Think You Want a Guard Dog?

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“I think I need a guard dog” is a phrase we’ve heard people say time and time again. The reason for such a phrase is usually legitimate. People want a dog that will protect them or their family in case of, say, a burglary.

We’ll admit that getting a guard dog is not that hard. You can get one quick and easily. But there’s usually a lot more to think about.

Guard Dogs vs. Watch Dogs

First, it’s important to understand the difference between a guard dog and a watchdog.  A watchdog’s job is exactly like it sounds – to watch an area, and make an alert if need be. A guard dog is usually larger, and its job is to protect. Guard dogs will bite and attack a potential intruder.

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What Breeds Make Good Guard Dogs?

Most dogs have a natural instinct to protect.  However, there are some breeds that are a much better fit for the job than others.  Common guard dog breeds include Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Bullmastiff, Boxer.  For families, calmer breeds like the Bernese Mountain Dog or Newfoundland can work because of their sheer size.

Do You Really Need a Guard Dog?

Now that you know a little bit about guard dogs and the most well-known breeds, it’s time for the big question:

“Do you really need a guard dog?”

I’d be inclined to say most people do not.  Reason number one is that training is intensive and usually dangerous.  You need to remember that you’re training a dog to attack.  Most people get the idea that their guard dog will automatically “know an intruder” and be fine around everyone else.  This is not the case.  You know the old scenario where the dog attacks the mailman?  It’s realistic.  You really don’t want a dog that’s extremely aggressive to strangers. That’s just waiting for something bad to happen.

Reason number two is that a guard dog can only do so much.  Most criminals flee a scene because a dog barks – not because they’re scared of the dog.  And if a criminal does end up in a scuffle with a guard dog, there’s a chance they can find a way around the problem.  Also remember that a dog is, well, only a dog.  It isn’t the police.

So, You Must Get One?

Fair enough. After doing a lot of consideration on the subject, you may still be inclined to get a guard dog. Use this article from WikiHow as an introductory guide to training a guard dog.

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The Best Types of Guard Dogs

So you want a guard dog? I mean, why not. Not only can they be trained to protect you, but they can also be transformed into loving adorable family members. Pretty much sounds like a win-win. Depending on what you’re looking for and your lifestyle, different breeds may be better than others. You can expect confidence, devotion, and alertness when it comes to guard dogs. Check out these breeds that are naturally born with that protective gene. Typically speaking, you want to aim for the herding and working groups.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Dog

An intelligent and beautiful breed, the Rottweiler is known to be extremely loyal to their owner. With proper training and socialization, the Rottie would make a great family pet.

German Shepherd
German Shepherd Dog
Extremely quick learners; the German Shepard is a popular favorite in the police dog categories. They present a calm nature in a household setting, but are quick to react to unknown threats.

Bullmastiff

Bull Mastiff Dog

What this dog lacks in height, it gains in muscle. The Bullmastiff is a fearless and confident pup that thinks independently. This breed is not for everyone. They are possessive, territorial, and have a distinct sense for who does and does not belong on a property.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

greater swiss mountain dog

Big and strong, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is both affectionate and enthusiastic when it comes to pleasing their owners. They also have superb listening skills, which is essential when it comes to sensing anything out of the ordinary.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher dog

Known for their speed and stamina, the Doberman Pinscher would be a great dog to have to protect your land or property. Gentle, loyal, and loving, this pup can be also be a superior companion to add to any family.

Now, before you jump into any crazy decision… when adopting any pet you must make sure you have the time, money, and patience to give to your new friend. Great things happen over time. Proper training and attention is essential when deciding to own one of these great pets.

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