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Old 12-28-2016, 04:12 PM
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VERY important and valuable forum topic. Besides reasons mentioned why some people want "guard dogs" I think a prospective buyer should also be aware of another important fact. Even if one is looking for a "large breed"g dog that isn't a "working dog/guard dog".

Many buy them because it makes them feel like "men". Falsehood.

And more importantly something that NEEDs to be kept in mind. And that is...will the owner be physically strong enough to control the dog (over power)? At a moment's notice.

I see so many owners in my area with dogs that weigh almost as much as they do. There's no way they would be able to stop their dog in a split second or given more time.

I think most of us have no need for "guard dogs or working dogs". Just to take to the park and play fetch with. Too many buy them for the wrong reasons. Very few can justify their choice of a "large breed" dog.

I've always owned "toy breeds". Own a Pug right now. 7 months old. Very good temperament. Highly sociable with all dogs/people. Bought from a breeder. Dog is smart & athletic. Friendly. I don't feel like any less of a man for owning a Pug vs having bought a Kengal or Cane Corso..Dogs we own doesn't define us. SHouldn't.

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Old 12-28-2016, 05:55 PM
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Hi AGC

I take your point, but in defense of large breeds I have always found them to be far better behaved than smaller breeds. The only dog I ever had trouble with weighed only about 15 kilos, and even my huge rugby player boyfriend couldn't hold him back. I've owned several giants, because I like their nature, nothing to do with using them as guard dogs. And after many years of dog rescue, I have never been bitten by a large dog. But I came close to losing a leg from a bite by a dog who barely came half way to my knee, for no other reason than trying to take an empty bowl away after I fed him.

I don't dispute that some people have large dogs to look 'hard' but don't lump us all together, the majority of us just happen to get on better with larger dogs. Each to their own.

I'm just over 5 ft and weigh about 100lbs, and most of my dogs have been bigger than me, but I'd be willing to bet I could control my giants better than you control your pug. It's not about physical strength, it's the bond you form with your dog, that you know they will obey when necessary.

Sorry if this causes offence

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Old 01-02-2017, 11:12 PM
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While I understand where you are coming from with stating that it gives us peace and mind knowing our dogs would protect us from harm, I feel that this differs from having a "guard dog".

For instance, my dog was never trained to attack someone when told to, or even growl at someone who comes through my door. However, I believe that dogs instinctively know when there is a threat and will warn us (by knowing to aggressively bark giving us warning) and will attack if they feel that we are truly threatened. How? Well I believe that they may just know when this is needed when they feel our scared energy. This may sound crazy, but dogs pick up the energies of every person they come across. They know when we are happy, sad, scared, etc. As an example, dogs are used to detect when someone is going to have a seizure, even before they have it. Dogs are very observant.

My dog warns me (by basic bark) when someone is approaching. However, if someone were to try to attack me or even break in at night, I guarantee her bark would differ and she would go to investigate first. This is why I feel having a guard or attack dog is much different. I believe some people train their dogs to be fierce and mean for personal benefit - to guard something valuable or just to look scary. But that's not what dogs are for. They are to love and care for as if they are family. We don't teach our kids to be mean and bite we shouldn't our dogs either!
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There is an interesting You Tube video on just this topic. The trainer/video poster claimed that very few dogs would actually hurt anyone -- even the ones that go 'ballistic' at the sight of a stranger at the door. He went on to prove his point with this video (can't remember who it was and can't find it - sorry) -- he 'broke into' the backyard of someone who had claimed he thought his dogs would attack an intruder. The dogs did indeed bark threateningly at the man -- but in time - when the 'intruder' did nothing - the dogs went around sniffing the yard -- lol! I'm sure some dogs would bite -- but most bite out of fear, not protection. It isn't worth loosing your house insurance (which will pay for the stolen property) or having your dog injure someone where you could loose everything in a law suit - for this kind of peace of mind, IMO. I had a naturally defensive dog once -- I was young and I thought it was cool that he would not let anyone near me -- but when he nipped at my niece (who never lets me forget about it 30 years later! :-) I realized this kind of dog is not worth the stress. As many have replied -- just the presence of a barking dog is a deterrent for all but the most determined intruder.
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I didn't get any of my dogs as protection but still feel protected now that I have them I doubt they actually would bite anyone but I feel most people don't want to bother breaking into a house having to deal with so many dogs when they could just move on to the next dog free house and not take the chance of getting bit plus they do look and sound scary to a lot of ppl
I have a bully breed mix and a Great Dane mix both are sweet dogs but scary looking I also have a very small dog which I doubt would ever deter anyone from breaking in lol
So I can understand why someone would chose a larger breed of dog to feel protected


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Old 02-17-2017, 08:28 AM
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Hello,

I once saw this dog at the airport. I was amazed by his apperence, but could't figured out what breed he is. The owner couldnt say it to me too. Does anyone know what breed this dog is?
Thanks a lot for your help.


http://oi68.tinypic.com/2zpukj4.jpg

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Old 02-17-2017, 12:38 PM
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Hello,

I once saw this dog at the airport. I was amazed by his apperence, but could't figured out what breed he is. The owner couldnt say it to me too. Does anyone know what breed this dog is?
Thanks a lot for your help.


http://oi68.tinypic.com/2zpukj4.jpg
Looks like a shaved down samoyed. You might have better luck posting in the dog chat section under a new thread!
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I agree with some Samoyed -- but probably a mix of a Samoyed with Finnish Spitz; maybe some poodle too.
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