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Q: Good Guard Dog and Family Dog?

March 28, 2012 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 840 days ago

Ches21

This is just for future refrence so that I know when a person asks me at petco but if you ask me the best guard dogs are chihauhuas is what I have learned from paws main dog Foster but not always the greatest dog for a family dog. I want to know what is the best Large Guard dog that would also be a good family dog know who to be nice to also a dog that would get along with other dogs cats and all ages of kids I know they would still have to train the dog for certain things but also a dog you could take on trips like camping trips with you have any awnsers I was thinking of these breeds I don't want to say pittbulls, Doberman pinschers or wrottwielers cause they already have a bad rap and them being gaurd dogs may just make it worse But can you help me these are the breeds I was thinking of mutts and yes I know they are not really a breed, Border collies, German sheperds, Hounds, Huskies, Labs and Golden retreivers if you can give me any advice or anything I would really appreacaite it?

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Jillian
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Mar 30, 2012

I think you can add in pits, dobies, and rotts and be okay. Just remind people that they want a WATCH dog, and not a GUARD dog. Guard dogs are typically those who aren't people-friendly and have been purchased just to attack when "necessary". Basically, unsocialized dogs who are rarely spayed/neutered, and are more aggressive b/c of that. A watch dog is like Tosca {boxer/lab mix} where she's friendly and loves people, but will bark to alert her family and tell whoever is outside to stay away.

Great candidates for this are big mutts, like Tosca. My first dog was a rott/gsd mix named Sable. He was HUGE and intimidating, but he let me lay all over him {I had him from the time I was a baby until I was 7}. Sweetest, most gentle dog with everyone he met, but when he barked - whew! - scary! So really any of those breeds would be good, or even a mix of them. Well, maybe not so much border collies, they may bark but they're not very intimidating! Oh, another good one is basset hounds. They have a deep "big dog" bark that fools people.

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Kelly
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Mar 30, 2012

The most popular breeds of dogs bought for the specific task of protection are the Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd, followed closely by the Rottie and Bull Mastiff. True guard dogs are typically the dog you see chained to the outside of a business at night. But, lots of dogs are great watch dogs. Yes, chis and other little dogs are great at alerting you to a potential break-in or someone lurking just outside, but they don't have the size to be intimidating. Some burglars will look for a quieter house to burgle but if someone is intent on breaking in and doing harm to the residents, a toy dog isn't going to deter them. All three of my girls are great watch dogs. One is a beabull (beagle/bulldog cross). She's got that Beagle tendency to bark at anything that moves. Another is a Great Dane mix, and one is a pure Heinz 57 mutt with a lot of Beauceron and Staffie in the mix. The other two have those ferocious large dog barks that make you want to go the other direction. They alert us to anyone walking down the alley or street. We know every time someone steps foot on our property. Anyone would be crazy to try to come in our home uninvited because you can figure out really quickly that they're going to protect their home and they mean business.

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Stream
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Mar 29, 2012

Well Chihuahuas aren great guard dogs.... but i would say a German Shepared. They are loyal, very protective, smart, and wonderful family pets. Just train them early because some can bite. but they would be your best choice.

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