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Old 07-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Best Early Warning Dog Breeds?

Having an alarm system for your home is most reassuring, but a good old fashioned growling, barking .... maybe biting dog? might be an edge a homeowner would want to buy enough time to either bug out or arm and defend.

What breeds and/or training do you think would be best and why?

Personally, I would want a well-mannered but protective dog that is quiet until someone knocks on the door. One big enough to make an intruder second guess their decision! I like Labrador Retrievers, but mine would just wag their tale to any stranger....I would not want a real aggressive dog that would pose a biting risk to neighborhood kids and the mailman either....maybe a German Shepard?

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I have a yorkie mixed that picks up when someone pulls in the driveway or walks by on the street.
She barks enough that the others chime in and have no idea what they are barking at.

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My mother's beagle alerts the neighborhood from inside the house everytime I stop by there. Hound-type dogs have good hearing, good sense of smell, and a VERY solid bark to alert you & the rest of the neighborhood.

Of course, my late grandmother had a basketball-sized (in all ways) Chihuahua that chased a burglar out of her hood apartment. Sposedly the guy dove out a window without opening it.

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My attack beagle!

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My Brittany did a fine job. Day or night. Trick is to not reprimand barking, and praise them for it when appropriate. Attack and biting never occurred.
I always new when the mail arrived. A smart breed.

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Pitbulls, Rotts and Chihuahua's are the best. All will bark at the slightest noise and alert you. All three will defend you if you have a good dog.

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Both of my last two Labs have been great alarms. I don't think they would actually do much if someone got inside, but I don't need them for that.
The exception would be if someone was trying to hurt my kids, especially my current Lab. Those kids are his whole world.
A couple months ago, I had a guy snooping around my driveway late at night, turns out it was a drunk guy taking a piss, but Cooper let me know about it with plenty of time to grab a pistol and see what was going on.

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I have two dogs. One is a Springer Spaniel, he is worthless as a watchdog because he is stone deaf. Not sure he would be any good with good hearing though. Just never showed any signs of it.

The other one is a Coonhound mix. She is formidable. Barks like Cerberus when anyone not in her "pack" approaches the house. The only people she accepts are my immediate family and the two Mexican families on the property, all of whom she has known since she was a pup. Since we are somewhat remote she has gotten very little socialization, and since she bit a bicyclist a few years back she has been even more isolated form others. She is very well loved within the family though, and just as protective of them as a dog can be.

I hear Coonhounds are typically this way.

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Any dog that is trained right, imo.

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Both of my last two Labs have been great alarms. I don't think they would actually do much if someone got inside, but I don't need them for that.
The exception would be if someone was trying to hurt my kids, especially my current Lab. Those kids are his whole world.
A couple months ago, I had a guy snooping around my driveway late at night, turns out it was a drunk guy taking a piss, but Cooper let me know about it with plenty of time to grab a pistol and see what was going on.
Did you interrupt him mid-stream?
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