I know there are threads talking about dogs already but AFAIK none really talk specifically about the pros and cons of different breeds of guard dogs.
My family have always had dogs but thay have always been family pets. Most barked and defended their territory to some degree but we currently have a 5 year old labrador/boxer cross that is useless to say the least. A nice gentle dog, and a really handsome strong dog(perfect for families) but it has ZERO protective instincts.
This normally isn't a problem but lately I've been worried.
We live in a pretty secluded area in the countryside. It is populated so people aren't far away but it would still be easy to break into somebody's house without them noticing at night(we don't have an alarm system). It's just myself and my mother living at home currently and I might even move out within the next year or so.
My mother works at a local bar just down the road. Twice in two weeks she was followed home(car followed her in the drive, watched her go in and then went away). Her place of work was also broken into(just a window smashed, nothing taken or damaged besides the window) and the police think it was people just checking to see how fast it took the police and owners to react. Additionally, the side gate to our house was broken some night last week. The latch was hanging off but not so much that you could open the gate. Still a hell of a job though.
So, on account of our dog being afraid of the dark(i'm serious), we were advised to get a guard dog. I would want a pup ideally so that it would accustomed only to our family and neighbourhood.
Does anybody have experience with guard dogs and could maybe give me some advice? We would be keeping our current dog as well if that is of any signifigance. We just need something that will actually scare people and defend the house if necessary.
Any advice appreciated.