Some dog breeds are genetically disposed towards certain tasks. This stems from how dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be genetically and mentally capable of helping humans in their various endeavors. Not for nothing is the sheepdog called the sheepdog, for example!
Certain breeds are naturally protective of their families. Guard dogs are much liked by families who find the dogs' presence reassuring - but care needs to be taken to train the dog to tell the difference between someone you know and someone who shouldn't be there.
Making your dog into a guard dog can take time, demands a lot of discipline and needs to build on certain aptitudes. It it important to remember that your dog is not just there to guard the fort but needs to have a real place in the the heart of your home.
The Berger Blanc Suisse
The Berger Blanc Suisse, also called 'the white wolf', belongs to the German Shepherd family. It is a powerful, muscled breed with mid-length, dense hair. The breed is known for being very intelligent and playful. The Berger Blanc Suisse is very protective of their pet parents and family. Audacious, obedient and brave, they are recognised as excellent guard dogs.
The German Shepherd
The German Shepherd, as the name suggests, originated in Germany. The breed is powerful and often used by the armed forces because they have great physical aptitude. They are known for their intelligence, their capacity for reflection, but also their bravery. It is for this reason that they are held in high esteem when it comes to defensive combat. However, they remain docile and inoffensive if not trained to become an attack dog. They will protect your family as easily as they will play with your children.
The Belgian Shepherd
Originally from Belgium, the Belgian Shepherd is a medium sized dog that is reputed to be an excellent guard dog. Intelligent, vigilant and dynamic, this dog breed has a need to expend their enormous amount of energy as well as playing. They are also known for their talents in agility. For these qualities, the Belgian Shepherd has also been used by the armed forces for certain missions.
Of French origins, the Beauceron is a large dog. They are very impressive in terms of physical stature, strength and weight. The Beauceron, despite their intimidating appearance, is loved by families because of their friendliness, their wisdom and their docility. This is a very sporty dog breed that often needs to exercise in order to expend their energy.
The American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a bulldog mix from the USA. Lively, protective of its family and notable the children, this dog breed of huge physical power is a very good company dog. It has long been the victim of a terrible reputation because of their use in dog fighting. However, if you adopt this dog breed, you will need to respond to certain obligations imposed on you by the law for dog registration.
The Boxer, originally from Germany, is a very sociable and easygoing dog breed. Playful and docile, they love being surrounded by children to expend their energy. They are also hugely protective, which makes them a great guard dog.
Originally German, the Rottweiler is physically impressive. Predisposed to strength, large size and weight, the Rottweiler has the reputation of being an aggressive dog. However, they are at heart very docile with their family. They are particularly protective of their master and will defend their home. A playful soul, the Rottweiler loves to expend their energy messing around with children. This breed is also affected by dog registration laws.
The Great Dane
The Great Dane, or German Mastiff, is known for its huge size. They possess an elegant demeanor as well as an exemplary character, which suits a large number of families. Tender and loyal to their families, they are also a strong deterent because of their distrust of strangers and their imposing stature.
The Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, originally from France, is very muscled and a strong deterrent. They are excellent guard dogs for protecting your family because of their imposing size and vigilance. They are very loyal, affectionate to children and will do their all to protect you.
Originally German, the Doberman is known for their intelligence and docility with their masters. A very active and sporty dog, the Doberman is a breed that needs to expend their energy, which makes them perfect for children. Though calm and affectionate, they will nonetheless protect you - it's in their genes.
What kind of guard dog do you have?