The top American guard dog breeds 

Not only do dogs understand our nonverbal cues, but they also have an extraordinary knack for picking up on our emotional states.  

Naturally, dogs are most often used as guards.  

This is a role they've played for thousands of years, ever since they were domesticated by humans. 

When it comes to protecting their families and property, dogs are indispensable, whether it's guarding a herd of sheep or barking at intruders. 

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The least common of the four herding breeds that originate in Belgium, Belgian Laekenois aren't exactly household names. 

While this dog breed is famously devoted to its family, it tends to be cautious around strangers. 

The initial purpose of these dogs' breeding was to guard other animals, therefore you won't often see them becoming violent. 

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