Top 10 Best Guard Dogs for Security & Personal Protection -
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The Bullmastiff is a blended dog breed, consisting of 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. It is very imposing with its large size, and generally prefers to use its body weight to knock an intruder down and pin him to the ground. Despite its size, 110-130 lbs. at maturity, the Bullmastiff is surprisingly quick and agile.
Naturally protective, the Bullmastiff is afraid of nothing. He will defend his family against any threat. By nature, the Bullmastiff is an alert, watchful guard dog. Due to its size and temperament, it should never receive guard dog training. Basic dog obedience, though, is essential.
The Bullmastiff has a good temperament, and does very well with older children. Care should be taken with small children - they can find themselves knocked over fairly easily.
A family dog, the Bullmastiff will become intensely attached to its owners and prefers to be indoors, spending time in the company of people. It is not a dog that likes to be left alone for long periods of time.
A Bullmastiff can be quite willful, and must be socialized with other dogs while still young in order to prevent it from becoming combative towards other animals.
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2. German Shepherd ( This dog breed is best suited for Indian climate )
The third most intelligent dog in the world, the German Shepherd has long been a favorite family pet. His tolerant nature and protective instinct makes him an excellent choice for households with children. The German Shepherd is consistently listed among the top 10 companion dogs in the United States.
Large, strong, and agile, the German Shepherd is a social animal that enjoys the company of people. He will also get along with other animals but should be socialized from an early age.
Renowned as a police dog, his supreme intelligence and high degree of trainability make him well suited for learning sentry duty, police work, and search and rescue. The German Shepherd excels in obedience and Shutzhund competition, and makes an excellent assistance dog for the disabled.
The German Shepherd is a medium to large dog, 75 to 90 lbs. at maturity, with a strong, muscular body. He requires regular brushing but is otherwise easy to care for. This strong, agile dog makes a loving, loyal pet.
3. Rottweiler ( This dog breed is best suited for Indian climate )
The history of the Rottweiler dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. Thought to be a descendent of the Italian Mastiff, it has a massive, powerful body that matures to between 85 and 130 lbs.
The Rottweiler is a very energetic dog, and loves to run, swim, and chase a ball. Easily trained, he performs very well in Schutzhund, obedience, and tracking competitions.
In order for a Rottweiler to be truly happy, he needs a lot of socialization and human companionship. He can be kept in an apartment or a house with a small yard, since he is a calm and relatively quiet animal at home.
A Rottweiler will bond closely with his family. Alert and watchful, he won't let a stranger get anywhere near his home. He interacts well with children and will learn to accept cats and other household pets.
Careful, focused training must begin at an early age in order to prevent having a very powerful, overly aggressive dog. Even with proper training and socialization, the Rottweiler can be aggressive towards other dogs and should always be kept on a leash in public.
4. Doberman Pinscher ( This dog breed is best suited for Indian climate )
The Doberman was originally engineered to be the ultimate dog in protection and companionship, and has been bred as a guard dog for over 100 years. Officially recognized by the German Kennel Club in 1899, the Doberman's loyalty, medium size, and short, hard hair make him the ideal house dog.
Highly intelligent and sharply focused, the Doberman Pinscher is a very sweet and docile family pet. He is a dog that bonds easily with his family, and loves human interaction and physical closeness. The Doberman is fine with older children, but should not be trusted with small pets or strange children unless he has been properly socialized. This also prevents the dog from becoming overly protective.
Muscular and athletic, the Doberman is very easy to train. He is determined and assertive, with great strength, energy and stamina. The Doberman requires exercise on a regular basis and solid obedience training. He requires handlers that will firmly enforce the rules - the Doberman can become pushy if he is allowed to have his way too often.
The Komondor, also known as the Hungarian Sheepdog, is a very rare breed. It's large body - up to 125 lbs. - combined with its unusual coat gives the dog a very commanding presence. Evolved to blend in with the sheep he protects, the Komondor's coat resembles a giant mop, or dreadlocks. Despite the long fur, they shed very little and are easy to care for.
Originally bred to guard livestock against bears and wolves, the Komondor is very territorial and highly protective of his family. He has a calm and steady demeanor and is serious, confident, and alert. The Komondor can be a good family dog if he is raised with children from puppyhood, but is generally not recommended for most families.
From his sheepherder roots, the Komondor is very quick, agile, and powerful. It is a hearty breed known to have very few health issues.
Only experienced dog owners should consider a Komondor as a pet. Very smart but easily bored and quite willful, he requires firm, consistent training.
Much smaller and friendlier than the Komondor, the Puli shares the same corded, dreadlock-like coat. Also known as the Hungarian Water Dog, the Puli makes an excellent watchdog. He is wary of strangers though not aggressive by nature, and will bark vigorously when he senses a threat or danger.
Friendly, cheerful, and loyal, the Puli makes an excellent family dog. His smaller size - around 20 to 35 lbs. - and highly adaptable nature make him a suitable pet for nearly any environment. The Puli is an affectionate, loving animal that will bond closely with his family, and is equally happy living in the country or in the city.
Care of a Puli is quite easy. He requires regular bathing, and it can take a very long time for the thick coat to dry - anywhere from a few hours using a hair dryer, to two days if left to dry naturally. The long cords need to be separated by hand on a regular basis, but does not require brushing. The Puli is a healthy, hardy animal that sheds minimally.
Energetic, intelligent, and easy to train, the Puli does very well in obedience and agility competitions.
7. Giant Schnauzer
Large and powerful, the Giant Schnauzer was used for many years as a police dog in Germany. Once placed with a family, the Giant Schnauzer bonds for life. He is a guard dog by nature and considers it his job to protect his home and his family. In fact, he will do so without receiving any formal protection or guard training.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly territorial dog, whose life is entirely oriented around pleasing his owners. He is bright, loyal, and sensitive, yet can be a real handful if not exercised regularly and trained properly. Obedience training is of the utmost importance with the Giant Schnauzer, but care must be taken - too much harshness will cause emotional harm to this loving, devoted dog.
He has a dominant personality and will usually not tolerate another male dog in the house. The Giant Schnauzer loves to please and is happiest when he is given a job to do. When properly trained and exercised, the Giant Schnauzer can be one of the most rewarding dogs to own.
8. Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback, also called the African Lion Hound, is the only registered breed of dog indigenous to South Africa. Originally bred to hunt lions and keep them at bay, the Ridgeback has excellent tracking abilities and is very courageous.
Distinguished by the stripe of hair running the wrong way up its spine, this dog matures to a size of around 85 lbs., but has been known to grow as large as 160 lbs.
The Ridgeback is loyal, intelligent, gentle, and loving. He prefers to be indoors with his family, and can be emotionally injured if handled too roughly. The Ridgeback is brave, loyal, and reserved with strangers. He makes a very good watch dog and is highly protective of his owner. His high energy and endurance make him a great jogging companion.
The Ridgeback can be clever, strong-willed, and mischievous, and therefore should only belong to an experienced dog owner. Due to his propensity to get into trouble, the Ridgeback tends to not make a good first dog.
Another of the Hungarian dog breeds, this white sheepdog was bred to protect sheep flocks from wolves. He is intelligent, bold, brave, territorial, and extremely protective of his home and family. Even though he may appear to be stand-offish, he bonds very strongly with his owner. His personality makes him seem quite reserved, and he is highly suspicious of strangers.
The Kuvasz is easily house trained, but should not be kept in an apartment. He is energetic and requires vigorous daily exercise. He is best suited for a fenced yard, and prefers a cold climate to a warm one.
Through the centuries, the Kuvasz has learned to work independently and therefore is very strong-willed. He needs a firm master who has a great deal of patience to oversee his obedience training. He is a sensitive dog who must be treated fairly and cannot be treated harshly. All members of the family should learn how to properly handle the Kuvasz.
He can be socialized, beginning at six to seven weeks of age, with other animals in the home. Once introduced, he will vigorously defend all members of his family against danger.
10. American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is many times mistaken for the American Pit Bull Terrier. Similar in size and appearance, it matures to between 57 lbs. and 66 lbs., with a short coat and stocky body.
Originally bred for bear and bull fighting, the American Staffordshire Terrier is not a natural guard dog. He is, however, quick to recognize dangerous encounters and will courageously defend his owner. It would be a very bad idea for someone to threaten physical harm to a Staffordshire Terrier's family.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is devoted to his family, fearless in his defense of it, and adaptable to change. He has a friendly nature and is highly stable around children and other animals. Despite his ominous appearance and willingness to defend, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a very sweet, loving animal.
Care should be taken when training the Staffordshire Terrier. He is highly intelligent, but can learn bad habits just as quickly as he can learn good ones. For that reason, attention to detail and consistent training is important.
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