I am currently searching for the best dog breed to add to our family as a guard dog. I have narrowed down my options to two breeds: Doberman and Belgium Malinois. However, I am having a hard time deciding which breed would be the best fit for my family's needs.
We are looking for a dog that can protect us and our home, but also be a loving and loyal companion. We have two children, ages 5 and 7, so the dog must be good with children. We have a large yard and live in a suburban area.
I have heard that both breeds are great guard dogs and have strong protective instincts. However, I have also heard that Dobermans can be more aggressive and harder to train than Malinois. On the other hand, Malinois require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent destructive behavior.
I want to make sure that the dog we choose is not only a great protector, but also a wonderful addition to our family. Can you please provide any advice or insights that could help us make a decision between these two breeds? Thank you in advance!