Wondering if any of you might offer to throw in your 2 cents on experience with guard dog and protection breeds. I honestly have very little experience with any of these type breeds, but I've heard both good and bad stereotypes on the various breeds.
I have a friend that wants to get a guard dog of some sort. She says she wants it for protection as she lives alone. In addition she has never trained her own dog. I've explained to her the whole responsibility thing, the time and effort it takes to train a dog, as well she may very well have her work cut out for her as I don't think she really has the personality to be the strong assertive type that will deal with any dominance issues that may arise.
I've also explained that unless she gets a handle on the obedience and socialization at an early age she is likely going to have her hands full by the time the dog fully grown. I even tried to explain that pretty much any dog will alert her to an intruder, and will most likely step up to the plate if the need arises in a dangerous situation. But she is dead set on a guard dog/protection dog. She has expressed a strong interest in Pit bulls, and more recently Rottweilers. I realize how most any dog handles itself will be directly related to the socialization and training, so are there any guard/protection breeds tend to be easier to handle for a beginner?
I'm not trying to discourage her getting a dog, just trying to help her make an informed decision. Anybody have any experience with these breeds? Would they be suitable for a new owner? Recommend a different breed? Any other advice I might be able to offer?