I am planning to buy a dog which can guard a house very well. I need a powerful one, because now many thieves defeat dogs by putting sack over them and catching it and doing theft. So the dog should be able to guard the house and the same time be very loyal and lovable to me, which i can take for evening walk down streets.
If there are any experts here please guide me as to which is the best one that i should select.
I think you should seek advice in your own country, because different breeds of dogs can be surprisingly different from country to country.
For instance, Rottweilers are internationally regarded as good guard dogs, and I believe in some countries they do have quite volatile temperaments. Whereas in Australia, most Rottweilers are descended from one litter which happened to have a more sunny nature - they are all big softies and the only risk is that they'll lick you to death! Most people assume they are vicious so a Rottweiller's mere presence deters some thieves.
Australian cattle dogs (Blue Heelers, Red Heelers, Queensland Heelers) are not big dogs, but they are very feisty and determined. They are also nimble, fast movers so they're more likely to get away from someone trying to put them in a sack. They become fiercely devoted to their owners and can be very protective of their family. The only trouble is that they're so protective of their home, they sometimes attack unexpected visitors, or the postman.
Thanks Marisha Wright for that information. I think australian dogs are more courageous, but i liked Rotweilers because they are very smart in looks.
I am waiting for more comments from other hubbers also.
Japanese Akitas are big powerful dogs, they used to hunt bears in pairs and are born fighting dogs. These dogs are extremely loyal, research this breed online and you will find nothing but praise, mainly from Japan.
I suggest a dog that isn't too big, like mastiff size, because while they are great guardians, their mass is also a down fall, which then could succumb to what you have described.
I personally have an American Bulldog and a Cane Corso which i highly recommend if you actually need that type of potential in a dog, with proper training you do you well. I don not fight my dogs, nor train to fight other dogs, but a Rott was loose wondering the streets and decided to start attacking my ABD by jumping my fence. Before i could do anything, the Rotty was dead even before my other dogs arrived. Sad, yes, but i trained him and his own intuition did what he did. Just like when someone "tried" to steal items from my garage, my ABD was the first there, disabled the intruders, then all my dogs held them there till i got home.
I have also recently worked with another Bullmastiff (bigger than mine by 20lbs), which isn't as fast as the ABD and the CC but powerfull, smart, and agile nonetheless.
Any of the powerful breeds can be great watchdogs, stick with dobies, rotts, mastiffs, danes, etc. These are also good with kids/people, but you will need to make sure to train the dog to be social with kids in addition with being a guard dog. Not, even kids per say but people that you want the dog to be friendly with. But, I wouldn't limit yourself, not all big dogs are the best guard dogs, and not all medium sized dogs can be overtaken. It all depends on the dog, the breed, and the amount of training that is put forth.
Marisa, the country where the dog is bred really doesn't have anything to do with its temperament. The temperament and ability to be guard has to do with genetics, breeding, training, and overall breed. If this is true, then you're saying all Pit Bulls in England are terrible just because they are banned in England and just because they were born there, whereas in the U.S. they're good dogs (in some cases of course). That really doesn't make sense... Even with your example, Rotts born in Australia are automatically friendly because they're born in Australia, isn't the case. It's the breeding, genetics, and training.
I've met both guard and friendly rotts in the U.S. at the same house nontheless. I had a friend who had a guard rottie and a pet rottie, both purebred and both from the same breeder (different lines) who is also located in the U.S., but you didn't want to mess with the guard dog, as he had a long line of guard in his pedigree as even more extensive training.
Are you looking for a guard dog or just a dog that will protect your house? As in a way there is a difference.
My parents have 2 outside dogs that will not let anyone in the backyard, but they are very friendly with us. One is a dalmatian and the other a blue heeler/beagle mix, neither of which have guard dog backgrounds. My grandmother's previous dog- a dalmatian- would attack anyone that he didn't think needed to be in the yard, so if you're just wanting a dog to protect the house and not let anyone in, then breed, in a way, doesn't matter. I mean my yorkie used to try to bite anyone that tried to walk in our house, and again yorkies aren't guard dogs, just terriers.
I agree Whitney, that's the reason why Rotties in Australia are overwhelmingly gentle giants - because most of them share the same ancestry. Our quarantine laws make it very difficult to import animals - if someone imports a dog it's usually a family bringing in a loved family pet rather than breeders, so there haven't been a lot of new Rotties coming in to dilute the gene pool. Or so I have been told by someone who shows Rottweilers.
I also agree that breeding practices have an influence, too. I've heard that in parts of Europe, Rottweilers are bred for "courage" (which is a euphemism for agression), and that's not the case with breeders here.
I was just trying to make the point that a Rottweiler might make a good guard dog elsewhere in the world, but Rotties here tend to be too gentle to fight back - though it can work because most people just assume they're vicious and stay away!
Blue heelers are famous for vigorously protecting their territory against all comers - they don't need any training to do it!
Which is the point, it doesn't mean that dogs who aren't true guard dogs can't protect the home against strangers. Blue heelers are not guard dogs; they are herding dogs, and although they are protective of their territory, I highly doubt you'll ever find one used specifically for guard.
Also, all dogs have the ability to be good protection dogs even if not trained to be protection. You say that there's no way a Rottie in Australia could protect because their too sweet, but in a family setting all dogs will protect the home to some extent. I've seen super sweet loveable dogs protect the home to strangers- until the dog gets used to the new person and he is no longer a stranger.
I've seen labs protect the home, and they're not your typical guard dog. Dalmatians, golden retrievers, beagles, etc. none of these are guard dogs by any means, but that doesn't mean that they won't protect a home and family. Rotts, all have the ability to protect, no matter what their temperament, and you saying that every last Rottie in Australia is the absolute wonder dog in sweetness, doesn't necessarily mean that it won't protect if it needed to.
I'd just recommend when choosing a dog, you find one that suits your experience level. In terms of the Akita, not many people can truly control and train them, as they are strong willed, stubborn, and in many cases overly dominant. This does make them pretty good at protection, but that doesn't mean that everyone should have Akitas. Same with APBTs, bulldogs, and other strong willed breeds. I'd just go look for a dog that you like, and find one that will work for you in terms of temperament.
If you want something that will protect and be friendly, I'd look for a dog with a little dominance, but not too much. You just don't want a fully submissive dog.
Protection and guard are two completely different subjects when you get to the root of it. To some extent all dogs will protect, but not all are good guard dogs.
As a proud Akita owner I would highly recommend this breed. I have written a hub about my Akita and I encourage you to read it. http://hubpages.com/hub/Akita
My Kodi (short for Kodiak) weighs about 105 lbs. He is kind to all, yet the first to get between us and a stranger. He sleeps at the top of our stairs every night, because that puts him between us and the door. He is truly the best watch/family dog I have ever had.
I think a nice golden retriever is a good dog to have as apet.they are big so they can guard you and protect you.But they are also soft and loveable and friendly dogs.I had a golden retriever as a pert growing up,her birthday was the same as mind.But she was younger than me.I named her DahDah(maybe it was a guy's name(african)but I was 5)I had to give her away when I was 13 because are landlord didn't like dogs,even though there was a backyard.): She was like a best friend when I was younger.You never forget your first pet unless you were a baby.
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