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What kind of dog should I get?

 
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For larger dogs I would pick a mastiff breed because they don't roam like most dogs and are kinda lazy, BUT they are absolutely fearless protectors.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
do NOT get these. they are not guard dogs.

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BWAAAAHAHAHA. laugh
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OMG!!! So funny! Great picture.
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scary in their jammies.. zzzz
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Get a Golden Retriever

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Getchu a junkyard dog!
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Looking to get a dog to train as guard dog. I'm already leaning towards a German Shepard. No Pitbulls or Rottweilers, but would consider a exotic breed. Any suggestions?
 Quoting: Blue Beamed


Look dont think bad about pitbulls i have one and hes the best dog around hes got a great personality, hes so nice and loving, smart , and is a GREAT guard dog.
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda


I had a mixed breed. Pitbull and Dalmatian. So adorable and loyal. A gentle giant.

Not a guard dog though. Can be intimidating to look at but she was too friendly. She was an amazing dog and we miss her.

If you want a dog that will alert you, smart and not too big I would go for a Mini-Pinscher. Smart as whip but can be very aggressive and territorial in my experience.

If you want something intimidating, Of course a German Shepherd, Doberman or I know it's not an option for you but Rottweilers will do the trick.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
The GS is probably your best bet. An Akita would work nicely as well.

If you don't mind sacrificing actual attacking ability for something that looks and sounds like a monster research Leonbergers. They're a giant breed resembling German Shepherds.
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Do not see how Leonbergers look like German Shepherds as they have soft ears? They are neat though.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Adopt a shelter dog.
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Seriously, a German Shepherd if you want an intelligent, trainable guard dog. They are hard to beat. Alsatian is very similar.

But for the cute factor, there is this to consider. Will alert you to anything within a block with ceasless yapping, guaranteed. Then YOU can deal with the intruder.

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 Quoting: Bluebird


A German Shepherd is an Alsatian the breed is known by different names in different countries.

What is the difference between an Alsatian and a German Shepherd Dog?

What is the true difference between an Alsatian and a German Shepherd Dog, if any? Let me assure you that there is no difference.

[link to www.total-german-shepherd.com]

German Shepherd Dog
(Alsatian) (Deutscher Schaferhund)
[link to www.dogbreedinfo.com]
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


I've noticed people in the UK sometimes refer to the English lines as "Alsatians", dunno why? Though you are right, an Alsatian is a German Shepherd. GSD has my vote, here's one of mine!

whiteshep
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I just uploaded a photograph taken last week of my Anatolian Shepherd he is getting to be a rather large dog and his rough coat makes him quite cute. People are drawn to him because of his size and looks and if properly “introduced” no problem otherwise they retreat quickly when he barks.

He is 1 year and 3 months 32” at the withers and 117 pounds at last weigh in and still growing.

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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Seriously, a German Shepherd if you want an intelligent, trainable guard dog. They are hard to beat. Alsatian is very similar.

But for the cute factor, there is this to consider. Will alert you to anything within a block with ceasless yapping, guaranteed. Then YOU can deal with the intruder.

CodyTrickTreat
 Quoting: Bluebird


A German Shepherd is an Alsatian the breed is known by different names in different countries.

What is the difference between an Alsatian and a German Shepherd Dog?

What is the true difference between an Alsatian and a German Shepherd Dog, if any? Let me assure you that there is no difference.

[link to www.total-german-shepherd.com]

German Shepherd Dog
(Alsatian) (Deutscher Schaferhund)
[link to www.dogbreedinfo.com]
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


I've noticed people in the UK sometimes refer to the English lines as "Alsatians", dunno why? Though you are right, an Alsatian is a German Shepherd. GSD has my vote, here's one of mine!

whiteshep
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I just uploaded a photograph taken last week of my Anatolian Shepherd he is getting to be a rather large dog and his rough coat makes him quite cute. People are drawn to him because of his size and looks and if properly “introduced” no problem otherwise they retreat quickly when he barks.



Will update this post when the image is approved.
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Goodie, you know I love your doggie hf How tall/heavy is he now?
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Definitely a yorkshire terrier, they are sooo cute!
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
1st pick German Shepard.
2nd pick Rottweiler.

Both are wonderful dogs.
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I ask nothing of my dogs except for them to alert me, then I'll deal with intruders.....not saying they won't want a piece of them first.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
1st pick German Shepard.
2nd pick Rottweiler.

Both are wonderful dogs.
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I used to have a German Shepherd/Rottweiler cross that I found at the pound when he was about six weeks and he was a great watchdog who thought he was also a mother cat.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
dobies are cool.

nobody gonna sneak into a dobie house.
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A German Shepherd is an Alsatian the breed is known by different names in different countries.

What is the difference between an Alsatian and a German Shepherd Dog?

What is the true difference between an Alsatian and a German Shepherd Dog, if any? Let me assure you that there is no difference.

[link to www.total-german-shepherd.com]

German Shepherd Dog
(Alsatian) (Deutscher Schaferhund)
[link to www.dogbreedinfo.com]
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


I've noticed people in the UK sometimes refer to the English lines as "Alsatians", dunno why? Though you are right, an Alsatian is a German Shepherd. GSD has my vote, here's one of mine!

whiteshep
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I just uploaded a photograph taken last week of my Anatolian Shepherd he is getting to be a rather large dog and his rough coat makes him quite cute. People are drawn to him because of his size and looks and if properly “introduced” no problem otherwise they retreat quickly when he barks.



Will update this post when the image is approved.
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


Goodie, you know I love your doggie hf How tall/heavy is he now?
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I have always appreciated German Shepherd dogs and as a child, we had several as my father liked Alsatian dogs and thought that German Shepherds looked a lot like them. It took a great deal of effort to make him understand that it was the same breed and he did purchase several but I doubt he ever truly understood different countries different names and note that my father grew up in the British colony of Barbados.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Love my Belgian Malinois.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Two great japanese dogs are the 'Tosa Inu' and the 'Akita'.
Both are beautiful and powerful animals, that no one will fuck with. Akita's will not back down from any dog, and Tosa Inu's are just beast. A tosa would make a great guard dog.
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Love my Belgian Malinois.
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They love to work and play. If you can not give them much attention, then do NOT get this dog.

Mals are more agile and hit really hard in bite work in comparison to GS.

Look into a raw food diet as well.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Two great japanese dogs are the 'Tosa Inu' and the 'Akita'.
Both are beautiful and powerful animals, that no one will fuck with. Akita's will not back down from any dog, and Tosa Inu's are just beast. A tosa would make a great guard dog.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6163527


I thought the Akita was a formable dog until introduced to the Anatolian Shepherd dog mine is a rough coated Karabash (black face). They are flock guardian dogs and they are known for killing wolves, bears, boars and jackals and are used in the Cheetah Conservation Program s they have learned not to mess with the Anatolian Shepherd therefore ranchers do not have to kill the wild cats.

Mine is 1 year and 3 months 32” at the withers and 117 pounds at last weigh in and he is not fully-grown. The breed is larger and has a longer lifespan and prone to fewer diseases than the Akita and we decided on an Anatolian Shepherd dog instead.

Like the Akita, the Anatolian Shepherd requires much socialization and training and definitely not a breed for the novice owner.

Anatolian Shepherd

he Anatolian Shepherd Dog is descended from ancient livestock guardian dog types that migrated with the transhumance, guarding flocks of sheep from wolves, bears, jackals, and even cheetahs. It is probable that dogs of this type existed 6,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. The dogs were called Çoban Köpe?i (shepherd dog), and over the centuries, regional variations or landraces developed.

[link to www.dogdirectoryx.com]

The Livestock Guarding Dog Program

The Anatolians possess a double coat, medium in length, often with dark facial shading. This functional coat insulates the dog against sun and extreme temperatures. They have a large and imposing stature, with mature males standing approximately 30 inches + at the shoulder and weighing 110-143 lbs. They have large heads and chests, with a tapering body. Their excellent eyesight, sharp hearing and strong dedication to their herd make them ideal for the job

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I've noticed people in the UK sometimes refer to the English lines as "Alsatians", dunno why? Though you are right, an Alsatian is a German Shepherd. GSD has my vote, here's one of mine!

whiteshep
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I just uploaded a photograph taken last week of my Anatolian Shepherd he is getting to be a rather large dog and his rough coat makes him quite cute. People are drawn to him because of his size and looks and if properly “introduced” no problem otherwise they retreat quickly when he barks.



Will update this post when the image is approved.
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


Goodie, you know I love your doggie hf How tall/heavy is he now?
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I have always appreciated German Shepherd dogs and as a child, we had several as my father liked Alsatian dogs and thought that German Shepherds looked a lot like them. It took a great deal of effort to make him understand that it was the same breed and he did purchase several but I doubt he ever truly understood different countries different names and note that my father grew up in the British colony of Barbados.
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


It's interesting how many do insist that they are considered a different breed. I have even seen German Shepherd breeders argue for a split though, SO...there is a bit of truth to it I guess. They are the same breed, but perhaps a deviation in physical appearance since the English lines tend to have a straighter appearance versus the German show dogs. BTW, your doggie is really handsome! I like his coloring a lot.
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ty everyone for your input!
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Shetland Sheepdog!

I would stick to a Sheep breed.

Our Shetland herded our neighbor's 3 year old from getting to close to the street.

We have a lot of coyotes where I'm at (in the middle of town). He's managed to kill two without a scratch on him.

We had some thieving animal coming in at night through the dog doors and I guess he was pissed off that his food was being stolen, so I kept seeing him wait to the side of the door every night. Woke up in the middle of the night to hear a God awful screeching noise. By the time I got downstairs, there was a dead raccoon on my kitchen floor. And my dog is sitting there with his dumb happy look and pranced over to me.

Did I mention he was trained to not lick people? German's are great and all, but a Shetland is an extremely intelligent dog.

IMO, you can't go wrong with any of the Shepherd breeds, but my personal preference is my Shetland.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
Looking to get a dog to train as guard dog. I'm already leaning towards a German Shepard. No Pitbulls or Rottweilers, but would consider a exotic breed. Any suggestions?
 Quoting: Blue Beamed


Look dont think bad about pitbulls i have one and hes the best dog around hes got a great personality, hes so nice and loving, smart , and is a GREAT guard dog.
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda


I'm not a pitbull hater. I personally don't trust them though, and haven't heard about many police or security forces using them.

I want a dog that police or security forces would use, I know they use German Shepards.
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We have 2 American bulldogs...they are loving and loyal, one of my favorite things about them is they tip toe around little kids, instinctively knowing they must be gentle. But a few days ago a slightly smaller dog, that looked like a fox, came sprinting into our yard unannounced and my boys had him pinned and ready for the kill in about 6 seconds...they let him go as soon as I yelled. Luckily I was outside or the dog might have been killed. These dogs are hard nose when they have to be. My bigger one knocked my 220lb brother to the ground when he challenged it, it was only about 10 feet away and charged him with a shoulder to the gut. He saw it coming but still got floored.


If you get one look for thin hips, one of mine has a wide rear end and he doesn't run as well and might have some legs issues when older.

And as with and dog training is the key and the need a strong master. Would not be a good dog for someone that lets it take over the house. They need leadership. Awesome dogs though and I will probably get more.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
A mutt. Fewer health problems, and unlike Obama, they're damned-loyal.
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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
German Shepherd. Best for beginners if you want a guard dog without actually professionally training it; naturally protective (most).
 Quoting: InTheHood


You think a GSD is a good one for beginners?

The sheer size, strength, intelligence, devotion and protectiveness is good reason to make sure they respond to basic obedience. Especially no, come, down, and stay. hf
 Quoting: Nine's


I totally agree, they absolutely must learn their basic commands; however, if potential buyers research the lines, there are family bred shepherds with good temperaments that aren't too soft and aren't too hard, they can be easily trained by a beginner that's willing to put the time into it. Some other breeds aren't as easy (can be bull headed, stubborn). And they will be naturally protective, no training needed for that to come out. That's what I meant.
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PS. And did I type this because I hate dogs? Nah.

I type this because I have neighbors who have had 2 dogs in a timespan of 25 years and are practically worshipping that dirty animal as a demigod. Dog love is not only a substitution for children but also for the love of God. If you would worship God for 25 years you would become enlightened, what is the benefit of worshipping a animal that gets high on hormones like a dog is??
 Quoting: DaUnderground


dogs are dogs
people are people

a responsible dog owner should know and live by that mantra
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Then you are a bit oldskool, mate. With all due respect, things have changed. In the age of loneliness people do not mind perceiving their pet on the level of soul mate. It's not hate for animals, but just observe dog owners these days and you'll see what my point is. If people would be THIS loyal to God we would be living in a whole different age.
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errr
with all due respect...mate
dogs are pack animals, people are self proclaimed individuals and are known for internal strife when put in a team outside of their own choosing

instead of observing dog owners while judging their dog owner qualities
you should judge the dogs behaviour and how well it adapts to its owner

seems you are teh one that has got it twisted to me
do you actually own a dog ?
I am Eekerstard too!!!
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This is the dog to get OP


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Re: What kind of dog should I get?
German Shepherd. Best for beginners if you want a guard dog without actually professionally training it; naturally protective (most).
 Quoting: InTheHood


You think a GSD is a good one for beginners?

The sheer size, strength, intelligence, devotion and protectiveness is good reason to make sure they respond to basic obedience. Especially no, come, down, and stay. hf
 Quoting: Nine's


I totally agree, they absolutely must learn their basic commands; however, if potential buyers research the lines, there are family bred shepherds with good temperaments that aren't too soft and aren't too hard, they can be easily trained by a beginner that's willing to put the time into it. Some other breeds aren't as easy (can be bull headed, stubborn). And they will be naturally protective, no training needed for that to come out. That's what I meant.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21313152


Problem is a lot of people won't do research and think that a shepherd is a shepherd is a shepherd. They don't understand that there are working lines, show lines, pet lines, and unfortunately that's why there are a lot of them in rescues and shelters.
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get a ttown