Top 5 Dog Breeds for Protecting your Family

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Some dog breeds are naturally better at busting crimes than others.  When it comes to protecting your family, anyone would rather depend on a German Shepherd Dog than a Chihuahua. However, some of the breeds on our list may surprise you. Here are the five most recommended breeds by In Canis Speramus’ dog training experts.

BELGIAN MALINOIS

The Belgian Malinois is a medium-sized dog that is recognized as the elite military dog. It is a true working dog, highly adaptable to a range of climates and settings both in training and in real life. Because of its’ physical characteristics and temperament, it can be used for working all kinds of scenarios. Because of the breed’s association with military use, it has a high intimidation factor and crime deterrent value.

The Belgian Malinois has a good breeding history in North America. Because the breed is not particularly popular outside the military and law enforcement,  the Belgian Malinois’ working heritage and overall health have been preserved. There are generally no health issues reported. In North America there are some highly reputable breeders, so finding good prospects for protection work is likely.  At In Canis Speramus, this is our breed of choice for protection work. To consistently produce exceptional working dogs, we have our own breeding program.

A Belgian Malinois is highly intelligent, alert and extremely focused. Pound-for-pound this breed is a complete handful for an assailant because of its’ incredible speed, agility, bite strength, and tenacity. A Belgian Malinois is like a bad piece of gum - impossible to get rid off during an altercation with an assailant; he will never give up, has excellent stamina and can take a lot of physical punishment. The breed demonstrates good trainability, workability, and ease of transfer to a new owner.  A Belgian Malinois requires a high amount of exercise and mental stimulation, but minimal grooming.

GERMAN SHEPHERD 

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is the most popular breed for use as a personal protection dog. Known as the police dog, it has a solid reputation and is an excellent real-life working dog; the GSD has proven it’s capabilities time and time again. Because of its’ reputation, it has a high intimidation factor and crime deterrent value.

In North America, the German Shepherd Dog has unfortunately been destroyed because of overbreeding and changes in the breed standard related to physical characteristics and aesthetics. The GSD has been bred for the show ring with an emphasis on aesthetics (the sloping back), instead of health and temperament. This has sadly resulted in many health issues for the breed, including hip dysplasia. In order to find a good specimen, you must look for breeders with true working lines (preferably East German or Czech).

A GSD is highly intelligent, alert and very focused on the job at hand. Similar to the Belgian Malinois, it has good man-stopping power and is relatively agile and adaptable. The breed demonstrates good trainability, workability, and ease of transfer. It’s very responsive to training and adapting skills into the real world. A GSD  needs moderate exercise and moderate grooming given its’ long coat

DOBERMAN

The Doberman was originally developed for use as a police, military and sentry dog, The breed is well-known and has a well-earned reputation for protection work. Therefore, it has a high intimidation factor and crime deterrent value.

Concerning the breeding history of the Doberman, it has become popular as a family pet and show dog over the last three decades. This has resulted in poor breeding and changes in breed characteristics in terms of health and temperament. Hence, the Doberman breed now has some health issues that vary from minor to major. To find a good working prospect is a challenge.

A Doberman is highly intelligent and extremely alert. For an assailant it would be extremely hard to catch this dog off guard - a Doberman would quickly detect any signs of impending danger, and would know trouble long before it arrives. This breed anticipates your actions, moods, and reactions. It is a great family protector that easily bonds with family members. It’s quick and agile, but only has moderate biting power and fighting ability compared to the other breeds. The breed demonstrates good trainability, workability, and ease of transfer. It’s very responsive to training and adapting skills into the real world. A Doberman  needs moderate exercise and minimal grooming

ROTTWEILER

The Rottweiler is a well-known breed and has a well-earned reputation for protection work - it is a true man-stopper known for its’ ferocity and explosive power. Therefore, it has a high intimidation factor and crime deterrent value.

With respect to the breeding history of the Rottweiler, it has become popular as a family pet and show dog over the years. This has resulted in poor breeding and changes in breed characteristics in terms of health and temperament. In order find a good working prospect for protection work, you would need to search for a traditional working dog kennel.

For a mastiff type of dog, the Rottweiler is highly intelligent, but not as alert as some of the other breeds. It has excellent take-down power, a powerful bite, and relatively good prey drive. It can also take much physical punishment and will not give up. The Rottweiler is a serious dog with a serious attitude both in training and in the real world. However, it can tire quicker while working. The breed demonstrates good trainability and workability but takes greater effort and time to transition to a new owner. A Rottweiler needs moderate exercise and minimal grooming.

GIANT SCHNAUZER

The Giant Schnauzer is a medium-sized dog that has been used by the military and police in Northern Europe but is not a very popular breed overall.  Because of its’ size, the Giant Schnauzer has a high intimidation factor and crime deterrent value. However, it is generally not well recognized for protection work.

Concerning the Giant Schnauzer’s breeding history, there are few health issues. There are some excellent working lines, and therefore a reasonable probability of acquiring a good prospect.

The Giant Schnauzer is a powerful dog with a strong bite and physical build. For its’ size, this breed is very agile and quick, as well as alert. It is a formidable opponent in any fight with an assailant.  The breed demonstrates good trainability and workability. But, it takes a little longer to transition the training into real-life working situations. A Giant Schnauzer needs moderate exercise and regular grooming given its’ dense and wiry coat.

At In Canis Speramus our experts have over 30 years of professional experience training world-class working dogs for personal protection. Being a Personal Protection Dog is a tough job - in times of grave danger, he must act entirely alone. This takes an excellent temperamentaptitudeand a lot of professional training.