last night some guy tried to brake into our cars and the dog we have is a good dog and found the guy and startted barking but when I started yelling at the guy the dog just kindof got scared put her tail between her legs and wanted to go inside. So its time for another dog which will be a good companion for the one we got now also. I want a big dog that can be mean when it has to be and knows when it cant and can be. I want it to have a fierce bark and be able to scare someone but I want it to be friendly also. I want it to be nice to friends of ours that it sees alot but with a stranger or burglur be fierce with him and not get scared if I start yelling. I want it to be good around kids and other dogs also so I guess it has ot be easily trained and i would also like one that doesnt have very long hair and doesnt shed very much, and I would like for it to be a barker when it has to be but not constantly barking at nothing. Any help is greatly appreciated thanks
I think you have too many expectations of a dog to be honest. Most dogs will know the difference between people who are up to no good and friendly people. However, if you want a dog like you say you do you will really have to work on socialising and exposing to him to alot of situations, different people etc. so he doesn't become over protective and try to protect everything and anything. I'm sure other people will be able to give you better advice than I just have!
Yep, I agree with Flatcoats. Alot of it has to do with how the dog is trained/socialized. Breed standards can only serve as a guide.
Mastiffs are very gentle. They are large so they are intimdating and they are protective guard dogs. Socialize them well, and they will be sensitive to your feelings and know when your anger is directed at them or at someone else.
Pitbulls/Staffordshire Bull Terriers are gentle and sensitive also. Easier to manage size-wise and very protective- at least the Kanedog is, and he'll bark his head off at anyone passing by the house. He also wags his whole body when someone he knows comes over- and if someone he doesn't know yet is let in the house, he'll sniff them like crazy and than start to wag his whole body (he'll like new people as soon as he's introduced). And their sterotype alone is intimidating to anyone who hasn't owned a Pitbull (and don't know just how gentle of creatures they really are) that they won't want to mess with your cars!
I was thinking more of a herding type. I own an Australian Cattle Dog and when she doesn't know somebody that comes into our yard she is the most terrifying dog I have ever seen. She has never hurt anyone, but I can't call her off by screaming at her. I usually have to go and get a hold of her to make her stop. She usually won't stop until the person leaves. She is great with anyone that knows me or her. Loves to play with everything. The world is her playground. They are very smart dogs.
This is just my personal opinion but it sounds like your dog did a good job, he let you know that someone was out there. When you took over "as alpha dog" he left to let you "handle it". I think you should be telling your dog how good he is and get yourself a good security system if you need more protection. That is just my opinion though.
I gave my dog alot of credit and bones for what she did but she is getting old and we are looking for something that will know when someone is outside if the dog is in the house and maybe a little more of a barker than the dog we got now. And I want the dog to know when i am yelling at him or at something else. but anytime I make a loud noise the dog i got now runs into her cage because shes scared but shes a very friendly dog. I tihnk I am going to go look at a lab german shepard mix in a little while tho
Ill drop a ballot for the Rottweilers. They don't have long coats. they don't bark aimlessly at nothing. they are loyal to the grave. the bark makes a bad guys knees quiver. they love kids. my rotti's best friend is a beagle and loves the neighborhood dogs. and yes they have a protective instinct. what better fit?
I will say an American Bulldog will take care of your needs, and it seems like you have a lot of them. They are warry of strangers, but once introduced, they are big ole' wiggle butts. They have a shorter coat, but they shed about average. They don't just bark at anything but will bark and be standoffish to strangers, and their bark will make anyone thing twice. They get along pretty good with other animals, if properly socialized. Lastly they are some of the most atletic dogs I have seen (the Scott type) and I guess you could make this entire argument representative of the APBT as well.
I mean no offense but I wouldn't recommend an American Pit Bull Terrier as there is already one dog in the house and there is no promises they will get along. I show APBTs and love them dearly but even the ones I have that are going to be CGC tested I wouldn't leave alone with any other dogs for fear of what could happen. I may have misunderstood what you were saying but wanted to point out my opinion.
I would think you would want a protection-trained dog that has been living with a family during training. You can do a search for them online. One place I was interested in was Kraftwerk K9. They have GSDs. Good luck!