News / October 6, 2022

Our Top 5 Family Protection Dog Breeds

Our trainers at Platinum K9 have worked with many different dog breeds over the years. Here is a list of our top 5 family protection dog breeds, based on our trainers experience and opinion.

German Shepherd Protection Dog
No.1 German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Life Span: 9-13 years

Height: Male 60-65cm, Female 55-60cm

Weight: Male 30-45kg, Female 25-35kg

The German Shepherd (GSD) is a medium to large breed originating from Germany. They are a very intelligent dog and very trainable using the correct techniques. This breed is loyal, confident, social and courageous. Chosen from the correct bloodlines and given professional training, the GSD, is in our opinion, the No. 1 Family Protection dog.

Doberman Pinscher Protection Dog
No.2 Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Life Span: 10-12 years

Height: Male 66-73cm, Female 60-66cm

Weight: Male 34-45kg, Female 27-40kg

Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind’s noblemen. This incomparably fearless and vigilant breed stands proudly among the world’s finest protection dogs. Dobermans are compactly built dogs, muscular, fast, and powerful standing between 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder. The body is sleek but substantial, and is covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red, or fawn, with rust markings. These elegant qualities, combined with a noble wedge-shaped head and an easy, athletic way of moving, have earned Dobermans a reputation as royalty in the canine kingdom. A well-conditioned Doberman on patrol will deter all but the most foolish intruder.

Cane Corso Protection Dog
No.3 Cane Corso

Cane Corso

Life Span: 10-12 years

Height: Male 62-70cm, Female 58-66cm

Weight: Male 45-50kg, Female 40-45kg

Originating from Italy the Cane Corso or Italian Mastiff is a large short haired breed. Renowned for their stable temperament they are a very loyal and highly intelligent dog that is quiet around the house. Usually cropped and docked their looks alone are deterrent enough in certain situations.

Malinois Protection Dog
No.4 Malinois


Life Span: 12-14 years

Height: Male 61-66cm, Female 56-61cm

Weight: Male 29-34kg, Female 25-30kg

A very athletic hard working breed originating from Belgium. They are naturally protective and intelligent and can have extremely high energy levels. They are very biddable dogs but do need specialist training to achieve their potential.

Rottweiler Protection Dog
No.5 Rottweiler


Life Span: 8-10 years

Height: Male 61-69cm, Female 56-63cm

Weight: Male 50-60kg, Female 35-48kg

The Rottweiler; a dog with natural powerful presence that on its own is a strong deterrent. Originating from Germany 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.

Whatever the breed, the right bloodlines, early training and socialisation are of paramount importance.
All family protection dogs sold by Platinum K9, have been carefully selected as a puppy from the best breeding lines throughout Europe. Months of intensive and client specific training by our expert trainers produces family protection dogs of the highest calibre.

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