Goodbye: What breed of dog would be a good guard dog for a first time dog owner?
I'm a single woman, I'll be moving into a house soon, alone, and I want to get a guard dog, but I have no previous experience with owning one. I love animals and I'm a responsible person. I was just wondering what breeds I should consider. I know that smaller dogs can be reliable guard dogs, however, these dogs cannot pin down a large man, if need be. Any help would be great.
Just so some of you know, I just don't want a dog for a guard dog, If I wanted to just ward off intruders, I would get an alarm system...dogs also make great pets and companions too since I will be living alone, and since I will be living alone, I would want a guard dog
Most of these answers are great, most of you actually read what I wrote.... that I am responsible. If a good guard dog needs training, so be it. I am not the type of person that will just chain a dog up and say "that's it!"
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Answer by Jam
akita's are very protective!
Answer by Jan H
First suggestion – really a requirement – read everything you can find on dog/pack behavior. The breeds large enough to pin down a large man also tend to be somewhat stubborn, independent thinkers. You will need to balance discipline with praise. Do NOT "train" them for protection – let them use their natural abilities. You don't need a dog in most cases that will attack on command (what many consider a protection dog)…you need a dog that will naturally rise to a threat.
Akitas and rottweillers are both good choices. They wouldn't be *my* choice but in the right hands they are good dogs.
German Shepherds and Dobermans both have long been known for their protection qualities. Both are awesome companions as well as big enough to make someone think twice. I know a dobe around here who recently was stabbed protecting his family – the family was unharmed. The thug outside the window at 230 a.m. left a trail of blood after stabbing the dog.
There's several breeds very effective not listed. The Bouvier, Giant Schnauzer, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Belgian Turvuren, Belgian Malinois, vizsla are all effective for protection. The belgian dogs are used in many K9 units for both search and rescue and as officers.
The Anatolian Shepherd is another breed that does not play when it comes to protection. I've had a couple and they are AWESOME dogs…very intelligent but very much independent thinkers. There was a case of a lady who had just gotten a pup – 6 months old – who was in the barn behind a double door with the top open. Her husband was milking so the machines meant he didn't hear beyond right there in the barn. A man stopped to look at some goats for sale and once out of sight behind the barn the man grabbed her. She was yelling for help but no one heard her except the "pup" who jumped the bottom door and took the man down before effectively convincing him that he'd picked the wrong place. The pup was not full sized but the protection was in place.
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