American Pit Bulls = Guard Dogs?

A lot of people wonder if American Pit Bulls make good guard dogs or not. There is a great deal of confusion about this because people confuse power, agility, the ability to be great fighters and never give up with being a good guard dog.

Are American Pit Bulls Guard Dogs?

To answer this we must first look at the primal instinct of different dog breeds.

Pit bulls have been bred to be human friendly and dog (or other animals such as bulls) aggressive. So it will be no surprise to me that they are not mentioned in the top section of the list of great guard dogs.

It´s not their main instinct.

However pitbulls have shown ability to learn a great variety of tasks including rescue, pet therapy, personal defense and beeing guard dogs.

Pitbulls excel at pretty much anything that they are taught.

It´s just that maybe you need to have more patience and get a professional trainer to specifically teach your pit bull how to become a good guard dog.

Some American pit bulls will be better than others.

To show you what I mean by having a basic instinct to do a task look at the following exemples.

Rottweilers or the Fila Brasileiro dogs have great guard instincts.

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Pointers, Setters and Spaniels such as the Cocker or the Springer have hunting instincts.

You probably won´t have to teach your labrador how to retrieve or how to jump inside a lake or river because they will do it by themselves.

Again, instinct.

For guarding purposes Pit bulls have an advantage over some other breeds. You see the media is doing great work in saying that they are brutal killers so intruders are probably scared to test and see if a pit is up to the task.

This is known as "passive security" meaning that a pit bull gives the appearance of being a great guard dog even if he's not. 

If you look at the many warning signs that you can buy for scaring thieves away from your home, you'll find that a pit bull sign is very popular. 

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A typical pit bull sign

As a result someone with bad intentions will choose an easier target.

I personally know a guy who placed 3 pit bulls in his yard after he had problems with burglars when away from home.

He told me thanks God the burglars don´t know how friendly my pits are....

He got the pit bulls because he thought they would be the best guard dogs.

Well maybe he is not so wrong, at least it works from a psychological stand point...

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Pit bull watching his home

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