Dog ownership soared last year as lockdown meant people felt more able to open their house up to a new puppy.
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.
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.
1. German Shepherd
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.
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 are great guard dogs.
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.
4. Belgian Malinois
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.