Getting a guard dog is one of the best ways to help protect your family and home – in fact, 65% of convicted burglars have said a dog would scare them off and make them move on to the next, less guarded home. When you think of guard dogs, large breeds like German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers often come to mind, but what if you live in close quarters in a city like San Diego, Manhattan or Chicago? Never fear, we’ve rounded up the best protective breeds for city living and here’s our guide to finding your new best friend (and protector).
The first line of defense with a bulldog is their intimidating appearance and abundant strength. This breed is loyal and protective, but is also known for being friendly and gentle with children. Bulldogs are great for city living because they require minimal grooming and exercise, making them ideal for apartment dwellers. Their size, usually topping out around 50 pounds, also makes them well-suited to city life. Be careful with them when temperatures start to climb, though, as their short nose tends to make them overheat in hot weather, so a shady spot or air conditioning is a must.
This protective breed can be perfect for a city dweller. Chow Chows aren’t overly energetic, although they do enjoy a daily walk, and their basic nature is quite calm. Known for their huge ruff, which looks like a lion’s mane, this breed is loyal to its owners but views strangers with suspicion, making them great protectors. Chow Chows who are not well-trained by a human who is calm and able to keep the alpha position can show behavioral problems, and some insurance companies may consider them “high risk,” adding to the cost of homeowner’s or rental insurance.
It’s no mistake that Lassie was a Collie. This breed is highly intelligent, fiercely loyal, friendly, and easy to train. Even though city folk might not have to worry about Timmy falling down the well, if you or your loved ones are in peril, this breed will be sure to raise the alarm. Collies can be quite active and regular exercise or a small yard are a must to keep your Collie in top form. This breed is usually easy to socialize and can be a star at the local dog park, showing off his mad Frisbee skills.
This little guy (typically 10 -25 pounds) has been nicknamed “The American Gentleman” due to his tony appearance in formal black and white. This breed makes great companions, but that doesn’t mean they can’t turn up the volume when it comes to protecting their home and humans. Boston Terriers have a loud, piercing bark that, despite their diminutive size, is plenty big when it comes to scaring off the riff raff. These terriers require only moderate exercise and minimal grooming, making them a pleasant guard and companion for any city slicker
Even though Rottweilers can grow to around 130 pounds, their calm, friendly demeanor makes them adaptable to city and apartment life. This highly-protective breed is a natural watch dog. They are known for their muscular frame, wariness of strangers and fierce devotion to protecting their homes. Even though the breed has gotten a bad rap for being aggressive and violent, if they are socialized from an early age with a firm but gentle owner, they can be perfect for the city. However, if you see your office more than your home, you may want to pass on the Rottweiler – as regular exercise is a must for this obedient, good-natured guardian.
This diminutive breed can flourish in nearly any living situation, and its small size (maxing out at around 18 pounds) makes it perfect if you live in an apartment. This breed has personality plus, and is incredibly loyal to its family – even if they do like to be the center of attention. Despite their size, they make great watchdogs thanks to their tendency to bark at anyone who seems suspicious or threatening. Miniature Schnauzers are adaptable to any living environment, but do require daily exercise, so a small yard or regular walk is needed to keep him healthy and happy.
Which breed of dog do you think is ideal for protection in the city?
**article courtesy of Elli with drivenetwork.com**