Top 10 Best Guard Dogs in Netherlands – Breed and Traits


Guard dog image
A waiting wolfdog ready to strike image credits:pixbay

Dogs has been so many things to man, as crazy as it seems on of those things includes being a guard to man.

Despite living in society where we feel there are less needs to keep dogs outside the doors/gate for our protection there are times when it is really needed.

However keeping dogs as pets, or making them guard dogs we can all agree that guard dogs are quite useful and important.

In the post you’ll get to know the 15 best guard dogs in the Netherlands.

Before getting into details, it is necessary to clarify two things

First, Any Dog can be trained to be a guard Dog

Many people have that belief that their present dog/dogs can’t possibly, be a good fit for guard or security but try to understand and figure out your reason for getting the dog in the first place.

Secondly, Guard Dogs are not monsters show some Love

Trust me! a lot of people treat guard dogs poorly and shower a lot of love to their pet dogs, forgetting the fact that the guard dogs does a lot of job in protecting.

I’m i a dog activist? trust me No i’m just a dog lover.

Top 10 Security Dogs Breed In Netherlands

So, now you have an overview of guard dogs, let’s see how to make the right choice according to breed, traits and living condition when getting a guard dog.

  • Markiesje
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Saarlooswolfdog
  • Dutch Shepherd
  • Drentsche Patrijshond
  • Decoy Spaniel
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Stabyhoun
  • Wetterhoun
  • Mastiff

1. Markiesje

Markiesje image

You may say this is not an official breed in Netherlands but dating back to the history this dog has actually been around since the 70’s.

Markiesje dog breed for many can be considered as a companion dog rather than a security dog, I believe they have their reasons.

This particular breed of dogs have been watchdogs for ages dated back and according to research and findings the Markiesje would attack you if it considers you a stranger.

So a proper introduction of family members and friends would do you good else be prepared for the dog to attack.

The Markiesje breed lives up to 15 years and is generally a healthy dog, weighing up to 13-15 pounds.

2. Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres image

Seriously if your not into grooming of dogs, per say I would highly suggest you don’t get this dog. The Bouvier des Flanders are dogs that needs grooming regularly, they have served several purpose for the Dutch back in the days, ranging from being farm dogs, to cart pulling.

But today they are considered to be one of the best guard dogs you can own, with a life span of 10 – 12 years and weighing 35 – 45kg.

However the dog has a large build and in terms of temperament are submissive and loyal, and protective quite and intelligent breed with sophisticated traits including accountability.


3. Saarloos wolfdog

Saarlooswolfdog image
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Hell no this dog looks like a wolf right? Sit back for a brief history you know for a fact that some people consider German Shepherd kind of a pet dog right, but if you don’t don’t worry it isn’t.

So the Saarlooswolfdog is actually a breed from the crossing of a German Shepherd and an Eurasian grey wolf 🐺, so that gave it the name wolf-dog and it’s actually a German/Netherlands dogs.

This particular dog is an athletic dog with strong body build weighing up to 45kg they move lightly on their feet and are swift, this dog is perfect for a protection dog considering the fact that they need to be socialize in order to familiarize with people around.

4. Dutch Shepard

Dutch Shepard image
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First thing that comes to mind seeing this dog and hearing the name, you’d probably think it’s related to the German Shepherd well you are right they have an ancestral backgrounds.

These dogs dated back to famers who needed dogs as farm dogs and can survive the harsh weather, alas comes this multi-tasking dog for the job.

In recent times the Dutch Shepard has been used as, police dogs, security dogs, and has also being a family friend.

Well they weigh about 30 – 40kg and have good traits and temperament including being watchful, alert, intelligent and independent.

5. Drentsche Patrijshond

Drentsche Patrijshond image
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The Drentsche Patrijshond is a typical hunting dog, and before you nod your head that this shouldn’t be a guard dog, let me tell you this amongst the temperament of this wonderful dog is being fearless.

Drentsche Patrijshond is a great security dog in Netherlands and in fact any other place you can think of, it’s quite intelligent, obedient, loyal.

The dog is also a good pointer and receiver and if your looking for fun then this dog is your best bet, the breed weighs 43 – 73 pounds on average and requires regular exercise.

Decoy Spaniel


6. Decoy spaniel (kooikerhondje)


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A lot of sporting dogs are actually making it to this list of the best protection dogs and that’s not bad at all.

Kooikerhondje also known as Decoy spaniel is and is actually a small dog not too small dough according to dogtime it is also a hunting dog.

It has a life expectancy of 12 – 14 years and weighing between 10 – 12kg and are generally good food consumers having good appetite.

The Kooikerhondje are good nutured, friendly and alert also been concious of their environment, it can adapt rather quickly compared to other breed and requires regular exercise.

7. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon security dog

This breed is another big player and is being used mainly as a security dog considering the history of being used as a hunting dog.

With a good background of dutch ancestry this dog has a temperament of being highly vigilant, trainable and loyal.

The dog is a medium sized dog and is a good choice for sporting and gundog having a good health structure.

8. Stabyhoun

Stabyhoun dog image
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This particular breed is quite a rare one and original from Netherlands, it’s a good fit for family good with kids and have also been good as a protection dog.

This dog is quite a stubborn one, it is greater in length and not quite tall some other traits include being intelligent, observant and sensitive.

Weighing from 23 – 25kg this dog requires regular exercise to keep fit and healthy.

9. Wetterhoun

Wetterhoun image

The Wetterhoun is another great classification as a guard dogs, in the past it has always been used to hunt mamals and small animals.

This hunting dog is part of the Netherlands history, it is a medium sized dog with thick coat and curls.

Wetterhoun are great gundog and are strong willed but cheerful and obedient, weighing about 55 – 77 pounds.

10. Mastiff

This particular breed is considered to be very huge and weighs from 150 – 200 pounds, this set are not original from Netherlands but quite popular in the United kingdom and also in Netherlands they have quite a number.

When trained properly Mastiff can serve as a very good guard dog for family protection, it’s friendly with kids.

When considering the lion as king of cats, I think mastiff should be considered as that in the dog kingdom 😂 well that’s my view drop yours in the comments below.


Tada! We’ve come to the end of this blog post and some of the take away lessons:

Getting any of these dogs would solely depends on your choice and probably having first love for it.

You want it to be a guard dogs? Train it to be one.

Treat 🐕 dogs with love.







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