Protective Dog Breeds

When you are shopping for a guard dog, you shouldn’t settle for any breed. While some dogs are good at guarding, others are excellent at protecting your home from housebreaking. Just like human beings whose personalities vary, certain dog breeds tend to be more protective than others. We shed light on some of the most protective dog breeds.

1.    Bullmastiff
This breed is quite formidable to look at. They are brave, dependable, and obedient. Though generally quiet, they are a guardian breed that is extremely protective of its family. They are friendly with children and easy to introduce to strangers.
2.    German Shepherd
This breed is fiercely loyal and will stop at nothing to defend and protect what it holds dear. German shepherds are also deeply compassionate which explains why they are the go-to option for the blind or people with disabilities. Due to their loving nature, families with small children need not worry about introducing this dog into the family. They adapt easily and therefore, do not need early socialization.
3.    Rottweilers
The first impression of a Rottweiler might lead you to conclude that he is aloof. On the contrary, this is an affectionate, loyal, confident, and brave breed that takes pride in protecting its family. Socialize them earlier on and maintain constant control to avert aggressive behavior.
4.     Akita
Do not be deceived by the dignified and quiet characteristics of the Akita. Indeed, first-time dog owners might find this breed a little too complex to handle. They are strong-willed and assertive and are quite a challenge to train. They are reserved around strangers and should be socialized at an early age. They are extremely aggressive towards other dogs and pets such as cats.

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5.    Doberman Pinscher
This is one of the most common breeds due to their loyalty. Indeed, a Doberman is friendly and stable until you threaten his family. Being among the smartest of dog breeds, you need to provide him with plenty of avenues to let out his intelligence. Lots of exercises and consistent training will not only enable your Doberman to protect your family but also anticipate threats and dangers. However, be careful not to confuse aggression for protection.
6.    Chow Chows
Chows are naturally protective and much prone to aggressive behavior. They prefer spending time with a familiar person rather than meeting strangers. They should be raised alongside a dog of the opposite sex and similar size as they are aggressive towards smaller dogs or cats. Chows should not be introduced in a home with smaller children. This breed is quite impatient and could retaliate to rough play by attacking.
7.    Irish Wolfhound
This breed is not exactly predictable. At times your dog will be calm and dignified and playful the next. Initially used in war, they are sight hounds best known for their hunting and guarding abilities. An Irish wolfhound does not need early socialization to instill an outgoing attitude.
8.    Rhodesian Ridgeback
This breed is fiercely loyal to their owners and cautious to outsiders. As such, ensure that you accustom it to strangers at an early age so as to instill some control over his guarding instinct. This breed will not sit quietly somewhere in the house or the yard. Rather, your dog will need lots of space to run around along with constant exercise.

Can dogs be too protective?
Does your dog scare off people with snarls and barks every time you take him for a walk? Does your regular postman dread coming to your home because of the fierce nature of your dog? While this protective nature is handy in times where your safety is threatened, this overprotectiveness could prevent you from being able to socialize with friends and family. If your dog shows signs of stress every time a person comes near you, growls when they come too close, or is placing itself between you and other people, these are early signs of an overprotective dog on which you should take immediate action.

How to prevent aggression vs protection

  • A dog will mostly mirror your behavior by picking up on your emotions. If he senses that you cringe around strangers (it could be about how he will react), his protective nature kicks in, and he may become aggressive. Be calm, assertive, and keep your emotions in control. Your dog is bound to also be in control.
  • Do not allow your dog to become too attached to you by spending every waking moment with him. Let him get used to being left behind and spending time with the other people close to you. Investing in an indoor dog potty will help you feel comfortable about leaving your dog in the house for a few hours. However, be careful that you do not isolate him completely especially if you live alone. This will only feed his aggressive behavior.
  • Socializing your dog from an early age will prevent him from becoming overprotective once he’s older. Should you buy an older dog and notice that he’s not well socialized, consult a professional on how best to safely socialize him.
  • Take the dog through obedience training either at home or by attending classes. Teaching him to ‘sit’ ‘roll over’ as well as potty training commands shows him that you are the leader. Thus, your chances of retaining control should he become overprotective are higher.

Even though you might have obtained a protective breed, you will need to take them through the necessary training so that they are effective when you need them. Occasional behavioral issues and overprotectiveness could be due to lack of enough mental and physical stimulation. So, ensure that you exercise your canine friend and keep his mind busy. Also be sure that your dog is always comfortable and doesn’t have any unnecessary stressors. Having an indoor dog potty, such as Bark Potty in your home will give your dog the piece of mind. He will know that he can relieve himself whenever he needs to without having to worry whether you’re too busy to let him out or if you’re not home to do so.

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