What age to German Shepherds or Anatolian Shepherds start to become protective?

I have a 7 month old German Shepherd / Anatolian Shepherd named Kenobi. I am curious at what age they start to be protective of the home and family. He's starting to show signs of being protective, just curious if it will be stronger as he's older.

Update:

Well we also have a Shiba Inu who is not protective, won't bark at people and allows anyone to walk in, so it's not normal for her.

Kenobi will be going through training the local police sponsor each year when he's over a year.

Update 2:

He is also taken to the dog park a few times a week. He loves other dogs and people... but mostly children.

Update 3:

the signs he's showing are walking the perimeter of the yard, being very aware of his surroundings, low growling at salesman when they come to the door, until you say its okay, then he will stop. He's had the normal puppy training classes, and has a wonderful temperment

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Usually by 1-2 years is when they become more assertive. If you see signs of protection now, make sure you socialize your dog very well. He should meet people of different races, ages, shapes and sizes. Make sure he is exposed to different situations such as walking on hard floors, walking near bicycles, umbrellas etc.

    If you do not socialize him properly, he may have a negative reaction to something simple. For example, he may go after someone who is wearing a hat for the simple reason that he has never seen someone in a hat before.

    Source(s): I'm a dog trainer.
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  • hello!
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Its always in them. You dont want to see the protectiveness just now since you want a socialy acceptable pet. Keep your puppy well socialised an overprotective dog is a potentially dangerous dog.

    If its a well bred GSD, trust me if you ever need protected then he will be protective.

    Right now he is very young and when he reaches about 3 years you will see that although friendly (if socialised) he will become slightly more wary and aloof of people until he sees that you accept them. This is part of his guarding instinct, people will have to earn his trust otherwise he will be looking out for you as it were. Right now he is just a baby!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They start being protective after they undergo training specifically done for that purpose....

    What do you mean by protection?

    If you dog barks and growls when someone is at the door, that's normal for most dogs.....But that will pretty much be the extent of his "protection"

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  • Jessie
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    1 decade ago

    *headdesk*

    You are talking about a highly driven dog. A highly driven dog that you don't know how to train.

    Frankly, you'd be better off if he never showed an inkling of protective instinct. How do you propose to control him? Specific training protocols here?

    What behaviors is he exhibiting that you think are protective?

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  • 1 decade ago

    well dogs can get protective when ever.... most dogs get protective of their family's and home after they got used to them

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  • 1 decade ago

    You don't want him to show protectiveness to you and your family.

    When he is then he is not accepting you as the true leader and if that happens then........ best of luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It depends on how early you socialize them with other people/dogs. if you don't socialize him he will start to become aggressive very early.

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