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Old 06-25-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a dog that will protect me from dangerous people if necessary

I am looking for a dog breed that will be a companion, with a good and obedient temperament, but will also be a good personal body guard. I love dogs, and i have a cocker spaniel which was absolutely no help at the time. basically i want a good breed to train as a protection dog (not an attack dog!). I was recently victim of a serious attack when out walking in the countryside (where i live), it was horrible, and now i want another dog which will either definitly put off any large dangerous men, through appearance or a threatening stance, and possibly will defend me and my kids if need be. I don't want a dog that's going to turn on my family however, which worries me a little!! I have 1 youngish child. Adivce most welcome. It's the only way i'll ever feel safe again walking in the places that i love most; i'm taking self defence classes but the fact is, at a mere 4 foot 11 inches and light as a feather i stand as much chance as a 10 year old.
I know that training is very important.

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Old 06-25-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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I am sorry if I am taking what you said the wrong way but if you want a dog because you were attacked I hope you realise that they are a lot of hard work (As I say I don't mean to cause offence or come across the wrong way).
However in my experiences good guard/protection dogs would be Rotties, German Shepherds and dobermans and if raised correctly they are all great around their family

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Old 06-25-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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Any large dog can be trained to be protective, however it's important that you don't try to train it without some serious guidance as you can end up with some major aggression issues. You want the dog to be aggressive on command, not aggressive in general; I'd do some major research about who in your area can help train dogs for protection. Your local police could possibly point you in the right direction.

As Shankly said, Rotties, GSDs and Dobies have good 'guard dog' instincts.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:25 PM   #4
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My Big Dawg scares off people. Made a UPS guy look a bit green and weak in the knees.

He's a mutt. He's just a big mutt. I won't go into other details as others have already made good points on training. I just don't think you can go wrong with any large dog that looks powerful - it doesn't need to be a particular breed and there are many large dogs out there in shelters at this time that are being overlooked because of the popularity of "pocket" dogs.

Check out a shelter and you may find a very loving, sweet pet like my Ming who can also scare the bajeebers out of a 6'2" man who hefts large boxes for a living.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:29 PM   #5
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It also doesn't have to be a big dog either, Shankly scares people and he only stands at 16 inches tall (although the breed does have an undeserved rep)

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I think a dog like a rott,a dobie or a GSD will do the job by his cheer look and presence.I know that with Titus,even though he is not police trained,people think twice about patting him without asking.
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Old 06-25-2007, 04:04 PM   #7
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i agree a rottie or a german shepard. my uncle has a german shepard that protects his work unit but is also a good family dog x

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KCat has a good point about a shelter mutt - a dog doesn't have to be trained to protect in order to deter people! We adopted our Cassie from a shelter and though she isn't very large - just shy of 60lbs - she has a very deep bark and a lot of teeth. Any medium-to-large dog, really, will make someone think twice about attacking you. And you can save a life and get a loving companion while you're at it.

Good on you, by the way, for getting back on your feet after an attack.

(PS - Also, black dogs are usually perceived as more threatening. Don't ask me why)
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Agree with other members...Rottie, Doberman, German Shepard...or even Pit Bull....but because you have a young child I recommend you find a puppy that you can raise to be a family dog first and it will in time with obedience training become your ideal family pet that with make others think twice before approaching you....also because of your small size, you'll definately need classes to handle a large dog....by the way....Welcome to the forum..
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Hello Caelestis,
I am sorry that you had this experience. Keep in mind that if you have a large dog, even if it is NOT protective (like a Boxer), anyone who sees you with it and who has bad intentions will more than likely leave you alone.
I have a shelter mutt who most definitely can and will protect me. For many breeds it is a matter of loyalty to their owners. There are some breeds that obviously would be terrible at it (Golden Retriever for example).
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