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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.

If you would like to see our dogs for sale or have any questions please contact us

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