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    Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Next year I'll be moving to Bangkok where I will be attending University and possibly spending the rest of my life. I leave behind my beautiful Malamute, my dorky Dalmatian and my cheeky DSH tabby who will be sorely missed.

    I'm planning to obtain one or two dogs. Mainly as companions since my Thai (even though I'm a native) is horrendous and it's so comforting to hug and talk to a pet.

    If I get two, one will be my companion and the other will be more of a guard and family dog. If I only get one, it'll have to be a mix of both. I'll love to have a Malamute but the extreme heat there will be cruel.

    Guard dog is essential as my family there are quite wealthy and my grandma is not on good terms with her ex husband (Who has tried to kill her once).

    What I'm looking for in both dogs:
    Intelligence - A mix of collie intelligence (blind obedience) and independent thinking and cheek of Malamutes (I find it endearing even though it can be a right pain)
    Coat will be able to cope with the heat - German Shepards and Goldens seem to be able to stand the Bangkok summers pretty well
    Temperament - Must be able to put up with 4 rowdy kids (who will be supervised and warned not to annoy the dog)
    Loyalty and protectiveness - Won't be inclined to wander and will protect the home and family members
    Size - I prefer large dogs, you can hug them properly and I love large dogs personalities and surprising gentleness

    The companion dog will be my best friend. I plan to take it every where I go so it will learn to travel. I hope it will like water (since my Mal and Dal hate it...) I'm planing to clicker train it, teaching it obedience and would like to do agility trials with it. It'll sleep at the foot of my bed and will be wary of strangers. I'm going to love it to bits

    The family dog must be a protector. It will get along with or tolerate the kids. It will be gentle with my grandma and will be taught not to be rough around her. It will also be loved by me but it will be shared with the family. It must be a large dog, around 40-50kg.

    Both dogs will have plenty of room to run around in and must get along with each other. Breed does not have to meet all the requirements.

    Breeds I'm considering:
    First and foremost, German Shepard (my grandma loves these) Intelligent and highly trainable as well as protective
    Doberman - Good guardians and I love their sleek look
    Akita - Great guardians, loyal and protective but are as stubborn as a mule

    I think that's all... Anyway, breed suggestions and some examples if you happen to own the breed I'm looking for.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    i'd say a pit bull if you weren't looking for a home guardian. a well treated pit bull will defend it's family but not property. they are very good with kids and respond beautifully to clicker training. the are also intellegent and good at dog sports.

    short coats, average size is around 45 to 70 lbs.

    you would have to have one dog only most likely and check for bsl in your area first though.

    perhaps a cane corso or other mastiff of some sort...


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    ps. pits don't train well as guardians. they were bred to love their people so much they would die for them. they defend instinctively. but will remain friendly towards those who remain friendly.
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Quote Originally Posted by muki89 View Post
    Akita - Great guardians, loyal and protective but are as stubborn as a mule

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    Akitas carry JUST as much coat as a Malamute...so if that's a concern to you, they mightn't be a good fit. They also are very good guard dogs...but not always the best choice for big households where people come and go frequently or lots of activity and visitors are commonplace. Also not the best choice for multidog households...in general...tho opp sex can work okay providing both are fixed.
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Doberman kept coming to mind while I was reading your post. I think it would be a great all around dog for your sitaution.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Here are some breeds that came to mind that you may not have considered:
    Cane Corso
    Dogo Argentino
    Bull Mastiff
    Mastiff....basically different types of Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux, Neapolitan, etc.)

    A lot of guardian type breeds aren't bets friends with other dogs. If you are planning on getting two, make sure they are opposite sex.

    IMO, a "gaurdian" dog is just the same as a companion dog...it is a companion dog that will protect you as well. Unless by companion you ment small.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I second the suggestion of a Pit Bull. They are a wonderful breed, but as the poster said, check the breed specific legislation laws in the area where you are moving. However, I believe they can do wonderfully with other dogs if raised properly around them. My 10 year old lives happily with my 5 other dogs, and would be so lonely without them. He also does great with strangers dogs, and with my cats. He is wonderfully protective, yet not aggressive. He's a good guard dog with the house and a wonderful protector of his master if threatened.

    Other good breeds would be a rottweiler or a doberman, in my opinion. Not sure about the water, but I know my Pit Bull LOVES water and his favorite past time is playing in the big water sprinkler:



    If you get two dogs, it's always best to get puppies, or young dogs, so that they can be raised together and trained easier.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I see you mentioned German Shepherds - sounds like a pretty good fit to me. They are great at protecting family and property as well as being good companion dogs. And they do like swimming. If you get the normal kind with the short coat (not like mine) it should do alright in the heat. As for the patient temperament - keep in mind they start out hyper and don't settle into mellow big dog mode until roughly two years old, and even then they will need lots of exercise.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I'm going to say the same as before.

    I would say get a mix of both. Well I mean even if you get a guard dog/guardian breed you still want them to be a companion and be a good dog right? I understand you also might want to get a companion breed too.

    My main recommendation would be Cane Corso. I don't know if there is a breed to meet all your needs, but I think they would be a good fit.

    They are intelligent but I'm not sure any dog will be collie/malamute/independent all into one. Basically they are smart as any dog and obedient. It takes consistency and some patience but they are not really hard or stubborn. They are very loving and want to please you, they want to make you happy. Use positive reinforcement. Don't scold because that really doesn't help. You can correct and say no, but don't get angry or upset. They are alert to things that are amiss but they are not big barkers. They will let you know if somethings wrong/out of place. Generally they are friendly with welcomed guest and want to make friends, but are defensive with those who are not friends.
    They have a short coat, they can take the heat, it gets triple digits here. Some I know live in very hot/humid type climates. Heat stroke is a worry for almost any breed though if it is too hot, outside exerting themselves or without ample shade and no water. So its always soemthing to consider even with breeds that handle the heat well.
    They are very loving with their family, they love everyone within the family kids included. Like any large breed they might knock down small kids by accident. They also like to paw so they will heat you with their feet and will do the same with children. They use their legs almost like arms and wrap their paws around things like hands. When raised with kids and brought up right though they are great with them. They are also more considerate and gentle with the smaller ones as they know what is proper. I think with how the kids sound they would be fine around a CC. They typically are pretty tolerant too, not easily annoyed they just love attention.
    That is certainly them, they don't not typically wonder, they stick closer to home. They don't want to leave their territory. They bond closely with their people.
    They are a large breed 90-110lbs, sometimes a little bigger or smaller. Most important is balanced, not exact weight.

    Another breed that might fit would be a Boerboel. Compared to the CC they mature slower, are larger (typically not always, this might not be a big deal for you anyway), they seem to me that they have more health problems in general. Obviously a well bred one you're likely to not have health issues but there are certain problems popping up that there isn't exactly health testing for. They like a CC are not wanderers, again they will stick close to their home, not leaving. They are again defensive with strangers, won't allow intruders. When raised with children and taught the ropes they get along great. They are very sensitive, loving and gentle in nature. Just like CC. They love attention. I think training can be similar in style. They are sensitive so you need to be aware of that, no being too harsh. They also have a short coat and do well in the heat for the most part. Some with a shorter muzzle might not do great running a marathon or something but general activity in the heat doesn't seem to cause them any grief.

    These others are breeds that I haven't owned but ones that you might consider Bullmastiff, maybe a Neo, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Dogue De Bordeaux, maybe even an American Bulldog. Some ABs can be a little DA and Neos can be too. So if you were getting another companion dog might not be a good fit.

    Quote Originally Posted by MyRescueCrew View Post
    I second the suggestion of a Pit Bull. They are a wonderful breed, but as the poster said, check the breed specific legislation laws in the area where you are moving. However, I believe they can do wonderfully with other dogs if raised properly around them. My 10 year old lives happily with my 5 other dogs, and would be so lonely without them. He also does great with strangers dogs, and with my cats. He is wonderfully protective, yet not aggressive. He's a good guard dog with the house and a wonderful protector of his master if threatened.

    Other good breeds would be a rottweiler or a doberman, in my opinion.

    If you get two dogs, it's always best to get puppies, or young dogs, so that they can be raised together and trained easier.
    It depends on the dog. If they are going to turn on then raising them properly around other dogs and socializing them is probably not going to prevent it. Just as some not socialized and raised improperly still love other animals. You have to look at each dog as an individual. Some don't tolerate other dogs and some love other dogs. Most of mine are stuck in puppy land and play like big, goofy puppies with other dogs. They can be social dogs and enjoy the company of other canine companions. (other animals too) Oh and can we see pics!!!!!! Have you posted in the gallery yet?

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    What do you mean by guard dogs? Protective by nature or trained? Well, it requires a lot of training and finding the right temperament to protect the whole family. In my humble opinion, many dogs don't meet that requirements. There are tons of nervy dogs out that people though they are being "protective."

    Even if you have a "protective" breed, it can attract people who are interested to steal your dog for dog meat or dogfighting. I've seen crazy people abhor dogs and poison them. Do you have any plan on how to protect your dogs from people tossing toxic things into your yard?

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Take a look at the lab breed. They are great companions, family dogs, smart, trainable and great guard dogs.
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Doberman was jumping out at me as the breed to get when I was reading your post too. Definitely give it a look.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I'm not trying to start an argument - but why can't you take the pets you have? If you're planning on moving there for good why not take them along? Or are they family pets for family who are staying here?

    What about dogs native to the area, maybe that would be better than something that won't be able to handle the environment.
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    How do you intend on getting this dog? Will the dog travel with you to Bangkok? How competent are you with training a guard dog?

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I was planning on buying the dog from a reputable breeder in Bangkok then sending the guard dog to training. The companion dog I will train myself. I'll also be training the dogs to only take food on command.

    I can't take the dogs I currently have cause they don't just belong to me, but to my immediate family. My parents and siblings are remaining in Sydney and it'll be better for the dogs to stay with them.

    At the moment I'm leaning towards German Shepards since my family there have kept them before. With Pit Bulls they don't seem to be quite common there and would probably be too hard to get.

    On native dogs, the only breed I know of is the Thai Ridgeback but it seems too aggressive and I'm too unfamiliar with the breed to be comfortable buying one.
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Quote Originally Posted by muki89 View Post
    I was planning on buying the dog from a reputable breeder in Bangkok then sending the guard dog to training.
    Perhaps that's where you should start. Inquire with the training facility. they would better know what kind of dogs are available in your area, and perhaps could even recommend a few breeds for you. Since you're going to send the dog to training it would better serve you to find the best trainer available. But from my experience, the better guard dogs require their owners to be an integral part of training, not to mention how you'll have to manage the dog so as not to confuse a family member with a predator. I have no idea what the prospects are in finding a reputable breeder in Bangkok but I'd imagine it's pretty tough.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I'm looking up breeders on the internet now and I've come across two. One looks very promising with pictures of the dogs including show photos and prizes.

    I'll also ask relatives where they got their GSDs.

    EDIT: Promising breeder also breeds Champion Goldens and I'm fairly sure that it's his champ that is in the Pedigree ads shown on TV in Thailand right now...
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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    It's worth pointing out that a golden should NOT be any type of guard dog- if they are, that's REALLY abnormal golden temperament. So I assume you meant for the companion.

    If you're planning to go back to Australia in a few years, I'd stick to medium-sized breeds (ie, a female Dobe or GSD or even a Malinois) and just get one dog- since I assume the dog will have to go through quarantine on the way home with you, which gets ludicrously expensive.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I see that most of the dogs mentioned here are full breeds and you intend to get such. So you can totally ignore this post probably, but I have found that half-breeds (with know parents, in that I could see the mom and the dad) with golden retriever/german shepherd and also border collie or healer/doberman mixes have been exceptional dogs for being good with family but also very protective of family. So just an idea that if you need one dog with a dual personality, perhaps a half breed that you can verify the two parents is an option.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    I'm not even interested in getting a Golden. Love the breed but just not suitable for me. Too goofy? And I know they make bad guard dogs... If I get one it'll probably get itself killed.

    I'm also very certain that I will not be moving back to Australia, I'll need to come back on short visits but I don't intend to spend my life here. I visited Bangkok a month ago and this is the only way I can put it, my soul feels so much more at home there. I knew that it was true when I returned to Sydney to have it feel like a strange place.

    Good half breeds are very hard to find in Thailand. Generally you get purebred or total mutts. As in mutts that have long pedigrees of mixed-breed parents. To the point that you can barely tell what breed may be in it. As much as I would like to rescue one, many are bred for dog fights and personality and temperment is not guaranteed.

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    Re: Good companion and guard dog breed?

    Rottweiler's do not fair well in the heat either.


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