Living alone can be dangerous. You risk having to protect yourself in case someone breaks into your home. As such, you may want to consider getting a guard dog to help watch over you. Fortunately, there are hundreds of dog breeds to choose from when picking out a guard dog. Most of the time, new owners choose dogs that are large and intimidating. Below are a few breeds that are commonly used as guard dogs or even police and military dogs.
German Shepherds are known as dogs that can definitely protect you. These large dogs originated in Germany and bear a close resemblance to wolves. They are by far the number one breed used for military and police services. Health wise, these dogs do not really have many health issues, but they are known to develop degenerative myelopathy and hip problems during their senior years.
Rottweilers are wonderful dogs that prefer to observe then bark and scare. They usually just sit and watch what is going on before they actually do something. They can sneak up on you and you won’t even realize that they are there. These dogs have the most powerful jaws amongst all the other dog breeds, and once they lock their jaws, it is going to be difficult to order them to let go. Rotts have been known to have hip and heart problems, but with proper nutrition, you can avoid these.
Dobermans are like slimmer versions of Rottweilers. These dogs are very fast and can take down a fully grown man very easily. Dobermans are very intelligent and easy to train. They will need a lot of exercise though, but they do not shed since they have very short coats. These dogs are also prone to degenerative myelopathy.
Caucasian Mountain Dog
This breed has been around for a long time in Russia, however, they are relatively new to the United States. These dogs are massive, weighing up to 180 pounds and reaching to about 6 feet in height when they stand on their hind legs. They are naturally aggressive, which is both a good and bad trait. Many find it challenging to handle these dogs because of their sheer strength and size.
With these four breeds, you will need plenty of time and patience to train these dogs and socialize them to know when to be relaxed and when to be on guard.