A Guide to Guard Dog Breeds
Choosing a guard dog requires a little foresight, especially if
you have young children. Many watch dog breeds have strong
guardian instincts, but not all have the temperament for
withstanding tail pulling and roughhousing.
Popular Guard Dog Breeds
Five popular watch dog breeds include:
- German Shepherd
Choosing a Watch Dog
When looking for a dog with guardian instincts, stop and
consider how much time you have to invest in training and care.
A guard dog with long hair coats need daily grooming. Even short
haired dogs need brushing, though not necessarily daily. If you
work long hours, look for a laid-back guardian breed that
doesn't tend to be quite as susceptible to separation anxiety.
Finally, consider your yard and residence. Most watch dogs
need room to run. If you don't have the time for lengthy walks
every day, you will need a guard dog that doesn't mind hanging
out inside the majority of the time.
Boxer's reach a maximum height of 25 inches and weigh upwards
of 70 pounds. They are very affectionate with their family,
including young children, but they are extremely wary of
strangers entering your home. You do need to spend time training
your boxer to protect your home without attacking people on the
street or who come to your door.
A fully grown bullmastiff weighs 100 to 130 pounds. The guard
dog stands about 27 inches high and has short fur, but very
wrinkly skin. If a bullmastiff gets wet, it is important that
the dog is dried properly to prevent bacterial infections.
Bullmastiffs are relatively easy to train, but does require
an owner who is willing to invest time going to obedience
classes. With proper training, bullmastiffs are calm with
visitors and don't object to laying around the house.
Doberman are outstanding guard dogs. They are sleek, move
quickly and are extremely intelligent making them fun to train.
They also enjoy lots of activity.
Doberman Pinschers stand 27 inches high and weigh up to 90
pounds. With short coats of fur, Doberman groom easily. Brushing
their coat every couple of days suffices.
German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd dogs make excellent watch dogs, but they can
be nippy with young children. Be willing to invest a bit of time
training your dog. They have an incredible nose and are used in
many areas as drug dogs and police dogs.
Be careful of hip problems in a German Shepherd as the
guardian breeds are known for deteriorating hips. Their longer
fur requires daily brushing. Expect a Shepherd to stand 25
inches high and weigh up to 100 pounds.
Rottweilers may seem scary to strangers, but most dogs are
extremely gentle and obedient. They weigh up to 110 pounds and
stand 27 inches high, so they can look intimidating.
Training a Rottweiler is key to ensuring the dog
differentiates between a threatening situation and a stranger
coming to your door. Otherwise, they tend to be fine with anyone
you bring into your home.
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