bltdonahue wrote:Per my spin-off thread stated here: http://www.utahconcealedcarry.com/viewt ... =4&t=14881
My ideal dog cleans up his own poop, can be left home unsupervised for a weekend, lives in perfect health until dropping stone cold dead at 15 years, grooms himself, will alert to home intruders loudly and then rag-doll them with ease, and will be a completely obedient teddy bear to family and friends.
#1. German Shepherd. Fiercely loyal, eminently trainable, and large enough to protect itself. Great animals for this type of scenario. Downside is unless they're actively working (patrolling when told or on a schedule or obedience training a lot) they can be kind of hyper and a little manic. It's bred into them, and if you slack off, they'll herd you, your wife and your kids. Not always fun.
#2. Doberman pinscher. Leanly to heavily muscled, protective unto death, agile and fast. Smart and incredibly adaptable to most any kind of training from protection to patrol to attack. Trust me, you do NOT want a well trained 120lb Doberman coming at you. Even with a gun, you might lose.
#3. Great Dane. Though this one is mostly for shock value as their size alone can be a deterrent, they also possess an incredibly deep and powerful bark.....it's a rumbling that you can feel in your stomach long before you hear it. Points for extraordinary loyalty and protectiveness towards the wife and children in a respectful home. Though they can be slow to train as well as physically slow to respond to commands, this has always been an acceptable trade off to me when thinking about what a burglar or home invader would think when seeing that massive form peering at them in a decidedly unfriendly/terrifying manner as they start creeping around your house looking to gain entry in the wee hours. Downside is that they really don't live that long.
quychang wrote:Lastly you're right. You get what you pay for, find a reputable breeder and get the best you can afford. You can often get a deal on great bloodlines, but pet quality due to a flaw in the coat, etc. Always worth asking the breeder if they have a good pet quality pup available. They're usually looking for good homes for them, but will require neutering to keep the flaw from being passed on to the next generation.
Also, if you plan on bird hunting, I'd give a +1 to the wire haired griffon, I've known several over the years. Decent hunting dogs, good family dogs, and protective. For the right household they can be ideal.
Hawk87 wrote:If the alarm part is what your really after, a good home security system can do the same thing. You don't have to have it be monitored, just make loud noise. I am not saying don't get a dog, I love dogs, but it is something to think about.
Dogs are a lot of work, but if you don't mind a high energy dog I would suggest a pit bull, only because they are instinctively protective and have a good strong bite, but are smart and generally very good dogs when trained.
quychang wrote:Dogs are a lot of work, but if you don't mind a high energy dog I would suggest a pit bull, only because they are instinctively protective and have a good strong bite, but are smart and generally very good dogs when trained.
I have and do know some wonderful pit bulls. That said, I would be cautious of the breed. Because of their reputation they are a high liability issue, people are likely to LOOK for reasons to sue. Also some cities, and counties are outlawing them. In some cases they have chosen not to grandfather existing pets in the ban, meaning you could be forced to get rid of a a family pet, or move.
They are NOT inherently bad dogs, but there are a lot of people that view them with even more distrust than open carrying, due to their fighting dog reputation.
Just something to chew on...
That is very true. They have a bad reputation and are banned in lots of places, military bases, and I think in North Salt Lake. It is sad because it is just a dog. To me that is like banning an Irish person because they drink a lot and you don't like having drunk drivers in town.
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