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my fiance and i are buying a house, in the country and will be moving shortly, from our crowded town house. we were talking the other day about good big dogs, (we planned on purchasing 2 toy dogs), as i would be home alone alot with our 2 small children. i have never owned a big dog and was curious if anyone had any suggestions on a good big dog, that would be faithful to our faimly and be good at protecting our home and our children. i am worried a dog will turn on one of our kids, and that could turn into an ugly situation. i kinda didnt want to start with a puppy, as i am already trying to potty train a 2 year old. any suggestions??

11 Thoughts on a good protector??
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    Tiffany j
    August 16, 2011 at 4:59 am


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    August 16, 2011 at 5:03 am

    german shephards are very smart, easily trained and protective and loyal!

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    August 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Get a stuffed animal and an alarm system. Safer, easier and a lot cheaper.

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    August 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

    labs, retrievers and st. bernards are all good protectors and child friendly. shepards are possesive and territorial and can turn on you. most small breeds are high strung and high maintenance.

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    August 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I think if you are looking for protection- get an alarm. If you are looking for a companion to be a part of your home… Wait until your kids are older… Toddlers and dogs don’t work. Toddlers are too young to understand that they are hurting the dog. Not a good idea. Dogs are not around to be tortured by young children. All it takes is turning your back for 1 min…

    I’d wait and get dogs after the children are older.

    Good luck

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    August 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

    JJ is 100% correct..GSD are the way to go..Loyal, protective, and great with kids….

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    Diane A
    August 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Try getting two german shephard dogs. We owned german shephards when our children were first born and they protected us, warned us of danger, and stood firm against predators. One even chased a stranger around our car and made the man climb to the car roof. The man begged us to call the dog off so he could leave. That predator never returned to our home again.

    Why two? If you get two puppies from the same breeder, they will play with each other rather than chew up your belongings. They love to interact with family and pets they know, but will be shy around houseguests (as long as you’ve invited the guest in). They will also bark when somebody is lurking around your home. My daughters learned to ride the dogs when they were 3 and 4 years old – the dogs LOVED that!

    Great protector, good family dogs, and very loving.

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    Lisa R
    August 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I agree with the two previous answers. I am biased – I love Rottweilers.

    Any big breed needs to be studied before purchasing. I would stick with AKC only. You have *some* chance of a good bloodline. Check around, ask questions, ask for references of previous litters. (temperment, defects, etc.)

    Any breed can have a bad temperment pop up, bad training can cause problems, and a host of other things. I think the dogs that *turn* are a result of bad breeding &/or upbringing.

    I’ve had 4 rotties & would trust any of them with my life & that of my family. They take a firm consistant hand in the first two years. But the results are awesome. Rotties tend no to roam far & are very protective of their property – my experience is that they NEVER bite, but will corner someone/thing. They have received a lot of bad press along with Pitts – mostly because they are powerful dogs, also if you dig deeply into the stories you’ll find abuse, or half breeds/bad breeding.

    I have one rescued Rottie that learned to herd & cut! Something I didn’t know until moving to 30 acres 6 months ago. They were used for herding in Roman times, later for protection – Dobbies are an *offspring* of the Rottweiler.

    Also AKC, Yahoo & some other sites have a breed selector, try those.

    READ, keep asking questions.

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    August 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    a great dane is the biggest of big dogs, but they are most family oriented in my opinion. the need people they are not outside animals. they are very good with kids and with other animals. which is another reason they are called “gentle giants” they only problem you might have is they lean on those they love and that might knock over your little y year old. they are tolerant with the poking and pulling of kids and they only bark when they feel the family needs to know something. as for a protector they are not mean dogs they warm up to new people easily but if they sensed something was wrong they can become the best guard dogs you could ask for. the size of the breed alone would scare most people off. i would research the breed and see if it is the one for you. they require very little grooming as well.

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    August 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    You might want to try contacting a breed rescue group to get an adult dog. Not all rescued dogs have been neglected or abused. A lot of really nice dogs come into rescue because their owners get sick, or die, or whatever, and they have to be rehomed. What is really nice about getting a rescue is that you’ll have a history on the dog and will know it’s temperment and will have the help of the rescue coordinator to help you decide if it is a good match with your family.

    Have you ever heard of a Tibetan Mastiff? Not a giant breed like the Bull Mastiffs that you are probably thinking of, but a large dog with long hair and a curly tail. Beautiful. Brillant. Protective. Extremely loyal to their families. Love kids–will baby sit your kids and keep them out of trouble–no joke. (I’m not suggesting you leave them alone with the dog, but they will help you keep an eye on the little ones.) They are guard dogs, not attack dogs like dobermans or rottweilers.

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    Wiliam H
    August 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

    if you want a big fast powerful dog for protecting get a akita loyal smart! there no joke when it comes to protecting! it will get ugly if some one was trying to hurt you your the kids!good luck

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