My family dog is pretty much a guard dog, even tho we didn't intend her to be - lol.
She is the sweetest dog to the people she knows, family members and people that we introduce her to or people that come over a lot. But is someone she doesn't know comes over she freaks out! She barks like mad when people are in the yard, and if they come into the house she will bite. I have no idea how you would go about training a dog to be like that or whatever, because that's just our dog's personality, she's always been like that because she wasn't socialized well as a puppy.
She really is a sweet dog, she's very friendly with the family and excellent with my sisters 9 month old baby.
The thing with having a dog like that though is you have to be very careful when people come into your yard or into your house. With our dog, you HAVE to sit her down outside and introduce her to new people before they can come inside. One time a cop came to our door to give us some court papers, he didn't wait till we invited him inside and just walked in when we opened the door, and the dog bit him.
I think maybe you could consider getting not necessarily a guard dog, but a dog that will bark a lot when someone comes to the house? Because you have to be so careful if you have a dog that will actually bite people, it's a pain! Some people I know get big scarey looking dogs that will bark their heads off, but not ever actually attack people. The barking alone is sometimes enough to scare people off. You could maybe even find a dog at a shelter or something, you would want to look for one that is friendly, but maybe a little territorial so that he/she will bark or whatever when someone comes into her/his home.
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