There are several different types of guard dogs for seniors, each with their own different strengths and personalities.
1. Toy or miniature breeds have a protective temperament that is relatively easy to train for watch dog work because the breed has the tendency to bark at every stranger who passes by their territory. Some good examples are Italian Greyhounds, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Maltese Terriers, Poodles, Papillons and Bulldogs. These small breeds are all capable watchdogs but would not be considered ‘attack’ dogs because they simply do not have the size or strength to injure an intruder. They could however bite if cornered or threatened which can result in serious injury if not death to the person who is bitten.
2. Terriers are known to be very tenacious and high energy dogs that will go to great lengths to stop an intruder/attacker in their tracks often with powerful jaws and strong enough bites to disarm the target. Check out the best dogs for seniors article. A good example is the Scottish Terrier which has a natural instinctive ability to attack and pin down anything they view as prey; this breed was used on farms for many years by farmers, not only to keep their chicken coops free of rats but also around livestock like sheep and cattle because it is considered best in class at keeping predators such as coyotes away from the farm animals. The same thing applies when this type of terrier is used as a guard dog: they can handle larger breeds of dogs and will protect their territory with all the tenacity of a bulldog combined with the speed of smaller terrier breeds.
3. Other types of guard dogs for seniors that fall into this category are large breeds like Dobermans, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, African Boerboels, Bullmastiffs which are also used for protection work because they too have very powerful jaws and strong enough bites to inflict serious damage to an intruder or attacker who is trying to invade their property or harm someone they love; these dogs were not bred by humans purely for attack only but were also bred for police work (which requires both tracking/guarding abilities) because they have been proven in studies to excel above other dog breeds in intelligence tests, so they are good at learning complex tasks and responding to certain cues given by their owner/handler. The only difference between the likes of Dobermans, Rottweilers, Shepherds and other large dogs is that many people now own these breeds as pets because they like the size/looks of them (which can cause problems in some cases); this has led to certain irresponsible owners mistreating these dogs which has made them dangerous around strangers; if poorly treated by inexperienced owners it’s not uncommon for a dog like this to attack someone during an innocent encounter with either another person or even another animal.
4. Other watchdogs known for protecting property against trespassers include Great Danes, St. Bernards, Kangals who are known to be gentle giants when around their family but if approached by someone they don’t know very well they will bark and growl in a way that would intimidate anyone into leaving the property without incident. These dogs are very strong and can be aggressive when cornered or challenged because of their protective nature, so it’s necessary to ensure early socialization with people and other animals while the dog is still young enough to mold its personality according to how its owner wants – not letting young children play unsupervised with these kinds of breeds.
5. Bulldogs were originally bred as guardians against trespassers because of their muscular physique and fearless nature; this breed has been used for hundred’s of years as guard dogs in India where many British soldiers stationed there experienced first hand how fierce these dogs can be around strangers. Bulldogs are very tenacious and strong enough to handle much larger breeds of dog, so they have been used throughout history as watchdog/protection because of their intelligence, quick learning abilities and their high pain threshold which enables them to keep fighting even after being injured. They are good at following commands given by the owner/trainer if properly conditioned to obey depending on how early this training is started.
6. There are other breeds that fall into this category which are great guardians for property against trespassers but these include breeds like Bullmastiffs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Kuvazs etc… other breeds not mentioned here should not be used as watchdogs or protection dogs unless they have already shown signs of aggression because in some cases these breeds will attack someone who is just passing by just to get them to leave the property without conflict; fighting against many different intruders is another task that these dogs are great at but it requires considerable training and socialization because otherwise they will fight with anyone who invades their property.
It’s important to remember that every breed of dog has its own personality traits, aggressiveness levels and pain threshold which dictates how effective any given breed can be as a guard/watchdog; even though certain breeds like for example Dobermans or Rottweilers are well known for their fierceness when an intruder enters the property, this does not mean that other breeds – like Corgis for example – cannot be taught to do the same by experienced trainers or that these breeds were not originally used as watchdogs/guardians. Lastly it’s important to know that a dog can only fulfill its natural instincts and training if its owner takes responsibility for conditioning the dog early on according to their needs and expectations.