I am about to move to a new house in new city- thought would have a big yard but the house I have decided on does not. Would like any reccomendations for a medium sized relatively low maintenance guard dog. Any advice appreciated..
Well there are TONS to choose from but what i would do is just search it. Google, PetFinder.com, anything that list dog breeds and look for the right one for you! I personally like the Jack Russell Terrier, very good watcch dogs and fairly low maitnence.
I think an adult rescue dobe would be great. My boy-and many others-are couch potatoes. A quick run or a couple short walks a day is really all they need. Other than that what about a grey hound? They are another couch potato breed.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
I'm thinking Boxer or American Bulldog. A big yard is not always needed. There are large dogs that dwell in apartments happily. It depends on their energy level and if they will get a daily walk. Even a small yard with some play and activity gives them some space to stretch their legs.
I fail to see how toy breeds make good guard dogs??? You could easily step on them. Some try (I had a Yorkie attached to my pant leg once) however it could do no real harm and I could have easily disbatched him/her. So I don't think that is true at all.
I may be partial to this one but our Jack Rueell terrier loves to let us know if anyone is near our home. And if you have kids well, my Lilly wont let strangers near them either without making sure its ok. Once the kids tell her its ok then she goes away. And she is a recent addition to our family (only about a month or so). Yet she is 2 yrs old.
THATS A SHAME! you dont consider most dobermans guard dogs. considering this breed is the ONLy dog dog bred specifiacally to be a personal protection dog they better darn well guard and protect you! again this is why I like the European lines in my breeding. They can and DO guard and protect quite well. A doberman is not a dog for just anyone. they need tons of socialization and consistant firm loving owners. MJ JKKsEuroDobermans
Respectfully, it always worries me a bit when people say they are searching for a "guard dog". My suggestion would be to first read into your apartment/housing rules. Also look into what breed your insurance covers as well (sometimes you call bypass breed restrictions by getting a mixed breed). Then take a look at your lifestyle what activity level best suits you along with temperment.
I currently have a medium sized bully which I rescued and she did really well living in an apartment. Training went very fast compared to any other dog I've ever had. She's not much of a guard dog, would rather give kisses (& I love that about her), but her look is enough. That being said I know that her look can scare many people so I try to make my community feel very comfortable by keeping her on a lead when I'm outside, cleaning up after her, stepping off to the side, make her sit when people/other animals approach, and so on. Lu has been accepted into our community because I wanted to portray this breed to the best it can be (versus the monsters media likes to portray them as).
Socialization & training is deff key to raising a well rounded dog, no matter the breed.
I had a beautiful mastiff/boxer mix. He was the biggest baby you had ever seen, but heaven help anyone who decided to try to hurt me or my children. He wasn't a barker, but when he DID bark it was with a deep "WOOF". That was a big turn-away for a lot of people. I have also found that the dogs you raise as family/pets are much better "guard" dogs than one that is gotten solely as a guard dog.
my EXTREMELY biased opinion is that American Bulldogs are awesome. I just got one and have an apartment (although it is extremely large and has a back deck) and it works perfect. They do need some playing and/or walks though. Its day 4 - she is already going to the bathroom outside on her own (although I don;t dare say she's potty trained).
At this point she just licks everyone, so she's not much of a guard/watch dog, but once she's larger she will at least look fairly intimidating.
andy, FYI…Generally the females of a breed are smaller than the males. If you like a particular breed but think they may be too large, look at the female’s size compared to the male. Also, I’ve heard it said that females are more protective of their people and space than are males. True or not, I don’t know as I have never owned a male.
As has been posted already, please check your housing rules and insurance coverage .... they may exclude ownership of particular breeds.
Now, here’s my pitch:
I have 2 female German Shepherd Dogs and they are incredible dogs. They are highly intelligent, extremely trainable, lots of fun, are loving, gentle and protective. They are also house dogs as I do not have a fenced yard.
As for protectiveness, they are in the house but they bark if someone steps onto our property. You can train them differently. When I have one outside on leash (doesn't matter which one) she doesn't bark but any neighborhood dog that sees her stops in mid-stride and waits until we pass. That's just something instinctive between the dogs. It's interesting, though.
They have a vocabulary of over 100 words. They take commands from my 3-year old granddaughter and roll around on the floor playing with my grandsons. They love tennis balls and games. Socialization is very important as with all breeds.
The mother, Freddie, is not at all large - 21-inches at the shoulder and 64-lbs. She has long hair and requires more grooming.
Her daughter, Jazz, however is 25-inches at the shoulder and 90-lbs. Jazz is short haired and rarely even sheds.
If you are interested in a GSD, your best combo would be a small (60#) short haired female GSD. A breeder can help you find this combo or you may find one waiting for you at a rescue or shelter.