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Old 03-23-2009, 01:39 PM
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Akitas...a lot of dog tho. They would gladly die for their people.
But not as likely to bark.

Any terrier or herding type dog like people have said will bark an alert if someone is at the door or entering.

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Old 03-23-2009, 01:51 PM
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I've never had a dog that wouldn't alert the second they knew something was up. Some growled more and others yapped more, but they all alerted pretty well.

I dont think I could ever handle having a shelty. Gorgeous dogs, but every one I've seen were obsessive barkers. High pitched barking at that, lol. Same with min pins. The chihuahuas I've had were barkers, but they were not overly obsessive about it. Thats just my own experience. One breed that tends to be more on the quiet side are chows I've noticed.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:53 PM
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I think the majority of dogs will bark. A terrier of some sort is a great suggestion. Even Grimm, who is a wee little psuedo terrier, started barking at the door by the time he was 4 months old.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:17 PM
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My only point of concern would be that if you are renting, be careful that you set rules from day one on WHAT your dog can bark at. I would think a dog that is barking constantly would be a pretty quick way to get kicked out of your rental.

A friend of mine who was concerned about her living situation after a scary encounter one night wound up getting a black and tan coonhound cross from her local shelter. He's as dumb as a post and very sweet, but looks enough like a rottie to get people to back off pretty easily.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:40 PM
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I say just look for a big dog that has a big bark. Any large dark colored mutt will do

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Akitas...a lot of dog tho. They would gladly die for their people.
My Akita mix was actually my second line of defense. He wouldn't alert, normally, so Wally was my first alert system. But Mike, Mike was the one I could count on to take someone out.

Granted he would have died for me but at the same time he would have gladly killed me. Maybe he's not such a great example . . .
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Akitas...a lot of dog tho. They would gladly die for their people.
This is true. Although I was talking to a woman at the Akita rescue and breeders are trying to water down the guarding temperament of the Akita because it isn't practical to have a very sharp dog in modern society (so they say). You can find them in large or medium sizes, and you can find a mushball Akita for adoption around here as easily as you could find a sharp one; most people are wary of them because their reputation proceeds them. Don't know about the OP's area, but there are quite a few Akita BYB here unfortunately, so you can always find an Akita for adoption someplace.
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I've been looking at Shar Pei rescues and the breed looks like something I'd enjoy but I'm not sure what my apartment complex allows. Maybe I should ask for a breed list (the ones that aren't allowed) And go from there.
That'd be a good idea. When I was shopping they'd tell me they wouldn't accept 'aggressive breeds' and I'd demand a list. The list would get there and be really really weird. I've seen bedlington terriers and keeshonds on a few of the aggressive breeds lists right alongside the usual suspects. Akitas are restricted in about every apartment I've seen as well.

I'd be careful though with a big black and tan mutt or something. A black and tan dog from a breeder might be a safer bet. You don't want someone mistaking your coonhound mix for a rottie mix and you can't prove it's not a rottie mix.
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They are less likely to bark...FOR NO REASON. When they bark...it is because there is an actual reason. I like that about them...but they are big, they shed a ton...and are on many "lists".
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well theres alot to consider

are you looking for a dog that will just make noise?
a dog that not only has the bark but has the look
or a dog that might just follow through...

add to that the kind of grooming and excersize requirments ect...
and id get a copy of the complex restricted breeds...

quite honeslty there is no better ALARM dog than a toy breed, (ok so a pack of them) if you want osmeone to actually tell you that theses something out there...
i always say my parents house will never need an alarm system because of the wowies!

cresties have a haunting strangly deep yodleing kind of bay when there spooked...
of course toy breeds dont have the look, and its definatly nto a scary pitch, but most with none good intentions wont bother with any home with a noisey dog, they draw too much attention. most tresspassers whantquick and quiet in and outs, they dont want confrontation and nay kind of barking (particularly the obviously annoying yapping of a very alert little dog) is offputting for many.
Dogs like corgies and standard doxies have an incredibly deep bark for their small stature and are often assumed to be much bigger than they are by sound alone.
basset hounds are also BIG noise makers lol. thats if they wake up lol.

however if your looking for something with alittle more look...some of the hearding breeds or terriers woudl work well, generally big enough size wise to be a good deterent to most who woudlnt care about a smaller dog...and most make good alarm systems.
my nan grew up with an awesome airedale who would have fit your bill perfectly...just big enough to be offputting...and he knew when to make a good ole noise.
of course in those cases dobies, shepards, belgians ect have the look, some would "back it up" but most are alot of noise and posturing...

then you have the truly protective breeds like the filas...
i think if your looking to add a second dog...
excersize requirments, size ect should come first...

good luck!
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Something I'd forgotten about completely was that my father was looking to get me to take Ame, their female Chessie. Now those two bark when someone comes down the driveway or to the door. Only problem is she's used to being an outside dog and not stay inside all day so I don't know how well that would work.

Excersize/temperment/size do come first which is why I asked for suggestions so I could look through the breeds and see which suited my situation best. Thank you guys for so many thorough responses. I plan on going to the office tomorrow to get a list of banned breeds then revisit this thread and see who's been crossed off my possibility list.

I think we'll probably end up with a medium sized mutt with a good bark on 'em. I'm currently wanting a male but a female is fine so long as they get along with same sex dogs. Izzy gets about an hour long walk each day with a short run each night so I'll keep in mind that I need a medium to low energy dog breed (If I end up going breed rescue)

I really want a large mastiff... Justin doesn't like the way they look, doesn't think we can afford to feed one and we're not sure if the complex would take one. But I wish I could *sigh* I want a dog that looks a little more scary than a toy breed and has a deeper bark. That said, terrier would be fine save for the fact that they'd get too easily bored without having access to a fenced yard. So a dog that can be happy indoors is a must. I don't need a dog that would bite back but it would be awesome to feel like I had a real gaurdian. Alerting is plenty, I want to know if someone is at my door, back OR front trying to get in.

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