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Old 05-15-2019, 11:59 PM
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:56 AM
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Rare giant Yorkie.

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Old 05-19-2019, 01:06 PM
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Rare giant Yorkie.
Since your screen name is hachi, I was expecting an Akita.

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Old 05-19-2019, 06:39 PM
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My girl is part Border Collie and part Terrier of some sort. Very very sensitive, easily trained and barks her head off when she sees something that's not supposed to be there. Highly visual. Being where I live, it's only occasionally annoying. She's about 40lbs, 10 years old and is such a great companion.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:51 PM
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:09 PM
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Since your screen name is hachi, I was expecting an Akita.



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Haha! Yeah. His name is Hachi but we named him after the number 8. Never thought about the famous akita until after.

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Old 05-27-2019, 11:21 AM
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American Bulldog. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Bulldog
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:52 AM
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We lost our 70 lb dog Dingo to old age last year so now it's up to..... 12 lb Izzy! She's a terrier but thinks she's a Dobe/Rott mix. Lives for belly rubs.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:38 AM
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All I ask out of my “guard” dog is to alert me when someone/anyone comes to my house, and our wiener dog fills the bill nicely and doesn’t eat much. I’m convinced she can hear a fly fart...
They are a very sensitive noise maker.

Even smaller dogs do fine.

Mine occasionally go off when there is a random noise from the house at night.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:02 PM
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I have three Siberian Huskies. Whenever anyone approaches the house, they begin to howl like a pack of wolves. Anyone who understands Siberian Huskies, knows they make terrible watch dogs. The key is to not let those approaching the house, know that the howling pack are just that, Siberian Huskies.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:13 PM
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I have three Siberian Huskies.... Anyone who understands Siberian Huskies, knows they make terrible watch dogs.
Maybe not good guard dogs, but this statement below is pretty much the definition of a watch dog.
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Whenever anyone approaches the house, they begin to howl like a pack of wolves.
They are alerting you to a potential threat (OK, we know it's just the mail man, UPS guy, kid walking to school, trash truck, neighbor mowing the lawn, ...), but you still love them.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:42 PM
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The one thing I am absolutely sure of is the more people I meet, the better I love my dog...jus sayin...My girl is a yellow lab...85 lbs of cookie eating dynamite...She sounds like she will eat you whole but I have no doubt she will fold if confronted....Fortunately by that time, I am usually awake an armed so she has done her job up to my expectations.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:36 AM
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For every day life I think you can indulge whatever you want. For long term SHTF scenarios I'd be a fan of mutts/mongrels/bitzas rather than pedigree animals.
Less expensive, less genetic issues/disease and generally longer lived.
Something with some herding/working dog in the mix with a smaller sized hunter or fighter blood like bull terrier would be good. Gut, brains, good immune system and doesnt eat too much when food is scarce. A big dog will be eat more than one of the kids you have to feed...
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:38 PM
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I like common mutts/mongrels. Cheap, resilient to disease, no genetic disorders and long lived. Some herding/gun dog blood and a bit of fighter like bull terrier/bulldog/boxer in there is good. Brains+ brawn. Not overly large, save on money/food for your kids.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:45 AM
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So many watered down and poorly bred breeds that were once great. Dobes, back in the Magnum PI and prior days were great. Alot harder to find legit DObes without congenital health issues. just google dobes health issues. Within the Dobe, there are offsets - american european, which are the same but different.
Even more so Within the "German Shepherd", many variations and most what is bred in America is not the same dog it was 30 years ago.
Let's see the variations consist of:
Czech
West german working lines
West german show lines
American show lines
East German/DDR
"American backyard" lines

I have had 5 GSD's and all were working lines (mix between WG/DDR/CZECH), and 2 I imported from the Czech Republic.

Anyway, a well-bred, real GSD is hard to beat IMO. I could give a rat's ass about bite force. If the bite force wasnt there, they wouldnt have been used by the military and police for the last 70+ years.....

They are smart, most have a high desire to please their handler, and they are suspicious, and lastly, loyal.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:22 AM
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This is my boy Django. He guards our house & property......

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Old 07-14-2019, 08:22 PM
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If guard dogs require obedience and trainability this guy (Chow) was a total fail, but I will say he had the most common sense of any dog I owned. Guarding the house and walking the perimeter came natural, I just couldn't get him to back down on command without physically removing him.


This is my Airedale Terrier I have now. Not really sure what she can do but at least she minds.


The most obedient dog I ever owned was a Lab mix. I really miss her.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:11 AM
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:24 PM
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Guard dogs can be any breed, but obesely a larger dog is more menacing---also, I believe the guard dog attitude is born into the dog---the "real" guard dog can also "teach" another dog to respond to strangers by barking and growling at people it doesn't know or like.
We rescued an 6-8 month old little female Pit Bull my wife found on the street---sweet, loyal and smart---we tried to find her owners as the vet told us this was a $1000+ pure bred Pit---no luck. We kept her as our two existing dogs were getting old and slowing way down. Within 6 hours our new dog had taken over all guard dog duties---patrolling our large fenced-in yard and growing at strangers who approached our house---even me until she figured out who I was! Our other dogs made it quite clear they were now "retired" and our "Lucy" (so named by my wife as she was running loose)---she was born to guard---yet if I bring in an young child into the yard, she will play with and protect that child as part of our/her property... Amazing dog---we've had her for 7 years now and she just gets better!
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