In our recent article on “security tips in these times of insecurity“, we mentioned having security dogs as a part of measures for securing your home and as a personal guard.
Why dogs?! You may ask. Well, apart from the fact that dogs have proven themselves to be man’s best friend, who loves man, respect man and is also willing to protect you. All dogs that love you want to protect you, but alas not all have that ability to do that. Maybe because of their genetic characteristics, size or breed.
For this reason, we put together for you 5 breeds of dogs that have been selectively bred for security or guarding purposes. Some are even great companions depending on their temperament.
All of these breeds of security dogs mentioned here are easily found in Nigeria if you know where to look.
1. The Cane Corso:
This breed has to be my number one on this list. One, because of the origin of its name and it, actually living up to its name as a protector.
The Cane Corso got its name from the Latin word cohors, which means guardian/protector, as it was its original function and a job it takes very seriously, being a war dog used by the Romans.
The Cane Corso, despite its protector ability, is also a devoted family dog that is good with children, very alert, quite suspicious of strangers but knows when to attack and when to back down.
Profile in summary:
- Weight – 31.5 to 50kg ideal weight
- Height – 2 + feet tall (from the withers down)
- Lifespan – 10-12 years
- Extremely active – needs lots of exercises
- Coat Colours – Black, Black & Brindle, Fawn, Tan, Chestnut.
2. The Rottweiler ( rottweiler Metzgerhund):
Just like the Cane Corso, the Rottweiler dog was a war companion for the roman soldiers as they matched across Europe.
The Rottweiler which got its name from the German town of rottweiler was a mastiff-type dog used to guard herds of cattle and as a guard dog by the Roman soldiers and later by traders to cart wares to and fro markets and also used to guard valuables.
The rottweiler has a reputation for being quite the aggressive and dangerous dog with aloofness towards strangers. What many people don’t know is that it’s also a calm, confident, mellow and loving pet that does its guardian job once it has trust its owner(s) and be properly socialized.
I own one myself, and by far one of my favourite dog breeds, she is a beauty too.
- Weight – 42 to 60kg as full grown
- Height – 2+ plus (from the wither down)
- Exercise – 30 -50 min
- Lifespan – 9-10 years
- Coat colours – Black & tan (with a distinctive tan dot above both eyes)
3. The Doberman pinscher:
This Dog breed can best be described as a war machine. Believe it guys, cause even the United state’s Marine Corps has honoured this machine of a beast as the war machine of the corps.
It’s not surprising though as it was bred with intention by Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman to have the abilities of:
- The German Shepherd’s hardiness, intelligence and soundness
- The German Pinscher’s quickness and fire
- The weimaraner hunting ability and nose
- The Greyhound’s speed and
- The Rottweiler’s strength, guarding instinct and courage.
Scary!, right? Well, this dog is as loyal as a dog can be and playful and very trainable.
Dobermann Pinscher Traits
- Weight – 32 to 45kg
- Height – 2+ feet from the wither down.
- Exercise – 30 – 45 mins daily.
- Coat colours – Black and Tan(with a dark tan dot like the rottweiler above the eyes).
- Life span — 10-13 yrs
4. The German Shepherd Dog (GSD)/Alsatian:
This breed of dog is one of the most widely known dogs all over the world. This would have to be because of its trainability, intelligence, fortitude and adaptability. Its also because of these abilities that it is favoured for police, army and sentry work as search, sniffer and rescue dog. It’s also a very good guard, assistance and companion dog.
It is also a utility dog, that’s why during the first world war, over 48,000 were enlisted in the German army alone.
This breed of dog can be traced to Rittmeister Max Von Stephanitz who is considered the father of this breed.
German Shepherd Traits
- Weight – 22-40 kg
- Height – 2+ feet from wither down
- Exercise – 30 – 50 minutes
- Coat colours – Black, Sable, Black & Tan, Grey, Black & Silver, Black & Red
- Lifespan – 7 – 10 years.
5. The Boerboel:
This entry here is proudly African, South Africa to be precise. The Boerboel is also known as the South African mastiff is a descendant of mastiff-types dogs known as “Bullenbijter” which were brought to South Africa to guard his family in the wilds. And as other people came along to settle, they also brought other different types of large guard dogs for work and protection.
The majority of these dogs which was brought by the diamond company was the bull mastiff probably interbred with the bullenbijters to give the right to the breed we now know as the Boerboel breed. Boerboel translates to “farmer’s dog.
This Dog is an intelligent, steadfast, loving and affectionate working dog with the required courage and self-confidence to protect his family and their properties.
It’s a companion dog that easily bonds with its family.
- Weight – 70-90kg
- Height – 2+feet from wither down
- Exercise – 30 – 45 mins daily.
- Coat colours – Brindle, brown, red-brown, red,fawn, yellow-cream, black: sometimes with white markings.
Other honourable mention for good guard dogs found in Nigeria:
- American bulldog
- Pitbull terrier etc.
Tell us what breed of Dog do you have, had experience with, which do you fancy the most and which are you looking forward to having.
If you currently have any, what’s their name, breed, age, and temperament!?
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