Q: which is a better guard dog, a female or a male dog?
I am planning to have a guard dog since the incidents of unwanted intruders are prevalent in my area, especially the snatchers.
I am choosing either a Belgian Malinois or a German shepherd, which one is the best guard dog?
A female or male dog? And why?
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Answer by izzy
it doesn't really matter if it's a male or female. it actually kinda matters on the breed. a german shepherd or a golden retriever would be a smart guard dog
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Answer by Bruce
Ok, first of all, German Shepherds are very loyal, very protective, and very easy to train. So is a Malinois, however, Malinois are very hyper and need a very strong hand to control them. I would recommend a German Shepherd, Mastiff, or even Rottie before I would recommend a Malinois. As for sex, it doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter if you get the dog altered, though I would highly recommend it.
What does matter is that the dog is mature. You can not get a 6-month-old, or even a 1 yr old and get the protection out of it. 18 months or older is what you really want to get. I would suggest a male and only because they are larger. Police and military in the past have always used males, you rarely find females as K-9s. The best part about a German Shepherd is they look the part and that is often enough to warn of intruders. Many people don't know Malinois so they may go ahead and test them.
Answer by miss cellany
My male dog was much more chill than my female but he protected me when I really needed it one time. It was the only time I ever saw him aggressive to a human. He was a border collie (from working lines, not show). Was a very cute, chill dog but when he got angry he looked freaking scary.
The female is high strung and would bark and bite with very little provocation so she might scare away an opportunist but she is prone to fearfulness and might just run away if a real threat appeared (like someone determined to kill me or something). She is a Belgian mal mix. She looks scary (black face and orange eyes and she's med-large in size) so she probably acts as a deterrent but I don't think she'd reliably fight off an attacker or anything.
Don't rely on your dog to protect you - learn martial art and carry a weapon and protect yourself. The dog will look to you for protection unless it's human aggressive and if it is you'll be charged and the dog will be put down if it ever bites anyone unprovoked. Not worth the risk.
Answer by baserunner316
German shepherds and mastiffs are loyal and excellent guard dogs! both can be awesome family pets once they bond with you. please read on them. also, check on the Portuguese water dog. peace!
Answer by rllthethird
I have a Belgian Malinois and she is very protective; but, you would never know it to see her around us. She is very, very, obedient, despite being somewhat stubborn. They are used a lot for guard dogs. They use them to patrol the Texas border because they supposedly like to bite, especially the males. But, remember to get the dog trained. Mine challenged me when I first got her, trying to intimidate me and take control. She is an alpha female. So, I suspect that they can be somewhat dangerous. She loves me very much and stopped that nonsense after I threw her down to the ground and held her down with my hands around her neck a couple of times. She was still around a year old when I did this. I also spent time afterward massaging her and speaking softly in her ear. If she had been older, I probably would not have gotten away with it.
The other thing is they are thinking dogs. So, as they experience things, they learn to think their way around a situation that could be dangerous if they are not properly trained. For instance, she has unlocked doors and gates, and once carried her food bowl into the bedroom with her so she could be close to my husband who was sick and still eats. (I am not lying.) I would not have any other dog unless I also had one of these. I never met a smarter more human-like dog and I have been around quite a few of them.
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My husband’s boss had two males and had to shoot them to get them off of a neighbor kid that wandered in their yard. So, be careful when choosing the dog.
They are pretty scary to most people who think they are a wolf or a coyote. They are not that common. So, folks look at them and don’t know what they are. Mine has very intelligent eyes that make her look like a wild wolf or something. So, even though she only tries to bite folks she doesn’t like for some reason or those she senses I don’t like, she looks very dangerous. She has never bitten anyone as she wants to please me and will stop when I say “No!” But, you have to get to know the dog and let the dog get to know you. Don’t get one unless you have time to spend with it.
Also, they don’t bark that much and you can’t tell they are going to go after someone unless you know them well enough to see it in their eyes. Mine will also smile before she does it, but will not growl or bark prior to going after someone. She just makes her move. My border collie will put on all kinds of noise before he goes after someone. My Belgian Malinois just smiles and shoots out after the person, or animal. The two of them make me feel quite safe.
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