Choosing The Right Guard Dog
"You're deciding on getting a pet that can guard your home and family, keeping them safe from any intruders or wild animals that could harm them. You might want to consider getting a guard dog, one of those doggy breeds that are not only responsible, but loyal and intelligent as well. You can certainly train any dog to become a guard dog. But you also want to make sure you choose the right breed.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a guard dog.
As discussed, your guard dog's size doesn't really say much about its ability to guard. Not all big doggies are meant to be guard dogs, you can get the same amount of protection from a medium and even a small sized doggy if you pick the right breed and train it properly. Sure, the bigger the doggy, the more intimidating it looks. But some big breeds are actually very gentile and loving. You'll want to get a doggy that's more on the independent side and knows what to do during certain situations. Size also matters when it comes to where you live. You don't want to have a large dog if you live in a small, city apartment. Big doggy are also more prone to health hazards like degenerative myelopathy.
This is important especially if you have kids in your family. If your dog has a difficult temperament and needs a lot of attention for training, then you might want to consider finding another breed. For families, its best to choose they type of dog that has an easy temperament, like a Golden Retriever or a Labrador. But if you're alone, then doggies like a Rottweiler or Doberman will do great.
You also need to consider the amount of time you'll be spending with the dog, especially when it comes to training. Some doggies are easier to train compared to others, so if you're the type of person that spends more than half a day at work, then get an intelligent breed for a guard dog.
When choosing a breed, learn about common health issues that it might face as it grows. Check for any genetic illnesses like degenerative myelopathy and see what you can do to help prevent these from developing. You want a healthy, happy doggy that's going to be there for you when you need it."