Whilst we love security cameras and security systems, one of the best deterrents against would be intruders is a guard dog. Many thieves are put off at the sight and sound of a large barking dog and it often puts them off during the scouting phase. In this article we will explore the benefits and disadvantages of a guard dog as well as look at some dog breeds that make guards.
Benefits of a guard dog
Act as a back up to your alarm system – If for whatever reason your alarm system is offline then a guard dog will bark loudly at intruders. This means you always have some form of alarm system protecting the house.
Physical protection – If your dog has been trained to attack threatening individuals then they can come in handy if someone does break into the house and threaten you and your family.
Scare off trespassers – Often thieves will scout out a property from afar before a robbery. This often involves slowly driving past your house or trying to encroach on the perimeter. These are the areas that your alarm system and/or cameras will not pick up. However, a dog will be naturally inquisitive and run out to bark at the potential thief, hopefully scaring them off in the process.
Disadvantages of a guard dog
Training – If you are looking at getting a dog for the sole purpose of acting as a guard then you will need to invest in guard dog training. This can be expensive and not always successful (depending on the dogs temperament)
Unfriendly dog – Depending on the effectiveness of the training, you may end up with a dog that’s suspicious of everyone it meets.
Maintenance and care – A dog is not a tool. It is a living breathing animal and you need to be prepared to care for it. This means feeding it, grooming it and paying for vets bills.
Top guard dog Breeds
Whilst any dog can be trained to bark at strangers, there are certain breeds that make for fantastic guard dogs. The top 10 are:
Caucasian Shepherd – Originally bred to guard livestock, however they are naturally protective of everything in its home.
German Shepherd – Highly intelligent, protective and independant. They are also great family pets.
Rottweiler – These dogs have a fearsome reputation and will have no problems in scaring off intruders.
Doberman Pinscher – These are aggressive and intimidating. Strong owner required!
Komondor – Whilst its wooly exterior makes this dog look nice and cuddly, they can be very fearsome.
Tibetan Mastiff – This brave and loyal breed looks terrifying when on the attack.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – This breed is a skilled hunter who won’t back down.
Giant Schnauzer – This intelligent breed is naturally wary of strangers until their owner makes it clear they’re safe.
Akita Inu – This breed is smart and good with kids making it a great guard dog for a family home.
Great Dane – Great big friendly dog that needs more training than others.
The following infographic explains each bread in more detail and talks through the qualities that makes them great guard dogs:
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