiff has retained the fearless instinct to tackle those who are doing harm. As long as they are properly socialised and trained they can also be affectionate family pets. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Originally used by gamekeepers to tackle and pin down poachers, the Bullmastiff has retained the fearless instinct to tackle those who are doing harm. As long as they are properly socialised and trained they can also be affectionate family pets. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    The Akita was bred to guard royal and noble households in feudal Japan. Today they are still known to never back down from anything or anyone that they perceive to be a threat to their family. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    The Akita was bred to guard royal and noble households in feudal Japan. Today they are still known to never back down from anything or anyone that they perceive to be a threat to their family. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Also known as the South African mastiff, the Boerboel was used in its native South Africa to guard homesteads. They are one of the most powerful breeds of dog and fear nothing. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Also known as the South African mastiff, the Boerboel was used in its native South Africa to guard homesteads. They are one of the most powerful breeds of dog and fear nothing. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    The Great Pyrenees is so brave it was historically used to protect livestock against ferocious wolves. They are now more common as family pets and get on particularly well with children. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    The Great Pyrenees is so brave it was historically used to protect livestock against ferocious wolves. They are now more common as family pets and get on particularly well with children. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Another breed commonly used by the police and military, the Belgian Malinois dog is one of the oldest European breeds and is a fear-free force to be reckoned with. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

    Another breed commonly used by the police and military, the Belgian Malinois dog is one of the oldest European breeds and is a fear-free force to be reckoned with. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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