Dogs have been, without a doubt, the most loyal companions of humans since earliest times. This is also why people tend to get dogs both as pets as well as guardians. They are loving, loyal, and protective of their family.
Among the different breeds of dogs in Sri Lanka, some dog breeds are better for guard dogs than some other dog breeds. For example, dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers or Samoyeds are friendly with any person, making them better for family pets. However, if you are looking for dog breeds that are good as both pets and guard dogs, the following information will help you.
The following 5 dog breeds are among the best guard dogs in the world.
The German Shepherd is one of the highly popular dog breeds in Sri Lanka. This is no wonder as they come as a whole package. They are kind, gentle, caring, and loving. At the same time, they are loyal, intelligent, and protective. In fact, they proudly take their place among the top ten best guard dogs in the world. As you know, they are also a popular choice for Sri Lankan police dogs.
Several of their features and characteristics make them good watch dogs.
They learn quickly. So, if you have your own tips and tricks you want to teach your German Shepherd, it’s not going to be a tiring job.
Love and protect kids
German Shepherds think of your kids as pups in their pack. So, they not only love kids, they also instinctively take care of them.
Their strong, loud bark is not misleading. Moreover, it will also make any intruder think twice.
They are a strong, large breed. So, it’s not going to be easy for an intruder to tackle a large, strong German Shepherd.
Rottweilers are another popular breed of dogs in Sri Lanka. Their strong jaws with their intimidating look is enough to scare off any person. In fact, Rottweilers are among the most powerful dog breeds, and they have one of the highest bite forces / strongest bites, in any dog. As a result, Rottweilers are also a popular choice for police dogs.
What characteristics make them good guard dogs?
Rottweilers are of highly protective nature. They are loyal and dedicated. You can trust them not to leave their post even if there is a squirrel running around out there.
Loyal to the master
Rottweilers are affectionate towards their master. On the other hand, they do not show any friendliness towards strangers.
Rottweilers are one of the strongest dog breeds out there. In turn, they have an intense energy level. So, they need lots of exercise as well as mental stimulation. If they do not get enough of these, they tend to become aggressive and destructive.
Their intelligence makes it easier to teach them commands as they learn fast. What you need to remember is that they are stubborn, and you need to be strict so that they do not get their way.
Rotties are barkers! They will bark at any stranger.
The Great Dane is a large breed of dogs. In fact, they hold several Guinness world records for their height and size.
In nature, Great Danes are charming and affectionate. They are also patient and child-friendly. Moreover, they are calm and composed. However, they will get aggressive when the situation requires it. Hence, they make excellent watch dogs that are affectionate to the family.
Their boisterous mighty bark is very intimidating, and will scare any intruders.
Their intimidating size and gaze can scare off even a non-intruder.
They are very protective of their guardian environment. If they feel something is out of the ordinary, they are quick to become aggressive in order to protect their family.
The Doberman Pinscher is a medium-large breed of domestic dog. It is an athletic breed of large dogs. They are highly intelligent, highly trainable, and immensely powerful. They are popular as aggressive dogs. But the truth is, they are a sensitive breed that becomes aggressive when the situation requires it.
They can run at an incredibly high speed. So, they can reach any intruder in no time.
Doberman Pinschers are the fifth-smartest dog breed in the world. Therefore, they are easy to train.
They have immense strength that make them good guard dogs. At the same time, their energy needs lots of exercise.
The Doberman is loyal and affectionate to its family. However, it is quite the opposite when it comes to strangers. In the presence of strangers, they are suspicious and alert.
If you want a large, companionable guard dog to join your family, a Bullmastiff will be the right for you. They are massive, confident, and muscular. This breed was originally bred as watch dogs for gamekeepers and poachers.
The Bullmastiff does not bark much. Instead, they keep quiet and confront the intruder as if silently aiming for a prey. In fact, because of this nature, they have got the name “silent watchdog”.
They are massive! At the same time, this is to their advantage. They will watch an intruder in silence and then confront the intruder. Their immense size and strength, added to the abruptness of the attack, will have any intruder lying flat on the floor.
Their immense size is not an issue when it comes to their speed. They are quick, agile, and courageous.
Bullmastiffs are a protective breed. Their loyalty goes to the extent of putting themselves in harm’s way to protect their family.
Things to note
Whichever breed you choose, make sure you treat them well. Do not put them in a cage. Just because any of these breeds make good guard dogs, it does not mean that they are only there to protect you. They deserve love, care, attention, and petting just as any other breed. Moreover, do not yell at them or abuse them. This will affect their personality and make them distant from you and turn against you.
On the other hand, there are important things to look for when choosing a puppy. Make sure you get puppies only through good, responsible breeders. Bad breeding can cause many behavioral as well as medical issues in dogs.