ELB called last night to tell me that his house was broken into. SIL is really freaked out, and I can't say I blame her. They took her laptop (a gift from her father who can't really afford it), and a crucifix her grandmother gave her. Their spare key was missing, and they later found it outside the door, under something. Disconcerting, because it sounds like whoever got in was planning on returning.
Anyway, SIL no longer feels safe in the house, and the only options are to either move, or to get a dog who would be a deterrent (they currently have a Boston Terrier). They only moved to this house 6 months ago, and don't know if they can break the lease. Besides, they moved to this place because it was considered a safe neighborhood. I know that this is a really lousy reason for getting another dog, but am not sure whether I should talk him out of it. I know that he can afford the dog, and whatever his shortcomings, ELB is definitely a dog person, and will take good care of it.
He is asking me for breed recommendations, and I suggested that they sleep on it, but any big dog with a large enough bark will do. He will go through rescue, and will get an adult dog if it comes to that. The biggest concern for me is the SIL. She loves their current dog, but is concerned about how much she sheds, and I can't think of any intimidating looking dog (they know that they don't need an intimidating dog) who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston.

AAck!
Suja
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She loves their current dog, but is concerned about how much she sheds, and I can't think of any intimidating looking dog (they know that they don't need an intimidating dog) who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston.

Greta was a Collie/Newf x who I guess was scarier than the Siberians. She barked her head off when a car so much as slowed down in front of the house, and guys working outside were afraid that she'd come through the window at them. She never barked at anybody up close, though, and she never laid a tooth on anybody as long as she lived. She was just territorial and noisy. She didn't shed that much, but given my Siberian Husky situation I think my shed-o-meter is long, long dead. Anyway, a dog can be trained to bark in any given situation, but in Greta's case those Collie genes gave us the bark for free.

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ELB called last night to tell me that his house was broken into. SIL is really freaked out, and I ... know that they don't need an intimidating dog) who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston. AAck! Suja

I am thinking a big black dog would do the trick, even a normally friendly one like a lab for some reason, people are afraid of black dogs, it seems. Even Zoe, who is only medium-sized, can seem pretty scary when she is barking in an intimidating fashion.

As far as shedding goes, if they are willing to brush, chows/chow mixes can be pretty intimidating Zoe hardly sheds at all, or rather, she sheds into her own coat, thus requiring a lot of grooming, but not much vacuuming. The cat, who is one-third the size of Zoe, sheds much more than Zoe does.
Catherine
& Zoe the sometimes intimidating but usually just plain goofy cockerchow
She loves their current dog, but is concerned about how much she sheds, and I can't think of any intimidating looking dog (they know that they don't need an intimidating dog) who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston. AAck! Suja

I can't think of any dog that is going to shed less than a boston. Maybe Dobe? But are they willing to deal with a Dobe. I don't know enough about Dobe's(Robin) so I can't really say. If they are going through rescue they might find just the right one. I would say rottie or rottie mix but when you mentioned the shedding factor then rottie is
completely out of the question.
BTW, my husband has fallen head over heels over
a Boston. He wants one bad as our next dog. Our
very close friends have one named Mr Magoo sp?
He is a hoot and cool little dog. I have always had a special place in my heart for bostons. And then
black and white animals(hello Diane:)
Gwen
He is asking me for breed recommendations, and I suggested that they sleep on it, but any big dog with ... dog (they know that they don't need an intimidating dog) who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston.

Bouvier des Flandres. They don't shed. Well, they do like poodles do, but not like people think of shedding, if you know what I mean. They are naturally protective but more defensive than offensive. They are big and impressive looking, and have a deep bark, but are great around the house (as long as they get some exercise, their favorite house game is floor covering). Another thing I like about them is that they tend to be very into their people, but not as velcro as, say, a Golden.

Paula
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He is asking me for breed recommendations, and I suggested ... who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston.

Bouvier des Flandres. They don't shed. Well, they do like poodles do, but not like people think of shedding, if ... about them is that they tend to be very into their people, but not as velcro as, say, a Golden.

Oh I love them. Not sure everyone could handle one. They sure are one of my favorite breeds. I just don't care for the wet beard stuff. Their only draw back as far as I am concerned.

That and they are too big for what I ever want again in the future.

But what great dogs they are.
Gwen
Bouvier des Flandres.

Might be too much dog for them. The dog will have to make do with two long walks a day, and I was under the impression that they needed more than that. And, it's difficult to find one in rescue, although there is a NY/NJ chapter of Bouv rescue in their area. Will let him know.

Suja
Bouvier des Flandres.

Might be too much dog for them. The dog will have to make do with two long walks a day, ... one in rescue, although there is a NY/NJ chapter of Bouv rescue in their area. Will let him know. Suja

What about a GD? I didn't think they needed tons of exercise. And I wouldn't think of them as big shedders.
What is an amazing shedder, is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I have never in all my life seen a dog that sheds as much as Reznor. He makes Blade look like he is hairless in comparison. No kidding aside. There is fur everywhere, everyday, several times a day. Brushed daily in fact. Amazing, I tell you.

Gwen
ELB called last night to tell me that his house was broken into. SIL is really freaked out, and I ... (they know that they don't need an intimidating dog) who won't shed, or will shed less than a Boston. AAck!

Actually, an older rescue Dobe might be a really good solution for them. For the most part, they are smart, easy to get along with, good house dogs, and very little hair. I'd suggest an older female (around the 4-6 year range). If she goes through rescue they can recommend something that's pretty laid back. Dobermans do tend to be protective of their humans and their property, but many are actually lovely dogs who get along well with people, and many welcome visitors and strangers. The look of the dog alone will be a huge deterrant everyone knows what a Doberman is. I've lived in some very, very bad neighborhoods and have never had a problem. Word quickly gets around that I have those "mean dogs."
It's frustrating in a way because the reputation is a lot more fable than fact, but on the other hand, it's a sure fire visual deterrant in a short-haired package. A female will be smaller and females live longer too.
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