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Top 5 family protection dog breeds

The trainers at Platinum K9 have worked with many different dog breeds over the years. This is a list of the top 5 family protection dog breeds in their opinion.

 1. German Shepherd

Life Span: 9-13 years

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

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

The 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.

 2. Belgian Shepherd

Life Span: 10-14 years

Height: Male 60-66cm, Female 55-61cm

Weight: Male 25-30kg, Female 20-25kg

Originating from Belgium, they are another herding/guarding breed that we have on our list. Very trainable, with their high energy levels and prey drive. Great care must be taken in choosing the right prospective puppy due to potential high drives. However, with the correct breeding and training they are a highly rewarding, social loving pet who have more than enough capacity to protect.

 3. 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.

 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.

 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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