Yes, some owners really don't seem to get that. My son was *very* anxious around dogs as a child and the only reason he got over it was by us being very careful not to let that anxiety be reinforced. One day when the kids and I needed a change of scenery, I took them to a local beach. Apparently, that beach is an "off leash" area, but we were new to the area and it wasn't well signed. There was a lady with a large dog and when I asked her to please leash it, her response was, "don't worry, he won't hurt anyone". My son, who normally loved beaches, wouldn't move a foot away from me. Finally someone with her spoke up and she called the dog and moved further down the beach from the access. I don't think she leashed it, but she did keep it within 3 ft of herself which was enough for us to have a half hour of fresh sea air.
Nor that there are people who are afraid of or just don't like dogs and that those people have the right not be bothered by one, especially on their own property!
Mark Reed wrote:
If you are one who is afraid of or doesn't like dogs that probably won't work for you and just shows even more what a jackass the "owner" is for not having enough consideration for a neighbor to make sure their dog doesn't bother you.
Edward Norton wrote:It’s important to realise that their are two kinds of ‘guard’ dog. The first kind attack, the second kind make a lot of noise.
Dan Fish wrote:I think it's a good idea!
"Dog's got the instincts, man's got the brains".
Anne Miller wrote:Of the breed you mention, probably the Mastiff would be the best protection against a 300 lb. boar.
What are some other breeds that people in your country use to protect against boars?
While I really don't know an answer to my question though do folks there have Rhodesian Ridgebacks?
Do you have small children? That is another consideration as I feel the German Shepherds would be best in that situation.
Heather Staas wrote:
As a dog trainer, there are so many more questions to ask to narrow down possibilities.
Some breeds are "protective" but meant to live and work with their people and are not independent guarders. This includes German Shepherds, my personal breed preference. They have my back if I need them to, and certainly no one is opening my gate or my door without me knowing about it. But generally, they are good with "our" animals, "our" friends and family and nicely trained to be all around good neighbors and citizens. I had a police officer friend who said he didn't crate his German Shepherd so that he'd watch the house while he was at work. I went to pick him up and found him hiding in the laundry room behind the washer until he knew it was me. They are also a herding breed, and can have high exercise and energy needs and lean toward being clingy.
Some breeds have been bred for centuries to just be chill, independent outdoor property protectors. Mastiffs and livestock gaurding breeds fall into this sort. They are usually large, aloof dogs that may or may not allow friends and visitors to move around your property. They can have low exercise/attention needs but a big food bill, lol. They can also be a liability and some are very loud, not great neighbors.
There are a LOT of breeds who are excellent watch dogs with loud alarm barking but would never hurt a flea or lack the size to be a fatal issue for humans, delivery guys, etc. Do you NEED a dog that will get physical or do you need a deterrent? Are your threats mostly human or animal type? Is the dog going to live in the home or outdoors, and if outdoors, you have to take your weather into account. I wouldn't get an outdoor malamute for example, if I lived in Florida, or a short haired mastiff to live outdoors in Alaska..
thomas rubino wrote:Hi, I support getting a Mastiff. They are large #150-#200 dogs they are known for performing "Bark and Hold" a #200 dog circling you and barking aggressively is enough to "hold" humans in place, Common to find a potential criminal cowering in a corner afraid to move. Meanwhile unbeknownst to the criminal the dog is enjoying itself!
Please do not even look for a Rhodesian ridgeback. They are bred to attack lions they can/will hurt intruders. They are a very special breed that requires specific knowledge to control. They can make good pets but...they are not for everybody.