Are Female Protection Dogs Better Than Male Protection Dogs?

(by Stephen Weru)

So, you’ve decided you want a protection dog. However, you’re not sure of the best dog to get.

So much to consider.

  •  What dog breed should you get?
  •  What dog temperament and personality type best suits your lifestyle?
  •  Where do you get the best dog breeds from?

Besides these questions, you also have to consider intelligence, obedience, strength levels, and adaptability… gender… which begs the question:

Are female protection dogs better than male protection dogs?

In this article, we’ll discuss differences between male and female dogs, and help you to figure out which option is best for you and your family.

Let’s get into it.

Anatomical Differences

The most apparent and most noticeable difference between male and female dogs is size. Male dogs stand taller and are heavier than females. If you’re looking for a personal protection dog with an imposing appearance, a male dog will make a better choice.

However, that’s not the only anatomical difference between male and female dogs.

Another difference between male and female dogs is that​ ​females reach maturity faster than males.​ This difference in maturity levels makes female protection dogs easier to train than males of the same age.

The fact that females mature faster than males means that female protection dogs are likely to take up their role earlier than male protection dogs.

Behavioral Differences

Male and female dogs also tend to have specific behavioral differences that may determine their effectiveness as protection dogs.

One of the most prominent differences is that male dogs have higher aggression levels than female dogs. Researchers studying dog aggression levels found that​ ​male dogs are six times more likely to bite​ than female dogs.

Males are also more territorial and are likely to be quicker to act against intruders. Male dogs also have less controllable aggression levels than females.

While males may act aggressively due to territorial instincts, female protection dogs act aggressively due to their maternal instincts, making them naturally protective. Thanks to these maternal instincts, female dogs will have no problem protecting you and your family if threatened. Female protection dogs are also more likely to be affectionate.

However, adult male dogs are calmer and are more trainable… on the other hand, females may be overly aggressive when they have a litter of puppies…

The debate can go on, but ultimately, from the standpoint of aggression levels: female protection dogs tend to handle their aggression better than male protection dogs, especially in highly populated areas.

It’s important to note that​ ​training​ and upbringing play a crucial role in influencing a protection dog’s aggression levels.

Reproductive and Hormonal Differences

Reproductive and hormonal differences are usually a point of consideration when you’re looking to adopt an intact dog (one that hasn’t been spayed or neutered). This is because the ability to reproduce influences the development of sex-associated behaviors.

Intact male dogs are​ ​more likely to be territorial​ and will have higher aggression levels than neutered males.

That’s not all!

Intact males are also more prone to:

  • roaming
  • have lower obedience levels
  • are likely to be distracted, especially when they sense a nearby female is in heat

Intact females are also more likely to roam and will be less obedient during their heat cycle.

To reduce the chances of your personal protection dog developing these sex-associated behaviors, consider having him or her spayed or neutered.

Obedience Levels

A dog’s obedience levels play an essential role in determining its effectiveness in protecting you. Without the proper training, it’s tough to control your protection dog, whether male or female.

That being said, female protection dogs are more likely to be obedient than male protection dogs. This is because female dogs have better attention spans when compared to males. They also mature faster and have an innate need to please their owner.

Our Advice on What to Look for When Choosing a Protection Dog:

The answer to whether a female protection dog is better than a male protection dog is subjective.

As demonstrated, on some occasions, female protection dogs perform better than males, but male protection dogs may be better than female protection dogs in other scenarios.

This is why the real answer is that gender shouldn’t be a major consideration.

Rather than considering a dog’s gender, consider the dog’s level of training.

Has your protection dog received professional dog training?

With the correct training, your dog’s gender will have very little influence on its protective abilities. A​ ​professionally trained protection dog​ is obedient, has an even temperament, is excellent with kids and other animals, and is adequately aggressive.

Mike’s Top 5 Dog Breeds for Protection Work

When searching for a professionally trained, quality personal protection dog, it’s important to know what you’re looking for and what your needs are. Searching for the top dog breeds for protection work online isn’t easy, as there are an infinite number of lists available. 

You want to know from a professional dog trainer that’s been in the business for decades what the best dog breeds are, for protection. You want to know form someone like Mike Caporicci

Mike with trainee

So we asked him. 

And this is what he had to say. 

“Wow, that’s a tough one. There are so many good breeds for protection work, I can’t say that these ones are the absolute top, but I guess I would have to start with the Belgian Malinois.” – Mike Caporicci

  1. Belgian Malinois 

This beautifully coated dog comes in varieties of red, fawn, grey, and black hues. Often mistaken for German Shepherds by the untrained eye, Belgian Malinois are an active, playful breed that was bred for work. First bred to protect livestock, eager to work, and dedicated to their job, they’re great for family protection because of their boundless energy. 

A Belgian Malinois jumping

As puppies, Belgian Malinois can be quite small, but grown, a fully adult male can reach about 26” and a fully grown female can stand to about 24” tall. Females reach about 60 lbs as adults, and males anywhere between 50 and 80 lbs. 

To know if a Belgian Malinois is right for your protection needs, talk to your local protection dog training professional and find out. Temperament and size will be important factors. 

2. Cane Corso

An old Italian dog breed, Cane Corsos are purebreds that are often given up to shelters or rescues because of their intimidating size and weight. However, Cane Corsos are powerful working dogs that love being assigned a job. They were bred to be hunters of large game, like boars, and they perform best in challenging environments. If they’re not being challenged, and find themselves bored, they can turn to destructive behaviors. 

A Goldenstate K9 Cane Corso

As grown adults, Cane Corsos can grow large and tough. Males stand to about 27.5” and females up to 26”, but they can each weigh between 90 and 120 lbs!

Cane corsos need a lot of space and exercise to thrive. If assigned to protection work, they will flourish best in a challenging environment. Do you think you have what it takes to have a Cane Corso as your personal protection dog?

3. Doberman

Originating from Germany, the Doberman breed was developed in 1890 by a Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany. Bred to be guarding, Dobermans came from a mix of breeds including Rottweilers and German Pischers, both hunting and security breeds. More of a sensitive breed, Doberman Pinschers (as they’re often called in the USA) require a lot of exercise and attention. However, they don’t shed a lot, and they’re a very intelligent breed. They prefer the heat to the cold, and they’re extremely loyal, showing favoritism to their own family. 

A Goldenstate K9 Doberman

Measuring an adult at the shoulder, female Dobermans grow to stand at about 24-26” tall, and males at 26-28” tall. Their respective weights go up to 60 lbs and 80 lbs. 

Dobermans are proud-looking, strong dogs, with high leaps and extremely agile bodies. Getting a Doberman breed as a personal protection dog is a good idea if you have the space and time to give them what they need. 

4. Akita

The Akita’s Japanese lineage is idolized as the family protectors. Fiercely loyal, their cute round faces belie a dignified, courageous, and highly protective temperament. Double coated, these proud dogs are great for colder places, especially. Unfortunately, Akita dogs are banned in many cities around the United States, but if you live in a rural area (especially a cold one!), an Akita might be the perfect choice for you. 

An Akita dog with family

Heights and weights for adult Akitas vary by more than their sex. Small adult Akita males stand at about 26” and weigh up to 85lbs, while large adult Akita males stand at up to 28” and weigh up to 130 lbs. Small adult Akita females stand at about 24” with a low of 70 lbs, warge adult Akita females stand at about 26”, weighing up to 110 lbs.

While Akitas have a reputation for being aggressive, dogs in general are bred to be obedient. If an Akita is trained correctly and professionally, from an early age, their temperament can be anticipated and molded. 

5. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd has become one of America’s most popular dog breeds. They were bred to be working dogs, but with such a versatile temperament, many people have been happy keeping them as companion pets. Excelling at everything they’re trained to do, German Shepherds make great working dogs, whatever the detail is. Their hunting and protecting instincts have been honed over the centuries to create that versatility they’re relied upon for. They have thick coats and shed a lot, but they handle the heat pretty well.

A German Shepherd

Male German Shepherds grow to a height of up to 26” and females up to 24”. They grow to weigh between 88 and 71 lbs. If these numbers surprise you, it’s because German Shepherds are not quite as big as they’re often portrayed in media. The bigger, more wolf-looking dogs are other breeds that only look like German Shepherds. 

“Remember, though, there are overall breed characteristics, but ultimately, a person has to be matched to the right dog by a professional that knows both temperaments. A good trainer can also train the dog you chose to your specific needs, but you don’t want to force a dog entirely against its nature, and it would have to be done right when the dog is a pup. It’s best to simply decide your protection needs and trust a protection dog professional, a Master Trainer or a breeder, to help you with your choice.” – Mike Caporicci

Look out for the next top 5 on Mike’s list coming soon!

Are Protection Dogs Safe?

Are Protection Dogs Safe? Yes. A fully-trained protection dog that has bonded with you and your family is safer than an untrained pet dog of any breed.

Are Protection Dogs Safe?

Are Protection Dogs Safe? As with any dog, temperament plays a big role. Even as a puppy, is it good with children? Is it good with other animals? GSTK9 has been performing temperament testing for nearly 30 years.

More importantly, they need to be trained at your side and with your family.

The result is a protection dog that will be as quick to lie down on command, as it is to charge a home intruder.

There is a reason people of all walks of life trust GSTK9 Protection Dogs

  • Hand Selected Dogs from Working Breeding Lines
  • At Your Side Training and Environmental Set Up

Are Protection Dogs Safe? – Better to Ask if Any Dog is “Safe”

Are Protection Dogs Safe? 3A common area of concern voiced by just about anyone when discussing protection dogs is with safety and rightly so. The news media does a very good job of vilifying certain dog breeds as dangerous simply because they are a specific breed. 

Think Rottweilers or Pit Bulls. Some communities wish to banish them.

If they did the research, Jack Russell Terriers top the list of dog breeds that most often bite humans.

Should Seattle ban Frazier’s dog? 

At GSTK9, Our family protection dogs provide ultimate peace of mind and protection for you and your family. But to get to that point, you need the right dog for your situation and it must be professionally trained at your side.

Trained For Success

Family Protection k9 for sale - Good with childrenAt Your Side Training – Here at GSTK9 it’s mandatory that we do Personal Protection K9 Training at your side. A common myth is that you can send your dog off for training. Fact:  Safe protection training demands several hundred hours of dedicated work under the direct supervision of an expert, professional trainer.

It takes at least 18 weeks for your new Protection K9 to become fully bonded with your family. This is why ALL of GSTK9 dog’s protection work is done at your side. After this time and only after, bonding is complete and control is given to the client. Without this bond and training, it is like giving a loaded GUN to a child!

The Best Family Protection K9 for Sale – Bred for Success – Trained at Your Side

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