How do you go about choosing a family watchdog? Which breeds will protect your home and family and not put either at risk from the dog’s inherent characteristics? Let’s go through five watchdog breeds that will give you a number of options to consider.
The Labrador Retriever
How many pet breeds have five legs? That’s right, the Labrador Retriever. You don’t need to compromise on one thing when looking for a family watchdog. Because of its healthy character and working nature, it makes the perfect choice to protect your home. Unlike the smaller breeds mentioned below, the Labrador Retriever has a much larger size that not only makes it easier to place in a room as opposed to an outdoor space but also has the stamina and appetite to protect your family. These qualities, combined with its inclination towards a happy and loving nature, make it a perfect choice for families with children. If you are looking for a dog that will never bite you but would still protect you from intruders, then the Labrador Retriever is the breed that you should look out for.
The oldest breed in this roundup, the Rottweiler also happens to be the most intelligent and respected as a watchdog. It is a very strong, sturdy dog that will not put its own life at risk. This one is for the dog-savvy family. Rottweiler owners will know the dog’s potential and traits of aggression, and how to manage this. This one is also very alert and will not let people pass without giving some warning. Although this breed can sometimes be stubborn and grumpy, they are overall great family companions. This one is a bit too much for families with young children. Giant Schnauzer A versatile and intelligent dog, the Giant Schnauzer will make you want to keep him around even when he grows up to be a big brute.
The German Shepherd
Photo: Getty Images The German Shepherd is a breed that is among the most popular family dogs. The German Shepherd shares many of the traits of the Belgian Shepherd and is bred to be a working breed. These dogs have high energy, stamina, and a strong mind. These dogs have good physical fitness and are normally strong swimmers. They are commonly trained in retrieving, obedience, and tracking, so they are good with people and animals alike. They typically have a good amount of natural prey drive and are not overly territorial and can live with other animals. They are excellent at using their eyes to locate a target and then follow that path until the target is located or escaped. They are also very trainable and can do anything from fetch to ride in a boat.
The Beagle is a dutiful, but needy dog. They like to be around people and hate being left alone. They are good guard dogs but also love to please and are loving companions. The breed is affectionate but not as playful as some breeds. The Wire Haired Fox Terrier A well-known, gentle family guardian. This adorable dog is excellent at raising children and is especially good with kittens. They are smart and trainable but need a lot of attention. Their ideal home is one with children and pets. They need exercise. They are also excellent watchdogs. They are enthusiastic workers and give great protection to the home. The Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever is an excellent family dog and a great one for the front yard and any other place where you need protection.
The Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman is a smart dog breed, making it an excellent choice for a watchdog. These intelligent, large dogs will keep an eye out for anything from strangers entering your home to little munchkins being separated from their parents. You’ll never have to worry about your dog wandering off, which is a relief if you have more than one. Dobermans are also very calm and very intelligent. Some Dobermans maybe a little more energetic than other breeds of dogs, so do be sure to investigate your dog’s energy levels before choosing which breed will best suit your home and family. The Rottweiler The Rottweiler is a large dog breed that is built for defense and protection.
So there you go. Five wonderful breeds of dogs to choose from when looking for a watchdog to look over you, your family, or even older adults. Take the time to consider the cost involved, from food and medical needs, to also the physical needs and constraints of your living situation (ie. house or apartment).