One of the virtues we associate with a dog is their ability to guard and protect. While we normally attribute this quality to the larger dogs like the German Shepherd or the Rottweiler, there are several small guard dog breeds which are equally alert and aggressive. They might not have the strength to ward of large threats, but they more than make up with their alertness and ability to warn their owners of any impending threat.

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Here are 5 small guard dog breeds:

1. Boston Terrier

5 small guard dog breeds

Boston terriers are not large guard dog breeds but they compensate by being aggressively territorial and protective of both humans and property. These solid muscular dogs are highly agile in small spaces making them the best guard dogs for apartments. So, if you have any tiny pets around, get them socialized with your terrier.

2. Miniature Schnauzer

5 small guard dog breeds

Ideal for guarding small apartments, this smallest of the three schnauzer breeds is a robust and healthy companion. They have an outgoing personality and a rugged good look which, along with their compact size, makes them an ideal family guard dog. These muscular dogs are tough and fearless though not overtly aggressive. They may be small but are tireless for patrolling even large areas.

3.  Miniature Bull Terrier

5 small guard dog breeds

This dog has the fearlessness and liveliness of a terrier. They are protective and energetic. They have both the strength and obstinacy of a bulldog and the alertness and intense nature of a terrier. In short, these guard dogs are fearless and protective. They make good watchdogs but in spite of their small size are also good as guard dogs. They have the terrier’s trait of being possessive of their humans and territory.

4. Dachshund

5 small guard dog breeds

Dachshunds were bred to hunt and so have an inherently aggressive nature. They are thus very protective of their humans. They are ideally suited for small apartments and are one of the best small guards and watchdogs.

5. Lhasa Apso

5 small guard dog breeds

Despite their size, Lhasa Apsos are great watchdogs as they are descended from dogs that were used to guard monasteries in Tibet. They may have come down from wolves which shows in their fierce and protective nature.

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These 5 small guard dog breeds stand out for their aggressive quality and excellent watchdog qualities. Plus, they are really cute too!