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What's the best breed for home protection? Peace of mind is a burglar alarm that can't be disarmed!  How to find, test, and choose a family watch dog.






Tam Cordingley, CSI Instructor, SAAB Member


A trained security dog or one of these noted guardian breeds will reliably alert you and protect your family better than an alarm system; here’s why.


Some personal protection and guarding breeds were designed to stop or even take down a human intruder. Others were meant only to sound an alarm and to do so vigorously until human help arrives.


Home protection breeds, if properly trained, are much more reliable than burglar alarms because most intruders keep up with home security system technology and can easily disarm the system. Sad to say, many professional thieves once worked for an alarm system company and some still do!


*Global K9 Group and Florida K9 Services have, since its inception in 1987, specialized in protection dogs for the family. Our dogs are tested child friendly and socialized so they are able to work in public and become a true family member. If the need should arise the dog will subdue the intruder and set up a 6 foot circle around the family to keep them safe from any further threat. Advertisement


A home protection device that can only be disabled by death is 100% effective. If your alarm-guard dog is poison-proofed and has been at least minimally trained to “bark and hold” to alert you, you can sleep soundly.


OK, so you know what you want to accomplish but you still have to find the right breed and the right breeder. I might also add that you must ask the breeder if in fact his dogs are capable of stopping an intruder if that is what you want. If they say yes, don’t just take their word for it; ask to see pictures of them doing Schutzhund work. If you just want an alarm dog, find out if the breeder lives in a residential area, and if so, have they had any “barking dog” complaints. A dog that barks a lot is like a burglar alarm that keeps going off. A personal visit is always best but if you can’t go there, have them send a video of their facilities, adults, etc.


If you are able to visit, note whether they all rush up to you, smiles and wags, and are not at least a little wary and sizing you up. If you are buying a dog for home or personal protection, it should not view you, a perfect stranger, as a best buddy. Does the dam seem protective of her puppies? Even if you only want an alarm dog, one that knows when to bark and when to shut up, you want to be sure the breed and that breeder’s dogs will reliably alert and bark.


Breeds to consider for business or home protection:

For home protection, you should consider all of the livestock guardian breeds such as the Komondor, Kuvasok, Anatolian, Maremma, Great Pyrenees, Caucasian Ovcharka, etc. These guys were bred to be independent, capable guardians, and they are.  They are aloof with strangers but loving, loyal, and affectionate with their family and can make excellent companion dogs.


“Flock Guardian” breeds are quite different in size and instinct from the herding breeds such as the Shetland Sheepdog, Collie, or Cardigan whose job was to collect and move sheep or cattle, not guard them. 


Courageous Caucasians are bred for loyal, affectionate, protective companionship.*Courageous Caucasians: Loyal, faithful, protective, and intuitive - these words describe the Caucasian Ovcharka.  Affectionate and obedient with family, a dog of legends, a fascinating breed of ancient and dangerous times, the romantic and lovely Caucasian Ovcharka.  Possessing great intelligence and wisdom, the Caucasian is an independent thinker when on his own, a true survivor, but will take his cue from his owner when with him. He is your courageous defender and friend.  We offer ranch-raised puppies by reservation, bred for stable temperament, working instinct, beauty, sound structure. Our foundation stock is from Russian and Eastern European champion/working lines.  Remember, the powerful and often strong-willed Caucasian needs an owner who is firm and a fair-minded leader. We offer puppy support for the life of your CO, so remember to contact your breeder whenever you have any questions, concerns or happy puppy tales. Advertisement


The working type of German Shepherd is very different from the American or German show line dogs. They are wary of strangers, not bred to be friendly. Tremendous situational awareness, they notice anything new or different. The “show” or pet-bred German Shepherd can be protective but is today valued more as an all around family companion whereas his working cousin is a specialist at protection.


Tropisch German Shepherds, providing beautiful, sound minded, healthy German Shepherds for companionship and amazing working dogs! *Tropisch German Shepherds produce clear-headed, social dogs that are not only good looking, but are companion bred with the personality that to allows them to be and do many things within your family; search and rescue, agility, obedience, Schutzhund dogs, etc. The best part is they will be instinctively loyal to you and your family, and bark to alert you when things are not right. Your Tropisch German Shepherd will do what it takes to keep you and your family safe. The sheer presence of a GSD in a home is a natural deterrent to potential criminals. We strive for very beautiful, sound minded and healthy German Shepherds so that you can enjoy great companions as well as amazing working dogs! We are a small family-run breeding and training program. Our puppies are born in our home and raised with children and other pets. We are breeding to help "revive" the German Shepherd Dog and bring back the original and sturdy qualities for which this breed was developed. Advertisement


Dobermans are a handsome, very alert guard dog. Used by the Marine Corps, they were once called “devil dogs” so the old reputation of a breed is a great deterrent to a criminal.


Mastiff and Bullmastiff are ancient breeds developed for guarding and while generally laid back, both are quite capable man-stoppers. The size and hard expression when on alert is usually enough to discourage any intruder so physical contact would be rare but potentially vital if the intruder is that determined.


Schnauzers, Giant, Standard, or Miniature. The Giant and Standard Schnauzers are capable of stopping an intruder and the Miniature is equally protective and can deliver a discouraging bite. As in all protection breeds, the pet bred Miniatures may be too soft and sweet to be a good guard dog, but some lines are very working type in temperament. Schnauzers see everything.


The Rottweiler is a formidable guard dog. Don’t be confused about the Rottweiler being a carting or draft dog. Many guard breeds once served as all-purpose dogs. That just shows their intelligence and willingness to serve. Rottweilers were bred to guard and they do so instinctively well. They are known in the trade as “man stoppers.” Early and strict training is a necessity.


Bouvier: This is another great herding dog that takes care of his people. He will attack and drive off any predator who threatens his flock – or his family.


TAM CORDINGLEY KNOWS DOGS!One thing all of these breeds have in common is that they must be trained. If your primary purpose is to have a guard dog, do not let just anyone make friends with them. They do not need or want to let everyone pet them. Remember the purpose for which you have selected a personal or home protection breed. They are your family’s dog, not the neighborhood pet.


One final thought. For 100,000 years dogs were prized for their ability to protect people. Do not be dissuaded by the mood and rhetoric of society and especially not by the ii animal rights position and here's some Instant Info on ii Protecting Your Privacy.


The prevailingly soft temperament of many Americans today makes us much more vulnerable to crimes of violence against our person and our property. There is nothing “wrong” with protecting oneself and a well trained guard dog is always safer than a gun in the wrong hands. EST 1998 © 1210143159



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