Best Family Guard Dogs: Top Family Protection Dogs
What are the top breeds to act as family protection dogs?
Family Guard Dogs: Top 5
What are the top breeds to act as family protection dogs?
I can tell you right away, its not the Chihuahua!, although they fit ALMOST all the requirements, they are loyal, watchful, mouthy and very brave!
But they obviously lack the size to act as much more than an alert system and they can have issues with children so they don't fit the family criteria. Pretty menacing photo though, don't you think?
So what are the Top family Protection dogs?
- Doberman Pinscher
- Giant Schnauzer
- German Shepherd
The criteria for selection will be explained at each breeds introduction below. But include size, trainability, intelligence, loyalty and interaction with children.
Family Protection Dog: Chihuahua ?
Family Protection Dog: Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher has the look that can strike the fear in any sane individual, having a Dobie run around in your backyard is a sure to keep away all but the most tenacious of intruders. They naturally patrol their surroundings and they simply appear alert and ready at all times
Average Weight: 65-85lbs.
Obedience/Training: Dobermans have been used as Military and Police dogs and excel in obedience training. They are easily trainable but require a strong master.
Intelligence: 5th Smartest Dog in the world
Loyalty: A Doberman will put its life on the line for its master, they are great family dogs and can be attention hogs and jealous to a fault.
Average Lifespan: 9-15 years.
Family Guard Dog: BullMastiff
This is a BIG dog, a BullMastiff charging you is not something any intruder would risk. They tend to use their big mass to block the way of strangers and will simply knock an intruder down and hold them still with their mass. This dog is rated the best overall Guard Dog by many sources. The Bullmastiff has a high tolerance for pain and naturally distrusts strangers. The Bullmastiff is not known to bark frequently.
They were originally breed to catch poachers, they would find and overpower humans! without mauling or biting.
Average Weight: 90-130lbs.
The Bullmastiff is not the easiest dog to train, in fact many sources rate it very low on ease of training, but once the Bullmastiff learns it does not forget. It does need to feel as if you are the leader of the pack and can be stubborn if this type of relationship is not created.
Intelligence: A very intelligent breed
The Bullmastiff is a one family dog, it bonds with its "pack" and can be distrustful of strangers. It is known to be very intuitive about intentions. They are protective of children and there easy going gentle nature meshes well with children, they are also protective of other pets in the household.
Average Lifespan: 12 years.
Family Protection Dog: Rottweiler
Another BIG dog, that can give off quite an ominous presence, just see the picture below (Rotty and Boxer playing.) The Rottweiler used to be common as a police and guard dog, unfortunately overbreeding has led to a hit or miss attitude with Rottweilers and their popularity has waned in this regard. As far as formidable goes, Rottweilers scare people! a Rotty can rip you apart and is the second most common breed involved in human attacks.
There is no such thing as a bad or dangerous breed, the Rottweiler is a popular dog that is treated and trained a certain way that creates human attacks. But due to the popular conception, this is a formidable dog to have in your corner.
Average Weight: 110lbs.
Obedience/Training: Rottweilers have been used as Military and Police dogs and excel in
obedience training. They were originally descendants of herding dogs and respond well to commands.
Intelligence: 8th Smartest Dog in the world
This dog is strong and loving, it is naturally guarding and watchful. Although it can be aloof and dependent they are great watchdogs and are gentle with children when properly socialized
Average Lifespan: 8-11 years.
Family Guard Dog: Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer looks like its more common miniature variation, so in pictures one may think..'oh, how cute" but it weighs as much as your average Doberman has the scary upraised alert ears and looks bit bigger due to its wiry coat. Does it ooze threat, no, but its form charging at you will give you second thoughts.
Average Weight: 70-100lbs.
Is very smart and very energetic, requires a firm pack leader as its owner and thrives when given jobs to do.
Intelligence: Highly Intelligent
Going hand in hand with its intelligence, the Giant Schnauzer gets so attached it will follow you around the house!
Average Lifespan: 12-15 years.
The Intelligence of Dogs
Intelligence is hard to measure in our canines companions. Some breeds may be quick to learn but their attitudes don't mesh with performing on command etc.
The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Dr Stanley Coren, explains the process used to measure canine intelligence and provides amazing insights into canine psychology. Dr. Coren claims that most dogs have an intelligence level equaling a 2 year old human and the smartest are equal to 2 1/2 year olds.
He has many books and his research is both fun to read and well respected.
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