Category: presacanario

¢αυ¢αѕιαи σν¢нαякα #1A
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The list is coming to an end and another Cold War dog is on top, do the RUSSIANS know something we don’t? At 1-A the CAUCASIAN OVCHARKA is one of the oldest GUARD DOG breeds listed, opposite its counterpart in Russia being the newest dog on the block. The ALABAI and CENTRAL ASIAN OVCHARKA are breeds similar to the OVCHARKA, and considered under the same ranking.
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A breed native of the Caucasus mountains, it is one of the oldest molosser breeds sharing its heritage with many of the Soviet funded Red Star Kennel, a military based K9 facility. The breed was utilized in many of the new breed creations the famed kennel produced for military use during the Cold War.
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Throughout my rankings I’ve touched on how important DEFENSIVE drives are for the construction of a great guard dog. The OVCHARKA is the epitome of what we call a DEFENSIVE monster. I read somewhere describing the breed, to get chased and bit by this breed is like getting hit by a 357 magnum. I don’t know what it feels like to be shot by a gun but I do know what it feels like being charged and bitten by this breed, and I’ll say you’ll probably not be alive to tell the story of how you got away.
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The OVCHARKA is a true working dog thats comfortable as a family dog. Due to its untrusting nature, he should not be trusted around strangers. An extra large dog with some weighing as much as 150lbs with thick coats, the breed does well in colder climates but can acclimate to warmer weather. A experienced and firm handler should own this dog and training at an early age is highly advisable since the breed is very dominant. Although the breed is a loyal family member when raised socially, I wouldn’t advice young children without supervision.
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Some defaults: as with all large breed, hips, shoulder and elbows are of concern. A relatively modest life span is to be expected (9 -11yrs) especially for a dog of this size.
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Everyone has their breed of dog that they love or want to own one day. What breed are you choosing to protect you, your family and property. Tell us why you choose that breed and tag us to your page so we can see your dog! #letsgo

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яσттωєιℓєя #3
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The first of the GERMAN breeds to make the list and one that the average person would recognize over the majority of GUARD DOGS previously listed. The ROTTWEILER, ranked 9th most registered dog according to AKC registration continues to be popular despite being labeled the second most DANGEROUS DOG BREED by the Center of Disease Control.
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Initially developed in GERMANY to be a CATTLE DOG and BEAR hunter, the breeds purpose has changed in today’s world where they are now utilized for POLICE, MILITARY, SPORT and of course GUARD WORK. A robust medium to large breed the ROTTIE is known for its biting prowess and once latching onto someone, it will through its body weight the opposite way to throw them off.
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Although highly driven in both DEFENSE and PREY, the latter drive is commonly used to train the ROTTWEILER in SPORT and PPD training. Alert and responsive, trusting little of strangers makes this breed ideal for GUARD work. Lots of socializing and firm training early on is encouraged and when done successfully the breed excels as a family dog, but note MINOR CHILDREN should be supervised when around this breed.
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With a larger than life presence, size, biting power and intimidation being a huge factor an intruder should think twice to approach its home. Many have said that the ROTTWEILER gives the appearance to be slow afoot but “get chased by one and see how slow they are” The breed is truly an ALPHA dog and has its reservations around other dogs.
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Some defaults: Hip and Elbow Dysplasia is prominent within the breed. Adolescent arthritis and cataracts is too. Cancer and a high susceptibility to the PARVO VIRUS as a young pup.
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We’re at the halfway point and the remaining breeds from here on out are the cream of the crop when it comes to GUARD DOG duties.

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The BOERBOEL at #5 is not only an exception but the rule as it’s a beast on four legs. The BOERBOEL is not as vocal as some of the dogs on the list but their bark will scare your neighbor down the block. Imagine a 150lb plus GAME PIT that’s ready to go on a whim yet complacent that it knows it doesn’t have to be loud to get your attention.
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The breed is renown for his GUARD DOG abilities in its native country of SOUTH AFRICA as the word “Boerboel” derives from “boer” (pronounced boo-r-bull) the AFRIKAAN/DUTCH word for farmer while the word “boel” is an old slang for DOG translating as FARMER DOG” It is today widely known as the only South African dog breed created to DEFEND (hence guard) the homestead due to its strong territorial instincts. The HISTORY of the BOERBOEL was for the purpose of being a GUARDIAN and it upholds this ideal to the fullest. A little less known fact coming from a couple of old time breeders was one of the reasons the dog was bred for was to keep people of color in control.
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A large, powerful and nimble breed the DEFENSIVE prowess is on point, pair it with its high PREY drive and the dog will hunt down any intruder and bring’em back to your door step to show you what they found. One who is interested in the breed should be an experienced large dog owner. This breed needs early socialization and training to get them to understand what is expected of them. This is surely the breed that starting at 10 weeks versus at 10 months will make the difference.
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Some defaults: Hip Dysplasia and other joint issues. Juvenile Epilepsy and Bloat are also as well. Generally another very hardy breed with an average life span between 10 and 12 years.
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αмєяι¢αи вυℓℓ∂σg #6 (A)
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The AMERICAN BULLDOG doesn’t have the flair as say a PRESA, PIT BULL or CANE CORSO does when one thinks of a premier GUARD DOG but don’t let the breed fool you. It ranks with any of those breeds with a true working dog history and titles to boot.
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They’re three types of AB’s, the JOHNSON, SCOTT AND STANDARD TYPE, the last being a cross between the two former types. Ranking will be based off the STANDARD which in recent years has become the prominent and identifiable type of the breed and it’s in this cross that the best WORKING representatives has come about.

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Some believe the AB to be the original BULLDOG brought over by EUROPEAN immigrants in the 1800’s. Those dogs were raw and bulldoggy, today’s STANDARD are more refined and athletic ranging in the 90 to 110lbs with some even larger. The breed has a rich history as a FARM GUARDIAN and CATCH DOG working closely with its human counterpart. A well grounded and loyal breed, it truly makes an excellent family dog making it a pleasure around children. These attributes along with a fearlessness towards strangers is a major plus for GUARD DOG duties.
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The breed is exceptionally PREY driven a typical bulldog trait, mix in a optimal balance of DEFENSIVE drive to which it propels the breed as an above average GUARD DOG. This blend has also allowed the breed to excel in the dog sport arena (SCHUTZHUND, RING SPORT, PERSONAL PROTECTION) where it holds a heavy positive presence.

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Some defaults: Hip, Elbow and Shoulder Dysplasia. Skin issues, joint and ligament mainly ACL tears and Cancer. Some dogs may exhibit breathing issues. Overall a hardy breed with a life span average of 10 to 14 years.
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вєαucєrσn #6

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You’d think a dog resembling a cross between two of the most common GUARD DOGS in the world would automatically make the list. Well it did, the BEAUCERON rarely seen outside of its country of origin FRANCE is the breed.
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The BEAUCERON is an old breed developed in the plain region of La Beauce, FRANCE. A multi-purpose dog primarily bred as a livestock guardian has evolved into a sporting, police, protection and GUARD DOG. The breed possesses a strong but subdued personality which is possibly why it hasn’t received the same notoriety as the MALINOIS, DUTCH or GERMAN SHEPHERD all of which are known to be high PREY oriented breeds.
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A large SHEPHERD type dog weighing upwards of 130lbs, yet athletically gifted. The breed is utilized by the military in its native country so for GUARD work in a home setting isn’t asking much at all. With strong DEFENSE and PREY drives, both keys to a great GUARD DOG the BEAUCERON is a formidable foe.
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Maturation is slow and socialization is a must so training is important while the dog is young as they can be destructive. Do your due diligence in finding the right temperament for your home as the BEAUCERON can exhibit a “Sharp Shy” attitude. They’re loyal when it comes to family but can be a little testy around small children. As with all the dogs on this list, training is important to maximize its potential for any type of protection work. The breed exhibits an understanding of retaining information when being taught to do a specific duty.
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Some defaults: Hip dysplasia and Gastric torsion are common within the breed. Average life span of up to 12 years, they’re as hardy as they come. A cousin of the breed, the BRIARD would be an alternative breed to consider sharing many similarities as the BEAUCERON appealing to those seeking big shaggy type dog. Lastly, the breed is known for is rear extra dew claws.
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ριт вυℓℓ #7

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Possibly the most controversial breed on the list, speak to an owner of a PIT BULL and you’ll hear positive and endearing comments. To everyone else, the breed is public enemy number one. Note: included in this ranking will be the AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER as they have similar temperaments and abilities for GUARD WORK, everything else, the breeds aren’t the same.
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The PITBULL was bred to be a FIGHTING DOG, while the AM STAFF was the show counterpart. Throughout history it was widely known to be people friendly as aggressive dogs were not tolerated, so back then to tout the breed as a guard dog goes against the grain. True DOG MEN would have another breed protecting their kennel and property.
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With an overwhelming loyalty of family and home, the right balance of DEFENSE and unlimited amount of PREY, guarding duties is second nature for a task as simple as a GUARD DOG. Add a great aptitude towards training, aloofness towards strangers, superb athleticism ranging from 30 to 80lbs and always on alert helps this breed to fit in an experienced home in need of a comparable GUARD DOG. Today the breed has evolved into an all around dog excelling in sport, service, police and even herding work.
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Indiscriminate breeding of inferior dogs has lent to the majority of problems we see today. In recent years the breed has been misrepresented by both unfit ownership and media. Despite negative media reports the PITBULL excels with children due to their high toleration and even temper. Although the breed can be aggressive towards dogs and animals, early proper socialization, firm training and compatible ownership can control their behavior. Overall the PIT BULL is a cut above the rest in a smaller but just as powerful package .
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Some defaults: Hip and Elbow dysplasia, heart disease and patella luxation. Otherwise a very hardy breed. Photo cred: tagged

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prєsα cαnαríσ
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If you were asked to physically describe what a GUARD DOG breed would look like, the PRESA CANARIO would come to mind. The PRESA was bred to be a CATCH DOG (a dog used to catch large animals in hunts) a farm dog and guard throughout its history.
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A large, muscular and athletic dog weighing in at around 130lbs. It’s a beast of a dog with fluidity, a slight attitude problem and a commanding presence which places it a HIGH INTIMIDATION factor. Dog and human aggression is also a concern. Firm training, early socialization and a direction of what you want from your dog is recommended.
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The breed has caught the attention of many large dog enthusiast in recent years. As mentioned in the criteria breakdown, DEFENSE drive is the backbone of an optimal GUARD DOG. Its the second dog on the list (behind the CANE CORSO) featuring a balance of both drives, rather than just high DEFENSE. In my opinion the PRESA is better balanced dog than the CANE making it a more suitable choice as a sport or personal protection dog and therefore gaining a notch on this list.
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Overall the PRESA isn’t the definition of a guard dog as would the TIBETAN MASTIFF or the NEO but because of its balance of drives, fierce loyalty for its family and the ability to further develop as a protection dog sets this breed apart from the others.
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Some defaults: Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Entropion (Cherry eye) and for male dogs Crytorchidism (where one testicle does not descend) Maturation is slow in this breed as is the majority of all MASTIFF. The dogs take well to both warmer and colder climates, preferring cooler.
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иєαρσℓιтαи мαѕтιff #10 .

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“The essence of the Neapolitan Mastiff is his beastial appearance, astounding head and imposing size and attitude.” (AKC Neo standard)
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At #10 the Neo. An extra large dog often weighing 120lbs plus, giving the breed a HIGH intimidation factor. Looks are deceiving, their sleepy and cumbersome appearance is only a facade as they’re sharper and more athletic than they present.
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An intruder might mistake the Neo for a slow poke but in a yard setting, this dog can turn on like a light switch and catch you. For a MASTIFF they possess an above average defense drive and are surprisingly prey oriented. This combination allows them to stand out as a competent guard dog. The Neo can be STUBBORN and DETERMINED so firm training is imperative.
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Socialization is also important, as they are known to be animal aggressive. Setting rules early and consistency in both training and socializing can be beneficial for their temperament as they mature. Alike most MASTIFFS they mature slowly and as the saying goes “wine ages with time” so does the Neo.
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Throughout its history, the breed was known as a guard dog. Breeders preach the dog will naturally protect but modern Neo’s aren’t often bred or tested for this purpose. Minor protection training would help foster its natural tendencies. In my experiences working the breed in both guard & personal protection, I’m impressed with its acumen towards protection work. They bite hard, have good nerves, a great motor and very little fear.
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Some defaults: drooling, hip dysplasia, skin issues, cherry eye, cardiomyopathy (heart condition) and hypothyroidism. They’re ideal for outside living (better cooler than warmer) but prefers to be indoors close to family which their very fond of. Strangers, not so much.
Someone bringing home a Neo will get their money’s worth.
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ᎶuᎪᏒᎠ ᎠᎾᎶ
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is a dog who’s job is to prevent and protect from an intruder coming onto your property.

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In the next few posts, I will be reintroducing the list of Top 10 Guard dog breeds and the reason why I choose them. This is the breakdown as to the criteria that I used for that list.
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With 300 plus breeds of purpose to choose from it was difficult as I’m partial to many of them. Many on this list are dogs that I’ve personally had experience working/training/owning.
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The focus of this “list” is to educate a future owner of a “guard dog” and to share my knowledge and personal experience of each breed so they can better decipher which breed is better suit for there purpose.
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CRITERIA: 

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Physical; with size varying from 40 to 200 plus lbs. for a typical guard dog. It would be the discretion of the potential owner on the decision to choose.
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Drive; the majority of “guard dogs” rely on “Defense” drive, defined as “A means of protecting something from attack” Defense comes down to a response called – Fight or Flight.
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A dog’s self-confidence in a stressful situation dictates what he’s gonna do when the pressure is on. A dog that exhibits a strong (FIGHT) drive will stand his ground (ideal for a guard dog), whereas a dog lacking a strong defensive (FIGHT) drive will be unsure in the situation choosing to run (FLIGHT) and react cowardly.
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Aptitude; the word STUBBORN is attached to many of the breeds listed. In the breakdown I took into consideration their trainability as well as sociability with his master and family.
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Overall; intimidation factor, history and stigma all played a role as well with my experience with the breeds.
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