Having been assaulted in our house last week, we decided to make a few changes at home. Supplementary to the beams and bars and panic button approach we consider getting some canine protectors. Since the death of our Great Dane more than a year ago, we were reluctant to fill the Dog vacancy at home – what dog could fill those . . . . . paw marks?
The current pair, both 11 years old, consists of
1. a Maltese Poodle / Foxterrier cross and
2. a Husky / White Alsatian cross
Both of them are very strong in the affection arena but not very useful when it comes to protection. To be fair, the foxese really tried to warn us of impending danger, but since his exited yapping sounded exactly the same as always (when he barks at cats and other foxese sized dogs roaming around), we did not heed his warnings. The husky is very loving and lovable, but by the time the perpetrator entered our home, hit my husband on the head with an iron pipe and left with a handbag, she has just managed to get to her feet.
So now to the task: add a dog to the protection plan.
I realised that I have NEVER had the privilege to actually choose a dog. We have always had a dog though – usually bestowed upon us by the acquaintance of some friend or family member. We never had reason to complain, since these dogs, mostly cross-breeds of unknown origin, matched somehow with the family context.
The most protective dog we owned was a German Shepard, who having flunked the police academy, was then owned by the older brother of a friend of a friend of our eldest son. This dog’s reputation for chasing and killing cats, and jumping the fence to chase passers-by, made him the perfect gift to us – a family then living on a smallholding (with various cats and many passers-by). In the end this was a perfect match. Smirra became the dog to compare all other dogs to. He protected without showing much aggression, got tamed by a small kitten, got in all sorts of trouble (running up the vet bill) and was loved by the whole family. But buying an Alsation will not necessarily recreate this wonderful experience for us.
Googling “top 10 guard dogs”
After spending half a day googling dogs, I am so confused that would have preferred a dog dumped on me. My life feels amiss with not experiencing at least some of these glamorous sounding dogs.
Some sites make a distinction between guard dogs, watch dogs, protective dog, but not all, and so the list of TOP 10 guard dogs does not always make sense. In fact, looking at the different lists, more than 50 dog breeds were identified as good guard dogs. German Shepards, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Bull Mastiffs are on every list. Then comes an interesting list of dogs, some of which I have never heard of: Komondor, Dogue de Bordeaux, Kuvasz, Puli, Fila Brasileiro, Akita Inu, Argentine Dogo, Belgian Malinois, Cane Corso, , Tosa Inu, Ca de Bou, Caucasian Ovchara, Saplaninac, etc
Reading about their characteristics, I identify the Giant Schnauzer and the Rhodesian Ridgeback as dogs available in South Africa that might integrate with our family – the very cute fluffy exotics will find it much too hot here. I am definitely not into the fierce types like Rottweilers. But – we had such a good experience with our German Shepard?
Can’t I put an ad for a dog vacancy?
Dog wanted. Large dog, naturally protective of its family and good with children, with non-allergenic, non shedding hair. Must have good intuition of who the “bad” guys are. Should look dangerous. Will be assisted by a small watchdog. Can sleep in the house and watch television with the family.