People own dogs for many reasons. For some, dogs are only pets, meant to be loved and spoiled. To others, dogs are meant to be both pets and a means of personal protection. Clearly, if you want a dog who can love you and serve as your protector, you're not going to opt for a miniature poodle or an Italian greyhound. Instead, turn to one of these three dog breeds, all of which make great protectors and also kind, loving pets.
The Belgian Malinois was originally bred as a herding dog. They are smart, confident dogs that bond well to their masters and will stand up for their masters when necessary. Belgian Malinois are easy to train and eager to please their masters. They're a good choice for owners who are used to dogs but may not have worked with a protection dog before. You can have a Belgian Malinois around children as long as you are around to supervise. While not generally aggressive towards kids, they can be strong.
Belgian Melanois shed moderately twice a year. They are built similarly to German Shepherds with brown bodies, black ears, long snouts, and perky ears.
Rottweilers are very affectionate with family members and generally good with kids, but they can react aggressively to strangers, especially when trained as protectors. They are not the easiest dogs to train, but are not terribly tough to train, either. If you are a new dog owner, you may want to take some classes with your rottweiler to ensure effective training.
Rottweilers need a lot of space to run and play, so they don't make good apartment dogs. They're sturdy in stature with floppy ears and big eyes. Most are black with lighter brown points.
If you want a smaller protection dog who can live in an apartment or small home, the American bulldog is a great choice. They love to run, but they can handle being cooped up for a couple of days at a time. This breed has short hair and does not shed as much as other breeds. Its flat nose and floppy ears give it an endearing look.
American bull dogs bond well with their owners. They can be around kids with supervision. Most are not heavy barkers, though they will bark loudly when called upon to protect their family and their space. American bull dogs are very protective of their homes and need time to get used to guests.
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