For centuries, security professionals have increased their effectiveness by pairing up with a canine companion. As a matter of fact, certain breeds were specifically developed for the sole purpose of accompanying security guards, police officers, and soldiers.
If you provide security services to a business either during or after hours, you can also benefit from a dog. A security dog will not only increase the safety of the premises that you are protecting, but also give you companionship, especially if you are working alone. Here are three great breeds to consider.
In the late 1800s, a German man named Louis Dobermann set out to create the perfect guard dog. Dobermann was a tax collector by day and a watchman by night; needless to say, he was not the most popular man in town. Luckily, Dobermann also moonlighted as a dog catcher, so he had access to a wide variety of dogs. The protection dog that resulted from his breeding program combined the best traits of Rottweilers, Greyhounds, German Pinschers, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, and many other breeds.
The Doberman Pinscher is still widely considered to be one of the finest guard dogs. They are exceptionally suited for security work because they are intimidating, loyal, protective, and trainable. The Doberman consistently ranks as one of the most trainable and most intelligent of dog breeds; as a result, you can depend on your Doberman's obedience if a security emergency arises. They are also very attached to their owners and require a lot of attention, so if you need a dog to accompany you while you work, the Doberman is an excellent choice.
As early as 1719, hunting hounds with a distinct spinal ridge of hair graced the African continent. In the years following, European settlers, particularly the Dutch, brought their dogs to the region and interbred them with these large hunting dogs. In the 1800s, a skilled hunter by the name of Cornelius van Rooyen crossbred these dogs with Airedale Terriers, Collies, Pointers, Deerhounds, and some other breeds; the offspring became the foundation for today's Rhodesian Ridgeback.
You may not know much about the Rhodesian Ridgeback, but if you are a security guard looking for a quality protection dog, this just might be the breed for you. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is extremely territorial, fearless, and skeptical of strangers. The breed is also hardy and athletic; if you work in a hot climate, the Rhodesian Ridgeback can keep up. They are also aloof and independent; if you need a dog to guard the premises without you, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is more than willing to indulge in temporary solitary relaxation.
The origins of the Manchester Terrier remain unknown, but artwork from the 1500s evidences that this is a very old breed. Over the centuries, Manchester Terriers were bred and used to accompany rat catchers and protect homes, buildings, and castles from rodent infestations. They were even used in rat pitting, a gambling "sport" where spectators placed bets on how many rats a terrier could kill within a certain time period.
Manchester Terriers are not only clean and quiet, but also tenacious, agile, and courageous. A Manchester Terrier packs a surprising amount of dog into a very small package. As a result, they make excellent watch dogs. If you provide security services for a business too small to accommodate a large guard dog, consider adding a Manchester Terrier to your team. These dogs are not physically able to stop an intruder, but they are very alert and responsive and will signal you when something is amiss. They are also suitable in places where an intimidating dog is not welcome, like a children's hospital or school.
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