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low dog odor which med-to-large dog whould be a good family protector with small children and bark to warn us.

live on a dead end street need a dog not afraid to prtect his family and warn us when intruders are near we are sound sleepers' will adop or buy was considering a Greater swissmountian dog or even a
ameriacan mastiff we have a large yard but dog will sleep in the house with his family. please advise our children are ages 5 and 9 and family is left alone when at work. need a good pet and protector when i leave to work.


Asked by Member 610871 on Mar 22nd 2008 in Bringing Your Pet Home
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Makia 1996-2008

I truly believe any dog you get from a Chihuahua to a Mastiff will bark and protect your family. You need to find a dog that will fit into your lifestyle and be part of your family, the protecting will come naturally. Is your family active? Do you go hiking? Camping? do a lot of outdoor activity or do you spend most of your time at home with low activity? The mastiff breed, needs exercise but really isn't a highly active dog, whereas the Swiss Mountain dog would be a little more active. Boxers are good family dogs and great protectors but they mature slowly and need training from a young age and can be high energy. German Shepherds are another breed that are great protectors but they also need a job to do and can become destructive if left in the yard and not given enough exercise. Whatever breed you choose please do research first as the dog will be in your family for at least 8-10 years or longer depending on the breed. Good Luck.


Makia 1996-2008 answered on Mar 22nd.

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Gray Dawn Treader

When I read your question, what came to my mind was a Collie (NOT the same as a Border Collie!) or German Shepherd.
Here some stuff about Collies:
www.dogster.com
loveyourdog.com
www.akc.org

And some stuff about German Shepherds:
www.dogster.com
loveyourdog.com
www.akc.org

You should always read up on what breed(s) would be best for you before getting one. Study about breeds which you are interested in and good luck!
Oh, and when you finally get to actually getting the dog, please either adopt from a shelter or rescue group or buy from a reputable breeder.
You can find lots of great dogs that will work for you need a home at petfinder.com.
Here's an article that will help you find a reputable breeder:
www.dogster.com


Gray Dawn Treader answered on 3/22/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Jack

I agree that any dog will bark to a certain extent. It is true that some breeds are considered more vocal than others. For example, the hound group is more prone to barking since they are bred specifically to sound the alarm during a hunt situation. However, as with anything else, individual dogs and training have a lot to do with how much a dog barks.

Also, a healthy dog should not have an odor unless it is from not being bathed or from rolling in garbage or worse. Dogs don't really smell when they are properly cared for.

Any dog, from a small terrier to the larger breeds you've mentioned can be good family dogs. It just depends on the individual dog.


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Marco

I would look into Dobermans. They are very intimidating looking without being overly aggressive as a general rule. Females are a better bet with kids. They are very clean dogs and great pets.


Marco answered on 3/23/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Beau

Makai (previous poster to this question) has a lot of good points. What other activities will your family do with this dog? In order for it to protect you and your family, it needs to feel like it's part of your family.

I know a family where the husband traveled a lot. They had two teacup poodles. Those poodles were a great alarm system. So, it's not always the size of the dog that counts.

Look at your local shelters and see if there are any dogs that your family connects with. If you get a dog that is already grown, you know what you are getting in size and personality. Plus the advantage of not having to house train it.


Beau answered on 3/23/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

I'd say a lab (GREAT with children as long as they grow up with them) or a german shepherd. Both will guard the house. And everyone keeps saying ANY dog will guard but that is not true. A husky or malamute will not guard the house. So don't get either of those. Those are the only I really know that don't guard the house though. Good luck!!


Member 556361 answered on 3/24/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

Go with a boxer. I have two females and they are so good with kids, and make great family pets. They will bark when someone passes outside our house.


Member 611497 answered on 3/25/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer