Despite all sorts of technological advancements in security there’s still nothing that can serve the same purpose as well as a well trained watchdog. Security systems have yet to master the senses of smell and hearing as well as our canine friends nor do they have the protective instinct and loyalty. A good watchdog is an invaluable asset that pairs perfectly with an already adequate security system to further bolster its effectiveness. Here we’ll look at what different kinds of dogs make great watchdogs while still being friendly around children and with a family.
When it comes to having a good family friendly watch dog there are a few basic characteristics that are important. Your dog doesn’t need to be big nor especially intimidating. Think of it as an extra alarm system that’ll back you up if you really need it. Some dogs, above others, have stronger instincts for loyalty and protectiveness. Some are also very friendly and make for good companions for kids. There’s a good balance to be had to make sure he won’t be wagging his tail and nuzzling an intruder but you want a dog that also won’t be any risk to your family. Finally, the dog of your choice should be trainable and trained.
These dogs are noted for their intelligence and fierce loyalty. They require and take well to proper training and when accustomed to your family should pose no threat to children. However, if you have guests it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them for they only trust and are most comfortable around people they already know. German Shepherds are commonly used in the police, military, and as therapy dogs because they work so well with humans.
Saint Bernards are notable for their enormous size and pleasant demeanor. When they are brought up around humans they are quite social and friendly. Saint Bernards are also noted for having a very strong protective instinct and a fierce loyalty to those they know and trust. With proper training Saint Bernards make great family friendly watch dogs.
This is a popular English breed of dog that can make a great family friendly watch dog. They are known for being very loyal and are even used by some police forces. Important to note is that they do need regular exercise and proper training.
While these dogs are typically considered a bit too friendly to make the best watchdogs they still tend to get the job done as their size can be a very intimidating factor for approaching criminals. When raised with children they can be very friendly and protective and have a strong sense of loyalty.
When it comes down to it almost any dog can make a decent second alarm system with proper training but the above examples are simply the extraordinary examples with natural protective instincts and a mild temperament for child safety.