Protecting your family and home is more important than ever. Recent findings show that the number of property crimes and home break-ins are alarmingly on the rise.
Current statistics show:
- In the U.S., a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds
- Over 2.5 million home invasions are committed each year
- Over a third of residential assaults are the result of a burglary
- 2, 500+ cars are stolen every day … almost 2 cars a minute, usually outside of the car owner’s residence
Clearly, there is a growing need to up your home security. But a reliable alarm system can cost you thousands, and monitoring costs alone can be as high as $30 every month. Even with all these expensive precautions, there is no guarantee that your home will be safe from burglaries and home invasions.
It Doesn’t Have To Be You
According to FBI data, the perpetrators of these crimes are usually male, under the age of 25, and looking for a quick way to make money. They want houses that will be easy targets, with little hassle.
A big, old, protective guard dog is way more of a hassle than these criminals bargained for. A good guard dog can be the perfect alternative to costly home surveillance systems. But which kind should you get? We’ve narrowed the long list of possible pooches down to our 5 most recommended guard dog breeds. When in doubt, use InstantCheckmate to background check your neighbors. Are they hiding any criminal records or shady social media profiles?
1) Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
These dogs are as loyal as they are huge. According to breeders, “You do not teach this dog to protect you; it does it on its own.” Filas develop strong bonds with their owners, but they tend to remain wary of strangers throughout their lives.
Be advised: this is not a breed for the novice dog owner. Filas need a strong, firm owner who can control them. If your family has experience with dogs, and is looking for a loyal and protective guard dog, consider a Fila.
If you’re looking to get a mastiff but aren’t sure which one, there are many breeds—among them the Bull, Tibetan, Anatolian, an English Mastiffs—that also make for great watchdogs.
The Great Dane is really the best of both worlds when it comes to guard dogs. They may look like vicious attack animals, but in reality they are the gentlest of giants. The Great Dane is loving, languid, and even a bit lazy. Despite its massive size, Animal Planet actually recommends this breed as a great guard dog for apartments because they don’t need much physical activity. In actuality, the Great Dane is unlikely to ever attack anyone, so you don’t need to worry about its temperament around friends or family. If you’re going strictly for a forbidding look and don’t want to worry about your dog biting someone, then the Great Dane is the best breed for you.