There are a number of potentially great protection dogs out there. Everyone, in the UK, will be well familiar with the Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Doberman breeds. However, there are a number of less-familiar dogs, of overseas origins, that make fantastic guard dogs. As it’s important for an owner to understand the individual character, temperament and coachability of an animal, we decided to put together this list of five great security dogs, that many people might not be familiar with.
Originally bred to hunt lions on the savannahs of southern Africa, Ridgebacks, needless to say, have a strong predatorial drive. A serious dog, with a selective bark, Ridgebacks are always focused on the task at hand. With that being said, they can be very stubborn animals. They often seem to develop tunnel vision, which means that they are not naturally obedient and need professional training to curb their instincts. Under the right conditions, this dog can be of real value; it is muscular, ruthless and a staunch protector of its enemies. However, Ridgebacks don’t make the best household pets, due to the fact that they are non-affectionate creatures that can be difficult to control.
One of the ancient French breeds, the bulky Bordeaux Mastiff. They are known as a powerhouse dog that, historically, would be used to pull carts or haul heavy objects. There are also many representations, in historical art, of this breed protecting the castles of French noblemen.
Many believe the dog to be an offshoot of the British Bulldog. In reality, the Dogue predates both the Bulldog and the Bull Mastiff. Legend has it that the Dogue is actually a descendent of the Greco-Roman dogs of war that were marched across mountains on imperial missions. Possessing, in some cases, scissor bites which can do irreparable damage to human flesh, the Dogue de Bordeaux will present a fearless challenge to any intruder. With that being said, they must be used very carefully, this breed is difficult to bring under control once it is in full flow. Known for having the largest head in the dog world, they are a hefty animal and aren’t easy to maneuver and manipulate.
Used to protect sheep in the Hungarian mountains, this breed dates back to the 16th Century. Believed to have descended from the mountain dogs of Tibet; this huge, ultra-sturdy dog is known for its white, corded coat. This coat and physique, in combination, allow it to withstand even the harshest of conditions. Usually weighing in at 100-125lbs and standing 27” high, Komondors are almost like a small armoured vehicle. Komondors require serious, professional obedience training and are best equipped to roam larger areas, whether it be rural land or large American-style backyards. Despite their dangerous nature, due to their protective instincts, they can make extraordinary guard dogs.
Another Hungarian breed, the Kuvasz is also a white-coated livestock dog. References to the use of the breed can be found in ancient Hungarian texts, so it is fair to say that this dog is a tried and tested protector.
In modern times they have become increasingly popular as domestic pets, in no small part due to their teddy bear good looks. Their shiny white coat is a feature that was deliberately bred into the dogs by ancient shepherds. It was vital, in centuries gone by, for shepherds to be able to distinguish their dogs from wild predators, like wolves.
Intelligent, with a clownish wit and playful nature, the Kuvasz is intensely loyal and appreciative of attention. However, they are cunning leaders-by-example that will quietly scheme against strangers and intruders, and must be watched carefully. They are also high-volume barkers, which can present its own challenges in a domestic environment.
Native to China, they are considered to be one of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing dogs. Naturally dignified and bred to act as royal servants, it is said that the Chow Chow will die for its master.
Known to be aggressive, but able to distinguish between provocation and play, they are one of the most intelligent guard dog breeds in the world. Physically, they are compact, sturdy and almost square in shape. They have dense, double-thickness coat that can either have a smooth or a rough feel, depending on the owner’s requirements. They are also remarkable for a distinctive ruff, like a small lion’s mane, and an elegant curled tail. Indeed, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Chow Chow’s possess cat-like personality traits.
In order to ensure the safety of family member, house guests and neighbours; guard dogs must be properly socialized, as standard. These animals must be trained correctly and must view their owners as ‘The Leader of the Pack’, which is why we think it is so important to offer professional dog training services in Croydon!