What Makes a Good Home Security Dog?
Before we get started, let's look at a few essential qualities that all good home security dogs share:
- They are fiercely loyal to the owners.
- They are territorial, especially when they hear or smell unknown people or animals (even while inside the house). Good home security dogs will be wary of strangers who come by the house if they do not know them.
- They do not bark excessively and only bark when there are genuine people or animals in your yard or other places where intruders might enter your property. Going back to #2, security dog breeds should only sound an alarm when an intrusion occurs and not before then!
- They are also naturally territorial and protective, making them a perfect choice for home security.
- They are very comfortable in their environment and prefer to be where their owners are most of the time.
Which Dog Breeds Work Best for Home Guarding?
Now let's look at how various breeds act, respond and live in their owner's homes in different ways to understand better which puppies are best suited to be protectors and guardians.
- American Pit Bull Terriers, also called American Pit Bulls, are among the most common guard dogs found in homes across the nation. They have a very high fighter drive, making them highly aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered by another dog or person anywhere near their home. For this reason, they require constant obedience training to ensure that they do not harm other animals or humans outside of an attack situation.
- Doberman Pinschers are almost always used as police and guard dogs: strongly territorial and will let you know with a loud bark if they sense any intruders or strangers at your house. They are not a good choice for families with small children since they can be easily aroused to attack by a child's loud voice, physical movement, or sudden action. If a Doberman feels threatened, it can lead to the dog attacking the perceived threat (a person or another animal).
- German Shepherd Dogs were initially bred to herd sheep in Europe but have since been trained to work as police dogs, military dogs, and canines used by firefighters. This breed is very territorial and will let you know with a loud bark if they sense any intruders or strangers at your house. If a German Shepherd feels threatened, it can lead to the dog attacking the perceived threat (a person or another animal). They are not good for families with small children since they can be easily aroused to attack by a child's loud voice, physical movement, or sudden action.
- Golden Retrievers were bred to herd livestock and make excellent family dogs. People who have these dogs often describe them as being extremely loyal, lovable, and affectionate toward their owners. They are not the most territorial dogs around, so if an intruder were to reach your yard, you are likely to hear the barking, but nothing more. Some owners of this breed claim that their Golden Retriever has saved them from a physical injury or even worse by waking them up during the night when they start to have recurring nightmares.
- Rottweiler Dogs were bred in Europe and have been used as sheepdogs, police, and guard dogs while also being used as therapy dogs in nursing homes. They make excellent guard animals but can be more than just a little bit bossy around their owners.
Other breeds of dogs that you may want to consider for their home security abilities include:
German Short-Haired Pointers, Akita, Chow Chow, Siberian Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, Black Russian Terriers, Great Pyrenees, Cane Corso, Bull Mastiffs, and Neapolitan Mastiffs.
Some of the dogs mentioned above are excellent guard dogs because they are fiercely protective, loyal, and territorial. Others are great for security because of their aggression when threatened or cornered. The choice you make depends on your family's needs and the environment you live in. Just remember, a guard dog is not a substitute for having an alarm system in place to alert you of any potential intruders or strangers.