Vicente B: what is the best guard and attack dog?
is it the rottweiler or the presa, what about the cane corso, tosa inu, akita, alsatian, bullmastiff, caucasian mountain dog, tibetan mastiff, fila or bordeaux dogue....argentinian dogue
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Answer by Rayven-Fried Sea Kit
One that has been properly and professionally trained, and in the hands of a responsible and competent owner who knows what they are doing.
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Answer by Aleksandar
I want to suggest SOP (Serbian defense dog aka srpski odbrambeni pas) try some youtube and see what the dog does! I`ve seen a few, and let me tell you a "professional" training just ruins the dog's natural aloofness and aggression (toward strangers). Think: isn't it better that the attacker DOESNT KNOW that the dog will attack his right hand? (which is what they teach dogs in training)
SOP are EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT AND DEVOTED and they really HATE strangers…they are about 70 cm high 50 kg and double faster than Rottweiler!
Answer by Glenda
Any dog can and will act as a guard dog. It's simply in their nature to protect their 'pack'.
Attack dogs need to be extensively trained and in the hands of a competent owner who can provide 24-hour supervision. An attack dog is not an accessory; it is a weapon.
Answer by thing
A terrier is the most willing attack dog- that's why the pit was created in the first place, they were willing to sacrifice size for a terrier personality. Unlike rottweilers etc terriers were bred to kill- even Akitas usually held the prey at bay until the hunter arrived, and most of the other dogs are shepherds which might be difficult to keep satisfied without a flock or a more challenging job than just being a guard. Argentinian dogues tend to be slow learners which is not something you want in a guard dog, no matter how impressive they may look.
Generally speaking, any dog which is popular as a 'tough' dog is hard to buy as a good guard dog, as they are often bred for poor temperaments eg high aggression, which is often linked to fear (as it is usually tested), so if you breed for high aggression you will get a dog which bites and runs away. Calm dogs who are unfazed by anything but are good at judging body language, who can follow commands and can work independently, are the best guard dogs. They'll leave people who do no harm alone, and that way you'll be able to keep them. Otherwise, you can end up with a serious accident- what if the dog doesn't recognize you as you come home in the dark and bites you, or a friend who comes in without calling you first? It's happened to me with a small dog, it would be a disaster if it happened with a big one like Caucasian Ovcharka.
I'd say a trained lab/terrier mix would probably be the best for a personal attack dog- good bite strength, intelligent, tenacious, fighting instincts, reliable if well-trained, and you have the element of surprise. You can get one easily at most shelters (at least near here), and it'll cost less than a purebred puppy of one of the bully breeds. Otherwise an adult rottweiler or bullmastiff (so you can evaluate the temperament reliably), again easily obtained at shelters. Either way, it would be a good idea to get an experienced trainer to help you, and you must choose a calm dog.
Actually, come to think of it, that you're listing a lot of large dog breeds and not really showing that you know much about them and that you're asking this question of a bunch of random strangers on the internet, suggests that you might not be ready for a guard dog. An attack dog is never a good idea for a normal person, a sentry dog would be better and just as effective.
Answer by Cee
I would say that if you are wanting an attack/guard dog for protection purposes, then you should first seek out a professional trainer that specializes in training these types of animals. They will have much more information on dogs that are good candidates for such training and will be with you from day one on the process. There is a lot of work that goes into training a guard dog, and you will want a professional to do it so that you don't risk training bad habits or having a dog that turns on you.
I would say that there are many breeds that are known for guarding/attacking, but it is still up to the dog's individual personality as to how well they will take to it.
I would google the trainers in your area and start there. You will definitely want the dog professional trained for you and the dog. They will teach you a lot about handling a certain dog and make sure that you know what all is involved.
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Mark john says
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a large breed of dog that is popular in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and North Caucasus area. Wikipedia
Life span: 10 – 11 years
Temperament: Alert, Quick, Strong, Calm, Powerful, Dominant bit force is 750 pounds i have 2 of them
*NOT* the Tibetan Mastiff. Not any of the Tibetan dogs. They are guardian breeds – which may seem like a mere semantic quibble but is not. They generally do not have "good soldier" mentalities, that is, they do not follow orders easily. They think for themselves after analyzing a situation, more like good cops than good soldiers.
If you give a Tibetan dog an order/command that makes no sense to the dog, you're apt to be ignored or get a blank stare – and you may lose the dog's respect. These are not easy, biddable dogs who live to satisfy the whims of humans.
Rottweiler or German Shepherd.
Brandy G says
I would like to point out that you missed a key breed in your list. The Doberman. This dog was bred by a man that had a rather dangerous job, tax collecting. He bred this dog to protect him against angry citizens and bandits. This dog is an intelligent, noble and over all loyal family pet. I have had two in my lifetime and you could not ask for a better security system. Both of my dogs loved children but would never let an adult stranger within a few feet of the house unless a family member showed him that the stranger meant no harm.
If you are looking for a great guard dog, look no further. I will say however that if you plan to attack train a dog of any breed you MUST seek professional assistance or forget it. It is very irresponsible to do it yourself and you will most likely end up with a dog that has a dangerous behavior problem.