I don't know the answer, so I'm looking for suggestions. I do know what some important factors are:
- Alert - able to detect intruders
- Smart - able to recognize family and not bark a false alarm, and not bark when instructed
- Family compatible, loyal
- Ability to hunt and find food
- Large, intimidating dog
- Long/Short hair depending on your climate
As runner up it was a tie at 95% between the German Shorthaired Pointer (left) and (right) a regular Pointer (right).
Having owned a pointer before I had reservations about whether he was smart enough.
I went thought he Breed selector again, selecting the following:
- Dog Size - Medium 23-44 lbs and Large 45 - 88 lbs
- Energetic - Not Important
- Exercise Time Available - Not Important (on a farm)
- How often will you play with them - Not Important
- How affectionate - Not Important
- Do you have other pets - Yes, if you count livestock
- How Trainable do you want your dog to be - Very
- How protective - Extremely
- Maintenance & Grooming - Low
- Climate - Hot weather
- Australian Cattle Dog - Interesting dog
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi - too short and harry for me
- Beauceron - Interesting multi-purpose dog
- Canaan - Interesting hardy, primitive dog breed
- Labrador Retriever - this is perhaps the most common dog suggested
- Zip Code
- Two kids and one dog
- Going on an adventure
- Two of 9 on the noise scale
- Super Tidy on house keeping
IAMS, suggested a Boerboel A what? yea, that is what I said.
Another site with a comprehensive list of questions: https://www.selectadogbreed.com offered a Bullmastiff as the best option.
The site: DogTime suggested several dogs of interest, including a Canaan, and Belgian Malinois.
The Pedigree site suggested a Blood hound, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Doberman, Mastiff and several others.
The dogs that come up frequently and look best to me are:
Use this post and these resources to narrow your options down, and then go look at your top choices to help make a final decision.
American Kennel Club (AKC)
Animal Planet Dog Breed Selector
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