|Barked: Fri Apr 6, '12 11:16am PST |
|Optimus, all the most well-known protection/deterrent breeds, such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Bullmastiffs, etc, are large, powerful, intelligent breeds that require serious commitment from their owners. Socialization as puppies, training as they grow up, lots of exercise and mental stimulation, etc. This is also true of mixes of these breeds. Even your generic BBD from the pound is going to require exercise and training, and the food and vet bills for large dogs can be quite shocking if you're used to toy breeds. The yard cleanup too.
What I'm trying to get at is, don't get a big dog just for the intimidation factor. You can't just stick these dogs in a yard, or take them for a walk around the block and be done. It's a real ongoing commitment of time and money. These powerful, intelligent dogs can also be a real problem if you DON'T give them what they need- barking, digging, escaping, inappropriate social behavior or aggression, etc.
If you're really up to it, can handle the exercise and training and poop-scooping of a big 'un, go for it! But remember you're getting a family member, not a security system. Even of the protection breeds, natural instinct only goes so far. Dogs usually need training if you want them to do more than just bark and look imposing, and know the difference between intruders and guests.
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