What kind of Dog do you have?


February 22, 2009, 04:29 AM
hi i'm new to the forum and i love dogs and was just wondering what types of dogs other people here have. I have 3 American Bulldogs. I was also curious what people thought of dogs in a HD situation. I personally think they are good for alerting you and also serve as a good deterrent to would be bad guys, but if someone actually came into my house i'd be scared of shooting the dogs instead of the bad guy! Here are some pictures of my dogs...





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February 22, 2009, 05:28 AM
Love those ambulls! I have a rottwieler that is a wonderful companion and an al round great dog. She also loves guns and gets excited when I pull the long guns out of the safe because she knows we're going some where.

The thing owning a large dog with an unfounded reputation has taught me is that a dog is an amazing visual detterant. I could tell a few tales of agressive people having an instant attitude adjustment when my pup appeared on the scene. Even the agressive panhandling bums avoid my open top vehicle when she is a passenger and they give a wider berth when I walk her. I think there is something instictual that makes people very afraid of being eating by a large canine.

Anything that serves as a barrier between me and the need to use a firearm in preservation of self or loved ones is a good thing. This is one of the reasons I will always like to own a large wel trained dog.

That said dogs are not for everyone, paricularly lare dogs. A dog is a long term 10+ years commitment. A dog needs training lots of it, particularly a dog large enough to deter those with malicious intent, and particularly a dog large enough to actually intervine on ones behalf and with a nature that predisposes it to do so. A dog needs daily excersise and attention. A dog needs food and veterinarian care. A dog in short is high maintence.

In short dogs are great but some people would be much better off with a home alarm system. If you are going to have a big dog training is crucial as is soicialization and ensuring thedog has a solid temperment. I have a friend with a malinois that must be crated if someone is over, I always wonder how much protection a crated dog is. My rott lays quitely where I tell her when I have guests such as a repairman or simply my friends. When I open the door she stands where I have taught her, so she is the first thing someone on the otherside of the door sees and it swings open.

but if someone actually came into my house i'd be scared of shooting the dogs instead of the bad guy!

Training training traing. Work on their recall. If that is rock solid you can call them out of the way.

larry starling
February 22, 2009, 05:42 AM
EnglishBull Dog ......

Frightener 88
February 22, 2009, 05:50 AM
I have 2 Pitbulls. The male is 75lbs and the female is 60lbs. They are sweethearts if they know you, nightmares if they dont. They arent my home defense mechanism. Just a DIY alarm. If someone decided to come in anyway, and they managed to get past the dogs, then they would be met with a Mossberg 590.

Kind of Blued
February 22, 2009, 06:06 AM
Beagle. Quite useless. Would probably trip me in a home defense situation while running away from the intruder.

February 22, 2009, 06:52 AM
Beagle...useless for home defense. But, he's a terror for rabbits.

February 22, 2009, 06:56 AM
We migrate toward pound rescues. Just feels like you're doing something good. Over the last 40 years I've gotten too much from my dogs not to try to give a little payback.
Currently sharing our home (yes inside)
1 female German Shepherd now 8 years old and 75 lbs, got her at 2 months and 1 male Saint Bernard/ hound mixed mutt. 9 months 100 lbs, got him at 4-5 months old. Not my response system just the early warning and to generate some hesitation system.

February 22, 2009, 07:21 AM
Australian Shepherds. They are very alert and watchful of strangers. Nobody can come around without them sounding the alert. That's all you can really want from any dog that is not highly trained to actually attack.

February 22, 2009, 07:26 AM
Dogs are a great visual detterent, my mother used to take my rottie to school with her when she had night classes. I also believe that most dogs will bark at strangers so you only have to eliminate a couple breeds if you just want a watch dog.
If you want a dog for deterrance there are certain breeds that scare people(even though stats say otherwise, whole other topic)
Currently I have an island dog from vet school, hes an excellent watch dog, but a terrible gaurd dog(barks while running away) This was a big deal on St. Kitts as firearms arent allowed usually. but now that I'm headed back to the states he fills a niche well.

To me if you move a lot a dog is better then an alarm

February 22, 2009, 07:35 AM
Mixed breed, ½ Pit Bull-½ Rottie.
A real sweetie, but quite territorial and loud enough to sound the alarm. Looks and sounds aggressive enough to deter unwanted visitors.

highlander 5
February 22, 2009, 07:50 AM
3 Shelties not vicious but make more than enough to deter strangers coming by the house. Had a sheltie/corgi mix that would try to go after anything that came near the house/car,weighed all of 25 pounds miss him terribly

February 22, 2009, 07:51 AM
Dogue de bordeaux and a pitbullmastiff. As you can see they are solar powered and spend most of their time lying in the sun charging up.:D


February 22, 2009, 08:15 AM
In the past, I've had English Bull Terriers, & they're still my favorite breed. Currently, due to my son's dog-fur allergy, we have a Xoloitzcuintle. He's actually a good little (22lbs) watchdog, & his bark is way out of proportion to his size so he earns his keep!

February 22, 2009, 08:17 AM
I have a 120 lbs female Rottweiler who is an absolute sweetheart and loves everyone. She loves other dogs, and is great with kids. I've actually never met a mean Rotty in my life and I've been around a few.

February 22, 2009, 08:32 AM
2 labrador retrievers. the 3 yr old yellow male is 98 pounds of solid muscle and a much better watchdog than I ever thought a lab could be. the old female is good for a few barks and a growl but more sweet than anything. both are excellent companion dogs and live to hunt.

February 22, 2009, 08:42 AM
GSD, 95lbs of fur and teeth. :) She's absolutely the best dog I've had. Loves the kids, but keeps track of them ALL the time. Her herding instincts are as strong as her protection instincts. :D


February 22, 2009, 08:44 AM
Two labs. One about five years old and one about 11. sound real mean when the door is knocked on but would be useless if somebody walked in. They usually just take up space on the couch.

February 22, 2009, 08:45 AM
Don't have a dog anymore. I kicked him out because I was told I am in the dog house now. hahaha

February 22, 2009, 08:48 AM
Golden Retriever. He's a lover. Treeing Walker Coonhound. She is a worker, part of the house alarm system and one that I would not like to have to have on bad terms with me.

February 22, 2009, 08:54 AM
Two Dogs here.
A female GSD 6 years old and 95 pounds.
A male Golden 2 years old and 75 pounds.
They are fantastic with the 3 year old and are two of my best friends.

February 22, 2009, 08:55 AM
1/2 black lab, 1/2 chow result is a small (50lb) all black pup with a black tongue. - Bisley is ALL black LOL

February 22, 2009, 09:08 AM
Like Frighter88 I have two Pitbulls. If they know you they will love you. If your a stranger they will kill and eat you. Just kidding,but they are good watch dogs/guard dogs.

Bailey Guns
February 22, 2009, 09:20 AM
5 Jack Russell Terrier yard sharks. A flea farts a half mile away and they let me know.

Whatever you do...never enter my home with a dog biscuit in your pocket. It would look like a scene I recall early in my school years of an unlucky cow trying to swim in the Amazon river full of piranhas.

Great for letting us know something is outside...after that they figure it's up to us.

February 22, 2009, 10:01 AM
I'm another fan of the mastiff line


February 22, 2009, 10:15 AM
Cocker Spaniel rescues, like little Coco here.


February 22, 2009, 10:16 AM
Currently 3 Chocolate Labs and 1 Boxer/Mastiff mix. The dogs are how i wound up with my screen name.

February 22, 2009, 10:30 AM
Trained attack Chihuahua here. Anyone tries to get into my house and it's death from the ankles down!!! :D

Claude Clay
February 22, 2009, 10:36 AM
one is warm and the other is......annoying

PR rescue and aussie shepard rescue

February 22, 2009, 10:36 AM
Two shelties. Good alarm dogs. One has an alarm bark that sounds like 80 lbs of trouble. The other is kind of yippy.

February 22, 2009, 10:49 AM
One miniature Daschund and one Pit Bull. The Daschund rules the yard.

February 22, 2009, 10:57 AM
A pitbull, she's great for barking at the door and eating, not much else. A great companion though.


February 22, 2009, 11:00 AM
Boxer. Here he is in tactical-ready alert mode:


When he barks he sounds about 5 times bigger than he is, and if someone walks by my house he knows it. He's earned his keep on more than one occassion.

Duke of Doubt
February 22, 2009, 11:01 AM
Never had one. Probably never will. Don't like them, as a general thing. But there have been a few exceptions, over the years. When I moved into a Chicago loft apartment about fifteen years ago, I was dismayed to find the guy upstairs had a rottweiler, permitted the run of the building and the fenced (and wired!) parking lot. But that rottweiler was friendly to me and mine, and fierce to strangers in the 'hood. Protected me, mine, and my stuff for years. Came to like it. If I needed a guard dog, I think a rott would be my first choice.

February 22, 2009, 11:04 AM
my youngest is due to get "her " dog soon. i like mixes and rottie mixes in particular. have a lab husky now and a rottie hound mix

February 22, 2009, 11:12 AM
I regret closing this thread. I really didn't want to. Dogs are my favorite creature and one of my favorite subjects.

Alas, this is a gun forum, and we close off topic threads. To maintain consistency of moderation, I must close the thread. Sorry about that guys......

German Shepherd Dog and a Golden Retriever here....


edited to add:
I've found a way... As long as this thread stays focused on the original poster's question regarding dogs in a home defense scenerio, I'm thinking we have consistency.

The Golden Retriever would bark at the intruder, but if he threw a ball, she would run to get it.

My GSD would defend me or my family to the death. There is no question about that. I do not want her to have to. I keep a shotgun.


Dogs are an excellent early warning system. Unless they are specifically trained, they are not adequate defense. They may intimidate the casual burgular, and cause him to go to another victim, but they will not deter a professional or someone intent on targeting you specifically.

Such a person would either poison or simply shoot the dog. The usual method would be to poison and wait for another day. That is why the second most important thing to teach your dog, after "Come," is to not eat anything provided by anyone else but you.

February 22, 2009, 11:22 AM
thx, xb and to be on topic, I can honestly say I think multiple properly trained dogs(expensive) are even better then a gun/alarm/locks combo

February 22, 2009, 11:51 AM
Gun Forum and Dogs?

I got this covered fellas.

This is Kimber, a seven month old Animal Control resuce pitbull mix. An absolute sweetheart. (But you should really see her wrestle with our 90+ pound chocolate labs. No wonder people fight them.)

With her toys.
Her first bath.
Look at those eyes man, very intelligent.
And what happened in the ten seconds it took me to put her in the passenger seat and walk to the driver side of my Wrangler.

February 22, 2009, 12:00 PM
When I have a few acres someday, I'll be getting a border collie.

February 22, 2009, 12:03 PM
My killer home defense dogs name is Missy She is a Maltese and is always on the job. Here she is ready to attack....


February 22, 2009, 12:05 PM
TIMC, is that a "tactical vest" on your dog?

February 22, 2009, 01:12 PM
German Shorthaired Pointer

February 22, 2009, 01:24 PM
Woof is a dog expert of sorts. I always encourage people to think of a dog as an alarm only, and very valuable at that. There are several problems with relying on a dog to scare by being scary-looking. First, I hate to perpetuate the stereotypes of some dogs being fierce because of their looks when by nature they are not eg Rotts. Second, someone who really knows dogs well will be able to read the dog. Most dogs that bark and posture toward strangers are acting out of nervousness and even their own fear rather than with aggression potential.

I once went to look at a Jeep for sale. I got out of the car near the Jeep and a large bullmastiff is running around barking. I observed him before I got out and knew I could handle him. In a few seconds I was petting him and he was fawning all over me. When the owner came out he was truly bothered by the fact that I was able to do that. It shook his confidence in the dog to be able to intimidate. Good, it's better he learn that the easy way than the hard way. Most bgs are not that dog savvy, but a few might be.

February 22, 2009, 01:28 PM
My Greyhound "Wink". He's a retired racer. Quite useless for home defense. If someone breaks into my house, Wink will be the first to show the intruder to the refrigerator.

February 22, 2009, 01:36 PM
TIMC, is that a "tactical vest" on your dog?

It's that new tactical pink kevlar level IV bullet proof vest. As you can tell it is very comfortable! :D

February 22, 2009, 01:39 PM
Three chocolate labs, two yellows, an english bulldog and a jack russel.

One of the Chocolates, Scooby and then Maggie (yellow) on the right

And then Boomer (also a Chocolate) investigating this weird flashy thinga majig I'm holding in my hand. Scooby in the backround.

Only ones I have pics of. The most useless one of the bunch as far as HD goes, is the bulldog. He sleeps so much it's a wonder his muscles don't atrophy. His previous owner's house caught fire, and one of the firemen found him still passed out, snoring on the couch. He'll sleep through ANYTHING!

fireman 9731
February 22, 2009, 01:40 PM
It all makes sense now! solar powered dogs..... I should of known!

here are a few mine... all mutts :)



February 22, 2009, 01:47 PM


We call her "The Shreadder", which is what she will do to any socks laying around. Next level is 15 year old Sheetzsu (the system will not let me type the correct spelling, ****zsu), who spends 22 hours a day making sure no one messes with his bed!

Owen Sparks
February 22, 2009, 02:08 PM
I have six dogs, all but one are mongrals. I live in a wooded area and tend to take in whatever shows up. The boss is half pit bull and half golden retreiver and looks like a big muscular hound dog at 105 pounds. I have another younger male who is as tall but on a lighter frame and is at least half German Sheapheard and is a really good looking dog. One Black lab who would pass for pure only her mouth is black (Chow?) Another smaller (65 lbs) pit bull/brown dog mix and one smaller (55 lbs) that has obvious Doberman linnage but is mostly mutt. Our house dog ia a type A long leg Rat Terrier. I just don't think they make a better small sporting breed. At 13 lbs she is a lot like a small Jack Russel only Rat Terriers have an off switch. She just showed up one day. I called the pound and checked the papers but no one claimed her. We think that she wandered off from a near by camp ground but she is mine now.

Something is wrong with people who don't like dogs.

February 22, 2009, 02:54 PM
Cocker for pheasant hunting
Taxen for roe deer hunting
Slovensky Kopov for boar hunting. In training for tracking wounded boar.
Cesky terrier who is just a miserable sod:)

February 22, 2009, 03:01 PM
Nine screaming, hot running Walkers..............mostly for deer, but in truth I believe they'd run an elephant!

Like the bumper sticker says, "when the tailgate drops, the bull**** stops!"

February 22, 2009, 03:08 PM
At the moment I have 1 American Bulldog. Lost his brother last year to Hemangio Sarcoma. He was our third AB. Great dogs just shed a lot almost more than they drool. Oh and he is my first line of defense.

February 22, 2009, 03:08 PM
Shetland Sheep Dog (Sheltie)


February 22, 2009, 03:13 PM
3 muts (mixed unknown terrier).

1 (actually known) 1/4 american bull - 3/4 american staffordshire terrier (looks like your tan am bull but a little more slight, he is only 85 lbs) Last alarm, and possibly the last thing an intruder will see, he is very serious about guarding his house

2 Chihuahua / datschund (?) mix (18 lbs, 85 lbs of stupid, was supposed to be pure breed, but daddy had to have gotten in under the fence and he is almost positively dats.) First thing heard, you'll never see him in the dark, he is black

3 Cattle dog (???) - 40 lbs of love and energy. Rescue with no history Second thing heard, sounds vicious, but no harm will come.

February 22, 2009, 03:27 PM
I've grown up with dogs (my wife sometimes comments I must have been raised by wolves, but I don't think she's referring to the pets I've had) and we currently have 3, but pet threads aren't a good fit for THR. People love their furry family members and will fill pages and pages with pictures of their four-legged friends. If the topic isn't firearms related it's probably best to reserve it for another site.

If you want to discuss the role of animals in self/home protection (a couple of ours fill the role of active alarm systems) we've had several discussions in Strategy & Tactics on this. I recommend looking at those threads or starting a new one about the role of animals in protecting the individual and home.

February 22, 2009, 03:32 PM
HSO that is what we are doing. Talking about the usefulness of dogs as an alarm or hd tool.

February 22, 2009, 03:36 PM
Regretfully, I have to agree with hso. I reopened this thread with the hope that it would stay focused on canines as an adjunct to a home defense system. Sadly, it became a dog photo thread, and off topic for THR. Can a dog make a difference? Here's one (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/01/taking-bite-out-of-crime.html) who did.

I'm closing it for good now. Nice looking dogs though!

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