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Old 06-22-2007, 04:27 PM
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A lot of the giant breeds could actually fit the bill, but it's difficult to find housing with a small moose in tow...

How about an adult Golden Retriever? Their energy levels drop as they age, so you wouldn't have to deal with the crazy puppy stages. They're big enough to look intimidating to someone (obviously they wouldn't guard you with zeal, but most dogs will step up for their owners if they need to, and Goldens are no exception) but not so massive that you can't find a place to live with one.
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Well alot of these dogs will make great ALARM dogs...they may be too small to actually do something but alarming an owner that something is happening will give you a headstart on deciding what to do next. A barking dog WILL detter many intruders...of course not all. I would know something was up the minute Sage heard an intruder fart OUTSIDE of my house

True Story...When I was living in LA I woke up right when Sage darted out of my bed and ran to the door. Then I thought I heard a jiggle of the knob of my backdoor so I opened my door and she dashed into the living room and began barking up a storm. I went a woke my roommate up totally freaked out. He and I went to explore and our back gate was wide open...no one there. She totally scared them off!! needless to say i slept in his room for like a week
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Thing is pitbulls don't make good guard dogs. LOL

Do you want a dog that would work as a good alarm or a guard dog (I would personally stray against having one)?

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In another thread someone else wanted a pitbull in an apartment and no one said that wasn't ok. Not that I want a pit. Just making a point.
Yeah but you also said you wanted something low energy
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There are plenty of purebreds in rescue.

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I know. I was just referring to the part when they said "mixed breed"
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Yeah but you also said you wanted something low energy
I said I wanted anything in the range of low to *medium/average* energy. The other poster stated that no breeds that are capable of guarding can be kept in an apartment.

I don't want a pit. I was just making a point.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:02 PM
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I said I wanted anything in the range of low to *medium/average* energy. The other poster stated that no breeds that are capable of guarding can be kept in an apartment.

I don't want a pit. I was just making a point.
But pit bulls aren't good guard dogs.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:05 PM
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A watch dog is different that a guard dog.

Any breed can be a watch dog

Dogs bred to guard naturally bark allot but will protect.
Dogs bred to herd can be trained to guard on command and make excellent watch dog. They can be kinda of yappy.

If you do not need real protection you have tons of breeds that can do well in a small setting of a apartment.

The shelters have tons of dogs of all kinds that once they are loved they will die protecting you.
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Well alot of these dogs will make great ALARM dogs...they may be too small to actually do something but alarming an owner that something is happening will give you a headstart on deciding what to do next. A barking dog WILL detter many intruders...of course not all. I would know something was up the minute Sage heard an intruder fart OUTSIDE of my house
I want a dog actually capable of protecting me if someone broke in. I will most likely be living alone and I'm 5'3'' 109 pound female. I have always been drawn to the gaurdian breeds. Although they are too large for an apartment, someday I will have one. There are, however, smaller, medium-sized dogs who are capable of protecting their owners if they knew they were going to be harmed, but aren't the first dogs who come to mind when you think "gaurd-dog". That's where I would like imput.

I'm thinking about maybe a boxer or a clumber spaniel.
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But pit bulls aren't good guard dogs.
if the owner was going to be harmed, or if someone broke into the house, you think the pit wouldn't protect their owner?
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