Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted September 4, 2015
Dawg was a lovely animal who loved his family and was fiercely protective of his family and his home. He was loyal and obedient always and gentle with our toddler and other small pets. He loved to roam and luckily at that time we were living in the country. His job from the day we brought him home was to patrol the grounds and was on duty 24 hours a day.
He was very affectionate with the family but did not warm to strangers easily. He understood that he was to be friendly with friends and extended family and quickly learned who was to be welcomed and who were strangers. He would not let anyone he did not know near the house and was always between an unknown person and our toddler. He could be aggressive in his defense if anyone continued to approach after he warned them with a bark and then a snarl.
I would not recommend this breed combination for people living in an urban or suburban area. We took him off the hands of a family in a subdivision who found him to aggressive in protected their home and family when neighbors came by or even walked past on the sidewalk. He would not have done well in an enclosed yard or as a house dog. Sadly he was hit by a car on a country road near our home and we lost him at an early age.
If you have acreage and need a family pet that can also act as a guard dog, this would be an ideal choice for you.