If you're looking to get a puppy for your family, and are interested in one that will be able to protect you and your family, then here are two large breeds to consider. Certain breeds of dogs are better at certain tasks. If you want a dog that will instinctively guard you and your family while you sleep, then you should select from certain breeds.
This list will focus only two large-sized dogs. There are many brave, small dogs, such as the Chihuahua, that will bark and sound the alarm, but if you want one that will be physically intimidating to strangers and potential burglars, then you should choose a big dog.
Here are two breeds to consider and their special traits that make them perfect for a family.
The German Shepherd is a world-famous breed because of its strength, intellect, and beauty. It was originally bred to herd sheep. However, because they are incredibly intelligent and also well tempered, they are now used as rescue dogs, police dogs, guard dogs, and also family dogs.
They are alert, which makes them excellent at watching over the home while you sleep, and they are brave. Should someone attempt to break into your home, the German Shepherd will not run and hide, but rather confront and attack the intruder.
Their intelligence is an important factor in making them appropriate for a family dog. They can learn to differentiate between strangers entering the home, and familiar friends and family. They are also incredibly loyal and obedient, which is vital when you have young children in the home. These dogs will respect their place in the family and not look to challenge children for supremacy. Unlike other breeds that have a history of fighting and being used in blood sports, the German Shepherd has not been bred to be super aggressive, and it is appropriate for homes with young kids.
If you are looking for a guard dog that doesn't have the classic, tough dog look, then you will love the Giant Schnauzer. This is a dog that has done everything from guard livestock and breweries, as well as worked as a police dog and done search and rescue work. They are very even tempered and are excellent at being trained.
The name is also a bit misleading. They are not giant dogs. The name refers to the fact that they are larger than the regular Schnauzer. They have a thick coat that will require you to spend a bit of time to maintain (including combing and stripping out the dead hair).
They have a temperament that is well suited for family life. First, they are not loud and aggressive; they are actually quite calm dogs. This makes them perfect in homes with young children. The dogs won't be upset or disturbed by your children's playing and noise. Secondly, they are very territorial and don't like strange people. So what you end up with is a calm and peaceful dog that become alert and aggressive when strangers approach, which is perfect in a family guard dog.
If you are looking for a guard dog, look for puppies for sale from either of these two breeds to protect your home and family.