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Protection Dog Breeds: Giant Schnauzer


It’s hard to date exactly when we first began to domesticate dogs and use their innate abilities to our advantage. What we can be sure of, is that, dogs were the first animals to become domesticated, making them truly “mans best friend”. Since their domestication, we have used dogs to perform working tasks, from pulling sleds to guarding and protecting, albeit other animals and livestock from other predators, or protecting homes and property.

Whilst the modern dog with instinctively attempt to protect and defend their home, particular breeds have certain characteristics which lend themselves to be better protection dogs than others.

Background of the Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany. Giant Schnauzers are powerful and willful dogs that require stringent training, and needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation. Their workability lead to them being using during WW2 by the German Army as patrol dogs, but was originally bred as an all-round worker. These overall workability means they have succeeded in many areas such as police, military, search and rescue and even therapy dogs. Their extreme family loyalty makes them excellent protection dogs.

Is the Giant Schnauzer breed right for you?

Young Giant Schnauzers need a lot of attention paying to their socialisation, particularly in comparison to other breeds. This is something, we at Protection Dogs Worldwide, take absolute pride in, ensuring that our Giant Schnauzer family protection dogs are exposed to as many situations and environments as possible, giving you a well balanced and confident protection dog.

It is common for Giant Schnauzers to be aloof of strangers or unfamiliar people to them, and should be considered when choosing this breed as your family protection dog. Homes which have a lot of frequent unfamiliar guests, may not be the most suitable home for a Giant Schnauzer.

Exercise is something that the Giant Schnauzer craves, and should be a serious consideration when choosing a breed for your family protection dog. They require structured exercise, to keep their brain active and stop any unwanted and destructive behaviours. If you do not have the time to walk for several miles a day, then perhaps the Giant Schnauzer is not the dog for you.


The Giant Schnauzer is a prized and well-respected family protection dog, possessing a huge amount of positive traits when trained correctly.

If you are still unsure as to whether the Giant Schnauzer is the right dog for you, give us a call. Here, at Protection Dogs Worldwide, we have many years of experience of matching families with the right breed, and more importantly, the right dog from within that breed.

All family protection dogs sold at Protection Dogs Worldwide, have been carefully selected from the very best breeding lines throughout Europe & Russia.

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Top 5 Protection Dogs

Protection Dogs Worldwide have worked and trained many different breeds over the years. This blog gives a brief overview of what the trainers at PDW consider the top 5 family protection dogs.

1. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a medium to large breed originating from Germany. The GSD is a powerful and well-muscled, versatile working breed, that is steady of nerve, well balanced and biddable, they should never be nervous or display excessive aggression.

A well-bred GSD from the correct bloodlines and given professional training, in our opinion makes the No. 1 Family Protection dog.


Coat Type – Double coat, that has a water resistant top layer, with a close dense undercoat. There are two accepted coat lengths, standard and long.
Coat Colour – The two most common coat colours are black and tan, and sable.
Life Span – 9-13 years


2. Doberman

The Doberman is a medium-large breed of dog, originally developed around 1890 in Germany. Traditionally the ears are cropped, and tails docked, but this practice is now illegal in some countries. The Doberman is a driven and athletic dog of muscular build, requiring excessive exercise and stimulus, but with the right training and exercise they are considered to be loving and loyal companions. Earning themselves a ferocious reputation, Doberman’s are undoubtedly excellent protection dogs.


Coat Type – short and smooth with minimum grooming required.
Life Span – 10-13 years


3. Cane Corso

Originating from Italy the Cane Corso or Italian Mastiff is a large short haired breed, and the least ‘bulky’ of the mastiff breeds. Corso’s are renowned for their stable temperament loyalty and high intelligent. Their calm and stable natures makes them good family dogs around the house and children. Usually cropped and docked, and a fierce deep bark, their looks alone are deterrent enough in most situations.


Coat Type – short and course with minimum grooming required.
Coat Colour – Black, Fawn, Black & Brindle, Tan, Chestnut Brindle
Life Span – 10-12 years


4. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a medium to large breed, originating in Germany where its main use was to herd livestock and pull carts of meat to market. Later used by the police and military, utilizing a natural guarding instinct, the Rottweiler is a dog with a natural powerful presence that on its own is a strong deterrent. They are a breed known for being fearless, alert and devoted to their family. All the traits, correctly trained, to make an excellent family protection dog.


Coat Type – Short and coarse with minimum grooming required.
Coat Colour – Black and Tan
Life Span – 8-10 years


5. Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany. Giant Schnauzers are powerful and willful dogs that require stringent training, and needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation. Their workability lead to them being using during WW2 by the German Army as patrol dogs, but was originally bred as an all-round worker. These overall workability means they have succeeded in many areas such as police, military, search and rescue and even therapy dogs. Their extreme family loyalty makes them excellent protection dogs.


Coat Colour – Black, Salt and Pepper
Life Span: – 8-10 years


This list is by no means exhaustive of the breeds that can be trained as personal protection dogs, but what the trainers at PDW consider to be the best. Whatever your chosen breed, choosing the correct bloodlines, early training and socialisation are of paramount importance.

All family protection dogs sold at Protection Dogs Worldwide, have been carefully selected from the very best breeding lines throughout Europe & Russia.

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Protection Dogs Worldwide – Guard Dog v’s Family Protection Dog

Increase in knife and gun crime on the rise again not only in the UK but also across Europe (if not the world). As Police budgets become stretched home owners are resorting to trained family protection dogs. But what is a family protection dog? Isn’t it just a guard dog?

A guard dog is a dog that works off its own instincts and abilities, its acts without guidance and makes its own choices. Also known as a watch dog or yard dog they are stereotypically large breeds dogs which are contained to a specific area. They can be indiscriminate to whom they attack but are usually protective of immediate family members. These dogs are typically untrained and can be deemed as dangerous and unpredictable. In many countries it is illegal to sell guard dogs

Protection dogs or Family protection dogs is a trained protection dog which reacts on command or within specific threat scenarios. At all other times a trained (family) protection dog should remain neutral. They should have a strong bond with their immediate family but also welcoming or unbiased to guests. Their training allows them to switch on and off as commanded by the owner.

At protection dogs worldwide we specialise in selecting the right dogs who are able to excel on our training programmed. Not every dog can complete our programmed successfully, we put a great emphasis on selecting the right genetics that not only give us a dog which has the ability to learn both the protection and obedience’s phases but also a dog which has the ability to switch off and become neutral on request. In our opinion this element is essential for all family protection dogs and one area which stand it above the traditional stereotypical guard dog.

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Protection Dogs Worldwide – From the Initial Selection to Placement

When choosing a specific breed of protection dog, consideration should be given to which breed will best fit your lifestyle. Many clients join us at Protection Dogs Worldwide with the opinion of knowing what breed would best suit there family but leave with a different perspective. It’s always our aim to get to know our clients and advise on the breed and specific dog which will fit in with their family and lifestyle. We do this simply for success, choosing the right dog is essential for a smooth bonding, settling in period and a happy client.

For example: The cane corso is not a dog to take hiking, its best suited to a more sedate laid-back lifestyle. A Doberman likes to be with you, it’s not know as a shadow dog for nothing. Its short coat isn’t suited for external living and prefers to be with you next to the fire. All that being said, we do find exceptions in every breed and its our aim to use our experience to guide you into making the right choice for your family. Whatever your initial preference (German Shepherd, Doberman, Cane Corso, Giant Schnauzer, Presa Canario , Belgium Malinois etc.) call and speak with a member of the team.

Pre sale the client is encouraged to attend our facility to spend time with their new family protection dog, take it for a walk and generally start to build a positive relationship. If this isn’t possible then the team will go through this process on the handover at the client’s home.

During the handover / placement period the team takes time to work with the family to settle the dog into its new home. The first weeks of placement are important and its essential to remember that you have a new dog, a new family member, the protection elements are only introduced once we believe the bonding period is complete. Why don’t we show the protection immediately? Firstly the initial handover can be stressful for both owner and dog, we believe its only ethical to settle the dog and owner prior to introducing further stress. The owner has a great deal to take in and we find that an information overload benefits no-one.

The first elements we introduce within the bonding period is general obedience and control exercises. These exercises help the owner bond with their dog and helps the dog understand and comply with its new owners instructions. Its important to remember that the dogs are not robots and the partnership is as new to the dog as it is to you.

The team is always on hand during this period with direct contact with the head trainers to discuss any issues and give guidance to aid the initial settlement

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Which dog is best for home security?

We believe the answer to this question is simple; A dog that has been suitably trained not only to live as a family pet but also as a guardian, who will respond to any threat on command without question. A protection dog which is loyal, trustworthy, obedient and courageous whilst still remaining calm and level headed under pressure.

The next question to ask is which breed would suit your lifestyle? Would the breed genetics be suitable to complete the required training? And do you know enough about working canines and differences within your selected breed to make an informed decision? Our advice to all our customers is to contact Protection Dogs Worldwide for a chat.
At protection dogs worldwide we have a wealth of experience from a number of different sectors, this allows us to combine our knowledge to select, train and supply multiple breeds. We have a regular supply of high quality German Shepherds, Dobermann and Cane Corso but we don’t rest on these 3 breeds. Due to our own passion in training & supplying different breeds we have been successful in supplying elite trained family protection Great Danes, Presa Canario, Boxer, Rottweiler, Belgium Malinois, Dutch Herder and Giant Schnauzer.

All the breeds mentioned in this blog can (in the right hands and with the right training) make exceptional family protection dogs, but the dog needs to be able to fit in with your lifestyle and it must be suitable to excel within obedience and protection training.
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Training Your New Puppy Protection Dog

We often receive enquiries to train client owned dogs or to be precise puppies. Although commencing ones training as soon as possible is commendable you need to understand the limitations of your puppy and that it really isn’t possible to have a 12 month old fully trained protection dog. In this blog I address

1) What to consider prior to buying a puppy,
2) What training you should be undertaking at home,
3) Importance of socialization and desensitization,
4) Interacting with your puppy, essential to future learning.

1; what to consider when buying a puppy: When choosing a puppy with an aim to train in personnel protection you have a number of key elements to consider.
Always do your homework and buy from a trusted source, look at the health and wellbeing of not only the pups but also that of their adult dogs. Ask to see the mother and if possible the father or ancestors, observe their mannerisms and how they interact with you. The puppies should be confident and engaging, avoid those that are overly shy or nervous. Ask the breeder what they have done or plan to do during the first 8 weeks prepare them for life outside of their litter.
Genetics play a huge part in your puppy’s potential; if they are genetically predisposed to protection work then it increases your chances of being successful with your training. Remember; just because you have bought a Doberman / German shepherd / etc. it doesn’t automatically mean you have bought a protection dog or indeed a dog with the capability to train in protection. Always look into the ancestry of your potential puppy, is there evidence which supports the working potential of the dogs or are they from a line of show dogs which look the part? Unfortunately for novice owners the genetics can be a mine field, experience and knowledge greatly increase your chances of picking a successful puppy and even with all of the above taken into consideration it still doesn’t give you any guarantees. It is however always advisable to keep to the traditional breeds that have been bred over generations to work within the personnel protection sector.

2; what training you should be undertaking at home? Don’t wait for tomorrow start immediately; you don’t have to do anything that you wouldn’t do with any normal pet dog. Train your positions, house manners, recall, etc. A strong bond with your dog is essential as too is their willingness to interact freely with others. Keep the training positive and reward based, remember your role is to teach the pup what is desired and indeed what is inappropriate.

3; Importance of socialization and desensitization: Going back to the pups first 8 weeks of life I would hope that the breeder has exposed the litter to many different stimuli which helps them with future life. The exposure doesn’t end at week 8 however; it is now your job to continue to positive experiences. Take the pup to busy areas, meet horses, buses, exposure to sounds such as firework noises, gunshot etc. All sounds are best undertaken using a controlled environment where you can increase / decrease noise levels. Give the pup different experiences in a play environment, an open umbrella, tunnel, and bottle filled with stones can all make interesting stimuli for the pup. Your goal in this part of your training is to develop a confident pup that can perform no matter what is put in front of them.

4; Interacting with your puppy, essential to future learning: Outside of the pups teething period you should encourage it to engage in a simple game of tug, this is the basic foundation for any pup which aspires to be a protection dog. Keep the sessions short and fun, let the pup win as this will help build its confidence. Once the pup is confident and understands the principles of the game its drive will build sufficiently to allow it to engage with others, when he reaches this stage you are ready to introduce a helper / decoy, now the real work begins.
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So You Want to Train Your Dog in Protection!


Protection dog training undertaken correctly is indeed an art form and not something you should blindly subject your pet dog to. Throughout this blog I’ll hopefully share some knowledge and ask important questions which will help you make the right choices when deciding:

1) If you really want your dog training in protection
2) Help you evaluate if your dog can be trained in protection
3) Choose the right trainer who uses methods that fit with your moral standing.

Your dog breed of choice

Not every dog can be trained in protection; in fact very few have the capability to excel. In the UK the majority of dogs bred are bred for conformity. The suitability for these dogs to work within the parameters of its ancestors has long since died out. We do have exceptions however, with dedicated breeders working different breeds we are once again building on the working ability of our canine companions. Throughout Europe breeders are selecting lines with health and working ability overriding the color & conformity of the dog.

Choosing the right dog can be a minefield however, only by understanding lines and pedigrees can you make an informed choice, even then Mother Nature sometimes doesn’t play ball.

Q: What breed suits your home? Lifestyle? Experience?

Even dogs, which you may think would make an excellent protection dog, may not, for example the Akita should have the presence and ability to make a natural guard dog but their lack of drive and stubborn nature does not make them good students in the art of personnel protection. The more obvious choices to consider are; German shepherd, Doberman, Belgium Malinois, Giant Schnauzer, Cane Corso, Presa Canarias, American Bulldog and Rottweiler. Many of these dogs can be too much for inexperienced homes, especially in the early years, do your homework and speak to professional trainers.

Buying a working puppy

Wow! This is a BIG commitment. Buying any puppy is a big decision but buying a working puppy is a different league in itself. You cannot simply let the pup out with a few toys and take it to the park once a day; these pups need stimulation and daily constructive training. If you don’t develop their working desires they will do its themselves often by finding jobs which you wish they would leave for others.

Q: Do you know what to expect from the breeding? Some pups are vocal, some like to bite; some need more socialization than others. Do your homework, please. It will save you and your dog a lot of stress.

Q: Do you have the time, knowledge, experience & commitment to get the best out of your working puppy? In the middle of winter, in the cold driving rain are you prepared to work your dog?

Q: When things are going wrong whom are you going to turn to? Even the most experienced of trainers need a support network.

Training an existing Pet

Firstly not all pets can be trained in protection, any trainer that’s tells you otherwise should be questioned as to their methods. Any company offering training packages should be willing to give you a free evaluation to see if your dog is capable of learning and has the confidence / nerve to go through a protection program.

The timescale of the protection program is specific to the dog’s genetic ability and its own natural desire to retain learning. Novice dogs need multiple short sessions, fast confidence building wins. This can be frustrating for first time trainers due to the slow progress, however you will be glad you spent the time developing a full calm bite. It helps keep the dogs mind clear and enables them to listen to your commands and act accordingly.

To help your dog get ahead you can practice ‘ragging’ with your dog, this is essentially a game of tug. Encourage your dog to chase a rag or pillow and interact with you in a game of tug, your job in this interaction is to build the dogs confidence by letting it win, let the dog pull you round the garden. Remember; if your dog won’t interact with you in this manor it is unlikely that he will interact with the trainer.


The key factor in everything we do is obedience, without this you just have a dangerous dog. Before any serious protection training commences (beyond foundation) correct obedience should be practiced. Why? Once your dog is working in a high drive situation it still needs the ability to listen and follow commands, muscle memory and auto responses are essential to help your dog progress and reach its potential.


Our experience has shown that a good bond with your dog helps promote a strong performance in personal protection. Dogs are not robots and your relationship should be symbiotic, your dog gives you companionship and security whilst you offer food, warmth and comfort. Through positive training and structured play your bond will build, you know you are doing a good job when you let your dog off the lead in a park and they simply look at you for interaction.

Q: How does your dog react when you let him off the lead


Consider your breed of dog carefully and seek professional advice. If possible speak with an unbiased source that will give you an honest opinion.

If you plan to use an existing dog ask yourself if they are capable of doing the work. Is he of a working breed? Have direct ancestors been worked? Research the dog’s pedigree and be realistic with your expectations.

Research trainers and their methods, ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask to see the trainer’s dog at work. This is a good indication to their capabilities.

Don’t expect to do nothing just because you’ve paid for the dog to be trained by others. You will need to follow up the training and keep consistent, without doing this; the dog is likely to slip back into its old way.

No matter what you decide our experience has shown a strong bond is a major key to success.

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Guard Dog and Protection Dog, Are they the same ?

Never think that a protection dog is the same as a guard dog. These are very different dogs.
The expectations of these dogs are not the same so the way that they act will be completely different too. These short descriptions of each dog how they vary:

The Guard Dog:

A guard dog defends property, that’s his job. Any breed of dog can be trained to guard, some being more effective than others. He is trained to stay guarding one place, working on his instinct and autonomy. A guard dog’s three main duties are alarm, sentry and attack. He will alert owners of any intruders, attacking anyone that mistakenly enters the territory. Guard dogs are under voice and leash control only.
This dog cannot turn his training off,he is always on guard, maybe in a state of agitation, ready to act. For these reasons he cannot be a family pet.You should not try to be integrate him with children.

The Protection Dog:

Only certain breeds have the intelligence to become a protection dog. To succeed, he must have the right temperament, discipline and loyalty.A protection dog is trained to defend you and your family and will protect in any threatening situation. He is able to integrate within family as a pet.A protection dog knows the difference between someone from his family and someone threatening.This dog is not trained to defend just one place, his task is your protection, so will travel with you.
The protection dog is trained to higher level of obedience and loyalty. He will act upon command only. A well-trained protection dogs will rarely have to bite.

Protection Dogs and Guard Dogs are not the same at all. It is important to understand this difference before choosing a dog to work with.

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The Cane Corso as Protection Dog

The Cane Corso is an imposing presence of powerful athleticism. This well-muscled animal with his large head has the physical makings of a perfect protection dog. Before anything else, this striking dog provides a very visual deterrent.

Even its name suggests that Cane Corso was created for the role of protector. ‘Corso’ comes from the Latin’ cohors’ which translates to ‘protector’ and ‘guardian’.

Protection Heritage
The Cane Corso is a strong Italian breed descended from Roman war dogs. He is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff.For centuries in rural Italy it was a catch dog used with cattle and swine and wild boar hunts.He was also traditionally used to guard property, livestock and families.This heritage makes him a perfect protection dog.

Protector Personality
Cane Corso work well under stress. He is an assertive and determined character.When confronted with threat a Cane Corso will be ready to fight rather than flee. He will take on the role of protector where other breeds back away.
Guarding his home and your property will be a priority for a Cane Corso as he is highly territorial.He is naturally inclined to protect and repel intruders on their territory. He is extremely loyal and loving to their pack (you and your family) and will move in quickly to counteract any threat.

Sophisticated Senses
A Cane Corso is naturally equipped with sophisticated senses. He can hear what a human cannot and sense danger better than any surveillance camera. He can run faster and further than any intruder.

His high intelligence will respond well to the challenge of consistent training.

Given this good training and strong leadership, the Cane Corso will be an invaluable defender of your family and home.

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Why You Need A Protection Dog In 2017

No matter how much of a cliché this saying may sound, the fact of the matter is that many people are thinking “new year, new me” throughout the early parts of January. Whether it’s a determination to give up alcohol or to start exercising a bit more, many of us will have our own resolutions in an attempt to improve our lifestyles.

One such resolution might be to improve your personal security, to ensure you are kept safe throughout the rest of the year. This means that now is the best time for you to start thinking about getting yourself a protection dog, and we’re here at Protection Dogs Worldwide to run you through why you might need one in 2017…


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