I am just starting to research finding a good breed that is semi protective, medium size and doesn't come with any social stigmas of a "bully breed". I have owned Rottweillers and love them, but I don't want a breed that people move to the oposite side of the trail when they see you coming! I'm thinking of a small female Boxer. Does anyone have other ideas for me to consider?
Boxer was what I was thinking (not because I raise boxers), but because their look scares the crap out of many non-dog people, yet they are rarely aggressive unless they feel they are protecting their family.
My husband is out of town a lot, I like to walk our many local trails, and also want some extra ears in the house when I am alone. IMy daughter will bemoving away soon with her 2 pugs and I have never been without the companionship of a great dog.
That is the other breed we are considering, but again, I have had dogs that most of society is intimidated with and although I always feel extremely safe with them in my house, I don't like the anxiety I come across when I am out in public with them. So, that is why I am looking into a breed that is alert, can be protective but doesn't clear a path at the off leash dog park. I get frustrated when I see people respond that way, but it's a fact wether it is legitimate or not!
Possibly a Husky or Malamute? You may even want to consider a Border Collie. Most people love them, but at the same time they will try to protect you if you're in danger. Just make sure you do a lot of research with any of these breeds first. Best of luck! =D
Standard Schnauzer , My husband wants one when ever our bully breeds are long gone. Hopefully wont be for a long time. I cant imagine any other gaurdian. But he likes that breed because thier not shedders and are tough terrier breeds.
Maybe it is wrong of me, but I know Beulah would protect me, and she is the friendliest lab ever. She lets our cat beat her up, and she is very submissive. BUT, she stands between me and strangers and I know she watches out for us. So, I don't really think it's the breed, but the relationship and the devotion that makes your dog protect you. I hear what you are saying though, because it is nice to have a dog who can stop people with a glance, or just being there. But, I think my black lab can do that because she is big enough to cause trouble, and people know that. I wanted a laid back, calm dog because I never wanted to worry about whether or not she would harm someone. I know that this dog would never harm anyone, she would let someone do anything to her before she got mad. but she is alert, and aware, and any stranger would be uncomfortable when she glances at them and stares them down. Because fortunately, anyone looking to cause trouble isn't focusing on whether the dog is barking out of fun or out of anger!
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You can train almost any dog to protect or be an alert dog. I know lots of mutts or breeds that aren't "protection" breeds that are trained to alert thier owners or bark when needed. So adopting a good dog from the pound and spending time training is another way to go.
my sister has three boxers. anyone could rob them blind or do whatever. they are just too friendly. i have a gsd that is also very people friendly. but when he is in our yard , he does not welcome strangers in unless we are with them.
I think that just about any dog will bark when they hear a noise. as for being protective, I train dogs for protection and of course these dogs are not biting because they truley care about our saftey. Dogs like that, everyone thinks they own them. I think it is really hard to know what a dog would do when that type situation happens. So my suggestion any dog breaking 50 lbs is going to make someone second guess coming in. I would not choose a dog based on how secure the dog will make you feel. In my experince with training protection dogs. The dogs that I think would protect you are dogs that have a good relationship with you, and are not nervous. a nervous dog, will have to much concern for thier saftey to think about yours. Affectionate breeds, but sharp breeds. The one dog that comes to mind is the dobie like lpn said. it has the looks, the love and they are what are called sharp. In training one gauge we use is how "Sharp" a dog is. the sale is from dull to sharp. think of a mental pictue like this ^ at one side we have dull at the other we have sharp at the peak we have a perfect balance between the 2. dull dogs are like bloodhounds, big offs. lazy almost, they might not be alarmed easy. but they are lovable. these dogs also tend to be a little less trainable. Sharp dogs are like malinois, border collies...chi's. they alert easy, they tend to want to chase moving objects. they are often labeled hyper. the dogs that are the best for protecting are dogs just a little on the sharp side. to much sharpness and they are train wrecks, nervous and jumpy. I hope that made sense. So, I would just say hey, I will get a boxer, or a dobie or a lab...since all the dogs in these breeds can have a wide array of these charcterisitics. picking a breed is a good start but not enough. Find a dog that adores you a dog, a dog that will follow you...even if you just met. and when you leave, a dog that seems to be a little disheartened that you have left. and a dog with confidence and a tinge of being sharp. now when you get your dog. you must be the sunshine in that dogs life. you feed it, play games with it, let it out....you are the bringer of everything good and fun. this will do 2 things, first the dog will fall completely in love with you, and it will recongize you as the keeper of it's fate. you provide the dog with it's meals and love. if you are gone, in the dogs mind...thier food is gone and thier fun is gone. and if you can do it. for the first few months. I would be the only one to have "intense" interaction with it. When I get a dog, this is how I do it. of course my wife can say hi, and give it a scratch. but i want the dog to bond to me first. so i limit interaction. then ay about 6 mos. you'll notice the dog will adore you more than anyone on the face of the planet. these things do bring problems with them that many people may not want to deal with. first, seperation anxiety. next, Addie (my dog) is friendly to all humans. and other dogs, one exception she is very territorial of me. if another dog comes by me she will get mad at them.
Most dogs will protect you if they feel their is danger, and almost all dogs will bark to alert you when someone is coming or something is wrong.
My springer spaniel has protected many times in the past and I know he'd do it again, and probably would give his life. Whenever he hears a noise that doesn't sound right outside, he lets us know, and then will go outside and point in the general direction of that sound. (Maybe he was a pointer in a past life?) And I was told springers dont make guard dogs.... tell that to Riley.
My point is, whatever dog you get, I'm sure you will feel safer just having him around. Check out the local shelter like others suggested.
Nice topic...interesting too...I'm sure many people have thought about this. I agree with how you raise and train a dog, almost any dog can be protective. I have Miniature Pinschers and a Yorkie. The Min Pins are the softies and the Yorkie is our Rottie...Lol...But yes, I am considering getting a larger breed for some similar reasons...I was thinking either a German Shepherd or a Boxer. For me, it's still just an idea...However, I have researched both breeds and either or would be perfect...Thanks!