|Barked: Mon Sep 30, '13 9:26pm PST |
|I would scrap the Giant off what you are looking for. They are a breed that is full of mischief, extremely pushy, and it will take four to five years to find their off button. Very explosive energy until then (particularly ages one to two, where it is unfathomable), coupled with extreme vigor. They do have an almost infantile obsession with being the center of attention, are intrusive when not, in other moments being pouty or depressed. Very childish dog Ultra tough breed to raise when both people are working; they truly are a full time project in their first three years of life.
They also can impetuously jealous in multiple dog households and have a decided possessive streak. If you want a dog who will let you chill out to wrap your day, this is not that dog I personally get a kick out of dogs who are thoroughly obnoxious, so we get along ok!
Black Russian Terriers are a lot more even and steady than Giants can be. We have a breed regular who frequents these forums who could be helpful to you considering them. You need to be very selective about your breeder when it comes to them, and socialization is critical. Bouviers may be something you had not thought of. They are a farm dog, so there ya go These two are a more serious brand than the Giant Schnauzer, who remains a bit of puppy life long. When the going gets tough they can be ultra serious....they have a surprising switch "on".....but the rest of the time specialize in being charming wise arses.
The Bullmastiff comes closest to what you are seeking functionally as a property guard, and is very level headed. They are a nice balance as they are very easy to live alongside indoors, are natural guardians, but off turf can be extremely personable. Very sweet dogs.
Not a Schutzhund dog, though. If you think are serious about that route, then I'd shift to a Rottweiler (they do shed more than you'd imagine), who I think on presence alone very few people would mess around with.
I'd be happy to deal with any breed specifically if you have more q's re the breed or your situation
Edited by author Mon Sep 30, '13 9:27pm PST
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