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I can't spell recommend.

ANyways, I have been reading a lot about the different breeds This is what I want. A large dog that is protective of its people. Something intimidating looking, preferrably without face wrinkles. Something that can be moderately difficult to train or easy to train, but not VERY hard to train because I am not VERY experienced.

The dog that I end up getting will have won the lottery with me, as I am a very good dog owner. My only drawback is that I like to walk off leash in the woods...so obviously no sight hounds.

ANy suggestions? Im not getting it anytime soon but when I do some day get this dog, I will be sure to keep everyone updated.
 

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Well most large, protective dogs like rotties, mastiffs, pitties, dobermans, germand shepherds, etc..take a decent amount of training and socialization.

But..out of most dogs, I think a boxer, German shepherd, or Doberman would be great. They are pretty rough and tough dogs, and most have some sort of protective urge.

Every dog requires some amount of training, socialization, etc..

All three are moderate level dogs, they need a decent amount of exercise and stimulation, along with socialization and training.
 

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Well most large, protective dogs like rotties, mastiffs, pitties, dobermans, germand shepherds, etc..take a decent amount of training and socialization.

But..out of most dogs, I think a boxer, German shepherd, or Doberman would be great. They are pretty rough and tough dogs, and most have some sort of protective urge.

Every dog requires some amount of training, socialization, etc..

All three are moderate level dogs, they need a decent amount of exercise and stimulation, along with socialization and training.
I agree with this post. Of all dogs mentioned above,I would get a Rottweiller.I would also do research of any dog you may get in the future.That way you will have an idea how to train and deal with your dog.
 

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They said intimidating looking and protective.
Protective doesn't mean attacking someone..

And I'm pretty sure boxers are capable of grasping and holding on.
 

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They said intimidating looking and protective.

Doesn't mean the dog isn't capable of biting someone or just protecting.

And I'm pretty sure boxers are capable of grasping and holding on.
He also said something without face wrinkles. :D

I don't doubt the Boxer's ability to grasp and hold on to someone it's just that there are superior breeds developed for the purpose of not only intimidating but man stopping. A German Shepherd can run but don't place him in a greyhound race.

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I don't want to argue...but boxers were bred to grasp and hold on to prey such as wild boar so they must be able to take down and hold on to large objects, and are still today used as police dogs.

http://www.bulldogbreeds.com/boxer/pics/boxer1.jpg

And if I met that dog at someone's front door, I would be deterred.

And a German shepherd in a greyhound race would win because he'd just turn around and go the other direction to cross the finish line first :p
 

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ROFL @ GSD comment. :D

But seriously, the Boxer's jaws are suited for grasping onto bucking animals like boars, (as you mentioned.) The undershot jaw structure were always possessed by animals who intended to fight some sort of animal. The wrinkles on the muzzle are there for a reason; to draw blood away from the Boxer's eyes -- like old English bulldogs.

It's not that simple with human beings. I don't want to start an argument either, but there is a reason shepherds are superior in this area. Think of it this way, a GSD grasping onto a boar is imaginary. Their jaws are not structured to excel in this area.

While there are few boxers used as police dogs, that seems to be more exceptions to the rule than normal.

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I have always thought Dobermans were cool looking. That would be my vote. It is tough to beat a German Shepard though.
 

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Er...it's Shepherd...and they are SO NOT FOR EVERYONE!!!!

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I would recommend a short haired dog for lots of time in the woods. I am not sure how your area is, but ticks can be bothersome and short haired dogs would be easier to monitor. As far as protection, in my experience, when you bring a dog into your family, they all will be protective when true harm is near.
Again, in my opinion, training is just a matter of learning to communicate with your dog. As well as spending time with them everyday.

They're not for the inexperienced, however, I have always wanted to get a Fila Brasileiro. You will not find a better protection dog out there. This is the real deal as far as protection. That being said, do your research. This breed is not for everyone. This breed does not take to strangers and should never be left unattended with casual acquaintances, strangers or anyone he does not regard as part of his immediate family. One of the prided characteristics is something called "ojeriza". Goggle that word and read a lot before even considering a dog like this.
 

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Exactly, german shepherds need a good strong leader and great guidance.

Every breed that you want that is intimidating looking, etc..

Are not for everyone and require a good deal of training to make them good canine citizens, protective, but not too protective.
 

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*pat pat*

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*ROFL!* RMN you are fantastic <3

By the way, I don't want to really discourage everybody from a Shepherd, but there is SO much to know about them, and while they're fantastic for the right owner, they can be a difficult breed for a lot of reasons.
 

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Most german shepherds who get owners who don't know much about them, turn out to be not so stable dogs.

I know of ONE family who got one, they never walked it, played with it, socialized it, nada....and somehow this dog is the perfect dog...and the sweetest GSD I have ever met..

I don't know how it happened...but it doesn't happen to everyone.
 

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Most german shepherds who get owners who don't know much about them, turn out to be not so stable dogs.
I'm in the first part of that sentence...luckily my dog is not the second.

Let me tell you that is LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK!!!!!
 

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I have three pit bulls and a pitty is exactly what you're describing. They are extremely loyal, obedient, and very easy to train. I used the treat training method with my dogs. All of them learned the sit command in one day. They are high energy though. So be prepared for that. And I highly recommend getting one from a shelter. Pit bulls are the most over bred dog in the US.
 
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