What is a good watch dog breed for a young family?

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13 years 4 days ago #376728 by Jen - Featherston
As an NZKC registered breeder, the most important thing for me is to make sure my buyers get the right dog for them. I breed Goldies and love mine but they sure are not guard dogs as someone already mentioned. I 'suppose' if I spent enough time training them to bark when people came they would be better but truly they are a family dog that just loves everyone.

I suggested a staffie because:
1) despite popular belief, these dogs are very gentle with familiar people and children
2) they are small so easy to take with you and manage
3) short haired
4) menacing looking and sounding dogs, people generally don't like to walk up to them
5) easily trained to bark
6) easily trained to leave stock, even to manage stock
7) busy when you are and asleep when you are too.

I would never recommend a staffie x to anyone with children. For some strange reason, staffie x's are either fab or really shocking, mostly terrible. Staffies are bred to protect people, and well trained are not agressive dogs, although they certainly appear to be so when provoked! With kids you have to be certain you are making the best choice to give them the love of an animal without any scary moments.

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13 years 4 days ago #376732 by bevhawkins
Border Terriers!! we have 3 and our close friends also have 3, brilliant dogs, good barks if anyone comes to the property, brilliant with children and other people, small enough to take in the shower with you when they have been rolling in the cow poo or swimming in the troughs. :D

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13 years 3 days ago #376788 by goatmama
We are getting our White German Shepherd for a guard dog, stock dog and all round protection; and while it is the same as the GSD, they are more reserved and have a more friendly temprement. As they are white, they also dont have the militant apearance that the coloured shepherds can have. Thats why we have chosen this breed.
You can find them under White Swiss Shepherd in the link given earlier on this thread.
Which ever dog you choose, I am sure it will be the right one for you.

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13 years 3 days ago #376792 by poaka
I'd go with the staffy.. boxers are great, I've had them but can be a bit dribbly
Wouldn't have a Shepherd or Rottie near the place. The gf had great danes, now there's a dog, kids used to ride them !!! Trouble is they don't last long

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13 years 3 days ago #376797 by pisa
I can only recommend a labrador. Ours is 25% border collie mix, and she has the most impressive scary bark. Which makes people really careful to approach, which I like , being rural and all. But with the kids, she has just the right energy levels to keep our full on 10yr old busy, and not too much for the 8 yr old to cuddle up to her too. The oldest is lightly autistic, and she has a good tolerance level before she will growl.

She is SO protective of us and the property, when we go for walks and the kids are too far behind or ahead, she will try to 'herd' them, but only in so far as running from the back to the front all the time.

Even in the heat of games she's never bitten,
she's more likely to piss herself for excitement. [xx(]

When people are invited in, after the cooling off period she will harass everyone for scratches, she's the biggest sook I know.

I never had intended buying a dog from the pet shop, but in her case I have to say I'm very glad we did.

Yes, food attractions will need to be kept well locked away. :D :D :D

1 hubby, 2 kids, 1 cat, 1 dog, 2 swallows and I've lost count how many offsprings with even more grandkids, 5 bunny girls, 5 bunny boys, 12 chickens (rooster, pullets, chicks and more about to hatch hopefully) and 4 goats with two of them expecting any day! (24.10.14)
But who's counting [;)]...

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13 years 3 days ago #376801 by foufee
we have a Beardiexhuntaway and boy can he bark, the germanshepardxhuntaway is not quite as strong voiced. Both are very friendly and obedient though, due to their size and the fact that there are 2 of them, both our kids have been bowled when the dogs are playing together. One dog is more likely to be person oriented than 2 raised together.
We have had a few problems with chicken losses due to the dogs not being socialised with chickens until they were 3years old, down side of moving town dogs to the country.
neither dog has had any health problems that are not easily remedied (the beardie is fat intolerant)

another dog I have known was a Staffy, brilliant dog loud but great if he was introduced to you. He was stolen for fighting but his owner retrieved him (went to dog fights until he found him and took him back, he also rescued a few others until he found his dog and found that all but one of the dogs he took out of the fights was stolen, so a few happy endings there)

but the biggest bark belonged to a Belgian barge dog, scared many a visitor until they saw the size of him (halfway up your shin)

I would say a staffy is a good choice based on my encounters with them, good luck finding the perfect dog :D

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13 years 3 days ago #376819 by DiDi
:D I'll second that! Mind I think Tanna is extra special - just as my Rumour was. Miss her to this day and she died many years ago. :(

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13 years 3 days ago #376859 by Cinsara
Sara (RR) was my mothering queen and Tanna's pic with the lamb brought back very fond memories of my special girl xoxo

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13 years 3 days ago #376873 by sonyajh
Oh my goodness, is the dog seriously feeding the lamb or am I just being naive? wow! how cute is that?!
just teared up at Didi's comments about her Rumour - that's how i feel about my old staffie Ella, it's heart breaking even after so many years gone. :(
thanks everyone - the pups were born the night before last, so i really do have to hurry up and make a decision

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13 years 2 days ago #376881 by Double8
Our first dog was a hunterway x lab x boxer x ?????? got as a puppy from SPCA. She was good watch dog, brilliant with stock and children and very social easy going dog. She lived til 15yo. Currently I have a Blue Merle x Hunterway and Border Collie x Lab, both tell me when people arrive by barking, but are also very loyal companions, good with stock and children. Both were given to us by people we knew that had puppies. I have also had a heading dog x foxy from the SPCA who was a loyal and very gentle dog, but had kidney failure. There are always going to be good and bad about any breed or cross breed, for me personally I find that you go look at lots of different puppies and one will just "click". :)

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13 years 2 days ago #376886 by Kevin and Perlita Morgan
We have tried both purebreed and crossbreed dogs ,for the following purposes guard dogs ,good with the stock ,and good with the children .
The first dog we had was a Doberman ,due to the problems we were having ,I trained him to be be a guard -Attack dog ,this meant ,that nobody else could touch him unless he want you to pat him ,he would let you know by him nudging your hand ,He didnt take kindly to the children touching him,he would take off ,Whereas his partner was only semi trained and she would play with the children ,and foster any stray kittens that the children brought home ,would mother any small piglets we had at the house for special care .We obtained several Rotties but found that they didnt perform as well as the doberman,They would lie around and sleep till our native dog started to bark ,then they would rush out looking for a scrap ,
After the above dogs passed away ,we obtained some native crosses ,Native/labador ,Native/Retriever native /doberman ..
These dogs have turned out to be the best watch dogs extra friendly with the children and animals ,and very intelligent .
They do not congregate all together but have sorted out our property ,into sections ,and have assigned a section to them selves .When one barks then they all come running .We also have 3 purbreed Belguim shepherds .2 of them are no good with the animals ,the third is only 6 months and is having to be trained to leave the animals alone
So from our experience we would go for the crossbreeds again ,They also outlive the purebreeds by 5 or more years
Cheers Kevin

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13 years 2 days ago #376890 by stephclark
sorry ..being dim.. wat the heck is a Native?

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13 years 2 days ago #376891 by stephclark
ps. i had a german shepard x.... dumb as a stump.. looked the part ( very menacing ).. but .. light were on, no one home.. :) .. good family dog, kind sweet, gentle, looked mean

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13 years 2 days ago #376893 by LESLEYH

terralee;369565 wrote: German Shepherd all the way :D

They are loyal, intelligent, concerned, gentle, beautiful, obedient, and just the best ever dog in the world[;)] and yes the last two pics are what my girl does so well ...mother anything baby or sick ...she adores lambing time and I would be lost without my surrogate mother/nurse/dog ..Tanna is tops:):):)
Cheers


Leonie, you have one BEAUTIFUL dog. :)

LESLEY

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