German shepherdThroughout history, one among the main roles of a dog has been to defend its master. The Romans made better use of the dogs’ loyalty to deter and detect their enemies by placing them outside their camps. Dogs were also used in England during the Middles Ages to scare off enemy horses into abandoning the knight they were ferrying. While a majority of modern dogs will act as home guards, there are some breeds that are known for having the characteristics required to scare off burglars. They are skilled in sensing a potential risk and hence, can prevent it by plunging into action immediately.

Pros of having a dog for protection

Crime figures rise everyday and when it comes to burglars looking for a house to rob, nothing is more protective than the sound of the barking dog. A dog offers a source of guard, whether from a Chihuahua’s bark to a Rottweiler’s often- scary demeanor. If you are a single person living alone, have small kids, or are often too busy leaving your family more susceptible to risks, a dog is a perfect fit. Alarm systems are great, but they can’t be relied upon when it comes to security. While they will indicate an intrusion, they will do nothing about it. But a dog will raise an alarm and try to solve the issue at the same time.

Cons of having a dog for protection

With the pros of owning a dog for defense come some drawbacks. Overaggressive dogs have the potential to harm their master or neighbors who are of no threat. A little dog would probably not be able to offer you protection, as they can easily be overcome by physical means. Some burglars are smart enough and won’t break into a home where a dog is present. They will sneak in when the dog is asleep as they don’t want the dog to bark and notify the owner or neighbors of danger. Others are well armed and they can cause harm to the dog.

Reliable breeds that will protect you

dog guarding childA majority of dogs won’t offer you protection unless you train them to do so, but there are some specific breeds which do exactly that. These dogs require no training as they know it instinctually and training them to react aggressively in dangerous situations can be problematic. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a great example of these dogs. This breed tends to ignore everyone aside from its family which is a common characteristic in dogs that will go out of their way to protect their family. Breeds such as Akitas, Bullmastiff, German Shepherds, Rottweiler, Boxers and Doberman Pinscher, all make effective protection dogs but require training to do that.

Owning a guard/watch dog comes with a host of responsibilities. If you have small kids, you need a dog that gets along well with kids. There are tons of stories about these animals attacking family members. Although all of the mentioned breeds are good family pets, they must be properly trained in order to ensure the safety of all family members.

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