Though nothing matches the warmth of human relationships, if there’s anything that comes close to the same richness of emotions in relationships are dogs. These creatures can be unpredictable and hurtful, but as long as a pet doggie is loved, it will never tire of its owner and will always stay loyal to him or her, showering affection. However, as is the case with human beings, certain dogs have specific talents that make them unique and interesting. This is the case with the watchdog, avid protectors of people’s homes and the most effective natural burglar alarm manufactured by nature. Not only does a watchdog become a steady companion to its owner, but also it ensures the safety of your home in uncertain times. Following is a list of ten canines that are great at being watchdogs.
The 10 Best Guard Dogs
This breed of dogs owes its name to a man named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who was a collector of taxes and always had a lot of money with him. Thus, he intended to create a breed that would protect him in the event someone tried to rob him. This was how the Doberman, as a watchdog, was conceived. Not only are these dogs amazing at guarding, they are also among the most intelligent, one of the smartest breeds the world over. However, the Doberman has known to have always been a vicious kind of canine, making people extremely wary and even scared of these dogs. This is the consequence of the breed always having been raised to be combative, tough, incredibly clever and loyal. They live for around ten to thirteen years.
Rottweiler must be ready to care for it greatly and should be willing to dedicate a sufficient amount of time in getting it trained properly. A Rottweiler is capable of being an amazing addition to the family that it will lovingly look out for and at the same time be an extremely dangerous threat for those who intrude upon its territory, that’s its owner’s residence. Like most watchdogs, these dogs too are very smart, and it doesn’t take a long time to train one, getting it accustomed to the lifestyle of the owner, making it understand those who should not be attacked and allowed into the premises of the owner, and when to become wary and protective, in times of danger. A Rottweiler’s jaws are incredibly strong, carrying 328 pounds of pressure for every inch.
German Shepherd is an extremely reliable breed of dogs that police forces all over the globe have come to recognize. These dogs do not know fear, are very brave, and possess a great deal of strength. Plus, they are very, very clever and can perform any kind of task, so long as they are given the right kind of training. They are also extremely, fiercely loyal and have been known to protect their owners at the cost of event their own lives. They can also perform a large number of services, given their smart brains. They have also been known to be capable of keeping themselves calm and follow all sorts of orders, even under the most trying of circumstances. However, these canines have a terrible bite, so they really need to be trained as soon as possible to avoid unfortunate situations
Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog
This one’s a beautiful breed of canines, resembling polar bears, that’s if trainers of dogs all over the world are to be believed! They have been named after the Great Pyrenees mountain ranges, as they were initially bred here as guardians of livestock. The implication of this is that an instinct to guard has become an integral part of this breed’s existence, an instinctive action that comes naturally to them. Also, these dogs possess a lot of stamina and can thus move around a lot before tiring themselves out. The elegance of these dogs is matched by their intensely ferocious side, although they are known to be extremely loyal to their owners. However, older canines are resilient to proper training, so the process of training them must be initiated when the Great Pyrenees doggie is quite young.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
The history of this breed of dogs bears evidence to its ability to serve its owners in a variety of ways. As its name suggests, the breed was conceived of in Switzerland; they are really big, confident, and very obedient to owners. They served the Swiss, helping them guard the livestock from predators as well as herding them, pulling heavy weights and performing all sorts of incredibly useful tasks on a farm. Those who have had the fortune of owning this breed have noted that most other breeds cannot perform the multifarious functions that these dogs are known for. They are also quite friendly to their owners and the family, allowing people to build long-lasting, loving relationships with them. Their body length varies between twenty four and twenty nine inches.
This breed of watchdog was first bred within the Soviet Union, as its name would suggest. Post the Second World War, there was a need for dogs that could act as guards in Russia’s extremely frigid climate and protect government interests. Thus the Moscow watchdog was bred with the intention of rearing a breed that could survive harsh weather conditions, while remaining strong and agile. Protection is a prime motivating factor of this breed. Moscow Watchdogs have been known to lie motionless, feigning a sense of obliviousness, deceiving trespassers into assuming that they are unaware of their presence. This is generally unwise, as the dog simply waits for the intruder to cross some sort of boundary, after which it begins attacking them ferociously. A major requirement for keeping such dogs is a lot of space, thus making them unsuitable for residences such as apartments.
A very famous breed all over the South American nation of Argentina, the Dogo Argentino has been honored with a statue in their very likeness. As far as breeds of canines with a lot of muscles go, the Dogo Argentino ranks very high among them, even as high up as one among the top three. Another name for this breed is the Argentinean Mastiff. Over twelve breeds of a variety of great dogs were used in experiments leading to this breed, performed by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, over a really long period of twenty-five years. The intention was to create a very capable and extremely versatile breed of dogs for the purpose of hunting as well as acting as guard dogs. Needless to say, the experiment was successful as the Dogo Argentinos have since proven time and time again.
Farmers, for a really long time, have employed the Boerboel breed of canines. It is, simply put, an alternate Mastiff breed, originating in South Africa. Great in size, these dogs possess a lot of power in their muscular bodies and have been known to stand their ground till the very last in a fight, often even disregarding their own lives. The sight of an angered Boerboel is a truly terrifying one; however they are capable of being loved, being really smart and faithful. They have also been known to be very sensitive of their owners’ needs, preferring to spend as much time with them as possible, loving them a lot and generally being very caring when it comes to such specific people. Owners have noted that a Boerboel dog never backs out of a fight until and unless it is explicitly ordered to do so, by those it has recognized as masters.
Known by their other name of the Italian Mastiff, this one’s an automatic choice for this list. The intention behind developing the Cane Corso breed of canines was to appoint them as guardians as well as good hunters. The Cane Corso dog is receptive to training, is very clever and faithful when it comes to owners. However, what makes Cane Corsos stand out especially is the fact that this breed is one of the most stable in terms of the states of their minds. They also have been known to love and adore their owners. But this breed is generally not recommended as anyone’s first pet dog, as they need to be trained when they are young, with untrained or wrongly trained adults posing a terrible threat to the well-being of people around it. Thus, it is never recommended to get fully-grown Cane Corsos, the puppies being a better option instead.
Last but not the least on this list is the gigantic Caucasian Shepherd. In terms of finding the best watchdogs, one cannot do any better than this large breed of canines. They have gained eminence for being very able protectors of livestock from all sorts of threats like wolves and even bears, in the region of the Caucasian Mountains in Eurasia for over six centuries. However, these large dogs, while making for great guards, have become known to get angry quickly, being short tempered in general. Thus, they need wide, open spaces to move around. Restrictive spaces like apartments aggravate their restlessness, as their large form needs a lot of space to be comfortable.