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Guarding Breeds

Guarding Dog BreedsGuard dogs have existed for centuries, guarding being one of a dog's most natural instincts . One of the earliest duties of the domestic dog was guarding the property of its owners, whether that property be land, livestock or a home. Livestock guardian dogs are often large enough and strong enough to attack and drive away predators such as wolves. It is only within the last hundred years or so that particular attention has been paid to evolving certain breeds, such as the Rottweiler, Boxer and Dobermann - once herding breeds specifically for the purpose of guarding and protection.

There is a difference between a guard dog and a watch dog. A watchdog simply watches the home and alerts others to the intruder by barking. Watchdogs typically are smaller, more excitable breeds.

A guard dog not only watches and alerts but also threatens and deters the intruder. Most guard dogs will instinctively protect both their human family and the area they consider as their territory. The intimidating appearance and low voice of these breeds is often enough of a deterrent to any would-be intruder however. The trainability of a guardian dog should be on the top list of desirable qualities to ensure that the dog's natural protectiveness and territoriality remains within permitted boundaries.