Hello. I am taking all breed suggestions as I am in need of a guard dog to protect my home while i am away. A few months ago, while i was out at a restaurant, people came into my home and stole my couch, T.V., and computer with my three year old maltese. I need a dog that will not let anyone into my home when i am not home. Thank you for your time.
Please Please PLEASE socialize this dog so its not bad with other animals or people, unless of course something bad is happening. I'm sure you know all the breeds that are good for this task. I know, or I read that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are better than Pit Bulls at distinguishing if a stranger is intending to inflict harm or not, which makes them better protectors. I have a Staffy, so if you decide you want one I can put some input, but he's still only 5 almost 6 months old. Otherwise, there's LOTS of dogs that are capable of this. Rotties, dobermans, Shepherds, German Shepherds if you don't mind shedding would be a good choice, too. I'm only recommending dogs I've owned(or the family has), so Staffy or German Shepherd.
I was thinking of a breed of dog that has protective instincts that doesn't need to be taught in order to perform these task. Also a good family dog, low shedding, and minimal health issues. Not to rare. Has to have that intimidating like appearance that will hopefully scare off potential robbers. But overall a good family protector and lover
Boxer look the part and will act the part only in very bad cases. Great family dogs, I have four kids, My youngest will sit on the dogs and they just look at her. She loves to go in the puppy pen when we have them and they just lick her. Great breed, I would be very careful what you get if you do have kids!! Good luck
There are breeders that will train a dog to what you are looking for, either with the German or a boxer you will pay a little more and they wont be puppies, but they do have these breeders out there that do that. there is a breeder here in Michigan that does it.
Dogster - a very intimidating breed is always the mastiff or bullmastiff. They are great family dogs, but they will not allow any person who is not invited into the house without letting them know who is boss. I have an eight year old boy that I trust around my bullmastiff without question. Some people are put off that they drool, but Gracie only drools when she is getting treats, drinking water or eating.
As for personal experience - she will let people she knows in the yard without hesitating, but if she does not know them she will growl. Example: A neighbor down the road had a dog get off of its lead, while she was looking for him, I was walking Gracie on a leash. The lady came up to the yard from the road and Gracie started growling at her until I told her it was O.K. She immediately stopped growling and began wagging her tail to be petted. She just wanted the woman to know that she did not know her. When you have 110 lbs of growling dog looking at you, it is REALLY intimidating!!
I had a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, name Cedo, that I smuggled as a stray from Mexico that was the best guard dog I have ever seen. He was always guarding his territory from anyone who would try to or looked like they would gain entrance onto our property. He was notorious with city workers, meter readers, utility workers. His bark was horrendous. He never bit anyone because nobody would dare challenge him. If you came onto his turf with an invitation by us, he was o.k. with that. He was such a super dog. Priceless!! He died going on 5 yrs ago at the age of 9 from cancer. I still grieve for him.
Sometimes the best of things come from unexpected places.
I have a Mastiff about 6 Months old she is a great dog. I rescued a dog that was in a bad place with worms and fleas, took her to the vet and got her cleaned up very well. I would keep her but, I have a German Sheppard and a Small Rott Mix who are both girls who are older and three dogs are just to much. She is great around my kids and has a great bark to let people know she is around.
Just to let you know, dogs, and other animals from animal shelters make the PERFECT pet. I got ALL my pets from an animal shelter. They are THE BEST!!!!! I suggest that you do that! You'll see. My dog Jack, no one want to get near him if he doesn't know you because he has the most visous bark, but he is really the most sweetest dog. And he's scared of pretty much everything! That's pretty funny.
Dobermans are the ONLY breed of dog that is bred specifically to be a personal protect dog. My European males will not allow anyone to enter unless I am at the door. other wise they will pin you against the door and look you in the face (smile pretty if you push back) its instinctive and they all do it. BUT this breed IS NOT for everyone. But the only thing that upsets me about this topic Is people get these dogs and think they have to teach them to protect and that is why BLS is so rampant these day. PEOPLE SOCIALIZE YOUR DOGS!! the more people the better!! the first 2 years you should have 20 -30 people a week handle that puppy! take them to the shopping plaza the good side of town. DO NOT MAKE A VICIOUS DOG> there is no such thing as a bad dog its ALWAYS the owner. MJ The 12 pack doberman gang, PLUS 3 kids and 2 minpins
LOL yeah a Doberman! all they have to do is be there. My UPS man won't even get out of his truck! This breed even though bred down from it's original aggressive nature, has the LOOK that says "yeah go ahead and make my day" Super with it's family and all without intent to harm, it's a formidable opponent if it senses a threat. A Manchester Terrier is a smaller version and would do well in an apartment setting with sufficient exercise. Good luck and let me know what you chose.
Dogster, I recommend the American Bulldog.A very family oriented protection dog.No shedding,usually quiet dog unless someone is around and very protective of their family.Back in history the old trusty bulldog was a working farm dog this means he had to gaurd the farm,not maul people and take them down but hold a stranger at bay and dare him to enter into his territory.If that stranger pushed his luck into the premisis or territory he got bit.Also the dog had to be stable enough to control rough animals on the farm and not hurt the animals that were off limits for the dog to touch.Again a another example for soundness had to be family.The dog had to put up with children and family coming onto the farm and know the difference.Also had to put up with the children pulling,pinching,biting etc on the dog... We have been in the breed for 10 years and love them they have mimimal health problems (unlike their english counter part),they are very intimidating but kind hearted, wonderful dogs to own.I would seroiusly check into the breed.If you have more questions PM me.......
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I am sorry for your trouble. I have been breeding Rottweilers for 17 years now and I think they are great protection. We live on a pig farm. The rotts keep the pigs in their place as well as let us know when someone or something is around that doesn't belong. When I sell pups people are able to pet my adults, mainly because I am there. However no one comes around when we aren't home because they know our males will jump the fence to get them. They don't do that when we are home. They know our cars when they see us come down the road towards our driveway. With just almost any breed I believe it is all in how they are raised. If they are mistreated they will turn on you. If they are loved and treated as part of the family, they will protect their family and den.My kids play with all my pupps and can easily pet and control all my adults. I hope this helps.
Socialization I agree is a major key. However many places now only allow seeing eye dogs that are in training or working to come into their stores. They don't want to let puppies in any more. I bought a new puppy last yeasr and stopped by walmart to get a few things for her. They made me leave her in the car. She was 3 lbs. maybe and hardly going to be running around on their floors.