5 Best Guard Dogs for Families

5 Best Guard Dogs for Families
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    Owning a dog can be a great learning opportunity for your children, giving them the chance to learn how to take care of another living creature.

    Some families also find another benefit of owning a dog, and that is the benefit of having a built-in burglar detractor.

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Adding a guard dog to a home security system gives your home double protection against those who might want to do you harm. A security system is your first, and best line of defense, but a guard dog can drive away burglars once they come onto your property, especially if you put a ‘beware of dog’ sign in your yard.

Yet, not all dogs work well as guard dogs. A beagle, for example, is more likely to lick an intruder to death than ward one off. When picking a guard dog for a family, you want a dog that will be friendly with your family, but also fiercely protective of them. These five breeds tend to have both characteristics, making them ideal as a guard dog.

#1- Akita

The Akita is a fiercely loyal dog that makes an excellent guard dog. If you raise one from a puppy, it will be devoted to the members of your family, and many owners indicate it would be nearly impossible for someone to harm one of their family members with the Akita around.

This fierce loyalty was clearly seen in the story of Hachiko, an Akita owned by a Japanese professor. Each day, the dog would come to the train station to greet his master. Years after his master’s death, the dog continued this routine, and became a legend throughout the country.

Akitas can be a bit aggressive towards other dogs. They also require careful training to keep them from being too aggressive with strangers. For the family who has the time and patience to train the dog, it can be a great guard dog.

#2- Great Dane

The Great Dane is a great guard dog simply because of the way it looks. Huge and lumbering, many would-be criminals will be sent running simply by seeing this dog in your yard or hearing it bark behind your door. Yet, anyone who has ever owned a Great Dane will tell you that these dogs are gentle giants. They are not likely to attack anyone intruding on your home, but their bark may be enough to send the intruder away.

#3- Collie

If thoughts of the graceful Collie bring back memories of Lassie reruns, you are in good company. Collies are one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world, and are very loyal to their families. 

Collies are quick to warn of an intruder with a forceful bark. Keep in mind, however, that they are not very likely to attack an intruder. If you simply want a dog that will alert you to a problem, while still being gentle with your kids, then this is the one you want.

#4- Bullmastiff

Like the Great Dane, what is most impressive about the Bullmastiff is its incredible size. This breed was designed to be an expert hunter with low aggression. If an intruder were to come to your home, the dog might instinctually use its size and agility to corner the individual until you can help, but it is highly unlikely that it would bite, either an intruder or your family, because the desire to bite was virtually bred out of these dogs. It is also a low maintenance dog, which is great for busy families who want a pet but may not have the time to groom or exercise a dog frequently.

#5- Boxer

When chosen properly, the boxer can make a great family pet. These dogs are high energy dogs, so they can keep up with your kids easily. You do need to find a breeder who is known for dogs with good temperaments, because you want a family-friendly pet, not an aggressive one. When facing danger, these dogs become powerful protectors, yet around your kids they will be gentle and affectionate.

Each of the dogs on this list is an excellent choice to help protect your home and your family. Whether through aggressive loyalty or promptly alerting you to the presence to danger, each will help deter potential intruders in its own way, all while being a great family pet that is gentle and loving with your kids. Find one that has a temperament to match the pace and personality of your family, and you can keep your home protected with a living alert system. You can find a great guard dog resource center at: http://yourlocalsecurity.com/resources/best-guard-dogs.html

About the Author:
Elli is a guest author who enjoys writing about home security, family safety, home improvement, and renovation tips.  Elli writes for www.YourLocalSecurity.com, an online authority in the home monitoring system industry.

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