Home Defense and Dogs

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Who does not love a dog? They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and character. Dogs have brought me joy my entire life, and the hardest part of having a dog, is losing them.

Maybe this is the first time you have considered getting a dog in general, or you want a dog that will guard your home and family. Whatever your reasons are, there is not right or wrong answer! That’s the best part. Dogs are just awesome. Home defense and dogs both need to be ‘setup’ correctly, as a dog does take patience and care in training, but some breeds are more naturally ept to be protective.

Home Defense and Dogs – Advanced Warning

The biggest advantage a dog brings for security, is the loud bark associated with them. Not only does this bark intimidate the intruder, but it captures your attention to the potential threat! You now have the ability to call the police (if your motion sensor cameras haven’t already identified the intruder), and gather your family to a safe location in the house where you can protect them.

There are countless dog breeds that serve as both companion and guardian, it really boils down to the character of the dog and how much it loves its family. This list goes over the breeds that fit the bill, especially for families with kids. Some dogs, such as Dobermanns or Dalmatians, make great guardians and a loyal companion if you are single or have no kids. Highly aggressive dogs tend to not have the patience required with toddlers, and require special attention whenever friends or family come to visit. Too aggressive of a dog can be a problem, but a sweetheart of a dog, like a Brittany Spaniel will just hold the flashlight for the burglar, which obviously defeats the purpose of a guard dog (I had a few Brittanys in my life and I love them to death).

Chihuahuas/Miniature Pinscher

You might need 20 of these little guys to make up for their small size to be remotely intimidating. Despite their small size, they tend to bark at almost anything, which is exactly what you want in the middle of the night if somebody is trying to break in, to give you advanced notice so you can dial the police and pick your weapon for defense. Their bark can get to the point that it feels like the boy who cried wolf, so take it with a grain of salt.

Personally not my first choice in home defense, as the dog would have little impact in slowing down an intruder, but they are aggressive! Their yappy bark makes these little guys a great alarm system. Not to mention they have very tiny sharp teeth. Watch out ankles!


These dogs are a police mans best friend in the line of duty. They look similar to a German Shepard, but they are easily trainable and quick on their feet. Malinois are very protective of their territory, and will protect their family if they sense they are in harms way. They like to play and have very high levels of energy, so they require a lot of exercise. Out of this list, the Malinois is the smartest, which makes it easier to train them.

Their high energy and smart nature gives them the advantage of outstanding perimeter security.


Rottys, just like Pitbulls, have received a bad reputation from dog fighters that have made them super aggressive. A Rottweiler, once it gets to know you, is the most slobbery best friend you could have at your side. They are built like tanks, and have very intimidating barks that will stop anybody in their tracks. They don’t need much exercise, and they have great temperaments with kids.

Because of their bad reputation, a home intruder might think twice about getting close. You can sleep well at night knowing this as your Rottweiler cuddles with your kids.

German Shepherd

The most handsome of the breeds (opinionated), the German Shepherd has proven itself in the line of duty, and depending on if you have a male or female, will defend different parts of the home. Males tend to monitor the perimeter of your home, making sure that their territory is secure. Females guard closer to the family, like a momma watching her babies, and will confront any immediate threat to them.

German Shepherds are beyond loyal, which makes them the ideal guardian of your home. The name Shepherd alone precedes their reputation.



Love Goes a Long Way

We can talk about the pros and cons of every dog breed out there, but it all boils down to the love and attention you give the dog. If you don’t have access to good training, these dog breeds are the more natural choices for home protection. Even a Brittany Spaniel will bark in the night if there is something new. Our current guard dog, an Anatolian Shepherd weighing in at 85lbs that we rescued, is more of a perimeter dog, as she constantly is watching out the windows for something to bark at, and she seems to rather enjoy walking the fence line. She has made permanent paths around the fence line from running back and forth barking her head off at every thing that walks by. She has intimidating hackles on her back when she feels threatened, which scares even me, but is quite the love bug the rest of the time.


Do your research, talk with Veterinary doctors, and speak with trainers before deciding on a dog. People that have firsthand experience with guard dogs will be reliable with their information. You neighbor who has never trained a dog will have biased opinions. And most importantly, go to your local shelter and find a dog that needs a home. You do not always have to start from a puppy to have a loyal friend.


What is your favorite dog breed? Has your dog saved you or your family from danger? Please share your story below!

6 thoughts on “Home Defense and Dogs

  1. My husband doesn’t hear well so we found a dachshund chihuahua mix, the dog warns him of everything that is going on around the house.
    I have a mixture of English shepherd, and catahoula, although all I see is the Catahoula. At 1 1/2 years he is long legged and still growing. In Feb he weighed 50 pound and now has grown another 3 inches. He has a deep bark and really is my dog. But he is a baby when it comes to my 5 year old granddaughter plays with him. I have always had dogs around.
    One of the things in LA when they had the hillside strangler roaming was that he didn’t like dogs. I have never been one to have just one dog. Usually I have 3 big dogs, but my husband loves his attachment. Can’t lay in bed with out the chihuahua being directly between us. Dogs they are funny

    1. That’s great to hear Bonnie! I am glad your dogs keep you safe. It’s a great point to make, that you can have multiple dogs, a small one for an alarm system, and a large one to intimidate!

  2. Hi Cody,

    Great article, dogs make great companions and additional security for your family and home. My best friend has Chihuahuas and I know from first hand experience that I will bark at anything, so great at alerting to any potential dangers.

    I’ve always really liked the look of German Shepherds, they are adorable puppies, handsome older dogs and as you state are effective guard dogs. In your opinion, how easy are they to train?

    1. In my experience, the Shepard breeds are easier to train for home protection just because they have that natural “protection” instinct in them, which requires very little training for. There are herding dog breeds like the collie that have wits beyond that of a toddler and can outsmart even some humans I know, but they take a lot more time to train as a security dog because that isn’t their thing, they like to herd animals and watch over sheep and cows. That said, as long as the shepard is well loved and taken care of, they will return the favor.

  3. This is an excellent post.
    I love dogs, and my kids are forcing me to get them one.
    Although safety habits range throughout pet dog breeds, some sorts of dogs do make the very best guards but a perfect companion as well.

    Some dogs have a natural reaction to protect their home as well as family. I believe German Shepherds is probably the most suitable for being a perfect companion, friend, loyal, but also courageous, strong, and alert.

    1. Dogs become a part of the family, regardless of the breed. I cried my eyes out when I lost my first dog to old age. But I wouldn’t trade him or the experiences for anything!

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