Personal Protection dogs are animals that are classified as good guardians. They have physical and temperamental characteristics to be trained as protection animals. Below are the most popular dog breeds with the ability and instincts to protect you and your family.
1. German Shepherd
The German shepherd is reputed to be a guard and protection breed. It is characterized by having great strength, superior intelligence to other races. Moreover, it has great training capacity (that is, it learns quickly and does not forget).
It is also a very obedient and faithful animal. Today many German Shepherds work as police dogs, guide animals (for the blind and people with disabilities), rescue dogs, and firefighters. Without a doubt, the German shepherd is a breed that will be alert to take care of you and yours.
According to Rob from Total K9 this breed is fearless and confident, making it the number one favorite for police dogs. They are also the best choice for a family protection dog or pet as they are calm and quiet around the house and obedient enough.
This breed is also noble and affectionate with children.
The Rottweiler is a breed that commands respect when you see it; its body complexion, way of walking, and look intimidates anyone. This breed is originally from Germany and is also known by the name of butcher dogs.
They are affectionate and very faithful animals, but at the same time, they are animals with characters that will let you know if they do not like something. Today their functions in society are as guardianship and protection. Without a doubt, Rottweilers are a protective and family-friendly breed.
3. Bull Terrier
The Bull terrier breed has a corpulent body and a triangular head, which gives it the informal name of a mule-headed dog. The breed is characterized by being a strong animal, intelligent and friendly, but at the same time a good companion and protector.
Physically it is intimidating; they have great strength in the jaw and are aggressive if they observe that their owner is in danger. It is an excellent breed for training due to its strength and obedience. A Bull terrier is a good friend to children and a protector of the home.
4. Belgian Shepherd Malinois
The breed comes from France and is one of the four variations of Belgian Shepherd. It is a dog with excellent physical condition, intelligent, tenacious, and very protective. These characteristics have given it a place among the best guard and protection breeds.
They are usually friendly with Children, but they are not very patient. They are faithful and with incredible agility; therefore, they need to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to be in condition.
5. Staffordshire Terrier
Staffordshire terriers are an incredible choice for almost any family especially because they can be amazing family pets. Although, they need to be trained a lot from a young age and socialized with other people or other dogs otherwise serious issues could arise. Staffordshire terriers are strong and protective, friendly, and amazing at guarding their family.
6. Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzer is another breed that could very well be a great family dog if trained properly and from a young age.
This breed is very dominant, and in order to keep this in check (except for when they need to be guarding you), they need constant attention and specials needs. This makes them a good choice for large businesses or families with multiple numbers of persons that have the necessary time and resources to devote to the Giant Schnauzer.
7. Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is a wonderful combination of size, strength, and protective nature which has made this guard dog breed a popular choice as a protection dog throughout history. Their natural urge to protect means they need to be trained in order to learn when their aggressive instincts should be curbed, and when a show of aggression is needed.
The Cane Corso is a direct descendent of the Neapolitan Mastiff and originates from Rome. If you trace its origins further back, then Molossus was its forefather. This was an ancient Greek dog used by the Molossi tribe for protection and as a predator altogether. When Greece was swallowed up into the Roman Empire, crossbreeding occurred between the Molossus and native Italian dogs. The result would have been similar to the Cane Corso we see nowadays.
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The source of the research for this guide was the Total K9 website, also they have been happy to offer us extensive info about trained protection dogs. We also found useful information regarding the protection dogs on Wikipedia and some other pet portals.