3 Ways to Choose a Guard Dog That is Right for You

Buying a guard dog is a very important decision. Often, it is precipitated by situation that has threatened your family, home, or property. Although it may seem fairly easy to simply buy a specific breed of dog and allow it to “do its job,” there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to finding the right guard dog.


Breed Types

Trained guard dogs: German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois for Sale at Scott's Police K9.

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Some personal guard dog breeds are meant to make a lot of noise to scare off an intruder. However, the dog’s personality traits might make it less effective when it comes to chasing down an attacker.

You’ll want to do some research on sites like the American Kennel Club to see which dogs are best for guarding. Depending on the type of protection you desire, you should choose a dog breed that has personality characteristics that closely match your needs.

Typically, the most effective trained guard dogs are the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, and other so called “Guardian breeds.” These dogs are fearless, easily trainable, and have the distinct talent of discerning a threatening situation from a harmless one.


Age of the Dog

Age really does matter when it comes to adopting a dog to protect you. Older dogs that have not been properly trained tend to be anxious in a guarding role. As a result, they may tend to use their protective instincts in inappropriate ways.

It’s always best to adopt a dog that has been trained in protection and guarding from a young age. Generally, these dogs have started their training as puppies. This means they’ve had plenty of time to practice their skills in a variety of circumstances. Adopting a puppy and then putting it through extensive training is also a great option.



If a dog has been trained to respond correctly, its abilities will far surpass your expectations. The best training in the world comes from the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association. These dogs are fit to serve in the private sector as well as in military and law enforcement units.

Dogs that have received this training are often times located in Europe, most often in Holland, Germany, and Belgium. Once a dog passes training, he or she receives a certification as to the level of training that has been accomplished. The minimum level of training you’ll want to look for in your guard dog is PH 1, or Police Dog 1.


Family Protection Dogs & Police K9 for Sale


For over a decade, Scott’s Police K9 has been providing superior quality Belgian Malinois for sale as well as German Shepherd protection dogs. Steve Scott, the founder of Scott’s Police K9, has experience importing quality, trained dogs from Europe. He and his team also provide on-site top-tier training to dogs and their new owners.

Don’t wait another day to protect your loved ones and your home. Contact Scott’s K9 today to learn about the dogs we have available for adoption.

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